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Small Satellite Conference

Submit An Abstract

Abstract Deadline

Feb 6, 2024

Abstract Notification

Mar 29, 2024

Selected Papers Due

Jun 10, 2024

Abstract Submittal is now closed.

Submitted abstracts may be considered in the following:

Weekend Sessions

August 3-4

Educational and research programs, lessons learned, tutorials and CubeSat technology.

Weekday Sessions

August 5-8

Cutting-edge technologies and missions supporting small satellite endeavors.

SmallSat Swifties

August 6-8

Selected participants will be given three minutes for a flash talk during session breaks.

Poster Sessions

August 3-4 & 6-8

Printed posters displayed with dedicated viewing times during session breaks.

Abstract Selection

Abstracts are selected by a peer review panel based on:

  • Appropriate technical content
  • Value and relevance to Conference and session topic
  • Lack of advertisement/marketing*

*Abstracts that focus primarily on marketing are strongly discouraged

Please Note: By submitting, each author/co-author agrees to the following:
  • If accepted to present, authors are required to submit a technical paper (deadline June 10) to accompany the oral presentation.
  • Posters and Swifties do not require a technical paper, but authors are welcome to submit one for the Conference proceedings if they wish.
  • The Small Satellite Conference is authorized to circulate abstracts to committee members and reviewers for evaluation and selection purposes.
  • Selected presentations and papers will be included in the Small Satellite Conference online proceedings. Proper approval and clearances are the responsibility of the authors; please plan accordingly.

Conference Theme

Automation – Enabling New Capabilities

As small satellites support ever more complex and distant space missions, the need grows for sophisticated automation to ensure success. Compelling use cases exist across civil, military, and commercial sectors and range from light-touch autonomous systems to full autonomy leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning that enable systems to learn and adapt to new situations. Automation provides precise launch and deployment timing and enhances navigation and attitude control to optimize missions. Seamless ground station communication and data analysis enables missions to achieve complex scientific and operational objectives. Fault detection, recovery, and onboard decision-making systems swiftly respond to issues. Autonomous power management and collision avoidance enhance the efficiency and reliability of small satellite missions by reducing the need for human intervention.

During the 38th Annual Small Satellite Conference, we will explore how automation is being integrated into small satellite systems across the space, launch, ground, and user segments, making them smarter and more effective.

All sessions will be live in Logan, Utah and streamed online.

Call for Papers

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Session Topics


A review of how automation is being integrated into small satellite systems across the space, launch, ground, and user segments to make them smarter and more effective.

Cislunar Missions (weekend only)

A review of previous/ongoing/upcoming missions and/or technologies that enable cislunar missions.

Next on the Pad

A preview of missions scheduled to fly within the next 18 months with an emphasis on the scientific or technological purpose of the mission.

Year in Review

A review of missions launched in the past 18 months with an emphasis on lessons learned and/or the technological advancements that significantly enhanced mission utility.

Space Access

Launch systems, multi-manifest, or rideshare opportunities specifically designed to provide access to space for small satellites.

Ground Systems

Innovative technologies or full-up systems (hardware/software) for ground networks, mission operations centers, or science/data analysis centers that significantly advance mission utility.

Science/Mission Payloads

Innovative technologies or full-up systems that allow cutting-edge missions to be formulated.

Advanced Technologies

Innovative technologies (hardware/software) that provide significant advancements in small satellite missions.


Emerging technologies or techniques for the timeless challenge of communicating with or between small satellites.

Formation Flying and RPO

Innovative technologies or full-up systems (hardware/software/test) that advance formation and/or rendezvous and proximity operations missions.


Key technologies for effective maneuver and/or attitude control.

Coordinating Successful Educational Programs (weekend only)

A review of previous/ongoing efforts to train engineers and scientists utilizing small satellite programs, with an emphasis on lessons learned that benefit the broader community.

Orbital Debris, SSA & STM

A review of policies, best practices, and challenges for small satellite developers addressing space sustainability.