Welcome to

Inter-Planetary Small Satellite Conference

29 April - 1 May 2025
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California


    This conference is organized by students, alumni, and staff from Caltech, MIT, Cornell, the University of Michigan, JPL, California Polytechnic State University, and NASA's Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute. We look forward to welcoming the community back to ISSC to explore mission concepts, discuss emerging technologies, and foster “outside the box” thinking that will be critical to future interplanetary small satellite missions.


    Many thanks to our speakers, poster presenters, exhibitors, and attendees. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person for ISSC2025!

ISSC 2024 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Whitten

Jennifer Whitten holds a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 2009 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology from Brown University in 2011 and 2014. She completed a postdoc at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before becoming an assistant professor at Tulane University. She has returned to the Air and Space Museum as a Research Geologist. Her research focuses on processes that generate and modify planetary crusts by combining a variety of space-based and ground-based data types. Her current research focuses on classifying ancient terrains on Venus and tracking the production and distribution of sediment on the surface of Venus. She has participated in several mission and instrument science teams, including the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument on Chandryaan-1, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter SHARAD instrument, and the MESSENGER team. She is Associate Deputy Principal Investigator for VERITAS.

Jennifer Whitten
whittenjl@si.edu .

Dr. Daniel Scheeres

Daniel Scheeres is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor and the A. Richard Seebass Chair in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following a five year tenure at the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Navigation Systems Section and professorships at Iowa State University and the University of Michigan, Scheeres joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in 2008. He has since become a vital member of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research community, heading the Celestial and Spaceflight Mechanics Laboratory. Scheeres has graduated 37 PhD students in his career who now hold positions in academia, U.S. and international research labs, and industry, 18 of these while at CU.

Scheeres’ research spans the topics of astrodynamics and spacecraft navigation to planetary science and celestial mechanics and has published extensively in these fields. One primary focus of Scheeres’ research is studying the mechanics of small bodies (such as moons and asteroids) with applications to planetary and asteroid missions. A separate focus of Scheeres’ research is in the field of Space Situational Awareness, where his lab studies the dynamics and estimation of orbital debris and active satellites. Most recently, Scheeres is serving as the Radio Science Lead and Co-Investigator for NASA’s OSIRIS REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.

Scheeres is a Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society, and president of the Celestial Mechanics Institute. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society’s Divisions on Planetary Science and Dynamical Astronomy, the International Astronomical Union and the International Astronautical Federation. He was awarded the Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronautical Society in 2013 and gave the John Breakwell Lecture at the 2011 International Astronautical Congress. Asteroid 8887 is named “Scheeres” in recognition of his contributions to the scientific understanding of the dynamical environment about asteroids. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.
Credit: University of Colorado Boulder

Anjani Polit

Anjani Polit is the Mission Implementation Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission and the Mission Implementation and Control Officer for the OSIRIS-APEX mission to explore asteroid Apophis. During OSIRIS-REx proximity operations around asteroid Bennu, she led the OSIRIS-REx Science Planning Team and was the Vice-Chair of the Sample Site Selection Board. For OSIRIS-APEX, Anjani manages spacecraft observation planning and oversees daily operations at the mission's Science Processing and Operations Center. She also provides management oversight for science team finances, scheduling, and resource allocation. Anjani has participated in proposal and operations development for a number of missions and previously served as the Program Manager for the University of Arizona Earth Dynamics Observatory. Before OSIRIS-REx, Anjani was the Uplink Operations Lead for the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Previous Conferences

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