Small Satellite Production | Driving a Revolution
Over the past few decades, small satellites have transitioned from one-of-a-kind systems performing very specific missions to being considered for constellations where they work in concert to achieve a larger purpose. Just as the Industrial Revolution, with its new manufacturing processes, marked a turning point in history, small satellites are poised to create a revolution in space. While mass production of small satellites conjures up thoughts of large factories with assembly line workers installing standardized products, it may not be that simple. To enable the high-volume production necessary to achieve the global coverage sought by commercial and government stakeholders, new considerations must be addressed regarding quality control, standards, and designing for manufacturability, and automated assembly, integration and test—all to be balanced with the cost considerations critical to startup investments.
During the 33rd AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, we will explore the technical issues, development considerations, and new opportunities that result from an ever-growing trend toward missions using tens, hundreds, or even thousands of small satellites to achieve revolutionary effects.
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.
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