LONG BEACH, Calif., 3 April 2014. Hosted payloads are a key method of government cost savings related to aerospace, describes Jeanne Innis Olson, board member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and client sales executive for the Air Force at HP Enterprise Services, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
“The cost [of a hosted payload] is just a fraction of the cost of the entire satellite,” Innis Olson adds. “One would expect a commercial provider to share the cost of launching, power, and perhaps other resources. It is a huge saver in time to mission for the government” on the order of 24 months vs. 12 years for a typical launch funded by government only.