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: Rob Zitz, Leidos, and George Flick, Noblis ESI

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SmallSat Working Group Charter 2014-2015

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting

April 26, 1 p.m.
USGIF Headquarters, Herndon, VA

Small Sats Working Group at GEOINT 2017

June 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
GEOINT 2017 Symposium, San Antonio, Texas

Moderated by Working Group Co-Chair Rob Zitz, Senior Vice President at Leidos

Senior government and industry panelists discuss the need for policy changes and increased funding beyond pilots and demonstrations.

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Slides from SmallSat Working Group Meeting-July 2016

Generation Orbit


Orbital ATK Part 1

Orbital ATK Part 2

Vector Space

Virgin Galactic

Vulcan Aerospace

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