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    Small Spacecraft for Deep-Space Exploration


    This session focuses on innovative small spacecraft designs, systems, missions and technologies for the exploration and commercialization of space beyond Earth orbit. Target destinations for these miniaturized space probes include the Earth's Moon, Mars, comets and asteroids, as well as other destinations that are targets for in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Small exploration probes covered by this session may come in many different forms including special-purpose miniature spacecraft, standard format small platforms such as Cubesats or other microsats, nanosats, picosats, etc. Topics include new and emerging technologies including the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) technologies, miniaturized subsystems including propulsion, avionics, guidance navigation & control, power supply, communication, thermal management, and sensors and instruments. The main focus of this session is on new and emerging systems, missions, driving technologies and applications that are both government-funded as well as driven by commercial ventures.

    IPC members
    • Co-Chair: Dr. Leon Alkalai, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States;

    • Co-Chair: Dr. Rene Laufer, Baylor University / University of Cape Town, United States;

    • Rapporteur: Ms. Amanda Stiles, Rocket Lab, United States;