Conference History

Eighteenth Conference

The Museum Of Flight

Seattle Washington

June 7-9, 2016

Key Topics

  • Perspective on the Future of Small Satellites
  • LEO Constelations
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Conjunction Analysis & Warning
  • Treaties, Regulations, Insurance & Legal Liabilities
  • Right Sizing Secondary Payloads
  • Small Payloads Access to Space

Seventeeth Conference

John Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory

June 9-11June 2015

Key Topics:

  • Accessing Excess Launch Capacity
  • Overview of Space Policy
  • Optimizing Available Excess Launch Capacity
  • Small Satellites & Space Debris
  • Outer Space Treaties & Small Satellites
  • Intelligence Community Policy
  • Commercial Approach to Situation Awareness

Sixthteenth Conference

Beckman Institute

Pasadena, CA - California Institute of Technology

June 10-11 2014

Key Topics:

  • Accessing Excess Launch Capacity
  • ViViSat: In Space Spacecraft Servicing
  • Economics of Small Satellite Weather Constellation
  • Small Satellite Rideshare Economics

Fifthteenth Conference

Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel

June 11-12, 2013

Key Topics:

  • Commercially Hosted Payloads Updates
  • Rideshare Success & Future Plans
  • NASA Budget Implications for Technology Demonstrations
  • Secondary Adapter Updates
  • Improved Access to Space for CubeSats

TOUR: SpaceX Factory

Fourteenth Conference

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Cleveland, OH - Ohio Aerospace Institute

June 5-6, 2012

Key Topics:

  •  Users view of large & small spaceports/ranges
  • Commercial launch site support
  • NASA small satellites perspectives
  • OSTP & OSD small satellite perspectives
  • OSC Taurus II and other capabilities
  • Small satellite companies & universities overview

TOUR: NASA Plum Brook Station

Thirteenth Conference

Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage, AK - Anchorage Hitlon

June 7-8, 2011 

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/alaska/anchorage-hotels

Key Topics:

  • Hosted payloads
  • Small satellite brokering
  • Launch vehicles updates and opportunities
  • Secondary adapter updates and opportunities
  • Kodiak Launch Complex overview

TOUR : Kodiak Launch Complex

Twelfth Conference

Chantilly, VA- Scitor Corporation

May 18-20, 2010
“Strategy for Small Payload Rideshare in Current Budget Environment” 

Key Topics:

  • High value NASA/Civil missions for small secondary satellites
  • High value DoD missions for small secondary satellites
  • Providing secondary adapters on all existing launch vehicles
  • Providing secondary adapters on all emerging launch vehicles
  • Contribution of small secondary satellites to weather support
  • Review of CubeSats: flights, mission, accomplishments
  • 13th Conference

Eleventh Conference

NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Ames Research Center

Palo Alto, CA - NASA Ames Research Center

May 19-20, 2009 

Key Topics:

  • Value of small satellite (under 400 pounds) missions
  • ORS perspectives on small satellites & rideshares
  • Accessing excess EELV capacity
  • Hosting payloads on commercial satellites
  • Aries/Orion rideshare opportunities
  • Sweet spot in small satellite weight: from 5-400 pounds

TOUR: Loral commercial satellite factory

Tenth Conference

Wallops Conference Center

Chincoteague, VA - NASA Wallops Flight Facility

May 19-21, 2008 

Key Topics:

  • Users view of large & small spaceports/ranges
  • Commercial launch site support
  • NASA small satellites perspectives
  • OSTP & OSD small satellite perspectives
  • OSC Taurus II and other capabilities
  • Small satellite companies & universities overview

TOUR: Wallops Island

Ninth Conference

Sheraton Kauai
Sheraton Kauai

Kauai, HI - Sheraton Kauai

May 21-23, 2007 

Key Topics:

  • Process requirements for accessing excess launch capacity
  • Secondary adapter status - USAF, NASA, & ULA
  • Training space engineers and scientists
  • Small payload rideshare progress and problems
  • Kistler K-1 and SpaceX Falcon 1 updates
  • Overview of Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility

TOUR: Pacific Missile Range Facility

Eight Conference

Naval Postgraduate School
Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA - Naval Postgraduate School

October 12-13, 2006 

Key Topics:

  • Value of small satellites to military, science, technology, & education
  • Creating routine, affordable access to space for small satellites
  • Developing educated buyers of launch services - understanding costs
  • Roles of National, Civil, & Commercial Spaceports

Seventh Conference

Denver, CO - Lockheed Martin

June 7-8, 2005 

Key Topics:

  • Update to OSL Civil/Commercial Launch Site Survey
  • Atlas V Dual Payload Carrier
  • STP rideshare options
  • Update on status of small launch vehicles
  • Workforce development & rideshare opportunities for education
  • Maneuvering and orbit transfer vehicle

TOUR: Atlas Production Plant

Sixth Conference

Anchorage Hilton

Anchorage, AK - Anchorage Hilton

May 13-14, 2004 

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/alaska/anchorage-hotels

Key Topics:

  • Value of small satellites
  • Hawaii-Alaska small satellite partnership initiative
  • DoD auxilliary payload policy for heritage & EELV systems
  • DARPA Force Application & Launch From CONUS (FALCON)
  • Impediments to realizing full potential of small satellites
  • Keys to affordable access to space for small satellites

TOUR: Kodiak Launch Complex

Fifth Conference

NASA Kennedy Space Center

Titusville, FL - NASA Kennedy Space Center

June 10-11, 2003 
“Expanding Access to Space for Small Payloads”

Key Topics:

  • The state of the small payload community
  • Policy & Processes for launching secondary payloads on EELVs
  • New concepts for launching small payloads on large launch vehicles
  • New emerging small launch vehicles
  • Responsive space initiative
  • Sandia’s STARS and Super Strypi launch vehicles

Fourth Conference

Albuquerque Workforce Training Center

Albuquerque, NM – Workforce Training Center

June 5-6, 2002 

“Roadmap to Space for Small Payloads”

Key Topics:

  • Presidential Commission on Future of U.S. Aerospace Industry
  • Status of small launch vehicles
  • University & Academy space programs
  • Lessons learned from Kodiak Launch Operations
  • Workshop sessions

Third Conference

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA - Naval Postgraduate School

May 30-31, 2001 
“Innovative Solutions for Affordable Access to Space”

Key Topics:

  • Review of Civil/Commercial Space Launch Site Survey
  • New concepts for small payload adapters on large launch vehicles
  • Small payload orbit transfer vehicles
  • Review of Shuttle small payload carriers

Second Conference

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, MD - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

April 14-15, 2000 
“Sharing the Ride in the New Millennium”

Key Topics:

  • Government small spacecraft designs
  • Enabling rapid spacecraft development
  • Rideshare Brokering
  • Technologies enabling small payload access to space

First Conference

  • Chantilly, VA - TASC

April 15-16, 1999

Key Topics:

  • Capabilities of small launch vehicles
  • Small spacecraft bus providers 
  • University small payload programs
  • Demonstration of Access To Space web site