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Welcome to LeanSat Project

Welcome to the Lean Satellite Web. The term "lean satellite" was born during the NETS (Nano-satellite Environment Test Standardization) project to capture the essence of development and management philosophy of small/micro/nano/pico satellites rather than categorizing based on mass or size.

NETS project started originally as an international collaborative effort to establish an international standard for testing of nano-satellites in 2011. This international effort led to the publication of ISO-19683 "Space systems - Design qualification and acceptance tests of small spacecraft and units" in July, 2017. The scope of NETS project has expanded from testing to broader aspects to seek a new way of making and using satellites with low cost and fast manner, i.e. "Lean Satellite". A "lean satellite" is a satellite that utilizes non-traditional, risk-taking development and management approaches with the aim to provide value of some kind to the customer at low-cost and without taking much time to realize the satellite mission.

The proliferation of lean satellites activities is changing the landscape of the space sector. Nowadays, universities, small businesses, and developing countries are emerging as new stakeholders. To deliver value to those stakeholders as well as to traditional stakeholders with affordable cost and permissible waiting time, there are various issues to be examined further, such as standards, testing, operation, manufacturing, interface, project management, etc. The project goal is to further the growth of worldwide lean satellite activities and utilization by tackling those issues.

The information regarding this project, we now call LeanSat project, is shared by the mailing list. If you want to join the mailing list, please send an e-mail to nets_office@space-kyutech.net indicating your name, position and affiliation.