Small Satellite Working Group

A paradigm shift is occurring in the satellite industry. Small satellites are maturing to offer agility, affordability, resiliency and high resolution imagery. Simultaneously, national security leaders are examining the potential threats posed by adversaries to our legacy space-based assets.

The Small Satellites (SmallSats) Working Group is established to inform and educate the USGIF stakeholder community on the user needs for – and technical capabilities of – small satellites and associated tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TPED) systems.

Co-chairs: Jessica “JB” Young, Lockheed Martin & Rob Zitz, Leidos.

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting

April 27, 1-3 p.m.
USGIF Headquarters, Herndon, VA

May 17 at the GEOINT 2016 Symposium

Filling the Gaps: Nuclear Activity Monitoring and Small Satellites
8-9 a.m.
Gainesville 1-2, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

The capabilities of small satellites are driving a dialogue on competing
requirements of persistence and precision as well as expanding the realm of the possible with respect to signatures and indicators. In addition, as the small satellite community expands globally, commercial providers weigh their own pursuits with the interests of competing partners. This panel discussion among government and industry experts will deliberate the role small satellites play to answer intelligence questions as the world’s nuclear powers mature their programs.

Moderator: Dan Twomey, Jr., Solutions Group, NJVC LLC

  • Dave Gauthier, Director, Office of Strategic Operations, NGA
  • Serena Kelleher-Vergantini, Research Analyst, Institute for Science and International Security
  • Dr. Joe Thurgood, VP, Corporate Development and Marketing, Hera Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Andy Hock, Product Manager, Google Terra Bella

May 17 at the GEOINT 2016 Symposium

Small Satellites and Open Source Analytics: Technology and Tradecraft
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gainesville 1-2, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

The new generation of small commercial satellites coupled with cloud-based, web-services analytics is changing the face of GEOINT. This panel will discuss how communications, image processing, cloud computing and advanced analyst-driven analytical tools will marry near-persistent commercial satellite data with open sources to provide decision makers and action takers with timely and actionable information.

  • Gary Dunow NGA
  • Joe Rouge, USAF
  • Robbie Schingler, Planet Labs
  • Doug Reed, Leidos
  • John Fenwick, Google Terra Bella


SmallSat Working Group Charter 2014-2015

May 27, 2015 Working Group Meeting Presentation by Dr. Siegfried Janson