Your Steps to Space – Small Satellite Mission Success
November 18, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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The space industry is experiencing a rapid growth while more companies, organizations, and individuals are interested in being a part of the progress. The goal of this course is to help build both the business and technical acumen of those stakeholders with a reinforced understanding of the process, design, and market of small satellite systems. This one-day course is the all-in-one platform covering how to create a successful mission. This course will provide an outline of the systems engineering approach to develop a space mission using small satellites from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (including reentry) to Geostationary Orbit (GEO), as well as interplanetary missions. Along with these objectives, attendees will also be given an overview of the space environment (plasma, charging, thermal, radiation, dose, etc…) and how they affect mission performance.

This new, one-stop shop for space stakeholders will explain how to mitigate design problems, design a satellite based on mission specific requirements, and achieve flight lineage through first-time mission success. Instructors will be hands on with attendees and discuss business practices, case studies, and interactive models for easy application!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review technology trends in the space program and CubeSat and ThinSat concepts
  • Hear from a launcher, regulator, and supplier on supply chain dynamics and process delivery
  • Landscape assessment of the space environment and environmental damage mitigation from LEO to GEO for satellite hardware
  • Explore basics of small spacecraft power systems design: solar cells, peak trackers, batteries, power management, Inhibits, and related firmware
  • Assess the Simplex unit, it’s applications and advantages, and a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis of various satellite communication systems and room for improvement
  • Review CubeSat mechanical and structure design fundamentals including manufacturing requirements, materials Orbital Debris Assessment Report (ODAR), simulations, and safety reviews
  • Formulate a viable and customized satellite concept, build, and mission schedule
  • Discuss how new Advanced Manufacturing (AM), miniaturization, and high-quality robotic mass production with many new and competitive launch opportunities make Cube/ThinSats an affordable technology
  • Discuss novel and successful Systems Engineering design practices for a small space mission
  • Assess subsystem and sensor options: GPS, black box, attitude determination and control, and propulsion
  • Discuss small spacecraft environmental testing, launch requirement documents and launch readiness review
  • Review orbits, launch, Con-Ops, ground segments, and data analysis



LRA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, LRA has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

LRA is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

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

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

  • Introduction
  • General introduction to small satellite space industry
    • Discuss key variables to a satellite project lifecycle including costs, timeline, and componentry
    • Review CubeSat and ThinSat form factors
  • Space environment
    • Overview of space environment
    • Space weather
    • Mitigation from LEO to GEO for satellites
  • Review technology trends in the space program
    • CubeSat and ThinSat concepts
    • Specifications of nuance between mission selection
  • Space debris considerations
    • Requirements and technologies
  • System engineering tradeoffs
  • Communication and antenna system
    • Explanation of simplex and opportunities
    • Globalstar and constellation access
  • Mechanical and materials requirements
  • Subsystems
    • Payload integration and connections
    • Capacity limitations
    • Power supply
  • FCC and legal requirements
    • Procedure
  • Environmental testing requirements
  • Rideshare options
    • Hybrid model
    • Costs involved
  • Orbits and Con-Ops


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.


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

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