Suggested Searches

NASA SmallSat Technology Partnerships – 2022 Technology Exposition

Co-Hosted by

Small Spacecraft Technology Program & Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute


Held virtually on June 8, 2022

Welcome and Perspectives


  • Welcome and Introduction
    Rodolphe De Rosee
    STP Technical Officer
    Small Spacecraft Technology Program
    Program Systems Engineer


SmallSat Technology Partnerships Presentations – Communication, Navigation, and Thermal



  • Crater-Based Navigation and Timing – [2020]
    An on-board navigation system that will use surface features for on-board inertial optical navigation. This design will mature positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities applicable to any spacecraft with a camera, reduce the total number of ground contacts and tracking data, and the algorithms leverage hardware proven for small satellites.

    Dr. Brandon Jones
    University of Texas, Austin



  • A Small Satellite Lunar Communications and Navigation System – [2020]
    An integrated communications, positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system that will support regional Lunar surface navigation, relative navigation between assets, timing synchronization, and human location services in addition to a simple messaging system compliant with the Lunar frequency band plan.

    Dr. Scott Palo
    University of Colorado, Boulder


SmallSat Technology Partnerships Presentations – Propulsion


  • Lunar Missions Enabled by Chemical-Electrospray Propulsion – [2020]
    A standardized orbital transfer vehicle for SmallSat payloads to Lunar orbits benefits from multimode chemical-electrospray propulsion. This project leverages previous advancements in monoprop-electrospray propulsion system (MEPS) propellant and thruster development and demonstrates a complete propulsion package that is on track for flight demonstration.

    Dr. Joshua Rovey
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


  • Variable Specific Impulse Electrospray Thrusters for SmallSat Propulsion – [2020]
    The project has demonstrated a TRL5 electrospray thruster intended for a 12U CubeSat. The thruster can be scaled to operate efficiently throughout the broad power range of SmallSats, down to the few Watts typical of a 1U CubeSat.  The thrusting elements are multimeter arrays micromachined in silicon.

    Dr. Manuel Gamero-Castaño
    University of California, Irvine



NASA Partnerships


Closing Remarks and Social

12:55 – 1:05PM

  • Closing remarks
    Rodolphe De Rosee

1:05 – 1:15PM

  • Virtual Social and Networking

Learn More About S3VI

S3VI small spacecraft artist rendering collage

Small Spacecraft Community of Practice

State of the Art Small Spacecraft Technology Report

Small Spacecraft Technology State-of-the-Art Report

S3VI Information Search

Small Spacecraft Information Search