ISIPOD CubeSat Deployer

Price on request

  • The ISIPOD is available in 3U
  • Can be used for both dedicated 3U CubeSat launches and for shared CubeSat launches consisting of a combination of smaller-sized CubeSats (e.g. 2 x 1.5U, or 1U+2U, or 3x1U)
  • One side of the ISIPOD allows for access to the integrated CubeSat. This is the side that is used for mounting the ISIPOD, and can be removed entirely; the entire area between the guide rails over the entire CubeSat length can be accessed.
  • The ISIPOD inner additional envelope is 10.0 [mm] which allows for CubeSats to extend in lateral directions up to 9.0 [mm]**Compared to 6,5 [mm] of the CalPoly CubeSat interface standard.
  • Does not rely on a battery pack, and does not need power to stay closed; charging is not necessary.
  • The Status System relies on redundant implemented deployment status switches.
  • Compatible with most launch vehicle pyro pulse signals to operate its electrical actuator. This is a non-explosive device which is testable, resetable and reusable without refurbishments.
  • Flight Heritage since 2013 on PSLV, Antares, Soyuz, Dnepr, LM-2D, Atlas5

View supported CubeSat sizes

Flight Heritage since 2013


The ISIPOD is an affordable 3U European launch adapter developed by ISIS for use with its launch services to accommodate CubeSats onboard a large variety of launch vehicles. Yet it can also be purchased separately in case a CubeSat developer has arranged a launch independently. By design, the ISIPOD provides simple, well-defined interfaces with the CubeSats internally and with the launch vehicle externally. During the launch, the CubeSats are fully enclosed by the ISIPOD and are only dispensed upon the signal by the launch vehicle.



Mass: 2kg
Nominal Payload Mass: 3kg
Maximum Payload Mass: 6kg
Outside envelope: 3U ISIPOD: 414.1 x 130.3 x 180.8 mm
Inner Envelope (CubeSat envelope): 100 x 100 x 340.5 mm
Connectors (on ISIPOD): Release System: Male DSUB9 Connector
Status System: Female DSUB9 Connector
Release System operating values: Typical Actuation Voltage = 28 V (Range ± 4 V)
Typical Current Consumption = 1.75 A
Typical Pulse Duration = 250 ms
Thermal Range: Tsurvive_min: – 50 °C
Toperation_min: – 35 °C
Toperation_max: + 80 °C
Tsurvive_max: + 90 °C
Qualification Levels: Quasi Static Load = 15.0 g
Sine Vibration = 4.0 g 10 Hz to 100 Hz
Random Vibration = 14.1 grms @ 3 sigma
Shock Load = 20 g @100 Hz; 2000 g @ 2 kHz; 6000 g @ 8 kHz
Fn greater than 90 Hz


Qualification testing

Test QT
Mechanical Shock
Thermal Cycling
Thermal Vacuum

*Levels available on request, ECSS/NASA GEVS compatible