Small Satellite Fundamentals
Small Satellite and CubeSat Programs: Design, Development, Launch, and Operation
September 22-23, 2022 | Online :: Central Time



 This 1 ½ day introductory course to small satellites will look at small satellite design, integration and testing, launch and early operations, and policy/regulatory considerations.

The space sector is exploding. From next-generation satellite internet services to establishing a persistent presence on the Moon, the space industry is expected to go through an explosive growth. One area of space sector that is also receiving much attention is Small Satellites. These “mini” satellites weighing a few hundred kilograms or less are agile, cost-effective, and have proven effective on orbit such that they have become the core technology development focus for many satellite programs. A “Small Satellite Market Report” published in Feb 2022 projected that the small satellite market is “projected to grow from USD 3.1 billion in 2021 to USD 7.4 billion by 2026 […]”1

The key characteristics of small satellites that allow them to be agile and nimble require a different paradigm in design and operation. In particular, CubeSat-class satellites (subset of small satellites) have unique features that stem from special approaches and procedures that need to be understood to ensure program success. The course provides an overview of the satellite design and mission design paradigms that are focused on small satellites, including CubeSat-class satellites. Modules also include suggestions on setting up command and control, data handling, and operations planning. Integration, testing, and policy/regulatory considerations will also be discussed to promote understanding of how things work differently in small satellite world.

1 “Small Satellite Market Size & Share | Industry Report, 2021-2026 | MarketsandMarketsTM.” Accessed May 26, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

  • Spacecraft Design:
    • Examine the typical system-level framework for spacecraft design, appropriate requirements detail for CubeSat level projects and overview of the CubeSat standard
  • Mission Design:
    • Identify differences between mission design approach for large vs. small spacecraft
    • Describe realistic performance trade space for CubeSat sized vehicles
  • Policy and Regulatory Considerations:
    • Examine the policy and regulation landscape and what is involved in getting a satellite into space
  • Integration and Testing:
    • Discuss the typical integration and testing cycle of satellites
    • Analyze the test requirements of CubeSats
  • Launch and Operation:
    • Identify stresses associated with integration into the launch vehicle, launch and insertion, and initial contact
    • Determine some of the unique aspects of space operations with regards to remotely commanding, telemetry and data, and orbit design considerations



LRA Institute is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

LRA Institute is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and active participation.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, Engineering Managers and Corporate Managers involved in or interested in learning about small satellites, including CubeSat-class satellites. Engineers looking to transition from large satellites to small satellites world. Engineers in related field transitioning to space sector.


Thursday, September 22, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Part 1: What does a small satellite look like? – Spacecraft Design

Systems Engineering

  • System-level view of a spacecraft (design budgets)
  • Requirements management
  • CubeSat Standards

Subsystem introduction

  • Overview of space environment
  • Structure, thermal, and mechanisms
  • Attitude determination and control system
  • Power and communication

Part 2: What are we going to make this thing do? – Mission Design and Considerations

Refresher of orbits

  • Orbital mechanics
  • Types of orbits

Small vs. big satellites design objectives

  • What changes when going from big to small
  • Mission design approach

Mission design considerations

  • Performance trade space for small satellites

Policy and regulation considerations

  • Introduce to the policy and regulation landscape for small satellites

Friday, September 23, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Part 3: How do we get it to space and talk to it? – Integration, Testing, Launch, and Operation

Integration and testing

  • Test considerations and functional test objectives
  • Launch integration and testing requirements

Understanding the launch campaign

  • Launch site and communication site selection
  • General timeline and process

First days on orbit

  • Making first contact
  • Link architecture
  • Different orbital considerations


Jin Kang, Ph.D., maru Space Technology, LLC.

Dr. Jin Kang received his degrees from U. of Michigan, Stanford University, and Korea Aerospace University, focusing on satellite system technology. Since 2001 when he was involved in development of his first satellite, Kang has led multiple small satellite and CubeSat projects that have successfully launched into space. He is currently involved in multiple CubeSat projects, provide education and training to industry professionals, and serve as an independent assessment team member on various space missions. He also has 15+ years of professorship experiences and is currently a tenured professor at the United States Naval Academy.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Small Satellite Fundamentals

September 22-23, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 995.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,980.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,965.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 11,940.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before August 19, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other LRA event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, LRAs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 720-617-1319