2015 Small Payload Rideshare Symposium
The rideshare community is composed of several different and often divergent groups. There are small companies dedicated to building small satellites looking for sponsors with missions and money. There are companies that offer small launch vehicles to service the small satellite market looking for funded programs to fly. There are entrepreneurs who would like to develop and market small satellite buses or new small launch vehicles. There are government agencies with ambitions to buy more small satellites and small launch vehicles looking for ideas, partners, and sponsors. Finally, there is the university segment of the community – rich in graduate student manpower who feel that the educational value of designing and assembling small satellites is worthwhile.