Precious Payload solves three different space-as-a- service challenges
The market is rapidly moving towards space-as-a-service and the
hosted payload model as the standard way to get to space. It seems
to be the solution to all problems, but it tends to create one of
its own—proprietary issues. In multi-stakeholder space projects with
different engineering approaches, everyone needs to be transparent
with their module development and integration, and at the same time
keep trade secrets safe.
Common challenges working with hosted payload projects
Security confidentiality and trade secret risks
Space is a highly competitive scene. When working with hosted
payload providers in the mission management phase, you run the
risk of giving away virtually all of the data and trade secrets
used to create your payload.
With hosted payloads, you don't have the flexibility to rebook.
Unlike working with a cubesat, you cannot jump to the next launch
if something happens to your project. Other payloads are strongly
integrated with yours, so all passengers will be affected in case
of any error or delay. Therefore, you need to be ready for the
scheduled date—there are no options to re-manifest.
The complexity of co-integration
The other co-manifested payloads on a hosted payload are quite
literally in the same boat as you. No one wants to share all the
details about their technology, so collaborators aren’t aware of
the requirements and specifications for projects on a shared bus.
SteamJet is a UK-based company dedicated to the advancement of
space innovation through propulsion. Small satellites have
become essential tools for operating in space. But without the
ability to propel themselves, these satellites are sitting
ducks, unable to avoid collisions with other space objects or
maintain their orbital altitude, especially at very low Earth
orbit. That's where SteamJet comes in.
The company has designed a high-performance, electrothermal
propulsion system specifically for small satellites and
cubesats. Unlike electric, chemical, or cold-gas propulsion
systems, they use low-pressure water as the main propellant. The
water-powered thruster is safe to use and easy to integrate into
any platform. Its low voltage and the absence of ionized
particles make it ideal for both telecommunication and optical
SteamJet came to Precious Payload in early 2020 for help with
managing the development and integration of their propulsion module
with a new 12U modular satellite project. The project was run by a
Gulf region governmental entity, with other parties also engaged.
Participating in this project would greatly increase their
technology readiness level and serve as an important step for the
qualification of SteamJet’s clean, hydro-powered propulsion
Saved more than 670* engineering hours
Based on an average of three engineers (one for each party)
Precious Payload’s service drastically cut the time hosted payload
consortium spent analyzing technical documentation (complex
drawings, engineering data), distributing the requirements between
the project’s parties, and other tedious tasks.
Condensed communications to 1 hour per week
Precious Payload’s team created an efficient communication
channel between multiple parties.
We organized information in a structured, easy-to-access format
for all project members to minimize unnecessary communications
on the project.
Reduced the risks related to deadlines and trade secrets
Meeting deadlines and safeguarding trade secrets are key to
maintaining a hosted payload project. If you don’t submit your
deliverables on time, your co-passengers can lose faith in your
ability to fulfill your commitments. Using Precious Payload
service allows for transparency with your providers so you can
co-manifest payloads without giving away your trade secrets.
Hire us as your mission manager for your hosted payload project
The project was on a tight schedule, as the launch was scheduled
for late 2022. Precious Payload was required to quickly come up
with the most efficient way to manage the development, testing,
and integration of a complex engineering system.
Precious Payload's mission management software helps manage every
detail of a payload mission. We also provided a dedicated mission
manager for the project to keep everyone in sync on the current
delivarables on a weekly basis.
Payload Data Room:
List payload specifications using common syntax that is easily
translated into interface control documentation and testing
requirements when working with hosted payload providers.
View for hosted payload projects
We create templates for hosted payload interface control
documents, and fill them in using customer’s payload data room.
Sharing only the information that is necessary for the technical
requirements negotiations keeps the trade secrets safe. We call
this feature Views — a shared encrypted collaboration space for
distributed teams working on a same payload project.
Audit trail and changelog
Know-our-client (KYC) profile is attached to the View alongside
the automatic Non-Disclosure Agreement a supplier signs upon
accessing the View. A View creator has full visibility and an
audit trail with which users can access the information in a View.
Every login is authorized via a one-time code sent to a verified
mobile number for maximum security.
Precious Payload’s tools enable all stakeholders of the
co-manifested payloads of a hosted payload project to be on the
same page while not sharing any confidential data:
Payload.ctrl allows you to manage mission details and
requirements between the suppliers.
Launch.ctrl allows you to work with hosted payload
You can share and receive critical information with other
passengers without compromising your secure data and trade
secrets. Whether it’s your power consumption budgets or
implementation strategy, you can safely be on the same page with
all participants of a hosted payload project.
Hire us as your mission manager for your hosted payload solution