In their current state, NASA aircraft flights often have underutilized spaces that are left empty. These payload bays could be used for smaller, secondary payloads, utilizing this flight opportunity to maximize the amount of science data collected. The ER-2 is a potential platform for this project because it already has multiple payload areas and frequently flies without all of the payload areas being utilized. The development of a standard based on the CubeSat form factor will allow for faster integrations and less on-site adjustments, which will minimize secondary payload influence on launch departure delays.
In this survey, we are looking to gather information about the connectors, electrical interfaces, and communication protocols currently in use by CubeSat and payload developers. Responses to this survey will provide us with valuable assistance while designing this standard to produce a system that will be as useful as possible for the largest audience.