September 2017

NASA Issues a Request for Information for SmallSat Parts on Orbit Now (SPOON) Database

NASA’s Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI) announces a Request for Information, the purpose of which is to gather and assess the availability and capability of industry to provide small satellites technologies, components, and systems relevant to small spacecraft for Earth and interplanetary mission design.
Areas of interest include: Structures; Materials & Mechanisms; Complete Spacecraft Platforms; Communications; Propulsion; Power; Command and Data Handling; Attitude Determination & Control; Thermal Systems; Software (Architectures, Methodologies); Guidance, Navigation, and Control; Spacecraft Integration; Launch and Deployment; Optoelectronics; and Deorbit Mechanisms.
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August 2017

NASA’s New Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI)

In light of strong growth in the use of small spacecraft by US Government, academic, and industry partners, NASA is actively involved across its mission directorates and Centers in all aspects of small spacecraft missions, and is leveraging its capabilities to enable small spacecraft as new innovation tools to achieve Agency goals and objectives. Paramount in this endeavor is advancing clear communication, coordination, and consistent guidance regarding small spacecraft activities, and to provide the US research community access to mission enabling information.

Bruce Yost – S3VI Director, NASA Ames Research Center

To this end, the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI) was established in January to enhance NASA internal integration and to provide a single point of contact to disseminate mission enabling information and streamlined development approaches for NASA and the research community. Functioning under the auspices of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), the S3VI is hosted at the Ames Research Center, with Bruce Yost as the Director. A project manager for Ames’ early small spacecraft missions and a former Small Spacecraft Technology Program manager, Yost and his team will work over the next year to establish both a physical and virtual presence for the S3VI within NASA and the small spacecraft community at large.
The S3VI provides a portal for exchange of information on small spacecraft activities across NASA, among other federal agencies, and with external groups. Over the next several months the S3VI plans to release the first of its federated small spacecraft databases as well as to host an online seminar series open to the public. The S3VI portal may be accessed at
Click here to view an August 2017 PowerPoint presentation for an S3VI Overview and Update.