“Routine, Affordable Access to Space for Small Payloads”

Symposium Sessions

Detailed programs for each of the six sessions will be posted as they are finalized. Lessons learned from the earlier sessions will be incorporated into the subsequent sessions to ensure they are as relevant and smoothly executed as possible. Suggestions for improvements are welcome and can be provided by contacting us by email or phone.

Each session will be scheduled at the same times (12:00 to 5:00 EST) on dedicated Tuesdays.

Session 1

28 July

Adapting to the CoVid Environment

How has the CoVid environment specifically affected the small payload community? How have community members adapted to the constraints imposed by the environment? What has worked well and what has not worked well at all? How can the community best operate under these conditions until we begin to return to a more normal environment? How has this abnormal year affected progress toward our community goals? Are there specific suggestions that could help the community improve communication, collaboration, and progress until the restrictions are lifted?

Session 2

11 August

Small Dedicated Launch Services & Launch Sites

Review of the status of the emerging small launch service industry with emphasis on the U.S. near term launch service providers. Review of the U.S. spaceports that support these smaller launch vehicles and a discussion on sustaining and maintaining them as the small launch service market matures.

Session 3

25 August

Multi Mission Manifesting - Progress, Next Steps, & Challenges

Multi mission manifesting attempts to utilize the excess performance of a space launch mission by including small satellites in the manifest along with the primary spacecraft or by manifesting a number of spacecraft into an integrated multi mission payload. This session address the progress in meeting these goals, the planned next steps, and the challenges in bringing this concept to a fully effective and operational capability.

Session 4

8 September

Small Satellites - Missions, Issues, & Challenges

The growing number of lower cost, small launch service providers and the increased use of multi mission manifesting offer the promise of more routine, affordable access to space for small satellites.   This session explores the market implications for small satellites from the Express class up through ESPA class and beyond.  What are the primary missions that these classes of small satellites could best serve? Given the various launch options, what sizes are likely to emerge as the “sweet spots” in the market?  Are there issues that need to be addressed to facilitate these market segments?  What are the primary challenges facing these classes of small satellites?

Session 5

22 September

Space Operations - Regulations, Needs, & Proposals

Space operations discussions are increasingly associated with the growing concerns about space traffic management. This is especially the case for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space operations. The large amount of LEO space debris and the rapidly increasing numbers of small satellites planned for LEO constellations have pushed space situational awareness and space traffic management topics to the forefront of both national and international discussions.

Session 6

6 October

Stimulating and Growing the Small Space Community

To be expanded