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Small Satellite Conference

Saturday, August 6 - Thursday, August 11

Small Satellites: Out of This World

Over the past several decades, dramatic technological advancements in small satellite buses, sensors, operations, and launch capabilities have allowed small satellite missions to demonstrate significant utility across many government and commercial applications.  These now highly capable systems have reduced the cost of new space missions and expanded our access to space.

Historically, small satellites have operated in low Earth orbit environments in support of technology demonstration, Earth imaging, communications, weather prediction, and space environment missions.   However, with the small satellite landscape changing rapidly, and following several recent global community mission successes beyond low Earth orbit, small satellite missions are now being targeted to explore our solar system.  Several missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, and asteroids are now under development.

These new space environments drive added complexity that is pushing current technological limits such as launch, power, propulsion, autonomous operations, long-distance communications, and the ability to operate within various radiation environments.  While small satellite missions are positioned to support further exploration beyond low Earth orbit, advancements in capability and sophistication are necessary to enable small satellites to be routinely used as tools in support of deep space scientific research.

During the 36th Annual Small Satellite Conference, we will explore the realm of the possible and investigate key advancements for small satellite missions to truly become transformational scientific discovery tools beyond low Earth orbit.


Saturday, August 6
Thursday, August 11
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Utah State University
1400 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322 United States
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