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Oct 09 2014

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Notes from “Thinking Differently About Space Asset Logistics” webinar

I attended a very informative Webinar yesterday. Transcription of my chicken scratch follows:

The webinar was sponsored by FedEx. Calvin Hill, Program Manager for FedEx Space Solutions, gave a brief on FedEx’s capabilities to ship specialized space components and parts. They make custom packaging and can arrange for dedicated transport if necessary.

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Dick David, CEO and Founder of NewSpace Global, gave a presentation titled “Small Sats: Building and Investing in a Billion Dollar Market.” The big take away was his 4 trends in the next 4 years:

  • Significant capitalization of companies who manufacture and/or operate small sats. He gave Skybox’s purchase by Google as an example.
  • Cameras in space. Everyone wants this kind of data.
  • Growing bottleneck of small payload launch. He saw this as a GREAT market opportunity.
  • Small Sat market will exceed $1B by the end of this year.

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Next to speak was Tyman Clements, President and CEO of Space Tango, who gave a presentation on the evolution of small sats. He pointed out that one of the biggest appeals of small sats was that they can be deployed in constellations. This allows for a higher tolerance for failure from a single satellite, which also reduces the price of the individual satellite itself.

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Finally, Dr. Benjamin Malphrus, Morehead State University Professor of Space Sciences, provided an overview of MSU’s space engineering curriculum and facilities. I have to say, I was quite impressed. This is their first semester of their offering of a Masters degree in Space Systems Engineering. Now if only they would offer it as an online course….

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