The growth of small satellites has been fueled by the promise of shorter development cycles, lower cost, new technology, and more frequent access to space. As on-orbit results pave the way, small satellites are increasingly being considered for critical, high-value missions. These are taking the form of emerging applications with highly constrained payload requirements, new system architectures that seek operational resiliency, and numerous other user-driven conditions for availability. With affordability and responsive timelines being a classic imperative for small satellite missions, appropriate technical and programmatic approaches must match these expectations. Developers are now seeking innovative ways to increase the odds of mission success by employing diverse design techniques, autonomy methods, and streamlined processes that help identify and mitigate potential issues. However, a balance must be found between lessons learned and new concepts that achieve mission success.
The 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference will explore the new technologies, design methods, processes, operational constructs, and activities that inform and secure the success of small satellite missions.