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October 5th, 2016

MOU Between KSF & IOS For Smallsat Shots

On October 3rd, KSF Space Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Interorbital Systems (IOS), wherein the latter firm will identify launch opportunities as well as provide associated pre-launch support for KSF missions.

KSF Space Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Interorbital Systems (IOS) in California, this October the 3rd 2016. Under the agreement, Interorbital Systems will identify launch opportunities and provide associated pre-launch support to KSF Space Foundation.

According to IOS, by mid-2017/early 2018, the firm will initiate launch services for smallsats to a circular, polar orbit at 310 km altitude. Their current manifest numbers 135 smallsats awaiting launch. Interorbital Systems has developed a simple, robust rocket technology that will enable that firm to be the lowest-cost launch provider in the commercial space industry. Interorbital Systems is currently engaged in building a Moon rocket, NEPTUNE 8 LUNA (N8), for the Google Lunar X Prize Team SYNERGY MOON and other NEPTUNE rocket-series variants, such as the N3, and N5 for commercial satellite launches.

The KSF Space was initially founded to enable cost-effective access to LEO with zero-environmental impact flying solutions. The foundation offers access to near-space and LEO for research and scientific experiments in many fields, such as Earth or Space Observation, biological testing, satellite positioning detection, earth magnetic field measurement, radio transmit, atmosphere science and technology experiment. The foundation encourage universities to develop R&D missions using small sats as these tiny spacecraft have become one of the most important elements in developing future scientific space missions.

KSF Space also recently announced the creation of the world’s first Nano-satellite Engineering Professional Certification “NEP Certificate” The NEP Certification pathway will validate the training and experience of aerospace engineers and experts and will be recognized by major space companies, organizations, foundations and agencies. Some of the industry partners will work with KSF Space to review the content of the course material and accredit the certificate by recognizing NEP Certification as world’s first and only smallsat specialization and training credential.

In The Pursuit Of SmallSat Expertise
SmallSat Symposium—Silicon Valley 2017

Workshop: Monday, February 6th, 2017
Symposium: Tuesday, February 7th — Wednesday, February 8th
Venue: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California

As with any industry trade event, one of the major draws as far as the time commitment necessary for attendance most assuredly revolves around the expertise that will be offered to those who participate... is the ROI for event participation and the hoped-for knowledge acquisition worth a company's or an individual's engagement at the venue?

For the SmallSat Symposium, just reading through the list of subject-matter experts who will be presenting at this event should offset any doubts as to the value of "being there." SmallSat Symposium—Silicon Valley in 2017 will offer a superior blending of expertise and unparalleled networking opportunities with the industry's smallsat, SATCOM and MILSATCOM actors.

This extraordinary event will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, which happens to be a perfect location for the technology-rich smallsat environs.

Listed below are the accepted speakers to date, in alphabetical order, for the SmallSat Symposium.

The Speakers…

  • Chad Anderson, Managing Director
  • Space Angels Network
  • Eric Anderson, President
  • And One Technologies
  • Jason Andrews, CEO
  • Spaceflight Industries
  • David A. Anhalt, Vice President and General Manager
  • Iridium PRIME
  • Jenny Barna, Launch Manager
  • Spire Global, Inc
  • Chris Baugh, President
  • NSR - Northern Sky Research
  • Chris Boshuizen, Principle
  • Data Collective VC
  • Peter Beck, CEO & CTO
  • Rocket Lab
  • Dr, Sami BenAmor, Director of Marketing
  • Thales Alenia Space
  • John Booher, Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Phil Carrai, President
  • Kratos Technology and Training Division
  • Dr. Sean Casey, Managing Director
  • Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Satish Chetty, Co-Founder and VP of Software Systems
  • Hera Systems
  • Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner
  • The Tauri Group
  • Craig Clark, Founder
  • Clyde Space Ltd.
  • Robert R. Cleave, Director, Vice President, Commercial Space
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner
  • Promus Ventures
  • James Crawford, Founder and CEO
  • Orbital Insight
  • Randy Culver, CEO
  • AMERGINT Technologies
  • Erik Daehler, Director Product Innovation Network & Space Systems
  • Boeing Network and Space Systems
  • Stuart Daughtridge, Senior VP Advanced Technology
  • Kratos
  • Tahara Dawkins, Director, Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Chris DeMay, Founder and COO
  • HawkEye 360
  • Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO
  • OmniEarth
  • Liz Evans, Partner
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Dr. Shahin Farshchi, Partner
  • Lux Capital
  • Dr. Jenny Gautier, Director of Commercial Programs
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • Allen Griser, Business Manager
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems SATCOM Technologies
  • Dr. Steve Goldberg, CEO & Co-Founder
  • Venrock
  • Dr. Shay Har-Noy, VP and General Manager
  • DigitalGlobe
  • David Hartshorn, Secretary General
  • GVF - Global VSAT Forum
  • Yvon Henri, Chief, Space Services Department
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Commercial Sales
  • SpaceX
  • Susan J. Irwin, President
  • Irwin Communications, Inc.
  • Talbot Jaeger, Founder & Chief Technologist
  • NovaWurks
  • John P. Janka, Partner
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Andrew E. Kalman, is Founder, President and Chief Technologist
  • Pumpkin
  • Adam Keith, Managing Director
  • Euroconsult Canada
  • Andrew M Kwas, Engineering and Technology Strategist
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Wade Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • UrtheCast
  • Wallis Laughrey, Vice President, Space Systems
  • Raytheon
  • Debra Facktor Lepore, VP and GM of Strategic Operations
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
  • Johanne Lecomte, Vice-President
  • Thales Alenia Space
  • Chris Lewicki, President and CEO
  • Planetary Resources, Inc.
  • Daniel Lim, President & CEO
  • Xtenti, LLC
  • Tony Lin, Counsel, Washington, DC
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Christopher Loghry, Business Development Manager
  • Moog
  • Dr. Clare Martin, Vice President of Programs
  • Surrey Satellite Technology US
  • Attila Matas, Head of the Space Publications and Registration Division
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Barry A. Matsumori, Senior Vice President – Business Development & Advanced Concepts
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Clayton Mowry, President
  • Arianespace
  • Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Ryo Nakamura, Director, Business Development Department
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Carlos Niederstrasser, Business Development & Special Initiatives
  • Orbital ATK
  • Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent
  • PBS NewsHour
  • Steve Oldham, Vice President, Strategic Business Development
  • Space Systems Loral (SSL)
  • Dara A. Panahy, Partner
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • Andrew Petro, Program Executive for Solar Electric Propulsion and Small Spacecraft Technology
  • NASA
  • Tom Pirrone, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas
  • Swedish Space Corporation
  • Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Christopher Richins, Cofounder & CEO
  • RBC Signals
  • Jerzy "George" Romaniuk, Product Line Manager, Space Sector
  • Aitech Defense Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
  • GeoOptics Inc.
  • Emmanuel Sauzay, Director, Commercial Space
  • Airbus Defense and Space, Inc
  • Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Dr. George F. Sowers, Director, Vice President, Advanced Programs & Chief Scientist
  • United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • John Stack, Managing Director, Aerospace Leader
  • The McLean Group Advisory Team
  • Leon Stepan, Lead Mission Operations Analyst
  • Planet Labs
  • David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM)
  • Space Micro
  • Chris Stott, Chairman & CEO (PM)
  • ManSat
  • Tom Stroup, President
  • SIA - Satellite Industry Association
  • Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
  • Stig-Are Thrana, U.S. Sales Director and Head of Kongsberg Silicon Valley Office
  • Kongsberg Satellite Services
  • Dr. Joe Thurgood, Vice President Corporate Development and Marketing
  • Hera Systems
  • Miguel A. Vazquez,Managing Director & Co-Founder
  • DHV Technology
  • Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
  • Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
  • Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
  • AvL Technologies
  • Bruce Yost, Project Manager
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development
  • Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)

The first 100 registrations qualify for a $200 discount off the standard event admission —take advantage of this savings and register to attend the SmallSat Symposium today! Register Now...

For information regarding the various workshops, please select this direct link.