[Excerpt] By Adam Keith, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada
The concept of small satellites [those classified as below 500 kg] is not new—such designs have been used to test new technologies, support science initiatives and as starting points for the development of more extensive missions.
There is no doubt that the current, significant expansion in the number of smallsats being launched is expected to continue into the next decade.
From 2006 to 2015, a total of 780 smallsats were launched; nearly 500 of these were launched in the last three years alone. This is due to a combination of several factors: More launches of smallsat government missions and an increase in launches from university programs...