|Title:||Small satellites in the emerging space environment : implications for U.S. national security-related space plans and programs|
|Authors:||Steven Kosiak, Author|
|Publisher:||Washington, D.C. : Center for a New American Security, 2019|
|Size:||1 online resource (30 p.)|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references|
|Subjects:||Artificial satellites ; Astronautics and state--United States ; Astronautics, Military ; Microspacecraft--Strategic aspects ; Space security|
In coming years, constellations composed of large numbers of small, less complex, and less costly satellites are likely to become progressively more cost-effective relative to constellations made up of small numbers of large, more complex, and more expensive satellites. Taken together, recent and projected trends in commercial constellation design, miniaturization, launch costs, and anti-satellite capabilities fall short of supporting a dramatic near-term reorientation of U.S. space capabilities. However, those trends do suggest that now is an appropriate time for the U.S. military and intelligence community to at least modestly increase their investment in small satellite capabilitiesboth as a hedge and to create options.