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February 5th, 2018

Time's Up ... Here Comes the SmallSat Symposium a Convergence of Minds, Technology and Information

Monday will herald The Third Annual SmallSat Symposium where folks can learn from the more than 80 speakers/specialists from around the world in presentations and events from February 5-8. All the work and 'heavy lifting' has been done with nothing left for you to do except show up for the SmallSat Symposium. 

Because your time is valuable you must determine where you will appreciate the most efficient return on investment, and judging by the surveys at the conclusion of last year's event, this symposium is the best use of your time and energy. Here you are not just an attendee, you are an active participant with access to the industry's experts.

Founded in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Satnews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in both commercial and military enterprises worldwide including the Satellite Innovation Symposium — and the SmallSat Symposium presented in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Computer History Museum.  You can register here.

  • Learn from and network with the primary players in the industry as they answer the most pertinent questions facing the small satellite market today
  • Learn in sessions from the executives and leaders changing the industry
  • Understand what it takes for you and your company to secure market share and take part in the next stages of growth


Monday, February 5th, 2018 Workshops

  • Earth Observation — On Orbit Considerations
  • COTS, 3D-Printing and Innovation Next Generation Technology in Small Satellites
  • Regulator Overiew and Legal Matters
  • Earth Observation — Data Processing and Analysis
  • SmallSat Financial Considerations
  • SmallSat Insurance—Facts, Considerations and Trends


Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 Workshops

  • SmallSat M&A 2017: A Year in Review & trends to watch out for in 2018
    Keynote: (See below) Dr. Hans Koenigsmann, Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
  • The Smallsat Industry – A Synopsis​
  • Briefing – Space Debris
  • Briefing – Space Law and Policy
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing – What is the Market?
  • Launch Opportunities and Payload Differences
  • How NASA, Government, Universities and Research Institutes work with Industry.
  • Working with Prime Contractors


Tuesday, February 6th's keynote speaker is Dr. Hans Koenigsmann, Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX

Dr. Hans Koenigsmann leads the Build and Flight Reliability Team at SpaceX. In this role he is the executive leader of SpaceX’s quality engineering and process development teams and, oversees the launch readiness process during launch campaigns. He provides an independent assessment of launch risks, identifying and resolving anomalies during integration and launch itself. The Reliability teams resolve all major anomalies, evaluate and mitigate risk and perform hazard analyses and other functions on the vehicle system level.

He has more than 25 years of experience designing, developing and building complex avionics and guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems for launch vehicles and satellites. As a member of SpaceX from the company’s inception in 2002, Hans built up the avionics, software and GNC departments and developed the launch readiness process currently in use during each launch campaign. He also designed the SpaceX risk mitigation process and initiated the risk database, establishing a similar process for system-level changes to the vehicle and ground systems. Dr. Koenigsmann was the Chief Avionics Architect of the Falcon 1 and early Falcon 9 efforts, and he is a key member of the small, core group of SpaceX engineers responsible for operating these vehicles on the launch pad and in orbit. He served as Launch Chief Engineer for the last 3 Falcon 1 missions and for most Falcon 9 flights to date.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 Workshops

  • Market for Defense Applications
  • Keynote — (See bio below) Dario Zamarian, Group President, SSL
  • Ground Services and Networks
  • Briefing - Mobile Connectivity
  • Briefing – Smallsat Manufacturing: Staying Ahead of Technology
  • Constellations – Proposals and Implementation
  • Cloud Computing in Smallsat Constellations
  • Finance and Securing Capital

End of Day

4:30  pm

Wednesday, February 7th's keynote speaker is Dario Zamarian, Group President, SSL

Mr. Dario Zamarian is Group President of SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems. In this role, he is responsible for all of the markets for spacecraft systems that the company serves, including communications, remote sensing, scientific exploration, and U.S. Government Systems.

With an execution track record that spans Fortune 100 companies, Private-Equity firms, and VC-backed start-ups, Mr. Zamarian brings a wealth of experience in leading transformative growth and strategic leadership to SSL, where he works closely with the senior executive team to support the needs of satellite operators around the world and drive growth into new markets.



To be held from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Cucina Venti Restaurant, 1390 Pear Avenue #Suite D, Mountain View, CA 94043.  Join women in aerospace for a networking happy hour at Cucina Venti, just across the street from the Computer History Museum. Thanks to the sponsor, Bessemer Ventures for providing refreshments. All genders welcome.

To view all of the sessions and the speakers 

You will appreciate the variety and concentration of workshops, speakers, and attendees that are sure to make the Third Annual SmallSat Symposium an event you anticipate and automatically add to your calendar each year.