Friday, 30 May 2014 12:08

International Congress at Small Satellites Systems and Services

International Congress at Small Satellites Systems and Services

May 2014


"Development Status of an Open Capillary Pulsed Plasma Thruster with Non-Volatile Liquid Propellant" - Eduardo Remírez

Jmp Ingenieros participated in the conference sessions on research and space projects Small Satellites Systems and Services or 4-S, held in Porto Petro, Santanyi, in the Balearic Islands (Spain), from 26 to May 30

The history of the 4-S goes back to 1992 and has had an ever increasing international participation over the years. The maturity of the event is marked by the close cooperation with two other prominent Small Satellite conferences: The Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA and DLR) and The Small Satellites Conference (AIAA and USU). The information synergies and idea exchange originating from these close links ensure high standard of contributions and a very wide attendance.


Design to cost, COTS, faster cheaper better, smaller is beautiful, affordable access to Space, all these buzz words echoed in the conferences of small satellites in the last few decades. In 2008 an announced recession hit the world economy with an unpredicted violence affecting the most disparate market sectors and public spending. As consequence, Nations cut investments in infrastructures, among which Space.

While the dust of turbulent economic environment is still settling down, it is important to question how the small satellites business is being affected by the evolving economy. Any turbulent time generates sudden changes but also new opportunities, so dynamism to adapt to a rapidly changing environment may become a survival necessity.

Five years after the start of the recession, is there any lesson learned we can already use? How does the future look like? What can space companies and institutions do to cope with the different economic situation? Are new financing schemes, as crowd-sourcing, a viable solution for small satellites? Are Business Incubators and spin-off ways to foster innovation and retain know-how? Venture Capitalists, Investor Angels, Kick-start, across borders investments and new communication media: can they influence funding of small space missions? Finally, lower cost means higher risk: is there any innovative approach for cost-effective risk mitigation? Can on-board autonomy, on-board data processing and direct broadcasting be a paradigm shift  for reducing operational costs of space assets?


The special topic of 2014, Dynamic Small Satellites in a Dynamic Economy, will be addressed in a dedicated session. Contributions on innovations that bring a paradigm shift in developing and using space assets are highly welcome. The opening session, with its invited speakers, will address the specific topic on how the new economic environment is affecting the international space market.

As in previous years, the program will also cover technical sessions as: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.


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