About JoSS

Purpose and Mission Statement

JoSS is published by A. Deepak Publishing, a branch of Taksha Institute.

The Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS) was established in 2010 to fill a void within the small satellite community for a global publication platform and exchange of information forum for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and other news and announcements covering the broad expanse of science, policy, and engineering developments related to small satellites.

JoSS is an endeavor sponsored and funded by Science and Technology Corporation (STC), and published by A. Deepak Publishing (ADP, a branch of TakshaShila Institute, aka Taksha Institute or TI).

JoSS is published three times a year, in Jan-Feb, May-Jun, and Sep-Oct, and is offered to its audience, users, and authors free of any charges, costs, or fees.

The mission of JoSS as an international online journal is to provide a high-quality, regularly-published, peer-reviewed publication that addresses all technical, scientific, systems and operations aspects of small satellites. JoSS strives to serve as a premier platform for the collective collaboration of researchers, scientists, and spacecraft engineers, providing an important forum for information exchange that enhances the functionality and utility of small satellites.


The intended audience for JoSS consists of researchers, engineers, and scientists, including students and entrepreneurs, whose professional interests lie in research, development, and building of femto‐/pico-/nano-/micro-class spacecraft and their applications. 

Technical Area Topics

The research focus of JoSS encompasses all classes of small satellites (including CubeSats, femto-, pico-, nano-, and micro-class spacecraft), and their associated subsystems, missions, and CONOPS, as listed below:

  • Command and Data Handling (C&DH)
  • CONOPS/Systems
  • Education/Outreach
  • Electrical Power System (EPS)
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C)
  • Interplanetary Probes
  • Payload/Science/Missions
  • Propulsion
  • Space and Ground Systems Engineering
  • Space Policy
  • Structures, Mechanisms, and Thermal
  • Tracking, Telemetry, and Communications (TT&C)
  • Trajectory and Orbital Mechanics
  • Other Relevant Topics (e.g., Launch, Assembly, Integration & Testing, Standards, Biomedical Research in Space, Space Debris, etc.)


From time to time JoSS publishes articles, letters, or other items that mention specific products or services by name. Such reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise is by the Author(s) of said items with regard to their subject matter, for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS).