NASA's Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI) uses web technologies, databases, and virtual collaboration tools to collect, organize, and disseminate small spacecraft knowledge for the benefit of NASA and the community. S3VI has established this federated search capability that serves as an entry point to the SmallSat Parts On Orbit Now (SPOON) database and other NASA-internal and external databases to allow the public to search multiple databases for small spacecraft parts, technologies and conference proceedings. Currently, S3VI's federated databases consist of: the NASA Technology Portfolio System (TechPort), the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP), satsearch, PMPedia, Small Satellite Conference Proceedings, CubeSat Developers Workshop Proceedings, Inter-Planetary Small Satellite Conference Proceedings and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Organizations with small spacecraft parts and technologies that have achieved technology readiness level (TRL) 5 or more, are encouraged to submit their part to the Request for Information for inclusion in the SPOON database: https://sam.gov
The NASA Technology Portfolio System (TechPort) database contains technical project information for the novel and crosscutting activities that are taking place across NASA. TechPort is managed under the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA HQ.
The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program database consists of proposals that were awarded to small U.S. high technology companies and research institutions that participated in government-sponsored research and development (R&D) efforts in key technology areas needed by the agency and also have significant potential for successful commercialization.
The NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) database is managed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This database contains only NASA Goddard Space Flight Center test reports on radiation tested electronics.
The satsearch database contains space products & services from global suppliers, including a myriad of small satellite components, subsystems, and platforms. The database covers a number of categories, including but not limited to: Command & Data Handling, Communication, De-Orbit, Materials, Mechanisms, Structures, Power, Propulsion, Software and Thermal.
The PMPedia parts knowledge repository is a collection of EEE (Electrical, Electronic, Electromechanical) non-space grade components with relevance to space applications. This data archive, compiled and provided by The Aerospace Corporation, consists of a catalog of radiation test results, selection and test guidance, and a user forum for information exchange.
The Small Satellite Conference Proceedings database is managed by Utah State University. This database hosts the conference proceedings presented at each of the Annual Small Satellite Conferences held in Logan, Utah from 1987 through 2019.
The CubeSat Developers Workshop Proceedings database is managed by the California Polytechnic State University. This database hosts the proceedings presented over the past fifteen years at each of the CubeSat Developers Workshops held in San Luis Obispo, CA.
The Inter-Planetary Small Satellite Conference Proceedings database is organized by students, alumni, and staff from Caltech, MIT, Cornel, the University of Michigan, JPL, and NASA’s Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI). This database hosts the proceedings presented over the past seven years at each of the Inter-Planetary Small Satellite Conference held each year after the CubeSat Developers Workshop.
NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) reports database is managed by the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at NASA HQ. This database contains the final reports and publication lists for the small satellite payloads built by educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA Centers and programs that flew on past launches.