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.
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.
- Chad Anderson, Managing Director
Space Angels Network
Eric Anderson, President
And One Technologies
Jason Andrews, CEO
David A. Anhalt, Vice President and General Manager
Jenny Barna, Launch Manager
Spire Global, Inc
Chris Baugh, President
NSR - Northern Sky Research
Chris Boshuizen, Principle
Data Collective VC
Peter Beck, CEO & CTO
Dr, Sami BenAmor, Director of Marketing
Thales Alenia Space
John Booher, Partner
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
Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner
The Tauri Group
Craig Clark, Founder
Clyde Space Ltd.
Robert R. Cleave, Director, Vice President, Commercial Space
Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner
James Crawford, Founder and CEO
Randy Culver, CEO
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
Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO
Liz Evans, Partner
Dentons US LLP
Dr. Shahin Farshchi, Partner
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
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
Tony Lin, Counsel, Washington, DC
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
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
Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent
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
Christopher Richins, Cofounder & CEO
Jerzy "George" Romaniuk, Product Line Manager, Space Sector
Aitech Defense Systems, Inc.
Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
Emmanuel Sauzay, Director, Commercial Space
Airbus Defense and Space, Inc
Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice
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
David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM)
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
Miguel A. Vazquez,Managing Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
Bruce Yost, Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center
Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development
Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
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