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Technology Transition Opportunities: CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI)


  • Justin Treptow, Deputy Program Executive, NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program and Flight Opportunities program
  • Norman Phelps, Mission Manager, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Paula do Vale Pereira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology  

November 2, 2022


Suborbital testing through Flight Opportunities is just one stop on a space technology’s journey from development to next steps such as an orbital mission or commercial application. NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative is a valuable stepping stone for many small spacecraft technologies that have been already tested in a relevant space environment. Join this session to hear the perspectives of NASA’s Launch Services program as well as researchers that have advanced their technologies both through Flight Opportunities and CSLI.

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Speaker Bios

Justin Treptow currently serves as the deputy program executive for the Small Spacecraft Technology and Flight Opportunities programs within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. These programs seek to increase the pace of space exploration, discovery, and the expansion of space commerce though the rapid identification, development, and testing of capabilities that exploit agile spacecraft platforms and responsive launch capabilities from industry providers. Justin previously held various positions in trajectory design, optimization, and analysis at the Launch Services Program, mission management for the CubeSat Launch Initiative, and a system’s engineer as a launch vehicle to spacecraft integration engineer for Class A missions as well as SmallSats. Justin is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. 

Norman L. Phelps II is a mission manager and aerospace engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Norman supports the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) with NASA’s Launch Services Program. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering. 

Paula do Vale Pereira is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. She was a Research Assistant at MIT Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation Laboratory where her work focuses on the thermomechanical development of probes for the exploration of Ocean Worlds, such as Europa (moon of Jupiter) and Enceladus (moon of Saturn). Paula has worked on the design, manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing, and in-orbit operations of an imaging satellite called DeMi. She is also led the assembly, integration, and testing of an Earth observation CubeSat, called BeaverCube. Paula is a hands-on engineer passionate about machine shops and bringing ideas into life.