USU hosts 21st Annual Small Satellite Conference

By Karen Wolfe
Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory
July 31, 2007

North Logan — With the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) hosting the opening social, Utah State University is gearing up for the 21st Annual Small Satellite Conference August 13 – 16 at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus.

The conference draws attendees representing academia, industry and government agencies, with more than 850 registrants from 20 countries. With dramatic growth over its 21-year history, the Small Satellite conference has become the largest annual conference held at Utah State University and in the valley.

The keynote address will be held on the opening day of the conference, Monday, August 13. This year’s keynote speaker, Gary E. Payton, is deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space programs.

With a strong emphasis on student involvement, the conference holds a student scholarship competition which awards $30,000 in scholarships, with a $10,000 scholarship awarded to first place. Two Utah State University engineering students will be among the six competing for scholarships.

The conference, which is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), has been a huge success in Logan. It has become internationally recognized as the premier conference on small satellites. The annual gathering provides a forum for the best minds in the small satellite community to review recent successes, explore new directions, and introduce emerging technologies in small spacecraft development. In addition to creating an excellent environment for networking and talking with experts in military, science, and academic fields, the Conference offers a program of international relevance, focusing on the key challenges and opportunities facing the small satellite community today.

More than 60 government agencies and top aerospace corporations exhibit at the conference including ATK, Ball Aerospace, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, and. NASA. International exhibitors will include organizations from Canada, England, Scotland, Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden.