The Space Show Broadcast 1596 (Special Edition)

The Space Show
July 22, 2011
Guests: Dr. Pat Patterson
Topics: Small Sat Conference 2011

You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Dr. Pat Patterson returned as our guest to tell us about the upcoming Small Sat Conference from August 8-11, 2011 in Logan, Utah. Visit for more information, online registration, and hotel availability. Dr. Patterson took us through the line up of keynote speakers which are featured at We talked about the Small Sat welcome reception Monday evening, tours of the Space Dynamics Lab, different company parties, and the conference events Wednesday evening. We talked about and defined small satellites, cubesats, and how this technology has evolved over the 25 years of Small Sat conference history. New additions to the conference this year were featured in our discussion, including the tour to nearby Hill Air Force Base Museum and the NANOSAT 7 Preliminary Design Review sessions plus an afternoon on operationally responsive space. Before the first segment ended, Pat talked about registration and the increase in price coming up, plus the student registration fee of $150.00. In our second segment, I asked our guest to share with us how the conference and the industry had changed over the past two and a half decades. Pat gave us some interesting statistics on this subject that you do not want to miss hearing. As you will hear, rather than being a driver for the industry, the Small Sat conference has served as a forum to enhance and facilitate the development and growth of the industry. In this segment, Pat fielded several questions about student participation and scholarships. He also told us about upcoming deadlines for the 2012 conference which will be August 13-16, 2012. On thing we talked about throughout the conference was the focus on technology for the Small Sat meetings. In our final segment, Pat talked about and thanked the many volunteers that help make this meeting of more than 1,000 attendees a success. He talked about and highlighted the conference sponsors, their conference wide parties on Tuesday evening, and the plans for concluding Wednesday evening event, their Celebration Party. Conference parking was also mentioned and Pat described some important changes that will benefit all attending this year. At the end of our discussion, we talked about conference proceedings, possible webinar streaming, and a few other conference logistics issues. If you have comments or questions, post them on the blog URL above. If you need additional information about the conference visit

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The Space Show Broadcast 1596 (Special Edition)

About our guest...

Dr. Pat Patterson

Dr. Patterson is currently the Director of the Technology Innovation Division within Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (USU/SDL), and is the Chairman of the annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. He has also held positions as the Director of the Innovative Science and Engineering Division as well as the Director of Business Development at USU/SDL. In his 20 years of space experience he has been involved in the research, operations, and management associated with space based infrared sensors, small spacecraft and sounding rockets. His doctoral research was based on the rocket flights of the CODA I and II science missions, where he investigated the effects of disturbances caused by sounding rockets on the measurement of atomic oxygen using the resonant fluorescence technique in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.

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