About JoSS

Mission Statement


The mission of this 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. This collective collaboration of researchers, scientists, and spacecraft engineers will provide an important forum for information exchange that will serve to enhance the functionality and utility of small satellites.


In terms of the Journal’s performance goals, we aim to achieve the highest “Impact Factor” possible.*


*The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period.




The intended audience for this journal is 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. Based on growing interest in these areas throughout the international community, as evidenced by attendance at international small satellite conferences, we estimate that the target size of the audience exceeds 1000 readers.


Technical Area Topics


The research focus of JoSS is on femto-, pico-, nano-, and micro-class spacecraft, and their associated subsystems, missions, and CONOPS:

    • Command and Data Handling (C&DH)
    • CONOPS/Systems
    • Education/Outreach
    • Electrical Power System (EPS)
    • Formation Flying
    • 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.)

Product Endorsement Disclaimer

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 for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS).

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