Filling up a big rocket with small satellites is not for the faint of heart. “For a big launch vehicle the most important role is matchmaker in grouping small satellites,” says Ko Ogasawara, vice president and general manager with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, developer and operator of Japan’s H-II family of launchers. Multisatellite launches are nothing new—Europe’s Arianespace has been flying dual payloads since the 1980s—but the popularity ...

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