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-chair: George Flick and Paul Sartorious

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Monthly Meeting

The Small Sats Working Group holds monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Events

Small Sats: Commercial Space Policy Breakfast

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
7:30 to 10 a.m.
Trajectory Event Center, Herndon, VA

Please join USGIF and our Small Satellite Working Group for a robust breakfast discussion focused on advances in commercial space policy. As a follow-up to the two-day Small Satellite Workshop earlier this year, guest speakers will focus on federal government commercial space cybersecurity policy and space commerce policy.

7:30 am – Arrival/Breakfast/Networking
8:00 am – Welcome from USGIF Small Satellite Working Group Co-Chairs
8:05 am – Keynote: Mr. Arsenio (Bong) Gumahad II – Director (SES) of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4/ISR) Division, Information and Integration Portfolio Management (I&IPM) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)

9:15 am – Panel Discussion
• Eve Douglas, Office of Space Commerce, NOAA Department of Commerce
• Chris Henson, Office of Undersecretary of Defense Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD/A&S) C4/ISR Division
LTC Tony Perez, NRO Liaison to USD
• George Flick, USGIF Small Satellite Working Group Co-Chair
• Paul Sartorius, USGIF Small Satellite Working Group Co-Chair

• Space Commerce and NOAA’s role in fostering conditions for the economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry.
• Space Cyber Policy (CNSSP-12), Instruction (CNSSI 1200) and how it affects industry.
• How the Small Satellite Coordination Activity helps architect a robust, next-generation space architecture.

Registration Pricing:

  • USGIF Members and active government/military: $25
  • Non-USGIF Members: $45

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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