SWORDS is a joint DOD/NASA project to develop and demonstrate a very low-cost expendable nano-launch vehicle for on-call delivery of miniaturized satellites to Earth orbit.
Miniaturized satellites can potentially satisfy multiple defense, civil, and science needs at greatly reduced costs, but a compatible nano-launcher is required for maximum cost effectiveness.
SWORDS has broad base support across the aerospace community as a means of addressing compelling national security interests and enabling a new generation of civil space infrastructure and revolutionary space science platforms.
SWORDS will provide improved access to space for scientist/universities in a cost efficient and timely manner utilizing small scientific payloads, e.g. cubesats. The project will get NASA a foothold in the smaller launcher arena and get young engineers hands-on experience with flight hardware.
Principal Technologist: Ron Litchford (email@example.com)
Project Manager: Benny Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)