PODS is a cost-effective system for sending small satellites to orbit. It carries small spacecraft to orbit attached to large satellites, and then dispenses them as free-flyers near GEO. With an average of 6 satellites launched each year, SSL can help you find a ride to space!
SmallSat drop-off locations tailored to meet the mission needs. Applications include:
|• Space Situational Awareness||• Technology Demo with Rapid Refresh|
|• Deep Space Missions (Moon, Mars, Asteroids)||• Satellite Servicing (Inspection / Repair / Refueling)|
|• GEO “slot holder” satellite||• Constellation Deployment|
|• Earth Observation||• Heliophysics / Astrophysics Missions|
Dispensed From Various Locations on the Satellite
Deployed using dispenser of customer’s choice. Examples include:
|MDA’s Payload Ejection Mechanism (PEM)||Planetary Systems Corporation’s Canisterized Satellite Dispenser||UTIAS SFL’s XPOD Separation System||Innovative Solutions In Space QuadPack FM-01 dispenser||NASA Nano Launch Adapter System (NLAS)|
SSL can provide a PODS-compatible bus designed to meet your payload needs
Timeline for PODS Missions
|Event||Milestone Date (Months)|
|Host Contract Signing||Launch – 24|
|SmallSat or SmallSat Mass Model Delivery to SSL||Launch – 9|
|SmallSat Delivery to SSL||Launch – 3|
|SmallSat Final Integration to Host||Launch – 2|
|Combined Host / SmallSat Ship to Launch Base||Launch – 1|
|Launch Frequency||6 SSL launch opportunities per year|
|Maximum Volume||1m x 0.5m x 0.4m (Standard Sizing)
1m x 1m x 0.6m (Extended Sizing)
|Maximum Mass||90 kg (Standard Sizing)
150 kg (Extended Sizing)
|Available Power||150W average, 300W peak; 28-31 V|
|State During Launch||Off|
|Data Connection||MIL-STD-1553 (optional); other interfaces possible|
|Thermal Environment||-35°C to + 60°C non-operating|
|Launch Dynamics||Acoustic, static, vibration, shock envelope of common launch vehicles (Ariane 5, Proton, Falcon 9, Atlas)|
|Dispensing Orbits Available||GTO (at apogee), near GEO (300 km sub or super)|
|Deployment Video Available||Yes|
Download the complete SSL PODS Users Guide here.
Download the PODS brochure here.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.