Advances and Challenges for Small Sats

Advances and Challenges for Small Sats

March 14, 2018

As small sat technologies continue to progress, a robust industrial ecosystem is forming, and the next five to 10 years will see more small sats used for imaging, weather, communications, and experimentation, according to community experts at USGIF’s fourth Small Satellite Workshop. Increasingly, the technology is being looked to as a complementary layer to large-scale systems and a necessary approach to space-based resiliency and deterrence.

The workshop, sponsored by Planet, was held March 6-7 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Eastern campus in Springfield, Va. The program was developed in collaboration with the USGIF’s Small Satellite Working Group and titled “Evolving Capabilities.” The first day was unclassified and the second was classified.

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