The US DARPA revealed that on March 6, with the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite onboard the Falcon-9 rocket from SpaceX, a small PODSat military satellite was launched into orbit. A 90-pound device was placed inside the 30W-6 Hispasata and eventually reached a geo-synchronous transfer orbit (GTO) with parameters 185 x 22 250 km and inclination 27⁰.

Although Space Systems Loral, the main constructor of Hispasata and the NovaWurks company responsible for the military PODSata, informed of this fact, practically no information about the device was disclosed.

Despite this fact, for some time now DARPA has financially supported the development of small, modular satellites project, which are referred to as “satellets”. Their power lies precisely in modularity and cheap and easy placing in orbit, thanks to the PODS (Payload Orbital Delivery System) system.

These devices can be combined into any existing configurations in such a way that they fulfill specific tasks. They can also be expanded at any time with new elements and create various installations from them, as you can see in the film above. According to DARPA and NovaWurks, such systems are the future of building and extending space installations.

Source: SpaceFlightNow / Photo NovaWurks