Propulsion Systems 101 Interactive Workshop
A guide to selecting the right propulsion technology for your Small Satellite mission
July 8, 2020 | Online :: 1:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern



This complimentary workshop will provide satellite integrators and constellation developers a broad overview of propulsion technologies and associated mission operations in a dedicated commercial free environment.

Attendees will gain insight from multiple industry experts sharing various perspectives and brand-agnostic technology summaries, fundamental to identifying well-suited product solutions for future missions and trade studies. During this hands-on workshop, attendees will be guided through a high-level propulsion specification worksheet which can be used to define trade space and down-selection criteria for your mission.

There will be break-out rooms available at check points for folks who want to engage and deep dive on a specific topic or with a specific contributor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction to space propulsion systems
  • Overview of process, players, and system technology
  • Share relevant guidelines, practices, and regulations
  • Explanation of bus architectures
  • Discuss major considerations for launch vehicles
  • Use of breakout rooms mid-workshop
  • Investigation of financial costs and benefits
  • Mission Specification Worksheet
  • Surveys for guiding panel discussion


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Eastern Time

12:45-1:00 pm :: Log-on and Sound Check

1:00 – 3:30 pm :: Workshop Timing

  • Cubesat and Smallsat Architectures
    • Overview of the mission design worksheet
    • Summary of the available bus architectures
    • Configuration trades for bus manufacturer (SWaP implications for each type of propulsion)
      • Time of flight
      • Size / volume considerations
      • Power draw
      • AIT trades
    • Pros and Cons
  • Launch Vehicle Considerations
    • Experience working with propulsion at different launch sites
    • Launch base loading, fueling, and shipping of propellants
    • Using prop systems after separation
  • Chemical Propulsion Technologies Overview
    • Overview of chemical propulsion
    • Product overview of Benchmark’s chemical offerings
  • Electrical Propulsion Technologies Overview
    • Overview of electric propulsion
    • Product overview of PhaseFour electrical offerings

Breakout meetings – 15m sidebar conversations / Biobreaks

  • Current and emerging regulatory aspects
    • Overview and update on current US regulatory & rulemaking actions
  • Economic Benefits of Integrated Propulsion
  • Questions/Panel Discussion


Isa Peterson, Director of Product Strategy and Development – Benchmark Space Systems

Ms. Peterson is an aerospace engineer with a background in orbital mechanics, spacecraft mission design, and manufacturing. This brings a unique understanding of the “Voice of the Spacecraft Customer” to the product development at the company.

Isa worked at a large commercial aerospace company (SSL-Maxar) previous to joining Tesseract (and now Benchmark) and took on multiple roles supporting the lifecycle of space vehicles. Her experience includes numerous commercial programs ranging from mission analysis and design, spacecraft mechanical testing, and program management. Specifically, Ms. Peterson has led the mechanical design, build and test of a +$100M commercial asset. In addition, she has managed the launch and orbit raising of +10 geostationary missions as the Mission Analysis Director. At SSL she completed program management training based in Lean Six Sigma, modified for high reliability space vehicle manufacturing.

Grant Bonin, Senior VP of Business Development – Spaceflight Industries

Grant Bonin currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Spaceflight. His breadth of involvement spans engineering, strategy and business development, and oversees the Spaceflight BD team while working with every team internally to ensure customers’ mission success. His directive is to ensure that anyone who needs access to space can get it exactly when and where they need it, in Earth orbit and beyond.

Prior to joining Spaceflight, Grant served as the Chief Engineer, Space Systems at Rocket Lab, where he led development of their Photon spacecraft platform for LEO and interplanetary missions, and was also the Chief Technology Officer of Deep Space Industries, where he led development of its water-based propulsion systems and low-cost small spacecraft for deep space exploration. His overall passion and vision is to substantively contribute to the human development of space.

Jake Teufert, Chief Engineer – Benchmark Space Systems

Mr. Teufert has broad-based experience that spans the entire product lifecycle, from new engine development to sustaining engineering of heritage designs. Prior to joining the Benchmark team, Mr. Teufert was the cofounder of Tesseract Space Inc., and was responsible for the development of their green propulsion technology. Mr. Teufert was the Propulsion Lead for Masten Space Systems in Mojave, CA from 2014-2017. At Masten, he spearheaded the development of the M9A Broadsword liquid rocket engine for the DARPA XS-1 program, which culminated in a successful hotfire test campaign of a 25,000 lbf sub-scale thrust chamber demonstrator. Before joining Masten, Mr. Teufert was a Propulsion Engineer for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, an anti-ballistic missile kinetic kill vehicle system. Prior to the above, Mr. Teufert was a Project Engineer for Aerojet General in Redmond, WA. While at Aerojet, he supported the flight qualification of the MR-104H hydrazine thruster, the R-42DM hypergolic thruster, and the conceptual design of the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) program.

Ian Christensen, Director of Private Sector Programs – Secure World Foundation

Ian Christensen is responsible for leading SWF’s engagement activities with the commercial space industry, where his activities focus on policy and governance topics including: as space debris mitigation, norms of behavior for responsible space operations, and space resources policy. He is also a member of the Secretariat for the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS), an industry group developing best practices and standards for commercial satellite servicing.  Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Christensen worked at leading space-sector consulting firms Futron Corporation and Avascent.  Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in international science and technology with a focus on space policy from the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs.

Jason Wallace, Vice President, Advanced Development – Phase Four, Inc

Jason Wallace is vice president of advanced projects at Phase Four, overseeing business development and program management of U.S. government ventures.

Prior to Phase Four, Wallace was an active duty Air Force officer, serving as acquisitions program manager and developmental engineer in the USAF’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program office. During his final two years of service, he served as the government’s Mission Integration Manager for the WGS-5, WGS-6, and DMSP-19 missions, leading the combined launch and space vehicle integration effort from launch vehicle selection through spacecraft separation on orbit. He currently serves as an Air Force Reserve officer, where he supports technology roadmapping and advanced capabilities development to ensure the US’s current and future launch superiority. Wallace has over ten years of experience as an operations and program manager in the space industry, managing $1B+ launch vehicle and spacecraft programs. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from UCLA, an MS in astronautical engineering from USC, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Jared Bottoms, Head of Satellite Programs & Launch – Kepler

Jared works at the intersection of strategy and execution to lead the development and deployment of Kepler’s space assets to host and support the growing payload and service offering of the organization. An avid proponent for rapid growth, Jared joined Kepler in the early days and has established multiple programs in that time. Prior to Kepler, Jared worked for MDA Systems Ltd.



Propulsion Systems 101 Interactive Workshop

July 8, 2020 | Online
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