Broadcast 2289 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

29 Jul 2014 Dr. Pat Patterson
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Guest: Dr. Pat Patterson. Topics: SmallSat Conference 2014, cubesats, small satellites, space commerce. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed back Dr. Pat Patterson to discuss the upcoming SmallSat Conference to be held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah from August 2-7, 2014. During our one hour one segment discussion with Pat, we went over all aspects of the conference including the networking, social, and cultural aspects associated with the conference and Logan, UT. Visit the conference website and follow along with us ( The theme for the 2014 SmallSat Conference is "Commerce of Small Satellites." In keeping with this theme, Steve Jurvetson of Draper, Fisher Jurvetson will be the key speaker. Those of you familiar with NewSpace conferences over the years will be familiar with Mr. Jurvetson as he has been a big part of the Business Plan Competition and the conferences. Read about him & his space activities at Pat spoke about conference details, registration, and logistical issues throughout our discussion so pay attention if you are attending, especially to the hotel situation and options. We learned that Orbital is back to throwing one of the parties this year after a recess from their famous party. Other parties are hosted by ATK and SpaceX. The exhibit hall has been expanded and will now cover two floors. Also, an outdoor "lounge" area has been created for more room and networking options. I asked if the presented papers were peer reviewed. Dr. Patterson explained their review process so if you are interested in submitting a paper for future years, take note of it. About a third of the papers submitted are selected for the conference. Networking is exceptional at SmallSat. In addition the social activities including the Space Dynamics Lab hosted party Monday night, the other parties including the Moog sponsored program Wednesday night are all excellent networking venues as are the lunches and the food networking breaks throughout the day. We got questions about the student programs, presentations, exhibits and their scholarships. We spoke about newcomers to the exhibit hall and SmallSat, plus family activities for spouses, etc. in and around Logan. There are also side meetings which you can read about & attend so see The 11th Cubesat Workshop is also being held again this year on Saturday/Sunday. See For conference questions, see Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.



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