Fact sheet | Small satellite missions

The domain of space is changing rapidly, including the move from large satellites costing billions of dollars and decades in development, to small disposable satellites that can cost less than one million dollars and have development cycles measured in months.

DST's research in this area is initially based on the Cube Satellite (CubeSat) form factor with a launch mass of typically 5 to 15 kg, with attention later shifting to the 100 kg class. 

The strategic aim is to develop a measured, but advanced, Australian capability to design, build and operate space missions to meet national objectives.

Key information



Publication type

Fact sheet

Publish Date

August 2018


Unclassified - public release