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Inter-Planetary Small Satellite Conference

2-3 May 2022
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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    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.


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    Many thanks to this year’s speakers, poster presenters, exhibitors, and attendees. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this year for the 10th anniversary of the ISSC!
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ISSC 2022 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bhavya Lal

As the Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy within the Office of the NASA Administrator, Dr. Bhavya Lal is responsible for advising NASA leadership in these areas as well as providing executive leadership and direction to the Office of Technology, Policy and Strategy at NASA. Dr. Lal is also the Acting CTO of NASA, the first woman to hold the position in NASA’s 60+ year history. Prior to her current role and in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, she was the Acting Chief of Staff at NASA, and directed the agency’s transition under the administration of President Biden. Before arriving at NASA, she had served as a member of the Presidential Transition Agency Review Teams for both NASA and the Department of Defense. For 15 years prior to that, Dr. Lal led strategy, technology assessment, and policy studies and analyses at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) for government sponsors including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Space Council, NASA, Department of Defense, and other Federal space-oriented organizations. Before coming to IDA, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates, a global policy research and consulting firm based in Cambridge MA. Dr. Lal’s analyses have been at the center of most space-relevant polices for the last decade. For her many contributions to the space community, she was nominated and selected to be a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Dr. Lal is an active member of the space technology and policy community, having chaired, co-chaired or served on five high-impact National Academy of Science (NAS) ad hoc committees. She served two consecutive terms on the NOAA Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), was an External Council Member of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, and selected to join the NASA Technology, Innovation and Engineering Advisory Committee (NAC/TIE). She co-founded and was co-chair of the policy track of the American Nuclear Society’s annual conference on Nuclear and Emerging Technologies in Space (NETS), and co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Lal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second master’s from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University. She is a member of both the nuclear engineering and public policy and public administration honor societies and has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Freeman

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Freeman is the manager of the Planetary Science Formulation Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). JPL is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system and the work of the office spans all of JPL’s future space missions for NASA in this area. Recent highlights include the selection of the VERITAS mission to unravel the mysteries of Venus, the FarSide Seismometer Suite to explore the interior of the Moon, and the deployment of the Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars. Dr. Freeman is a champion for CubeSat and SmallSat projects at JPL, which has bloomed into over 25 flight missions, leading towards a future where interplanetary SmallSats like JPL’s MarCO mission are common. Previously, he was the manager of JPL’s Innovation Foundry, JPL’s incubator for mission concepts, which includes the SmallSat design team Team-Xc.

Previous Conferences

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