The U.S. Army’s SWORDS rocket. (Credit: U.S. Army)

U.S. Army, NASA Working on Low-Cost Nanosat Launcher

Posted by Doug Messier on November 19, 2012, at 11:55 am

The U.S. Army is leading an effort to develop a dedicated launcher that would be capable of launching nano-satellites into precise orbits from almost any location at an ultra-low cost.

The program is called SWORDS, which stands for Soldier-Warfighter Operationally Responsive Deployer for Space. And NASA is a partner in the program, which expects to see an orbital test flight take place in the summer of 2013.

A summary of SWORDS drawn from a U.S. Army handout is below:

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