With evolving propulsion capabilities of cubesats, new mission opportunities for governments and private sector are becoming enabled or facilitated, adding to the promising outlook of evolving cubesat utilization landscape. Beyond the opportunities that advanced propulsion generates for new cubesat applications, it also raises a number of new issues related to cubesat operations in orbit.
Increasing private investments in space ventures, in addition to current market dynamics and growing governmental interest will likely mean that cubesat utilization landscape continue to thrive. Relevance of propulsion issue is amplifying with a range of new concepts progressing to high TRLs. The growing number of these tiny spacecraft, augmented by new capabilities and potentially advanced manoeuvrability possibilities will have a significant impact on a number of security issues. Latest ESPI Brief investigates the anticipated security issues resulting from the emergence of new cubesat capabilities and discusses the potential impact on future policy and regulatory developments.