Weighing less than 500 kilograms (kg), smallsats have sparked the interest of many who are looking for low-cost and fast-turnaround ways to get sensors and payloads into space.

Harris leads the market in smallsat imaging with “right-sized” innovation, including the highest-resolution commercial imagery and broad spectral range. Our smallsat imaging systems enable businesses, governments, and other organizations to make operational decisions that save time and money.

The HyperCube™ is a Harris-developed cubesat solution that delivers more accurate data about global tropospheric wind profiles than other solutions on the market. The 3D wind sensor on HyperCube™ not only provides the best spectral resolution in the smallsat market, but also offers flexibility in collection time for more mission coverage than alternative technologies.

Additionally, Harris has leveraged our high-end optics, patented structures, and outstanding image quality solutions to offer affordable coverage through the SpaceView™ line of high-performance, small satellite imaging payloads. Applications include urban planning, vegetative assessment, oil and gas site monitoring, disaster response, investment analysis, and insurance claim assessment.

Because smallsat mission capability is often limited by low-data rate communications, we are working to deliver higher gain antennas that fit within the vehicle’s size, weight, and power constraints. We are also designing a unique S-band helix antenna that will bring broadband-type connectivity to cubesats.