MARCH 29, 2019
JUNE 11, 2019

Technical Sessions

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.

Session Topics

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.

Ground Systems

Innovative technologies or systems (hardware or software) for ground networks, mission operations centers, or science/data analysis that provide significant advances in mission utility.

Space Access

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

Educational Programs

Educational programs, approaches, or philosophies that benefit the development of engineers and/or scientists through the use of small satellite technologies.

Science/Mission Payloads

Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.

Advanced Technologies

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.


Saturday, August 3

Session I: Look Back: Lessons Learned

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.

Session Chair: John Conklin - University of Florida

8:45 AM

ITASAT - The Lessons Learned from the Mission Conception to the Operation

Lidia Hissae Shibuya Sato, Luis Eduardo Vergueiro Loures da Costa, Jonas Bianchini Fulindi, Helio André dos Santos, Linélcio dos Santos Paula, Emerson Henrique Silva de Oliveira, Jéssica Garcia de Azevedo, Breno Aparecido Crucioli – Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica
9:00 AM

Hybrid Attitude Control On-Board UWE-4 Using Magnetorquers and The Electric Propulsion System NanoFEEP

Alexander Kramer, Philip Bangert, Klaus Schilling - University of Würzburg
9:15 AM

First Flight Results of the MOVE-II CubeSat

Sebastian Rueckerl, David Messmann, Nicolas Appel, Jonis Kiesbye, Florian Schummer, Markus Fahling, Lucas Krempel, Tejas Kale – Technical University of Munich
9:30 AM

How Not to Build a CubeSat - Lessons Learned from Developing and Launching NMSU's First CubeSat

Kyle Rankin, Ian McNeil, Ian Rankin, Steven Stochaj - New Mexico State University
9:45 AM

The RadFxSat Mission to Study Radiation Effects on Advanced Nanoelectronics

Brian Sierawski, Rebekah Austin, James Trippe, Kevin Warren, Andrew Sternberg, Robert Reed, Robert Weller – Vanderbilt University; Eric Skoog – Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
10:00 AM

UNITE CubeSat: From Inception to Early Orbital Operations

Glen Kissel, Ryan Loehrlein, Nathan Kalsch, Wyatt Helms, Zack Snyder, Sujan Kaphle – University of Southern Indiana

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Session II: Advanced Concepts I

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

Session Chair: Amelia Greig - Cal Poly

11:00 AM

An Experimental Study of a Smart Radiator Device for Enhanced Passive Thermal Control of Small Spacecraft

Aimee Carvey – University of Manitoba; Jean-Francois Thibault – Magellan Aerospace; Emile Haddad – MPB Technologies, Inc; Philip Ferguson – University of Manitoba
11:15 AM

On-orbit Calibration of Magnetometer Using Stochastic Gradient Descent

Joshua Abbey, Samuel Boland - UNSW Canberra Space
11:30 AM

Design and On-Orbit Experience of Reaction Wheels for Small Satellites

Walter Frese, Berlin Udo Renner, Klaus Briess, Zizung Yoon – Technische Universität Berlin
11:45 AM

The Brane Craft Phase II Program: Redefining Spacecraft Design and Applications

Siegfried Janson, Adam Bushmaker, Donald Walker, Dmitry Veksler, Laurent Matala-tala - The Aerospace Corporation
12:00 PM

Miniature Water Ion Thruster; 1 km/s-class Delta-V for a 6U CubeSat

Yuichi Nakagawa, Yasuho Ataka, Hiroyuki Koizumi, Kimiya Komurasaki - The University of Tokyo
12:15 PM

Tailored Systems Engineering Processes for Low Cost High Risk Missions

Jared Clements, Tyler Murphy – ATA Aerospace, Lee Jasper – Space Dynamics Laboratory; Charlene Jacka – Air Force Research Laboratory

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Session III: Educational Programs

Educational programs, approaches, or philosophies that benefit the development of engineers and/or scientists through the use of small satellite technologies.

Session Chair: Josh Rodenbaugh - ALE

1:45 PM

The Role of Small Satellites in the Establishment of the Gulf Region's First Graduate Level Space Studies Program

Carlos Niederstrasser – Northrop Grumman Corporation; Prashanth Marpu, Adham Alkhaja, Thu Trong Vu – Khalifa University; Efthymios Kontogiannis, Ahmed Alshaer – Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)
2:00 PM

University CubeSat Project Management for Success

Lucy Berthoud – University of Bristol; Michael Swartwout – Saint Louis University; James Cutler – University of Michigan; David Klumpar – Montana State University; Jesper Larsen, Jens Dalsgaard Nielsen – Aalborg University
2:15 PM

University Nanosatellite Program - 20 Years of Education

Jesse Olson - Air Force Research Laboratory; Cammi Moyer, Van Barnet – ATA Aerospace
2:30 PM

PyCubed, An Open-Source, Radiation-Tested CubeSat Platform Programmable Entirely in Python

Maximillian Holliday, Andrea Ramirez, Connor Settle, Tane Tatum, Debbie Senesky, Zachary Manchester – Stanford University
2:45 PM

NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Lessons Learned

Joyce Winterton, Dave Pierce, Janet Letchworth, Brenda Dingwall – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
3:00 PM

On-Orbit Operation Results of the World's First CubeSat XI-IV - Lessons Learned from Its Successful 15-years Space Flight

Ryu Funase, Satoshi Ikari, Ryo Suzumoto - The University of Tokyo; Nobutada Sako - Canon Electronics Inc.; Masahiro Sanada – JARL; Shinichi Nakasuka - The University of Tokyo
3:15 PM

Human Resource Developments in Africa

Shinsaku Nakamura – Japan Space Systems; Takayoshi Fukuyo – The University of Tokyo; Kazuyo Hirose, Tomomi Takeda – Japan Space Systems

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Session IV: Instruments/Science I

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

Session Chair: Gregory Pradels - Aerospace Valley

4:15 PM

CRON-1 The First Brazilian Private Cubesat

Otavio Durão, João Braga – National Institute for Space Research; Valter Schad – Horuseye Tech Systems Engineering Ltd.; Gilberto Rigobello, Celso Ribeiro – CRON Systems and Technology Ltd.; Manuel Bernardo da Silva Neto, Maury Esper – Horuseye Tech Systems Engineering Ltd.
4:30 PM

HYTI: Thermal Hyperspectral Imaging From a Cubesat Platform

Robert Wright - University of Hawaii at Manoa; Miguel Nunes - Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory; Paul Lucey - Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology; Luke Flynn - Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory; Thomas George - SaraniaSat Inc.; Sarath Gunapala, David Ting, Sir Rafol - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4:45 PM

Calibration and Testing of the Deformable Mirror Demonstration Mission (DeMi) CubeSat Payload

Bobby Holden, Rachel Morgan, Gregory Allan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ewan Douglas – University of Arizona; John Merk – Aurora Flight Sciences; Mark Egan, Gabor Furesz, Warren Grunwald – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5:00 PM

Recovering Time and State for Small Satellites in Deep Space

Andrew Dahir, Scott Palo – University of Colorado Boulder; Daniel Kubitschek – Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
5:15 PM

The Juventas CubeSat in Support of ESA's Hera Mission to the Asteroid Didymos

Hannah Goldberg – GomSpace; Özgür Karatekin, Birgit Ritter – Royal Observatory of Belgium; Alain Herique – Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Paolo Tortora – Università di Bologna; Claudiu Prioroc – GMV; Borja Garcia Gutierrez, Paolo Martino – European Space Agency
5:30 PM

Design of a Space-Based Laser Guide Star Mission to Enable Ground and Space Telescope Observations of Faint Objects

James Clark, Gregory Allan, Kerri Cahoy, Yinzi Xin - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ewan Douglas, Jared Males, Jennifer Lumbres - University of Arizona
5:45 PM

Design and Implementation of a Thermoelectric Cooling Solution for a CCD-based NUV Spectrograph

Nicholas DeCicco, Nicholas Nell, Kevin France, Stefan Ulrich, Arika Egan, Brian Fleming, Richard Kohnert – Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

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Sunday, August 4

Session V: Upcoming Missions

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

Session Chair: Negar Feher - Momentus Space

8:30 AM

The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) Mission

Craig Hardgrove - Arizona State University; Igor Lazbin - Arizona Space Technologies; Joe DuBois - Arizona State University; Derek Nelson, Jeremy Bauman, Bobby Williams – KinetX Aerospace; Richard Starr - Catholic University of America; Michael Tsay - Busek Company Inc
8:45 AM

Eye-Sat: A 3U Student CubeSat from CNES Packed with Technology

Fabien Apper – ISAE-SUPAERO; Alain Gaboriaud – CNES; Antoine Ressouche – ISAE-SUPAERO; Frederick Viaud – CNES; Nicolas Humeau, Matthieu Vuille – ISAE-SUPAERO; Mathilda Couture – IRAP
9:00 AM

AQT-D: Demonstration of the Water Resistojet Propulsion System by the ISS-Deployed CubeSat

Jun Asakawa, Kazuya Yaginuma, Yuichi Nakagawa, Yoshihiro Tsuruda, Hiroyuki Koizumi, Kota Kakihara, Kanta Yanagida, Yoshihide Aoyanagi - The University of Tokyo
9:15 AM

Solar System Exploration Sciences by EQUULEUS on SLS EM-1 and Science Instruments Development Status

Satoshi Ikari, Masahiro Fujiwara, Hirotaka Kondo, Shuhei Matsushita, Ryu Funase - The University of Tokyo; Shinsuke Abe - Nihon University; Masahisa Yanagisawa - The University of Electro-Communications; Ryota Fuse - Nihon University
9:30 AM

The Low-Latitude Ionosphere/Thermosphere Enhancements in Density (LLITED) Mission

Rebecca Bishop – The Aerospace Corporation; James Clemmons – University of New Hampshire; Aroh Barjatya – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Richard Walterscheid – The Aerospace Corporation; Liam Gunter - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
9:45 AM

Small Satellite Missions for Planetary Science

Carolyn Mercer - NASA Glenn Research Center

The CaNOP Cubesat Mission

Andrew Santangelo – sci_Zone; Kevin Crosby – Carthage College

AERO & VISTA: Demonstrating HF Radio Interferometry with Vector Sensors

Frank Lind, Philip Erickson, Michael Hecht – MIT Haystack Observatory; Frank Robey – MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Mary Knapp – MIT Haystack Observatory; Mark Silver, Alan Fenn – MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Kerri Cahoy – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Session VI: Ground, Software and Tools

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

Session Chair: Guillaume Tanier - Telespazio

11:00 AM

How, What, Where, and Why to Open Source Small Satellite Software

Ryan Melton, Jason Thomas - Ball Aerospace
11:15 AM

LASP SmallSat Science Data Services

Alexandria Ware, James Craft, Thomas Baltzer, Christopher Pankratz – Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
11:30 AM

Commercial Space Tracking Services for Small Satellites

Nathan Griffith, Edward Lu, Michael Nicolls, Inkwan Park, Chris Rosner – LeoLabs
11:45 AM

Modeling and Simulation of a Long-Wave Infrared Polarimetric Sensor for Space Object Detection and Characterization

Kevin Pohl, Jonathan Black, Edward Colbert - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
12:00 PM

Needle in a Haystack: Finding Two S-band Cubesats in a Swarm of 64 Within 24 Hours

Kasandra O'Malia, Gary Stuart – Millennium Engineering and Integration; Michele Wallner – Rincon Research Corporation; Giovanni Minelli – Naval Postgraduate School; Katherine Fackrell, Heather Powner, Gregg Leisman – Millennium Engineering and Integration
12:15 PM

Simulation-To-Flight 1 (STF-1): Automating the Planning, Scheduling, Assessment and Data Processing/Reduction for a Small Satellite

Mark Suder, Justin Morris, Scott Zemerick, Matthew Grubb – NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility; John Lucas – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Session VII: Instruments/Science II

Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.

Session Chair: Ewan Douglas - University of Arizona

1:45 PM

Overview of Project SPATIUM - Space Precision Atomic-clock Timing Utility Mission

Chee Lap Chow, Ying Zhang, Man Siu Tse, King Ho Holden Li – Nanyang Technological University; Kateryna Aheieva, Rahmi Rahmatillah, Ryotaro Ninagawa, Mengu Cho – Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
2:00 PM

NEUTRON-1 Mission: Low Earth Orbit Neutron Flux Detection and COSMOS Mission Operations Technology Demonstration

Miguel Nunes - Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory; Peter Englert - Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology; Luke Flynn, Lloyd French, Lance Yoneshige, Ben Gershom, Amber Imai-Hong, Isaac Rodrigues - Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
2:15 PM

The Spectral Ocean Color Imager (SPOC) - an adjustable multispectral imager

David Cotton, Nicholas Neel, Deepak Mishra, Caleb Adams, Marguerite Madden, Susanne Ullrich, Adrian Burd, Malcolm Adams – University of Georgia Small Satellite Research Lab
2:30 PM

6U Cubesat for Ultraviolet Time-Domain Astronomy

Yoichi Yatsu, Nobuyuki Kawai – Tokyo Institute of Technology; Shrinivas Kulkarni – California Institute of Technology; Saburo Matunaga, Kiyona Miyamoto, Kenichi Sasaki, Hiroki Ando, Tsuyoshi Nakashima – Tokyo Institute of Technology
2:45 PM

Virtual Telescope for X-Ray Observations

Kyle Rankin – New Mexico State University; John Krizmanic – Center for Space Science and Technology; Neerav Shah – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Steven Stochaj – New Mexico State University; Asal Naseri – Space Dynamics Laboratory
3:00 PM

Damping And Vibrations Experiment (DAVE): On-Orbit Performance of a CubeSat Particle Damper

Michael Fernandez, Grigory Heaton, David Pignatelli, John Bellardo – California Polytechnic State University

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Session VIII: Advanced Concepts II

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

Session Chair: Rebecca Holmes - LANL

4:15 PM

Wireless Bus Interconnects for Flexible and Reliable CubeSat Signal Integrations

Russell Trafford, Nicholas Gorab, Tanner Smith, Adam Fifth, John Schmalzel, Robert Krchnavek, Sangho Shin – Rowan University
4:30 PM

Closing the Deep Space Communications Link with Commercial Assets

Sarah Withee, Gabriel Altman, Wesley Caruso, Charles Gillard, John Sobtzak, Brodie Wallace, Kyle Wislinsky – University of Colorado Boulder
4:45 PM

Fault Tolerant Nanosatellite Computing on a Budget

Christian Fuchs – Leiden University; Nadia Murillo – Leiden Observatory; Pai Chou, Jing-Jia Liou, Yu-Min Cheng – National Tsing Hua University; Xiaoqing Wen, Stefan Holst – Kyushu Institute of Technology; Antonios Tavoularis – European Space Agency
5:00 PM

Folded Lightweight Actuator Positioning System (FLAPS)

Paula do Vale Pereira, Katherine Chun, Mario Contreras, Charles Lindsay, Shreeyam Kacker, Raymond Huffman, Christian Haughwout, Kerri Cahoy – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5:15 PM

Pressurized 1U CubeSat Propulsion

Peter Van Ness, Geraldo Ramirez, Sebastian Gnagy, Stavros Diamantopoulous, Amelia Greig – California Polytechnic State University
5:30 PM

Development of a Fiber-Fed Pulsed Plasma Thruster for Small Satellites

Curtis Woodruff, Darren King, Rodney Burton, Jared Bowman, David Carroll - CU Aerospace

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Pre-Conference Poster Sessions

Poster Session I

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Tippetts Gallery
Fine Arts Center

Open Source Space VPX Modules for Hypersat Platform

Grzegorz Kasprowicz, Michał Gąska, Michał Kuklewski, Marcin Bieda, Stanislaw Hanasz - Warsaw University of Technology

Development of an S-Band Ground Station Receiving System by GNU radio

Wei Hao Luo, Loren Chang - Center for Astronautical Physics and Engineering, National Central University

Development of a High-Altitude Balloon CubeSat Platform for Small Satellite Education and Research

Jill Davis, Alexander Reynolds, Yezad Anklesaria, Henry Pernicka, Jillian Schmidt – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Effective Small-Satellite Radiation Assurance for Non-Specialists

Rebekah Austin, Arthur Witulski, Brian Sierawski, Nag Mahadevan, Gabor Karsai, Robert Reed, Ron Schrimpf - Vanderbilt University

Optimized Ground Station Placement for a Mega Constellation using a Genetic Algorithm

Joseph Kopacz, Jason Roney, Roman Herschitz – University of Denver

Pre-flight Testing of AQUARIUS: the Water Resistojet Thruster on the SLS EM-1 CubeSat for Deep Space Exploration

Keita Nishii, Hiroyuki Koizumi, Jun Asakawa, Akihiro Hattori, Kosei Kikuchi, Mariko Akiyama, Qihang Wang, Masaya Murohara - The University of Tokyo

Mission Dodona: Electronic Power System Design, Analysis and Integration

Sriram Narayanan, Rahul Rughani, Rebecca Rogers, Kyle Clarke, Jeremy Allam – University of Southern California

Characterization of Semi-autonomous On-orbit Assembly CubeSat Constellation

John Gregory, Jin Kang, Michael Sanders, Dakota Wenberg – US Naval Academy; Ronald Sega – Colorado State University

A Comparison Study on Control Moment Gyroscope Arrays and Steering Laws for Micro-satellites

Chitiiran Krishna Moorthy, Dr. Alexander Frias, Regina Lee - York University, Toronto

Inspiring Students through an Attitude Determination and Control System

Caleb Gimpel, Kevin Burville - Simon Fraser University

Enabling Technologies for Deep Space CubeSats

Carl Brandon, Peter Chapin - Vermont Technical College

Space Weather-Sondes: Development of Distributed Satellite Networks for F-Region Investigation

Andrew ONeill, Sven Bilen, Julio Urbina, Timothy Kane - Penn State University

Model Based Systems Engineering Applied to a 3U CubeSat Case Study

Michelle Masutani - University of Hawaii at Manoa; Yosef Ben Gershom, Miguel Nunes - Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory

Developing a Power Modelling Tool for CubeSats

Tom Etchells, Lucy Berthoud - University of Bristol

Multiplatform Mission Planning and Operations Simulation Environment for Next Generation Small Satellite Missions

Graeme Smith, Christopher Ball, Jakob Delong, Mohammad Abu Shattal, Ryan Linnabary, Joel Johnson - The Ohio State University

Use-Case-Driven Systems Engineering for a Global Wildfire Early-Detection & Monitoring Cubesat Constellation

Joerg-Michael Weber, GmbH Thomas Grübler - Orbital Oracle Technologies GmbH; Florian Schummer -Technical University of Munich; Clemens Kaiser - Orbital Oracle Technologies GmbH; Alexander Koch - Technical University of Munich

2-in-1 Smart Panels: Embedding Microstrip Patch Antennas within Satellite Structures

Valorie Platero, Philip Ferguson – University of Manitoba

The Spacecraft Challenge: A Student Satellite Program Accelerator

Wesley Stirk, Jacob Willis, Patrick Walton - Brigham Young University

CubeSat Bus and Cluster Formation Design for Earth's Mass Transport Processes Monitoring Mission

Dae Young Lee – Iowa State University; Hyeongjun Park – New Mexico State University; John Hwang –University of California San Diego; Victor E. Pecsen-Perez – Iowa State University

Design of a Low Power CDMA S-Band Receiver for CubeSat Constellations

Les Warshaw, Scott Palo, Damon van Buren - University of Colorado Boulder

Overview of Ground Stations in an Academic Environment at Virginia Tech

Kevin Sterne, Zach Leffke - Virginia Tech

Space Gardening on Plantsat: Design Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Biological Ecosystems in Low Earth Orbit

Elias Obreque, Alex Becerra - University of Chile; Matthew Lehmitz - University of Wyoming; Carlos Gonzalez, Gustavo Diaz, Javier Rojas, Marcos Diaz - University of Chile

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Payload Design for Lunar Resource Detection

Vincent Twin - Pegasus Space Program

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Poster Session II

Sunday, August 4, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Tippetts Gallery
Fine Arts Center

An SDR Mission Measuring UHF Signal Propagation and Interference between Small Satellites in LEO and Arctic Sensors

Gara Quintana Díaz, Roger Birkeland, Evelyn Honoré-Livermore, Torbjörn Ekman - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Programmable CubeSat Interface Board to Reduce Costs and Delivery Time

Turtogtokh Tumenjargal – National University of Mongolia; Sangkyun Kim, Hirokazu Masui, Mengu Cho – Kyushu Institute of Technology

'BLUE-SKY' Learning with CubeSats

Theodore Ouyang, Alexa Ernce, Samer Elhoushy, Kevin Simmons – Wolverine CubeSat Development Team

IRAS DCEP - Automated and Distributed Satellite and Constellation Design

Martin Fugmann, Manfred Ehresmann, Jonathan Skalden - University of Stuttgart; Manuel Heck - German Aerospace Center (DLR); Georg Herdrich, Stefanos Fasoulas, Sabine Klinkner - University of Stuttgart; Tina Stäbler - German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Evaluation of Reinforcement Learning Solar Panel Maximum Power Point Tracking Algorithm for Nanosatellite Class Satellites

Alexandros Tsoupos - United Arab Emirates University; Prashanth Marpu - Khalifa University

A 3U Cubesat Platform for Plant Growth Experiments

Jared Loewenthal, Spencer Bradshaw, Laura Branch, Sandra Connelly, Jeffrey Mills, Dorin Patru - Rochester Institute of Technology

Compact Ionosphere Probe for CubeSat-based Science Missions

Chi-Kuang Chao - National Central University

Software Simulation and Hardware Implementation of VHF-UHF Tape Monopole and Dipole Antennae for Small Satellites

Amulya MS, Shashank Shrivastava, Samana Managoli - R.V. College of Engineering

Experimental Demonstration of Eddy-Current Technology for Relative Positioning

Katherine Wilson, Mason Peck - Cornell University

Productization of CubeSat Rendezvous and Docking Solutions

Manwei Chan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; James Bultitude, Daniel Faber, Dean Hawes - Orbit Fab

Space-based Ionosonde Receiver and Visible Limb-viewing Airglow Sensor (SIRVLAS): A CubeSat Instrument Suite for Enhanced Ionospheric Charge Density Measurements

Ryan Tse, Laura Cui, Patrick Kim, Sujay Swain, Benjamin Cohen, Gautom Das - Montgomery Blair High School

I&T of SASSI^2, CubeSat Mission for Atmospheric Re-Entry Study

Leonardo Facchini, Alina Alexeenko, McClain Goggin - Purdue University; Nicholas Zuiker - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

An Open-Source Helmholtz Cage Design with Air-Bearing Table for 1U and 3U CubeSat Testing

Matthew Verbryke, Jason Roll, Michael Rosin, Michael Rechtin, Adam Herrmann, Himadri Pandey, Catharine McGhan, Ou Ma - University of Cincinnati

Building an ADCS Solution to Support High-Fidelity Ground Testing

Luc Bouchard, Liam Bruno, John Bellardo - California Polytechnic State University

Vibrational Isolation for Cryogenic Electro-Optical Instrument Systems in CubeSats

Sarah Abdel-Motaleb, Lucas Anderson, Russell Babb - Utah State University; Arthur Mastropietro, Ian Mckinley, Elham Maghsoudi, Simon Luong – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Charles Swenson - Utah State University

Active Thermal Control System with Deployable Tracking Radiator

Russell Babb, Lucas Anderson, Sarah Abdel-Motaleb - Utah State University; Arthur Mastropietro, Elham Maghsoudi, Ian Mckinley, Simon Luong – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Charles Swenson - Utah State University

Phoenix: Student-Driven Thermal Imaging CubeSat to Study the Impact of Urban Heat Islands on the Environment

Jaime Sanchez de la Vega, Sarah Rogers, Ryan Fagan, Yegor Zenkov, Raymond Barakat - Arizona State University

Deep learning and Gaussian process approach for optimal attitude control of a Two-CubeSat Virtual Telescope

Reza Pirayesh, Manel Martinez-Ramon, Asal Naseri - University of New Mexico; Steven Stochaj - New Mexico State University; Neerav Shah - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dynamic Active Thermal Control of a LEO Nanosatellite Based on its Mode of Operation

Sundar Gurumurthy, Chintan Malde – Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani

MYSat-2: A CubeSat to Test Novel Attitude Control Algorithms

Prashanth Marpu - Khalifa University

Development of Sustainable Evolutionary Space Human Resource Training Program Using HEPTA-Sat

Taiga Zengo, Masahiko Yamazaki - Nihon University

ARKSAT-2, the Technology Pathfinder for the Diurnal Atmospheric Surveyor Cubesats (DAS-Cubes)

Cassandra Sands – University of Arkansas; Edmond Wilson – Harding University; Yupo Chan, Po-Hao Adam Huang – University of Arkansas

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Monday, August 5

Session I: Small Satellite Production

Technical issues, development considerations, and new opportunities for high-volume small satellite production, to include quality control, standards, designing for manufacturability, and automated assembly, integration and test.

Session Chair: Pat Patterson - Space Dynamics Laboratory

2:15 PM

Key Technology and Programmatic Drivers and Lessons Learned for Production of Proliferated Small Satellite Constellations

Benjamin Randolph, Rob Schwarz, William Hreha, Aaron Rogers – Maxar
2:30 PM

CNES Miniaturization Policy: An Answer to Nanosatellites Challenges

Romain Mathieu, Michel Chaubet, Clement Dudal, Philippe Lafabrie – CNES
2:45 PM

Mass Manufacturing of Small Satellites, Gearing up for the Henry Ford Moment

Tom Segert - Berlin Space Technologies GmbH; Sanjay Attara - Azista Aerospace
3:00 PM

Quantity and Quality: Scaling Small Business for Large Constellations

Cordell Grant, Thomas Sears, Julia Gibson, Norah Kerr, Doug Sinclair – Sinclair Interplanetary
3:15 PM

Smallsat Manufacturing; The Spire "Constant NPI" Model

Daniel Bryce - Spire Global Inc.
3:30 PM

Flexible, High Speed, Small Satellite Production

Cheser Gilmore, Rupesh Gandupalli, Jacob Stern, Arthur Descamps, Aurore Piazza, Ryan Gilmour, Brian Eshnaur – Planet Labs, Inc.
3:45 PM

The $99 Satellite

Luca Maresi - European Space Agency

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Session II: Small Satellites - Future Directions

Invited community thought leader perspectives on the realm of the possible for small satellite applications, enabling technologies, and stakeholder utilization.

Session Chair: Pat Patterson - Space Dynamics Laboratory

5:00 PM

Ian Christensen - Secure World Foundation
5:20 PM

Ben Reed - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
5:40 PM

Col Russ Teehan - US Air Force

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Tuesday, August 6

Session III: Year in Review I

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.

Session Chair: Dave Barnhart - LMCO

8:00 AM

CubeSat Laser Communication Crosslink Pointing Demonstration

Richard Welle, Christopher Coffman, Dee Pack, John Santiago - The Aerospace Corporation
8:15 AM

MASCOT : Communications With a Small Probe on Ryugu Asteroid

Clement Dudal – CNES; Tetsuo Yoshimitsu – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Federico Cordero - Telespazio; Norbert Toth, Christian Grimm, Michael Wrasmann – German Aerospace Center (DLR); Aurelie Moussi-Soffys – CNES; Tra-Mi Ho – German Aerospace Center (DLR)
8:30 AM

Improvements in Attitude Determination and Control of the Small Satellite Flying Laptop

Steffen Gaisser, Ulrich Mohr, Jonas Keim, Daniel Triloff, Sabine Klinkner - University of Stuttgart
8:45 AM

MarCO: Flight Review and Lessons Learned

Andrew Klesh, John Baker, Joel Krajewski – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
9:00 AM

First Results from HaloSat - A CubeSat to Study the Hot Galactic Halo

Philip Kaaret, Anna Zajczyk, Daniel LaRocca, Jesse Bluem, Rebecca Ringuette - University of Iowa; Keith Jahoda, Thomas Johnson – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Kip Kuntz - Johns Hopkins; Steve Schneider, Doug Laczkowski -Blue Canyon Technologies
9:15 AM

Conquering the Solar System with CubeSat Technology – First Results of CubeSat Hardware Beyond Low Earth Orbit

Eric Bertels, Zeger de Groot – Innovative Solutions in Space; Marc Klein-Wolt – Radboud University Nijmegen

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Session IV: Science/ Mission Payloads

Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.

Session Chair: Luca Maresi - European Space Agency

10:30 AM

Proto-Flight Model of SAR for 100kg Class Small Satellite

Hirobumi Saito – Synspective Inc.; Jiro Hirokawa, Takashi Tomura – Tokyo Institute of Technology; Prilando Rizki Akbar – Keio University; Budhaditya Pyne – Synspective Inc.; Koji Tanaka, Makoto Mita – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Tomoki Kaneko – The University of Tokyo
10:45 AM

CHEOPS: The ESA Mission for Exo-Planets Characterization Ready for Launch

Joel Asquier, Nicola Rando, Carlos Corral Van Damme, Francesco Ratti – European Space Agency
11:00 AM

RainCube, the First Spaceborne Precipitation Radar in a 6U CubeSat

Eva Peral, Simone Tanelli, Shannon Statham, Jonathan Sauder, Shivani Joshi, Douglas Price, Travis Imken, Nacer Chahat – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
11:15 AM

CORE Hinge Testing Phase results of the Delft Deployable Space Telescope

Victor Villalba, Stefan Leegwater, Hans Kuiper – Delft University of Technology
11:30 AM

Ground Testing a LWIR Imaging Radiometer for an Upcoming Smallsat Mission

David Osterman, Michael Veto, Robert Warden, Alfonso Amparan, Reuben Rohrschneider, Gretchen Reavis, Alia Ghandour, Joseph Necas, Patrick Kerrigan - Ball Aerospace
11:45 AM

System Design of the Miniaturized Distributed Occulter/Telescope (mDOT) Science Mission

Adam Koenig – Stanford University; David Mauro – NASA Ames Research Center; Bruce Macintosh, Simone D'Amico – Stanford University
12:00 PM

A Small Satellite Payload for Airglow Measurements in the Upper Atmosphere by Spatial Heterodyne Interferometry

Friedhelm Olschewski – University of Wuppertal; Martin Kaufmann – Research Center Juelich; Klaus Mantel – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light; Tom Neubert, Heinz Rongen, Martin Riese – Research Center Juelich; Ralf Koppmann – University of Wuppertal

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Session V: 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.

Session Chair: Kevin Heath - Waypoint 2 Space Inc.

1:45 PM

CHEOPS launch in 2019! - Payload Capabilities and In-Orbit Commissioning Preview

Thomas Beck, Andrea Fortier, Virginie Cessa, Christopher Broeg, Willy Benz - University of Bern; Nicola Rando, Joel Asquier, Carlos Corral Van Damme – European Space Agency
2:00 PM

GHGSat Constellation: The Future of Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Michael Ligori, Laura Bradbury, Robert Spina, Robert Zee - UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory; Stephane Germain - GHGSat Inc.
2:15 PM

A Very Low Altitude Satellite for Equatorial Ionosphere Measurements

Amal Chandran, Shanmugasundaram Selvadurai – Nanyang Technological University; Spencer Boyajian – University of Colorado at Boulder; Sarthak Srivastava, Kashyapa Naren Athreyas – Nanyang Technological University; Martin Kaufmann – University of Wuppertal; Loren Chang – National Central University; Priyadarshnam Hari –Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
2:30 PM

The Development Status of the First Demonstration Satellite of Our Commercial Small Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite Constellation

Toshihiro Obata – Synspective Inc.; Hirobumi Saito, Koji Tanaka – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Shinichi Nakasuka – The University of Tokyo; Seiko Shirasaka – Keio University
2:45 PM

ESA Earth Observation Directorate NewSpace Initiatives

Massimiliano Pastena, Bernardo Carnicero Domínguez, Pierre Philippe Mathieu, Amanda Regan – European Space Agency; Marco Esposito, Simon Conticello, Chris Van Dijk, Nathan Vercruyssen – cosine measurement systems
3:00 PM

INSPIRESat-1: An Ionosphere and Solar X-ray Observing Microsat

Spencer Boyajian – Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics; Ankit Verma – Indian Institute of Space and Technology; Yi Duann – National Central University
3:15 PM

NorSat-3 - Next Generation Norwegian Maritime Surveillance

Andreas Skauen, Berit Jahnsen, Tore Smestad, Eirik Grimstvedt Skjelbreid, Fredrik Guldbrandsen, Knut Svenes – Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI); Brad Cotton, Robert Zee – UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory

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Session VI: Communications

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

Session Chair: Richard Welle - Aerospace

4:30 PM

Planet High Speed Radio: Crossing Gbps from a 3U Cubesat

Kiruthika Devaraj, Matt Ligon, Eric Blossom, Joseph Breu, Bryan Klofas, Kyle Colton, Ryan Kingsbury – Planet Labs, Inc.
4:45 PM

NASA’s Terabyte Infrared Delivery (TBIRD) Program: Large-Volume Data Transfer from LEO

Curt Schieler, Bryan Robinson, Owen Guldner, Bryan Bilyeu, Ajay Garg, Kathleen Riesing, Jessica Chang, Farhad Hakimi – MIT Lincoln Laboratory
5:00 PM

Preliminary Results from the CHOMPTT Laser Time-Transfer Mission

John Conklin, Seth Nydam, Tyler Ritz, Nathan Barnwell – University of Florida; Paul Serra – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Hanson, Anh Nguyen, Cedric Priscal – NASA Ames Research Center
5:15 PM

Optical Communications Crosslink Payload Prototype Development for the Cubesat Laser Infrared CrosslinK (CLICK) Mission

Paul Serra, Ondrej Cierny – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Myles Clark, Tyler Ritz, Danielle Coogan, John Conklin – University of Florida; Rodrigo Diez, Peter Grenfell – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5:30 PM

Unlocking the Next Generation of Nano-Satellite Missions with 320 Mbps Ka-Band Downlink: On-Orbit Results

Kyle Leveque – Astro Digital; Zach Cuseo – Advanced Solutions Inc; Louis Carleton, Jan King – Astro Digital; Russell Babb – Utah State University
5:45 PM

Inter-spacecraft Omnidirectional Optical Communicator for Swarms

Jose Velazco, Danny Wernicke, Joseph Griffin, Andy Klaib, Sean Cornish, John Huleis – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ozdal Boyraz, Imam Uz Zaman – University of California, Irvine

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Wednesday, August 7

Session VII: Advanced Technologies I

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

Session Chair: Vyshi Suntharalingam - MIT/LL

8:00 AM

COTS for Space - Radiation Characterization of Gyro and IMUs for LEO Operations

Hans Richard Petersen, Reidar Holm, Hans Erik Mathisen, Marius Horntvedt – Sensonor AS
8:15 AM

Concept Design and Development of 30kg Microsatellite HIBARI for Demonstration of Variable Shape Attitude Control

Kei Watanabe, Yuhei Kikuya, Yusuke Shintani, Kenichi Sasaki, Hiroki Ando, Tsuyoshi Nakashima, Kiyona Miyamoto, Kaoru Matsubara - Tokyo Institute of Technology
8:30 AM

Space-Deployed Inflatable Dual-Reflector Antenna: Design and Prototype Measurements

Jesse Mills, Alan Fenn, Sean Crowley, Bakari Hassan, Frank Robey, Pierre Dufilie, Mike Hecht – MIT Lincoln Laboratory
8:45 AM

CubeSat-Sized Space Microcryocooler

Jeffrey Olson - Lockheed Martin
9:00 AM

Novel Load Bearing Antennas for CubeSat Applications

Manohar Deshpande – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
9:15 AM

Freeform Grating-Based Hyperspectral Instruments: When Smallsat Solutions Benefit to Big Missions

Vincent Moreau, Benoit Borguet, Jean-François Jamoye – Advanced Mechanical & Optical Systems; Luca Maresi, Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Micael Miranda – European Space Agency

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Session VIII: Frank J. Redd Student Competition

Session Chair: Stan Kennedy - Oakman Aerospace

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Application of a Six Degrees-of-Freedom Drag Model for Small Satellite Mission Development

Alexander Reynolds – Missouri University of Science and Technology
11:00 AM

Real-Time Optimal Slew Maneuver Planning for Small Satellites

Robin Aucoin - Space Flight Laboratory, University of Toronto
11:15 AM

Utilization of the Software Communication Architecture for Software Defined Radio Waveform Development

Noah Acosta – University of Hawaii at Manoa
11:30 AM

Experimental Validation of Relative Attitude Determination through Line of Sight Measurements for a Two-Vehicle Static Formation

Fatak Borhani, Niranjan Ravichandra – University at Buffalo
11:45 AM

INSPIRESAT-4 / ARCADE: A VLEO Mission for Atmospheric Temperature Measurements and Ionospheric Plasma Characterization

Sarthak Srivastava – Nanyang Technological University; Anant Kandala – Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology; Glenn Gacal – National Central University (Taiwan)
12:00 PM

Design of an In-Situ Sensor Package to Track CubeSat Deployments

Aaron Aboaf, Nicholas Renninger, Lara Lufkin - University of Colorado Boulder

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Session IX: Ground Systems

Innovative technologies or systems (hardware or software) for ground networks, mission operations centers, or science/data analysis that provide significant advances in mission utility.

Session Chair: Otávio Durão, INPE/CRON

1:45 PM

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Platform for Satellite Data Processing

Richard Baker, Peter MacHarrie, Hieu Phung, Jonathan Hansford, Jakku Reddy, Stephen Causey, John Sobanski, Steven Walsh – Solers, Inc.
2:00 PM

Computing Observation Geometry for Small Satellites

Charles Acton – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2:15 PM

The Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (MC3) Ground Station Network: An Overview and Look Ahead

Giovanni Minelli, Lara Magallanes, Noah Weitz, David Rigmaiden, James Newman – Naval Postgraduate School; MAJ Mark Scott, Sean Brady, Chiffon Watkins – United States Department of Defense
2:30 PM

Turning off the Lights: Automating SkySat Mission Operations

Sean Henely, Bethany Baldwin-Pulcini, Kyle Smith – Planet Labs, Inc.
2:45 PM

Generic Portable Virtual Reality Satellite Swarm Ground Station

Osama Elsayed – National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences

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Session X: Space Access

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

Session Chair: Barbara Braun - Aerospace

4:30 PM

Making Space on Orbit: Responsible Orbital Deployment in the Era of High-Volume Launch

Peter Beck – Rocket Lab
4:45 PM

Modularized Air-Launch with Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne system: Responsive Smallsat Constellation Construction Measured in Days, Not Months

John Fuller, Monica Jan, Veronica Foreman, Sirisha Bandla - Virgin Orbit; Wade McElroy - VOX Space
5:00 PM

Behind the US's largest Rideshare Launch: Spaceflight's SSO-A

Jeffrey Roberts – Spaceflight, Inc.
5:15 PM

The First Vega Ride-Share Mission Flight

Fabio Caramelli, Francois Battle, Aldo Scaccia - European Space Agency; Angelo Fontana – AVIO; F Fabiani – Arianespace; Augusto Cramarossa, Alessandro Gabrielli – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
5:30 PM

The Successful Launch of the Fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle and its Future Ride-Share Plans

Makoto Horikawa, Yusuke Ohagi, Hitomi Izumi, Yuichi Noguchi, Kazuhiro Yagi - IHI Aerospace; Takayuki Imoto - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
5:45 PM

NASA Launch Services Program Small Satellite Processing Capabilities at Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base

Liam Cheney – NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center

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Thursday, August 8

Session XI: Year in Review II

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.

Session Chair: John Paffett - KISPE

8:00 AM

A Year in Space for the CUbesat MULtispectral Observing System: CUMULOS

Dee Pack, Christopher Coffman, John Santiago - The Aerospace Corporation
8:15 AM

Demonstration of a Heterogeneous Satellite Architecture During RIMPAC 2018

David Voss, Ben Seibert - Air Force Research Laboratory; Scott Clawson - Space Dynamics Laboratory; Martin Lindsey – United States Pacific Command; Alex Peña - Air Force Research Laboratory; Øyvind Kinden Lensjø - Norwegian Defense Research Establishment; Arnaud van Kleef, Roland Vroeijenstijn - Netherlands Aerospace Centre
8:30 AM

Business Under the Clouds

Alex da Silva Curiel, Phil Whittaker, Glen Evans, Andrew Haslehurst, Andrew Cawthorne, Martin Sweeting – Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
8:45 AM

Seeker 1.0: Prototype Robotic Free Flying Inspector Mission Overview

Brian Banker, Scott Askew – NASA Johnson Space Center
9:00 AM

SRI International's CubeSat Identification Tag (CUBIT): System Architecture and Test Results from Two On-Orbit Demonstrations

Samson Phan - SRI International
9:15 AM

RemoveDebris Mission: In-orbit Operations

Guglielmo Aglietti, Ben Taylor, Simon Fellowes - Surrey Space Centre; Thierry Salmon - ArianeGroup; Alexander Hall - Airbus Group; Thomas Chabot - Airbus Defense and Space; Cesar Bernal – Innovative Solutions in Space; Aurelien Pisseloup – Airbus Group

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Session XII: Advanced Technologies II

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

Session Chair: Daria Lane - Naval Information Warfare Center - Pacific

10:30 AM

MEMS Gradiometers for Attitude Determination on CubeSats

Giovanna Marocco, Richard Middlemiss, Abhinav Prasad, Andreas Noak, Douglas Paul – University of Glasgow; Andrew Strain, Hazel Jeffrey – AAC Clyde; Giles Hammond – University of Glasgow
10:45 AM

SpaceCube v3.0 NASA Next-Generation High-Performance Processor for Science Applications

Alessandro Geist, Cody Brewer, Milton Davis, Nicholas Franconi, Sabrena Heyward, Travis Wise, Gary Crum, David Petrick – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
11:00 AM

Simulation of a High Stability Reference Clock for Small Satellites with Modeled GPS Timing Errors

Damon Van Buren, Scott Palo, Penina Axelrad – University of Colorado
11:15 AM

Development and Initial On-orbit Performance of Multi-Functional Attitude Sensor using Image Recognition

Yohei Iwasaki, Yuhei Kikuya, Kenichi Sasaki, Toshiki Ozawa, Yusuke Shintani, Yuto Masuda, Kei Watanabe, Hideo Mamiya – Tokyo Institute of Technology
11:30 AM

Optomechanical Design and Analysis for Nanosatellite Laser Communications

Laura Yenchesky, Ondrej Cierny, Peter Grenfell, William Kammerer, Paula Do Vale Periera, Tao Sevigny, Kerri Cahoy – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:45 AM

The First Orbital Flight of the ELROI Optical Satellite License Plate

David Palmer, Rebecca Holmes, Charles Weaver - Los Alamos National Laboratory

IFM Nano Thruster Electric Space Propulsion: From First Cubesat Demonstration to the First 100 Thrusters Produced

David Krejci, Alexander Reissner, Dennis Weihrauch – ENPULSION

Orbital Factory II: A 1U CubeSat for Additive Manufacturing Tasks in Low Earth Orbit

Joel Quintana, Perla Perez, Angel Flores-Abad, Jack Chessa, Ahsan Choudhuri – University of Texas at El Paso

Development of a MicroSat for On-Orbit Satellite Surgery

Ted Nye, Andrew Schurr, Mark Milam - Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Swifty Session I

Tuesday, August 6
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Small Launch Vehicles - A 2019 State of the Industry Survey

Carlos Niederstrasser - Northrop Grumman Corporation

Path to the First Flight of the SL-OMV

Christopher Loghry, Marissa Stender – Moog Inc.

On-Orbit Services the U.S. Government Provides to All Satellite Owners/Operators

Cynthia Wilson, Diana McKissock, Amanda Harman – 18th Space Control Squadron

Preparing for Launch: ELSA-d - A Novel Debris Removal Mission

Chris Blackerby, Akira Okamoto, Yusuke Kobayashi, Kohei Fujimoto, Yuki Seto, Sho Fujita, Takashi Iwai, Nobu Okada – Astroscale

Universal Electric Bus for Exploration and Reconnaissance (UEBER) -Enabling Small Sat Interplanetary Missions

Ryan Woolley, Nathan Barba, Tom Komarek – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Cubesat Optical Communications Experiments: Downlinks from LEO

Todd Rose - The Aerospace Corporation

Utility of a Commercial Rf-Optical Data Relay Network in Leo

Justin Oliveira, Joel Faure, Abdul Mohsen Z. Al Husseini, Weston Marlow, Tristan Helms - Analytical Space

French Feedback on the Mass Production of Small Satellite Platforms

Gregory Pradels - Aerosapce Valley

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Communications Channel Emulator for Small Satellites using Software Defined Radios

Jose Ruvalcaba, Jonathan Ou-Young, Cherry Wakayama, Terence Albert – Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific

NASA Near Earth Network (NEN) DVB-S2 Demonstration Testing for Enhancing Data Rates for CubeSat/SmallSat Missions

Yen Wong, Scott Schaire, Steven Bundick, Obadiah Kegege, Serhat Altunc – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Trish Perrotto, Peter Celeste – Booz Allen Hamilton; Marcus Murbach – NASA Ames Research Center

Cognitive Navigation

Adam Yingling, Evan Ward, Troy Morris, GP Sandhoo - Naval Research Laboratory

RF Emitter Geolocation Using a Single SmallSat

Patrick Ellis - University of California at Santa Cruz

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Swifty Session II

Wednesday, August 7
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Space Tourism Economic Survey

Ravin Pierre – Boeing

Enabling High-Power SmallSats with Advanced Thermal Management

Derek Hengeveld, Jacob Moulton, Steven Lockyer – LoadPath; Brenton Taft – U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; Andrew Kwas – Northrop Grumman Corporation

Towards Integrated Antennas on Solar Sails

Nicolas Appel - Technical University of Munich

How to Transform Satellite Constellations into Intelligent Swarms

Antonio Rodenas – SCISYS

Modular Boxes for a Modular Architecture

Clément Sinibaldi - CNES

The Role of Software and Services as Catalysts of Market Growth for the Satellite Industry

Bora Beran - Descartes Labs

Momentus In-Space Satellite Transportation Services: Vigoride System Design and Performance

Joel Sercel, Matt Parman, Aaron Mitchell, Philip Mainwaring – Momentus Space

Architecture & Manufacture for 1/7U to 27U 60 ThinSat Constellations: Flight Results

Hank Voss, Jeff Dailey, Matthew Orvis, Matthew Voss, Bradley Shradler – NearSpace launch

Enabling Mass-Production of Space Systems Utilizing Modular, Open-System Architectures and Models-Based Systems Engineering Tools and Processes

Stanley Kennedy, Chad Meskimen - Oakman Aerospace, Inc.; Paul Graven – Cateni

Thermal Validation Campaign of the Electric Propulsion System NPT30 Integrated Into the ISIS 8U Structure

Dmytro Rafalskyi, Javier Martínez, Antoine Poyet – ThrustMe; Marcin Brodecki, Hugo Brouwer – Innovative Solutions in Space

Calibration and Validation of CubeSat Microwave Radiometer On-orbit Data for MicroMAS-2A

Angela Crews – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Bill Blackwell, Vincent Leslie – MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Michael Grant - NASA Langley Research Center; Idahosa Osaretin, Michael diLiberto, Adam Milstein – MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Kerri Cahoy - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Balancing Capability and Cost on the STPSat-5 Microsat Mission

Linda Ettling – US Air Force; Pat Remias, John Eterno – Sierra Nevada Corporation; Clifford Graham, Mark Barrera – The Aerospace Corporation

The ASTERIA Extended Mission: Results from the Past Year

Matthew Smith, Lorraine Fesq, Amanda Donner, Robert Bocchino, Martina Troesch, Kyle Hughes, Peter Di Pasquale, David Sternberg – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Poster Session I

Tuesday, August 6, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Design and Testing of a Low Cost Modular 10 Gbps Optical Intersatellite Communication Terminal

Alan Scott, Danya Hudson, Joel Wagner, Hugh Podmore, Alexander Beaton, Ashley McColgan - Honeywell International

Upgrading Mission Assurance on a CubeSat Budget with Radiation Hardened Components

Ross Bannatyne - VORAGO Technologies

A Formal Approach to Verification and Validation of Guidance, Navigation, and Control Algorithms

Jason Crane, Jason Westphal, Islam Hussein – L3 Applied Defense Solutions; Meeko Oishi, Abraham Vinod, Joseph Gleason – University of New Mexico

Advancing PocketQube Technology

Tom Walkinshaw, Andrew Paliwoda, Sean Cusick - Alba Orbital Ltd

Building for Robustness and Thinking Outside the PC/104 Box

Roland Haber, Oliver Ruf, Daniel Garbe, Julian Scharnagl – Zentrum fuer Telematik e.V.; Klaus Schilling –Julius Maximilians University Wuerzburg

Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS) for LEO Satellites Using a Commercially Available GEO Satellite System

Khai Pang Tan, Eyal Trachtman - Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd

Ground Testing and On-Orbit Experience of Lightweight Gallium-Arsenide Solar Cells

Aarohi Vijh, Paul Sims, Ian Murray - Alta Devices, Inc.

How Much Power is Too Much for Cubesats (How Cubesat Size Determines Upper Limit of Power Generation)

Boris Yendler - YSPM, LLC

Applications for Deployable Helical and Quadrifilar Helical Antennas for Small Satellites

Greg O'Neill – Helical Communication Technologies

Design Process and Modular Breadboard for Rapid Development of Mission Specific Power Conditioning and Distribution Units

Janis Häseker, Christian Strowik, Niklas Aksteiner, Frank Dannemann - German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The NABEO-1 CubeSat Dragsail Launched Onboard Rocket Lab's "It's Business Time": Design, Testing, Launch and De-Orbit Mission

Thomas Sinn, Hugo Garcia Hemme - HPS GmbH; Steve Gehly - UNSW Canberra Space; Samantha Le May - SPACE Research Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ARIETIS-NS: High Performance Space Qualified Gyro for High Accuracy Earth Observation Missions

Alberto Torasso, Jose Beitia, Raouia Oubellil - InnaLabs Ltd; Steeve Kowaltscheck - European Space Agency

PMPedia: A Crowd-Sourced Space Radiation Electronics Knowledge Repository

Allyson Yarbrough, Craig Langford - The Aerospace Corporation; Neil White, Andrew Jones - University of Colorado

Ground Segment as a Service for the SmallSat Market - From Concept to Capability

Mark Thompson - Capricorn Space

REGULUS Electric Propulsion Module IoD in UniSat-7 Mission

Nicolas Bellomo - T4i; Riccardo Di Roberto – GAUSS; Elena Toson, Daniele Pavarin - T4i; Filippo Graziani –GAUSS

Application of Aluminum Wire in Magnetorquers for Improved Rate Control

Alex Ostrander, Jin Kang, Michael Sanders – United States Naval Academy

The Holy Grail of Earth Terminals: An Ultra-Low-Cost, Multi-Band, Multi-Beam, Modular Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) Terminal

Tom Cox – Envistacom

Educative Platform Based on the PocketQube 60 Standard

Ivan Ibrahim Fernandez-Morales, Sergio Escobedo-Juarez, Roxana Lechuga-Rodriguez, Israel Alejandro Arriaga-Trejo - Autonomous University of Zacatecas

Modeling of an On-Orbit Maintenance Testbed Equipped with a Robotic Arm

Jacob Korczyk, Francisco Franquiz, Udrea – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Real-time SDR-Based Detection, Doppler Compensation, and Decoding of FSK-Modulated CubeSat Downlink Transmissions

Michael Matthews, Giovanni Minelli, James Newman – Space Systems Academic Group

You Too Can Have a Worldwide Ground Network: The Use of Commercial Ground Providers to Enable a Worldwide Ground Network, an Examination of the Benefits and Challenges

Chris Badgett, Jordan Klepper, Scott Criley – Kratos

Chamber Measurements on Spacecraft Potential Variations Due to Langmuir Probe Operation

Omar Leon – University of Michigan; Jesse McTernan – NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Walter Hoegy, Grant Miars, Brian Gilchrist – University of Michigan

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Poster Session II

Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Quality Assurance Approaches Suitable for the Mass Production of Small Satellites, the Last Barrier to Full Exploitation

Caroline Corwine, Chris Pearson, Heather Shoffner, Trudi Myers – Roccor

High Precision Methane Leak Detection via Microsatellites

Richard Lachance, Yotam Ariel - Bluefield Technologies

A Modular Family of High Data Rate SDR Transceivers

Mathias Reibe - IQ wireless GmbH; Merlin Barschke - Technische Universität Berlin; Klaus Jäckel - IQ Wireless GmbH; Clement Jonglez - Technische Universität Berlin

KazSTSAT - Lessons Learned from the Program and the First Half Year in Orbit

Vladimir Ten, Arman Bekembayev, Sergey Murushkin, Herve Lambert, Adil Kadyr – Ghalam; Alex da Silva Curiel, Andrew Cawthorne, Geoff Tong – Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

A Comparison and Roadmap of Capacitor Technologies Available to Reduce Satellite Weight & Size

Ron Demcko, Rhazy Edily – AVX

Extremely Miniaturized Cryogenic Cooler for SmallSat Infrared Payloads

Carl Kirkconnell - West Coast Solutions

SPARC-1 (A Modular Software Radio Test Platform)

Craig Kief - COSMIAC at The University New Mexico; Don Fronterhouse - AFRL RV; Matt Hannon - COSMIAC at The University of New Mexico; James Lyke, Christian Peters - AFRL RV; John Rose - COSMIAC at The University of New Mexico

High-Performance Computing and Sensing for SmallSat-based Earth Observation

Sebastian Sabogal, Brad Shea, Alan George - NSF SHREC; Rafael Guzman – Satlantis

Driving the Space Revolution though the 3DExperience

Dave Beckett - Dassault Systems Frontier Innovations

The Design of 2.4-meter Resolution Remote Sensing Instrument Compatible for 6U CubeSat

Jer Lin - National Space Organization

A Fish-eye Approach to Flocks LEOP-ing

Francesco Stigliano - Leaf Space S.r.l.

Temperature Field Calculations of a Star Tracker Support in Remote Sensing Spacecraft

Ahmed Farag - National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences

Development of a CubeSat Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) Reference Model

David Kaslow - DEKaslow Consulting, LLC; Phillip T Cahill – Consultant; Rodger Frank - Consultant

Web-based Engineering Tools Drive a Revolution in the Small Satellite Industry

Louise Lindblad, Marco Witzmann, Simon Vanden Bussche - Valispace GmbH

PLATiNO Platform: a Multi-Mission Approach to Satellite Design

Beatrice Sabbatinelli – SITAEL

Holistic Approaches to Satellite Manufacturing; Better, Faster, Cheaper

Mike Curtis-Rouse - Satellite Applications Catapult

Cost Estimating for NASA CubeSats

Joseph Mrozinski, James Johnson - NASA Headquarters; Michael Saing – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Micro Solar Electric Propulsion Module for High Power, High Impulse CubeSats

Michael VanWoerkom, Gerado Pulido, Vladimir Gorokhovsky - ExoTerra Resource LLC

Optical Communication for Small- and CubeSats in an End-2-End-Approach

Philipp Biller - Tesat-Spacecom GmbH; Christopher Schmidt, Christian Fuchs - German Aerospace Center (DLR); Matthias Motzigemba, Herwig Zech - Tesat-Spacecom GmbH

Advances in Cost Effective Thermal Management for Small Satellites

Bradley Richard, Ryan Spangler, William Anderson - Advanced Cooling Technologies

Innovative Mission Planning with Electric Propulsion on Small Satellites

Paul Lascombes, David Henri, Paul Dewost, Andrea Fiorentino – Exotrail

Dual Imaging Readout Electronics for long-term Remote Sensing Measurements from CubeSats in Low-Earth-Orbits

Tom Neubert, Heinz Rongen, Egon Zimmermann, Martin Kaufmann - Forschungszentrum Jülich; Friedhelm Olschewski - University of Wuppertal; Martin Riese, Stefan van Waasen - Forschungszentrum Jülich

Delivery of Multiple Small Satellites via Soyuz-2 and Fregat

Mila Savelyeva, Valeriya Barashkova - Gk Launch Services

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Poster Session III

Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

UX Design for a Modern and Universal Mission Control Software

Silver Lodi, Hanna-Liisa Pender - Spaceit

Innovation Driving a New Era In Atmospheric Monitoring

Danial Smith, Gary Start, Philip Father - Scepter Inc.

Small Launch Vehicles for Low-cost Mars Landed Missions

Ryan Woolley, Nathan Barba, Tom Komarek – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Orbital Communication Analysis for Small Satellite Missions using the Iridium Constellation

Richard Alena, Marcus Murbach - NASA Ames Research Center; Frank Buntschuh - Iridium LLC; Ali Guarneros Luna - NASA Ames Research Center; Cedric Priscal – Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.; Jon Wheless - Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Forrest Tanner, Alejandro Salas - Millennium Engineering and Integration Inc.

On-Orbit Demonstration Plan of an Improved AIS Reception System on 3U CubeSat

Nobuo Sugimura, Yuko Kawasoe, Ryu Shinohara, Taku Izumiyama - IHI Corpration; Yuji Sato, Yu Murata, Sakal Morokot, Toshinori Kuwahara - Tohoku University

High Throughput 1 Gbps X-band Downlink for CubeSats

Andrey Kuzmenko - SAIT Ltd

High Performance S-AIS System for Ship Detection in Congested Area

Yuko Kawasoe, Tatsuya Nakamichi, Nobuo Sugimura, Taku Izumiyama, Ryu Shinohara, Noriyoshi Mizukoshi – IHI Corporation

Developing a Robust Dragsail De-Orbit Subsystem for Nanosatellites

Martin Schimmerohn, Darren Sholes, Thomas Sinn, Clemens Horch, Frank Schäfer - Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics

Highly Compact and Efficient Antennas for CubeSat-based Communications and Remote Sensing

Naresh Deo - Visionary CommSense Solutions

Hundreds vs Billions of Users: Using Off-the-Shelf Open Source Software in Space

Jesse Coffey – Kubos

Testing, Qualification and Preventive Maintenance of Shape Memory Alloy Mechanisms

Florian Schummer - Lehrstuhl für Raumfahrttechnik; Robin Roj - Forschungsgeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e.V.; Roland Konlechner, Tejas Kale, Jakob Bachler - Technical University of Munich; Sven Langbein - Forschungsgeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e.V.

The HelioSwarm Mission: A swarm of Small Satellites Revealing the Physics of Space Plasma Turbulence

Harlan Spence - University of New Hampshire; Kristopher Klein - University of Arizona; Jay Bookbinder -NASA Ames Research Center; Helio Swarm - Team National and International Partners

Qualification and In-Orbit-Demonstration of the PM200 Green Bi-Propellant CubeSat Propulsion System

Jeroen Wink, Tobias Knop - Dawn Aerospace

SETH Technology Demonstration of Small Satellite Deep Space Optical Communications to aid Heliophysics Science and Space Weather Forecasting

Marta Shelton – NASA Wallops Flight Facility; Antti Pulkkinen, Errol Summerlin – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Mark Storm – Fibertek, Inc.

Best Practices for Data Reliability in Space

Thom Denholm – Datalight

Numerical Analysis of Payload Thermal Control System for Remote Sensing Satellite

Ahmed Farag - National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences

Toward Tailorable, Ultra-light, and Ultra-compactable Solar Arrays for Small Satellites

Alexi Rakow - Composite Technology Development, Inc.

Space Weather Resilience: A SmallSat Driven Revolution

Eric Sutton, Jeff Thayer, Thomas Berger – University of Colorado Boulder

A Compact High-Performance Payload Data Handling Unit for Small Satellites

Elias Hashem, Ole Bischoff – DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH

Advances in CubeSat Laser Communications Transceiver

Brian Mathason, Michael Albert, Doruk Engin, He Cao, Keith Petrillo, Jacob Hwang, Khoa Le, Kent Puffenberger – Fibertek Inc

XQCSat - X-Ray Quantum Calorimeter Satellite

Philip Kaaret - University of Iowa; Dan McCammon - University of Wisconsin; Toan Nguyen - Blue Canyon Technologies; David Frank - Lockheed Martin

The Future of Small Satellite Communications - Combining Quantum Cryptography, Inter-Satellite Links, and High Data Rates

Roland Haber, Daniel Garbe, Julian Schamagl – Zentrum; Klaus Schilling, Andreas Freimann – Julius-Maximillians University; Benjamin Rödiger – German Aerospace Center; Harald Weinfurter – Ludwig Maximilian University; Christoph Marquardt – Max-Planck Institute of Science; Matthias Grünefeld– OHB System AG

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Poster Session IV

Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Dedicated Viewing Time:
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How Can Federal and DOD Programs Leverage Commercial Ground Service Providers

Jordan Klepper, Scott Criley, Keith Coble – Kratos

ERIS: A Safe Segmented Solid-Fuel Solid-Oxidizer Propulsion System with Electrolyzer Ignition System

Nicholas Dallmann, Bryce Tappan, Joseph Lichthardt, Mahlon Wilson, Kavitha Chintam, David Hemsing, Ian Shelburne, Kassidy Shedd - Los Alamos National Lab

A New Architecture for Low Earth Orbit Temperature and Moisture Sounding Measurements

Frank Gallagher, Karen St. Germain – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Expanding Global Opportunity with SmallSats

Becki Yukman - Space Foundation

Using the SpaceVNX Standard to Implement a High-Reliability High-Performance System for Small Spacecraft Applications

Jorge Piovesan, Alonzo Vera - IDEAS Engineering and Technology, LLC; William Ripley, Charles Collier -VITA 74 Standard; James Lyke - Air Force Research Laboratory; Jeffrey Love, Will Burke - IDEAS Engineering and Technology, LLC

The Open Source Microsatellite Platform

John Paffett, Anita Bernie, Anj Brown, Vicky Anderson - KISPE Space Systems Limited

MARAUDERS: Using CubeSats and CubeSat Technologies for Lunar Surface Exploration and Science

Ralf Boden – SELF; Lucie Riu – Institute of Space and Astronautical Science; Ronald-Louis Ballouz - University of Arizona; Nicola Baresi – Institute of Space and Astronautical Science; Onur Celik - The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan; Sarah Crites –Institute of Space and Astronautical Science; Javier Hernando-Ayuso - Ispace; Naoya Ozaki – Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Software Systems that Enable Agile Manufacture at Scale

Kyle Racette, Jacob Stern, Chester Gillmore, James Muehlner, Andrew Fisher, Julien Rhodes - Planet Labs, Inc.

Better Commissioning through Simulation: How to Trust your Satellite Pointing Faster

David Gerhardt - First Mode; Rasmus Holst - GomSpace

RIPPLE- Providing Increased Temporal Resolution to Surface Wave Topography

Chrishma Derewa, Adrian Stoica, Leon Alkalai – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Autonomous Functions for Robust Satellite Operations and Their Usage on Verifications On-the-Ground and Operations On-orbit

Toshihiro Obata, Shinichi Nakasuka - The University of Tokyo; Seiko Shirasaka - Keio University

On-Orbit Demonstrations of Robust Autonomous Operations on CubeSat

Toshihiro Obata, Shinichi Nakasuka – The University of Tokyo; Seiko Shirasaka – Keio University; Yoshihide Aoyanagi, Takeshi Matsumoto – The University of Tokyo

The Comet Thruster: On-Orbit Results and on Growing Production Ten-Fold

Vincent Tarantini, Nathan Orr, Scott Armitage - Bradford Space Inc; Niels Roth, Karan Sarda - UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory; Dan CaJacob - HawkEye 360

Ongoing Program Development and Expansion of the Virginia Space ThinSat Program

Zachary Campbell, Regan Smith, Susannah Miller, Chris Hale - Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority

Utilizing the Cubesat Architecture to Develop, Deploy a Swarm Telescope Constellation for 21st Century Astronomy

Daniel Cottitta, Christopher Jannette - United Frontiers LLC

Measurement Error Analysis of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum

Kyle Flanagan, Peter Dohm - Prime Lightworks Inc.

Constraint-Based Mission Assurance for Small Satellites

Lee Jasper - Space Dynamics Laboratory; Lauren Hunt - Air Force Research Laboratory; Charlene Jacka -Department of Air Force; David Voss, Kate Yoshino - Air Force Research Laboratory

The NewSpace Logistics - Small Satellite Cluster Integration and Launches

Jeanne Medvedeva, Connor Jonas - EXOLAUNCH GmbH

The Imaging X-Ray Polarimeter Explorer (IXPE) Mission System Using a Small Satellite

William Deininger, Jim Masciarelli, William Kalinowski, H. Kyle Bygott, Jefffery Bladt, Colin Peterson, Jennifer Erickson, Jeffery Wedmore - Ball Aerospace

Design and Testing of the CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers

Allison Evans - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Shields-1 Initial Space Operations, a NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative ELaNaXIX Mission

Donald Thomsen, Kevin Somervill, Mark Jones, Raymond Lueg, William Girard, Alexander Scammell, Jing Pei - NASA Langley Research Center; James Cutler - University of Michigan

The Democratization of Space

Riley Millennium Engineering and Integrationk - Sugarhouse Aerospace

IAU: A New Approach to Develop High Performance Micro Satellite

Seyoung Pyo, Jaeseon Yu, Seyoung Yoon, Yongjun Moon, Sooyung Byeon - Satrec Initiative

Lessons Learned from NDSU's Adventures in Security

Jeremy Straub - North Dakota State University

Spacecraft Cyber Defense Strategies: Lessons Learned from Hacking a Small Satellite

Daria Lane – Naval Information Warfare Center – Pacific; Frank Pound - AstroSec

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