Satnews Daily
September 15th, 2016

On The AAD Show Floor... SCS Aerospace Group Showcases Their SCS150 Smallsat

The innovative use of space technology by a Cape Town-based space engineering company is currently on display at the biannual Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) expo that is being conducted in Pretoria this week.

SCS Aerospace Group, South Africa’s largest private satellite concern, is showcasing a number of new, home-grown satellite products at AAD, which runs until the end of this week. The products include the new, lightweight, high-performance satellite, the SCS150, designed for global environmental and infrastructure monitoring as well as a mission overview of a privately funded technology demonstration satellite destined to do various scientific experiments and test some of their new advanced electronics in space.

The SCS150 is capable of providing 0.9 meter resolution persistent video and 3.6 meter resolution multispectral imaging. This unique configuration allows this satellite to be launched as part of a multi-satellite constellation and can be thrust to the assigned orbital slot via a single small to medium class launch vehicle. The SCS150 was developed to form part of a set of Earth Observation (EO) satellites that can provide near-continuous coverage applied in disaster management, city planning, border monitoring, maritime assets and infrastructure monitoring.  

The SCS Gecko Imager for smallsats.

After the current AAD expo, the company products will go on display at the International Astronautical Congress in Gaudalajara, Mexico from September 26th to 30th as part of their mission to expand their presence in the global, small satellite market.

According to Dr. Sias Mostert, the Chairman of SCS Aerospace Group, his company will also be testing the technology of their newly developed SCS Gecko, an ultra-compact imager that was specifically developed for the smallsat market as well as engage in some radiation tests on re-programmable electronics on South Africa's first privately funded small satellite, which is due for an early 2017 launch.


The satellite will also manage a number of important experiments as part of a contribution to the QB50 international science mission.  This includes measuring atomic oxygen flux in Earth’s lower atmosphere which is a crucial parameter in the correlation and validation of atmospheric models. The radiation experiments are done in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to test radiation hardening of re-programmable electronics in space using a proprietary and patented IP technology they developed.

..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

    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

    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

    Dr. Shay Har-Noy, VP and General Manager

    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

    Susan J. Irwin, President
    Irwin Communications, Inc.

    Talbot Jaeger, Founder & Chief Technologist

    John P. Janka, Partner
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Andrew E. Kalman, is Founder, President and Chief Technologist

    Adam Keith, Managing Director
    Euroconsult Canada

    Andrew M Kwas, Engineering and Technology Strategist
    Northrop Grumman Corp.

    Wade Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Wallis Laughrey, Vice President, Space Systems

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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)


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