FEBRUARY 4, 2020
11:59 PM MT
MARCH 31, 2020
JUNE 9, 2020

Submit an Abstract

When submitting, be prepared to supply the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Point of contact information
  • Presenter name and contact information
  • List of co-authors including name, affiliation, and email addresses
  • Abstract – 500 word maximum, ascii text only
  • The 2020 session topic that best fits the abstract (select one)
  • Indicate if you want the abstract to also be considered for the Pre-Conference Workshop, Poster Sessions or Swifties
Submit an Abstract

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 the marketing are strongly discouraged

Abstracts are being accepted for the 34th Annual Small Satellite Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop

August 1 - 2

Educational and research programs, lessons learned, tutorials and CubeSat technology will be the main focus of the weekend sessions.

Technical Sessions

August 3 - 6

Weekday sessions focus primarily on cutting-edge technologies and missions supporting small satellite endeavors.

SmallSat Swifties

August 4 - 5

Selected participants will be given three minutes for a flash talk during breaks from the Technical Sessions.

Poster Sessions

August 1 - 2 and 4 - 5

Printed posters will be hung either during the Pre-Conference Workshop or the Technical Sessions. Dedicated viewing times are held twice daily.

Please Note: By submitting, each author/co-author agrees to the following:

  • If accepted to present in the Pre-Conference Workshop or Technical Sessions presenters must submit a technical paper to accompany their presentation. Posters and Swifties do not require a technical paper.
  • 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.

Call for Papers

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.

Call for Papers


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.