In all rockets that launch satellites to orbit, the satellite is always placed at the top.
Why are payloads always placed at the top of rockets?
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First of all, let's look at what the limitations are for placing objects in a rocket.
Okay, so given all of that, what are your options, aside from a satellite launch at the top, as you mentioned? There are two things of note which I will include.
The bottom line is, putting the satellite at the top is convenient to dampen vibrations, reduce aerodynamic turbulence, improve performance, reduce heating of the spacecraft, etc. It doesn't have to be done that way, but it sure makes the design a lot easier, and there aren't any compelling cases that I'm aware of to do anything differently.