1.3 RIDESHARE PROGRAM OVERVIEW SpaceX offers Rideshare Missions for small spacecraft on the Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle. This document applies to CubeSat dispensers and small spacecraft with an 8”, 15”, or 24” diameter standard mechanical interface, and in the case of small spacecraft, a single deployment from that interface. These spacecraft are referred to as Payloads throughout this document. Sub-components that comprise the Payload are referred to as Payload Constituents. As an optional service, which may incur an additional fee, SpaceX can provide alternative configuration information for Payloads that are not compatible with the 8”, 15”, or 24” diameter mechanical interface, for small spacecraft Payloads that require multiple deployments from the Launch Vehicle, or for Payloads that host multiple Payload Constituents that separate from an orbital transfer vehicle, or similar, after the Payload itself is deployed from the Launch Vehicle. In an effort to reduce the orbital debris footprint of the Rideshare Program, Payloads must adhere to the FCC’s ruling to dispose of spacecraft as soon as practicable but no later than 5 years after mission ends. The timeline of atypical Rideshare contract is shown in Figure 1-2.