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SDL and Utah State Host Small Satellite Conference

USURF
August 6, 2002

LOGAN — The Sixteenth Annual Conference on Small Satellites hosted by the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) and Utah State University (USU) August 12th - 15th, will have an international appeal this year.

The conference, which attracts national and international attendees from 10 to 20 different countries, will begin with the keynote address by Mazlan Othman, PhD, Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

"It is so great to have Dr. Otham as the keynote speaker," said Pat Patterson, associate chair of the conference. "She is an important person in the international space arena, and will bring an international flare we haven't seen in the past."

Othman will also serve on a panel with Janet Fender, PhD, Chief Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Brig. Gen. Pete Worden, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Space Command and three other top officials from government agencies and industry. Panel discussions will include the topic of international space.

"Globalization of space is a hot topic with the development of small spacecraft applications," said Patterson. "Small satellites are more cost effective to build and launch, which allows for more participation among smaller nations."

Another highlighted event is the student scholarship competition. Each year undergraduate and graduate engineering students submit technical papers to compete for $19,000 in scholarship funds donated by participating aerospace firms. Of the six finalists selected this year, three are international students. The students will be presented with their scholarships at an awards banquet Wednesday.

A special award will also be presented to Frank Redd, PhD, Founder of the Small Satellite Conference. Redd, who recently retired as deputy director of SDL, has seen the success of the conference over its 16 years of operation.

"I am really proud of the growth of the Small Satellite conference," Redd stated. "It started with merely 100 people and has seen tremendous growth, now reaching over 500. I am excited about continuing my involvement with the conference in the future."

The Conference also includes a variety of exhibits from government agencies and top aerospace corporations including NASA, Boeing, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Spectrum Astro, ATK and over 50 others.