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February 2017 Edition
The World of Smallsats
 
InfoBeam
 
InfoBeam Part I, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note for SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part II, Information & News by the Editors
​News and Products of Note for SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part III, Information & News by the Editors
​News and Products of Note for SATCOM
SmallSat Symposium Reference
 
SmallSat Symposium Workshops and Conference Schedule, February 6th - 8th

The Small Satellite Business & Finance Conference
 
SmallSat Symposium Keynote Speakers, Learn in Sessions From the Executives and Leaders Changing the Industry
The SmallSat Symposium will unlock the business aspects, technologies and the financial and legal acumen that comprise the foundation of today’s rapid growth in the small satellite market. A broad range of thought-provoking panels and speakers representing visionary ideas and years of business experience are brought together once again.
 
SmallSat Symposium Speakers A-M, Learn in Sessions From the Executives and Leaders Changing the Industry
  • Learn in Sessions From the Executives and Leaders Changing the Industry
 
SmallSat Symposium Speakers N-W, Learn in Sessions From the Executives and Leaders Changing the Industry
  • Learn in Sessions From the Executives and Leaders Changing the Industry
Features
 
The Forrester Report: Smallsats—Do They Have A Future In Video?, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
The world has grown to understand the role of geostationary DTH/DBS satellites: whether in a ‘wide-beam’ role covering vast swathes of the planet, or highly-focused spot beams, we know how broadcasters (and point-to-point usage for video contribution and distribution) can tap into this coverage.
 
Electrospray—A Powerful Third Option for Electric Satellite Propulsion An Accion Systems Perspective, By Natalya Bailey and Raleigh Werner
Electric propulsion systems for satellites have been in commercial use for decades—primarily Hall-effect thrusters and gridded ion engines—but their adoption in the market has been constrained on account of their high costs, inability to scale down to smaller designs, and performance limitations.
 
Ground Segment Consideration for LEO and MEO Satellites: An AvL Technologies Perspective, By Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President, AvL Technologies
With the growing popularity of small satellites (smallsats) positioned in LEO and MEO altitudes, the opportunity is now available for small organizations, educational institutions and even individuals to, quite literally, reach into space.
 
Optical Communications Systems For Smallsats: A BridgeSat Perspective, By David Mitlyng, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, BridgeSat, Inc.
After decades of development, space-based optical (laser) communications appears poised to achieve widespread adoption within the commercial smallsat community.
 
A Euroconsult Canada Analysis: The Fast, Evolving, Smallsats Climate, By Adam Keith, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada

The concept of small satellites [those classified as below 500 kg] is not new—such designs have been used to test new technologies, support science initiatives and as starting points for the development of more extensive missions.
 
Using Smallsats To Take The “Search” Out Of Search and Rescue: A Hawkeye 360 Perspective, By Russ Matijevich, Vice President, HawkEye 360
In an emergency, minutes matter—however, the aging technologies currently supporting search-and-rescue (SAR) missions can often hamper the efficiency and efficacy of teams racing to save lives.
 
Smallsat Startups—Life Imitates Art: A Hogan Lovells Perspective, By Randy Segal, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Every startup is exciting and certainly no more exciting than in the space industry, where virtually anything is possible.
 
Cybersecurity Best Practices for Smallsat Ground Networks: A Kratos Perspective, By Ted Vera, Business Area Manager, Cybersecurity Lead, RT Logic, a Kratos Company
With numerous examples in the news, it should come as no surprise that cybersecurity attacks are on the rise.
 
Delivering The Globe: An Interview with KSAT and Astro Digital, By Arild Jose Jensen

KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services), based in Norway, recently signed a new contract in Silicon Valley with Mountain View-based Astro Digital, a company founded on enabling big data analytics from space.
 
The World’s First “NEP Certification”: A KSF Space Perspective, By Dr. Kayyali Mohamed, Founder and CEO, KSF Space
The NEP Certification pathway will address aerospace engineers and experts and will be recognized by major space companies, organizations, foundations and agencies.
 
My Payload Won’t Fit Into A CubeSat... Now What? A NovaWurksTM Inc. Perspective, By Walt Mirczak, Director of Systems Engineering, and Bill Crandall, Chief of Advanced Products, NovaWurks™
CubeSats have revolutionized the nanosatellite/smallsat market, making space available to more people than ever before for their spacecraft.
 
An NSR Analysis: Behind the Scenes of the Smallsat Revolution, By Carolyn Belle, Senior Analyst, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
Smallsat operators leverage a different model for success than that of traditional satellite endeavors, requiring a unique and robust supporting industry of manufacturers, launch providers, and in-orbit services.
 
New Interconnection Tools for Smallsat Electronics: Omnetics Connector Corporation, By Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corporation
The exponential growth of smallsat technologies is driving a rapid expansion of miniaturized sensors, image devices, data analysis systems and even micro-sized onboard computers that we will all benefit from. 
 
Estimating the Income Generated from a Satellite Mission: A Saber Astronautics Perspective, By Dr. Jason Held, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Saber Astronautics
A key part of any business plan involving satellites is the ability to estimate potential income for the mission—this task is just as important for investors doing due-diligence on a new company as it is for large established companies deciding on a new program.
 
The Challenges of New Space: A Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Perspective, By Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), UK
We live and work in an era of very fast expansion of satellite applications, with a new constellation being announced almost every week.
 
Busting Down The Barriers Facing Space Entrepreneurs: A York Space Systems Perspective, By Dirk Wallinger, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, York Space Systems
Tremendous pent-up demand for space data and services has created great opportunities for space entrepreneurs today.
 
The Gathering Storm—The Threat of Fake Weather News... Why Environmental Intelligence is the Next “Big Thing”, By Cory Springer, Director, Weather and Environment, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace
Imagine the following scenario: An earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean is detected, and within minutes, a prominent newscaster scanning Instagram sees a post warning that a tsunami is about to hit the northeastern seaboard. 
 
Collecting Evidence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, By Michael David Cote, CubeSat.tech (CubeSat 4 Disclosure)
A cubeSat can carry a payload that ranges from imaging systems, scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and more. 
SmallSat Symposium Supporters
 
Supporting Companies and Organizations for the SmallSat Symposium, A note of thanks to those that have worked so diligently to bring this world-class event.
Someone once intimated that it takes a village... in the case of SmallSat Symposium 2017, a village simply wouldn’t be effective whatsoever... however, sponsoring companies area a boon to those who have worked so diligently to bring a world-class event for those interested in this dynamic smallsat industry.
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