Mission Statement

The Small Satellite Reliability Initiative (SSRI) Knowledge Base mission is to share resources, best practices, and lessons learned that improve mission confidence for small satellites. To that end, this comprehensive online tool contains organized, vetted, and high-quality sources of information on key elements of a successful small satellite mission. Acknowledging the value and depth of small satellite knowledge that exists beyond our development team, we seek to engage the smallsat community and enable users to contribute to the growth and evolution of this tool.

Call for User Input

User participation is essential to the refinement and growth of the SSRI Knowledge Base. Please submit ratings on resources and best practices and lessons learned to help other users select the most valuable resources for their project. Please recommend edits to existing content and recommend new resources, best practices, or lessons learned that you have found useful. This user involvement, even in the form of general feedback submitted below, is the primary way that we see this resource continuing to grow and improve!

Detailed Instructions for Use

The SSRI Knowledge Base has two primary components: the Resource Library and the Mission Confidence Framework. The Resource Library is a database of resources on topics that inform smallsat mission confidence.

Resources are categorized as articles, websites, software tools, standards, books, or white papers. Note that the "articles" category includes theses and any paper, poster, or slide package presented at a conference or published in a journal or other formal publication.

Each resource item includes a brief description with specific guidance regarding its application to smallsat projects. Whenever possible, resources can be viewed and downloaded directly through this website as a PDF document by clicking on the resource title. This functionality is indicated by a icon next to the resource title. When the resource title is accompanied by a icon, the title text links to a website. In the case of many newer books and articles, a icon indicates that the title links to the resource's online digital object identifier (DOI).

Users can search the Resource Library directly using the search bar in the upper right corner of each page. This searches resource titles and descriptions and sorts search results by relevance.

While the Resource Library is searchable, the primary way that the SSRI Knowledge Base is intended to be used is through the Mission Confidence Framework (MCF). The MCF is an interactive, graphical table of contents for the SSRI Knowledge Base that lives on the Explore page of this website.

Navigate the MCF tree-diagram interface to find your desired topic page. Hovering over filled branch nodes will provide a preview of the associated branch and clicking on these nodes will open branches. Hovering over empty, "leaf" nodes in the MCF tree-diagram will bring up a preview of the topic page description. Clicking on one of these nodes will bring you to the topic page.

Topic pages include a scope and description section, bulleted list of best practices and lessons learned, and listing of relevant resources ordered by user rating.

Application Programming Interface (API)

The Knowledge Base exposes a RESTful API that enables programmatic access to the content of the application.

For documentation on the use of this API, click here.

Knowledge Base Updates

Version 1.0 - Initial release

Version 2.0 - Completed baseline content for 18 topic pages and added over 180 unique resources; added ratings, pagination, and search functionality to "Best Practices and Lessons Learned" content; improved analytics to improve the SSRI's ability to respond to user behavior with future improvements; added buttons and custom dialogs for more effectively and efficiently crowdsourcing input from users (recommended content and edits to existing content); added "Last Updated" information to each "Best Practices and Lessons Learned" item and "Resource"; and added an application programming interface (API) to enable programmatic access to Knowledge Base content.

General Feedback