Your Steps to Space – A Complimentary Webinar on Small Satellites
October 13, 2020 | Online :: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time



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This complimentary  How to Get to Space Webinar will review the rapidly growing and disruptive small satellite space industry including a look at the multi-CubeSat and ThinSat form factors. From the business to the design, supply chain, and costs, this short webinar will get you acquainted with all the important tools and concepts necessary to enter the space domain.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the expanding satellite market and opportunities for involvement
  • Share key challenges in the space domain today for satellite integration and investment
  • Identify key trade-offs between different satellite form factors including CubeSats, ThinSats, and SmallSat 2U-6U
  • Share on the different players and approvals requisite in actualizing a first-time mission success
  • Explain cost considerations and opportunities for funding/grants

Who Should Attend?

  • Technology companies and stakeholders showing interest in joining the rapidly growing space industry
  • Universities and institutions involved in STEM R&D
  • Current Aerospace Industry looking to grow and scale with an evolving space market


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 : Central Time

9:45  – 10 a.m. :: Log In

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Webinar Timing

  • Introduction
  • Overview of the small satellite environment
  • SmallSat vs traditional
    • Componentry
  • Communications
    • Simplex/duplex units
    • FCC licensing
    • Constellation Sat Comm (Globalstar, Iridium…)
  • Mission success
    • Data redundancy and resilience
    • Flight black box
  • Economic ROI
    • Cost recovery
    • Market drivers and trends going forward
  • Summary and takeaways


Dr. Hank Voss, CEO and Chief Scientist, NearSpace Launch Inc. (NSL)

Dr. Hank Voss is an Emeritus Professor in Engineering and currently CEO and Chief Scientist at NearSpace Launch Inc. (NSL) located in Upland, IN. In the past 5 years NSL has created and launched 350 CubeSat subsystems and developed over 10 full satellites with 100 % success in-orbit. NSL was also the first to demonstrate the powerful Globalstar satellite-to-satellite link for 24/7 anywhere-anytime global visibility of a satellite with low latency of a few seconds. He worked previously 15 years at Lockheed Research Labs in Palo Alto CA on many advanced NASA and DOD satellites and payloads. Dr. Voss worked with Prof. Twigg, Inventor of the CubeSats, in the early days of CubeSats at Stanford and was instrumental in developing the first 2U CubeSat with students. He has 22 years’ experience in teaching aerospace and engineering at Taylor University in IN and development of many small spacecraft in an academic environment while receiving the university Teaching Excellence award and Forman Research award. While in Indiana he launched Indiana’s first satellite and first commercial satellite. He is an inventor of the new ThinSat standard to significantly reduce cost for access to space and inventor of the new thin patch satellite Black Box for mission success, diagnostics, and space debris GPS tracking. He has been responsible for the development of eleven small satellites (1U to 6U) that were launched into LEO orbit with a 24/7 Globalstar communication link that needs no ground station since all the encrypted data is linked through the internet. NSL has developed 60 autonomous ThinSats that launched as a constellation in 2019 with Professor Twiggs as well as a CubeSat payload for Deep Space and lunar flyby on the EM-1 mission.

He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois. He has published over 150 technical papers in Space Science, Space Instrumentation and CubeSat results.

Matt Orvis BS, MS, Project Engineer, NearSpace Launch Inc. (NSL)

Mr. Matt Orvis BS and MS in Physics/Engineering and a project engineer with NearSpace Launch. Matt has worked over 5 years with state-of-the-art satellite design and acted as the lead engineer for the THEEF subsystem, an electric field and VLF sensor. He has been involved in the design and build of numerous other small satellites ranging from ThinSats to 6Us and 12Us.

Jeffery Roberts, Sr. Director of Mission Management, Spaceflight

Jeffrey Roberts is an Army veteran and a commercial space professional who leads all of Spaceflight’s mission management. He was the Mission Director for Spaceflight’s historic SSO-A launch, coordinating teams of engineers throughout the planning, design, integration, and launch of the most complex missions in Spaceflight’s history. At Spaceflight, he leads a team of experienced mission managers to execute launch campaigns globally on behalf of Spaceflight customers.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he has served in combat theaters overseas, commanded an Infantry Battalion in the National Guard, and now works as a Space Operations Officer in the Army Reserves. Jeff is passionate about keeping the citizens of the United States and its allies safe, and the advancement of mankind into the frontiers of our solar system.

When not working, Jeff stays busy with the activities of his wife and five kids.  He enjoys reading, sports, and outdoor activities.

Mike Miller, Licensing and Regulatory Consultant,  Sterk Solutions

Mike has 15 years of experience with small satellite licensing, with over 100 spacecraft supported and licensed.  This includes university, startups, small and large corporations, and Federal activities.

Services provided include radio licensing, remote sensing licensing, and orbital debris assessment.

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.

  • 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.


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