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February 4th, 2016

Smallsats AggieSat4 + BEVO-2 Kibo'd From ISS

[Satnews] Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA captured this photo on January 29, 2016, from the International Space Station, as the robotic arm in Japan's Kibo laboratory successfully deployed two combined satellites from Texas universities.

Photo is courtesy of ESA/NASA.

The pair of satellites—AggieSat4 built by Texas A&M University students and BEVO-2 built by University of Texas students—together form the Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) investigation.

The satellites will demonstrate communication protocols between them and with ground stations, as well as systems that allow the satellites to navigate through space and relative to each other and to orient themselves in three dimensions. Flight demonstration of these abilities, necessary for unmanned craft to be able to rendezvous and dock in space without direct human intervention, will contribute to future satellite missions as well.

Image Credit: ESA/NASA

No Blather — Just Expertise For The Upcoming SmallSat Symposium

For a thorough immersion in the smallsat markets, attend the upcoming, two-day and extremely important SmallSat Symposium. This highly informative symposium will be conducted on Tuesday, February 23, and Wednesday, February 24, 2016. The event will occur at the Hogan Lovells Conference Center in Silicon Valley, California, and is organized and sponsored by

Satnews Publishers.

The speaker expertise at this amazing event includes…


  • Jason Andrews, CEO — Spaceflight Industries
  • Jenny Barna, Launch Manager — Spire Global, Inc.
  • David Barnhart, Director/Co-Founder — USC Space Engineering Research Center
  • Christopher Baugh, President — NSR
  • Peter Beck, CEO & CTO — Rocket Lab
  • Dr. Sami BenAmor, Director Product Line Managers — Thales Alenia Space
  • Amir Blachman, Managing Director — Space Angels Network
  • John Booher, Partner — Hogan Lovells
  • Tom Boyer, Vice President — Kymeta
  • Dr. Sean Casey, Managing Director — Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner — The Tauri Group
  • Craig Clark, Founder — Clyde Space, Ltd.
  • Randy Culver, CEO — AMERGINT Technologies
  • Erik Daehler, Director Product Innovation — Boeing Network and Space Systems
  • Stuart Daughtridge, Vice President of Advance Technology — Kratos Technology and Training Solutions
  • Hoyt Davidson, Managing Partner — Near Earth LLC
  • Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO — OmniEarth
  • Daniel Faber, CEO — Deep Space Industries
  • Dr. Shahin Farshchi, Partner — Lux Capital
  • Nick Flitterman, Managing Director — Portland Advisers
  • Chad Frost, Deputy Director of Engineering — NASA Ames Research Center
  • Dr. Jenny Gautier, Director of Commercial Programs — The Aerospace Corporation
  • Dr. Steve Goldberg, CEO and Co-Founder — Venrock
  • David Hartshorn, Secretary General — GVF
  • Andy Hoskins, In-Space Propulsion and Power Business Development — Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Roger C. Hunter, Associate Director for Programs — NASA Ames Research Center
  • Susan J. Irwin, President — Irwin Communications, Inc.
  • John P. Janka, Partner — Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Steve Jurvetson, Partner — DFJ
  • Keith Karuntzos, Manager, Business Development — United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • Dr. Josef Koller, Senior Advisor — Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy
  • Chris Kunstadter, Senior Vice President — XL Catlin
  • Adam Keith, Managing Director — Euroconsult Canada
  • Karl A. Kensinger, Deputy Chief, Satellite Division — FCC International Bureau
  • Tony Lin, Senior Associate — Hogan Lovells
  • Dan Lopez, VP of Technology — Urthecast
  • Catherine Melquist, Senior Vice President, Satellite Division — Sage Communications
  • Debra Facktor Lepore, VP and GM of Strategic Operations — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
  • Hartley Lesser, Editorial Director — Satnews Publishers
  • Daniel Lim, Vice President of Disruptive Innovations and the Principal FANTM-RiDE Design Engineer — TriSept Corporation
  • Jeffrey Manber, CEO — Nanoracks LLC
  • Dr. Clare Martin, Vice President of Programs — Surrey Satellite Technology US
  • Suzi McBride, Vice President — Iridium
  • Randa Relich Milliron, CoFounder — Interorbital Systems
  • Clayton Mowry, President — Arianespace
  • J. Armand Musey, President and Founder — Summit Ridge Group
  • Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President of Marketing and Communications — Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Janet Nickloy, VP Responsive ISR Programs — Harris Corporation
  • Carlos Niederstrasser, Business Development & Special Initiatives — Orbital ATK
  • Paul Oppenheim, Vice President Business Dev. & Contracts — Vanguard Space Technologies
  • Dr. John Paffett, CEO — Surrey Satellite Technology US
  • Dara A. Panahy, Partner— Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • Doug Patterson, VP, Military & Aerospace Business Sector — Aitech Defense Systems
  • Barbara Plante, Founder and President — Boreal Space
  • Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects — Virgin Galactic
  • Chris Quilty, Senior Vice President, Equity Research — Raymond James & Associates
  • Rex Ridenoure, CEO and co-founder — Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation
  • Richard M. Rocket, CEO and Co-Founder — NewSpace Global, LLC
  • Joe Rothenberg, Director of Engineering and Operations — Google
  • Mike Safyan, Director of Launch and Regulatory Affairs — Planet Labs
  • Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President — GeoOptics
  • Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice — Hogan Lovells
  • Chris Stott, Founder, Chair & CEO — ManSat
  • David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM) — Space Micro
  • Tom Stroup, President — SIA
  • Al Tadros, Vice President of DoD and Civil Business — SSL
  • Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO — Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
  • Michael Vinter, Executive Vice President — International Space Brokers
  • Micah Walter-Range, Director, Research & Analysis — Space Foundation
  • Bruce Yost, Project Manager — NASA Ames Research Center
  • Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development —Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)