I'm working on designing a CubeSat component which does not comply with all of the requirements in the latest CubeSat Design Specification (CDS), namely:
"The ends of the rails on the +/- Z face shall have a minimum surface area of 6.5 mm x 6.5 mm contact area for neighbouring CubeSat rails."
With our current design, that area will have a hole in it so the area will be smaller, so I presume a Deviation Waiver Approval Request (DAR) will have to be submitted.
I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with how strict launch providers/brokers/integrators/etc. are with CubeSats which don't conform to the CDS? I realise that different companies have different dispensers that allow for slight variations, but it would be nice to meet the P-POD's standards.
I presume it's more of an issue with the dispenser integrator than launch provider, but not fully certain.