‘Beanie Baby’ Satellites to Ride Russian Rockets

One Stop Satellite Solutions (OSSS) is hoping to do for space access what Henry Ford did for the automobile — make it cheap enough for average folks. Combining a 4-inch (10-centimeter) “CubeSat” developed by the University of Stanford, and a horde of demilitarized Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launchers, OSSS can launch your 2.2-pound (1-kilogram) payload for about $45,000. To make sure the CubeSats don’t stay up indefinitely, they would normally only be launched up to about 125 miles (200 kilometers). But if they’re launched to a higher orbit, boosting a small payload to the Moon or even Mars is relatively easy, Twiggs said. “If you want to put something around Mars, this can do it affordably,” he added.