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 and technologies. Currently, S3VI's federated databases consist of: the NASA Technology Portfolio System (TechPort), NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) database and the Automotive Grade Parts database.

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 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 Alternate-Grade Parts Knowledge Repository is a collection of EEE (electrical, electronic and electromechanical) non-space grade components with relevance to space applications. This data archive, compiled and provided by The Aerospace Corporation, consists of manufacturers, part numbers, part descriptions, selected radiation test results, and CT X-ray and optical images.

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: