Friday, November 7, 2008

Nanosatellite Launch Vehicle Conference

In the over 25 years since small, low cost space began its transition from curiosity to the integral element of world-wide civil and military space it is today, transportation to orbit has remained a critical constraint. Despite worldwide government and private investment exceeding $500M, there exists no dedicated micro / nano satellite launcher compatible with the low cost, rapid development schedule and reliability of their small satellite payloads.

On November 7, 2008, Brown University, in conjunction with NASA Ames Research Center, and NASA Rhode Island Space Grant will host a one day conference and workshop bringing together the government, commercial and academic teams planning these new vehicles, with some of their potential suppliers, end users and sponsors.

We had about 45 people attending, including students from Brown, USC, Stanford, University of Michigan. RI Space Grant provided student travel. We had speakers from several small entrepreneurial launch companies, NASA Ames Research Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, Cornell, Brown Stanford and the Naval Postgraduate School.

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