Small Sat

Helping Build Global Connections

There is a small sat revolution occurring today. There is a dramatic shift in thinking and in companies like Roccor that believe you don’t need to decide between quality and performance over being on time and on budget.

The revolution requires us to be faster, less expensive, less wasteful, and more efficient in everything we do. It is driven by the customer and by the fact that design and development cycles for satellite systems are shrinking – what used to take three to five years is now taking nine to eighteen months. The time it takes to go from an idea on a sheet of paper, to a piece of hardware that is on its way out the door, has reduced by a factor of four.

We have responded to this revolution by becoming more agile, by focusing our resources, by prototyping and iterating quickly, and by manufacturing and testing early (and all along the process) so that what we learn along the way informs the ultimate design. Because together – with collaboration and enthusiasm – things get done, the envelope gets pushed, and quite literally, Space opens up.

Stories

Giving America’s Warfighters a Telecommunication Superpower

You are thousands of miles from home, hundreds of miles from your forward operation base, and dozens of miles from the closest “friendly.”  You are at the sharp pointy tip of the world’s finest fighting force, and your mission and your life depends on a radio.

It’s a Small (Sat) World

What do Kevin Bacon, 1920’s Hungarian poet Frigyes Karinthy, Italian inventor Marconi, American sociologist Stanley Milgram and Walt Disney have in common? Small satellites of course!

Roccor’s Women in STEM

by Heather Shoffner, Roccor COO

As I contemplate the subject of women in STEM, the first question that comes to mind is, “why is this a topic?” It is, after all, 2019 and there are women running for president, women running companies, women that are breadwinners for their families. I am not an engineer. I consider myself an engineer “groupie.” Since the age of 22 (27 years now!), I have had the unequivocal honor of working with hundreds of talented engineers and scientists in a variety of high-tech fields.

The Small Satellite Revolution and “Rocket Science”

With everyone from startups, to non-profits and even high schools now able to play in the Small Satellite world, has “Rocket Science” become mainstream? Actually, the drive to for smaller presents even more advanced engineering challenges.

Technical Stuff

The New Space Mechanism Challenge

There is no reason the space mechanisms community cannot produce reliable products at low cost.

SmallSats - What Goes Up Must Come Down

The Story of Developing a High Strain Composite De-Orbit Sail, Faster, Smarter, Cheaper

Roccor Impact Video