During the week of August 5th-10th, two members of the D2K team, Michael Walker, Associate Software Associate & Technical Marketing, and Jamie Riley, Administrative Assistant, headed to Utah to attend the 31st Annual Small Satellite Conference at the State University in Logan. Along with 2,500 other attendees, they sat in on many of the presentations and visited most of the 200 plus exhibits. D2K is exploring ways they can provide solutions requiring autonomous software control for mission or safety critical applications in this fast-growing industry. As the numbers of small satellite missions grow exponentially, artificially intelligent autonomous software and prognostics systems will allow less ground control maintenance as well as being vital for deep space exploration.
The many presentations included some amazing innovations in the aerospace industry. Our team was fascinated in the experiments to harness water power for thrusters, a paper thin small satellite to remove space debris, and NASA’s ongoing goal to send swarms into deep space.
While busily seeking government and industrial applications requiring our design methodology, the team also spent time in lengthy conversations with the students at their university exhibits in quest of technical patners for potential small business innovative technology research and development projects with the Department of Defense and NASA. It was an opportunity to collect resumés for future recruitment, as well.
Our team returned excited about future possibilities in the small satellite industry.