Leveraging low cost launch carriers for small satellites with the functionality required for DoD and intelligence missions
realizes a hidden potential capability. The Multi-Mission Bus Demonstration (MBD) is a Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) program to demonstrate military operational relevance in a 3U CubeSat form
factor. The MBD spacecraft caters to mission versatility and responsive launch capabilities with a standardized bus and
interchangeable payload interface design. MBD embraced the challenge of building two space vehicles on an extremely
aggressive timeline and demanding budget, causing the development team to evaluate every step of the process to
maximize efforts with minimal manpower and cost. MBD is providing a classified DoD payload capability that is truly
operationally relevant and may revolutionize the mission area.
As a single instrument or payload satellite, also called a SensorSat, MBD is a spacecraft of realizable ISR benefits
including effective remote sensing, simplified engineering design and program requirements, and reduced time to
launch, all yielding an appealing cost per unit. The SensorSat has potential to detect sufficient information that will act
as a complementary component to tactical commanders in heightening battlefield awareness. Recent advancements in
technology has put capabilities such as precision navigation, communication intelligence, signal intelligence, tactical
warning, environmental intelligence, and a wide variety of ground imaging, at the tip of culmination in a small,
economical package. This paper reviews the high functionality of the MBD spacecraft in the miniaturized footprint of 10
cm by 10 cm by 30cm which allows the mission to leverage inexpensive launch opportunities.