Published in 2010, the U.S. National Space Policy called for an increasing role for commercial space to meet government requirements. The Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) was established in 2011 to increase awareness of the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites.

The National Space Policy explicitly directs the use of non-traditional options for the acquisition of space goods and services, and cites hosted payloads as one of these non-traditional options. The policy notes that public-private partnerships with the commercial space industry can offer timely, cost-effective options to fill government requirements.

The HPA seeks to bring together government and industry in an open dialogue to identify and promote the benefits of hosted payloads. Read about the benefits of hosted payloads and learn more from case studies.