Rideshare Payload Adapters

Spacecraft Mass: various

Orbital Altitude: LEO, SSO, others

Launch Date: 2022-2024

Our LVAs have flown in various configurations on every SpaceX Transporter mission from 1 to 7.

Payload Adapters can support any combination of deployment hardware, and can be adapted to fit your mission requirements. From design to verification to launch, hardware meets all SpaceX requirements whether you are launching a 0.25U cubesat or a 500 kg microsat. Rideshare payload adapters maximize your value per mass and volume when launching.

Our expertise include:

  • Design Engineering
  • Structures Engineering
  • Interfacing with SpaceX, launch aggregators and satellite manufacturers engineering teams
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Mechanical Subsystem Delivery

SpaceX's Transporter missions are part of the company's SmallSat Rideshare Program, which aims to provide cost-effective access to space for small satellite operators. The Transporter missions involve launching multiple payloads, including smallsats, cubesats, and other spacecraft, into various orbits. These missions allow a diverse range of customers, such as commercial companies, research institutions, and government agencies, to share the cost of a Falcon 9 launch while still reaching their desired orbits.

Each Transporter mission typically carries a mix of commercial and government payloads, serving the growing demand for affordable access to space. The payloads are integrated into a deployer system designed by SpaceX, which facilitates the release of each satellite into its intended orbit. The Transporter program exemplifies SpaceX's commitment to advancing space accessibility and fostering a more inclusive space industry.

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Space Structures GmbH

Engineered in Germany.
Made in Europe.
Delivered worldwide.

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Space Structures GmbH

Fanny-Zobel-Str. 11

12435 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 814549 700

Fax: +49 30 814549 799

E-mail: info@spacestructures.de


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