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Space Mission Architectures - Infinite Possibilities
The demand for global connectivity and ubiquitous access is driving grand endeavors throughout both the public and private space sectors. The proliferated mission architectures needed to support commercially-motivated markets such as broadband communications and remote sensing are becoming increasingly intertwined with missions in support of civil and national security space applications.
As historic barriers to creating large-scale interconnected constellations continue to be overcome through advances in small satellite technologies and launch and ground systems, the emergence of new hybrid architectures are now being envisioned as part of the evolving space ecosystem. Selecting the appropriate architecture, or successfully orchestrating a combination of architectures, is a critical step toward implementing a system that fulfills mission requirements and objectives. Such an effort is becoming an increasingly complex art as there are seemingly infinite solutions. Adding to this complexity is the expectation that most, if not all, missions support security, information assurance, and interoperability.
The 34th Annual Small Satellite Conference will explore the realm of possible space mission architectures and how they can be practically achieved to support the diverse needs of the global space community.
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Year in Review
A review of missions that have been launched in the past 18 months, with an emphasis on lessons learned and/or the technological advancements that significantly enhanced mission utility.
Next on the Pad
A preview of missions that are scheduled to fly within the next 18 months, with an emphasis on the missions and their scientific or technological purpose.
Innovative technologies or systems (hardware or software) for ground networks, mission operations centers, or science/data analysis that provide significant advances in mission utility.
Launch systems, rideshares, or multi-manifest opportunities that are specifically designed to provide access to space for small satellites.
Educational programs, approaches, or philosophies that benefit the development of engineers and/or scientists through the use of small satellite technologies.
Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.
Innovative technologies (hardware or software) that provide significant capability advancements in small satellite missions.
Emerging technologies or techniques for the timeless challenge of communicating with small satellites.
Key technologies for effective on-orbit propulsion and attitude control maneuvering.
Space Mission Architectures
This session will explore the realm of possible space mission architectures and how they can be practically achieved to support the diverse needs of the global space community.