Space is hard. SpaceX was reminded of that rather recently. To their tribute, SpaceX has to coordinate subsystems to a greater degree than to which ours must perform. Small satellite missions require the successful coordination, communication and execution across multiple systems and subsystems. Some of the systems include launch, satellite, payload, ground station network, mission operations and data analysis. Some of the subsystems that are in the satellite are propulsion, power collection, management, storage and navigation. There are many points of failure. Recently, small satellites have overcome many challenges and obstacles to prove their utility for military, civilian and commercial purposes. August 8-13th, the 29th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites will be taking place at Utah State University to explore the current state and future possibilities of small satellites as well as the different elements critical to mission support and an overall successful mission.
Team Miles is there to learn more about the latest advancements in the small satellite space. We never know when or where we will discover a new perspective, a new way to meet our challenges and new people with which to share our journey. Our team lead, Wes Faler (this individual pictured below), will be attending the Small Sat Conference! Please seek him out and say hello! Ask him about the ConstantQ ion engine and our upcoming small sat launches to test our new ideas. Excellent discussions are ready to be had!