The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is organizing another groundbreaking Canadian SmallSat Symposium. The Symposium will be held in Toronto over three days on February 13 – 15, 2018. Amidst a global interest in the future direction of new space and smallsat, this year’s event will draw significant attendance from industry, government, academia, the investment community and others at ground zero of this future focussed sector.
SMALL SATELLITES, RESPONSIBLE REVOLUTION
In June 2016 the Committee On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) agreed to a first set of guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities ( A/71/20, Annex). As the Committee continues its work on the second set of guidelines, the Canadian SmallSat Symposium 2017 is focused on Space Sustainability, in advance of COPUOS’ presentation to the United Nations General Assembly in 2018.
SmallSats are a key factor in space sustainably, both in providing solutions and potentially contributing to the problem. As more are actively using space for security and socio-economic benefits crowding of physical orbital locations and broadcasting interference become a greater concern. The current traffic in LEO and the thousands of smallsats slated for deployment, heighten the propensity for collision and challenge the sustainability space.
SmallSats are also a mitigating factor in managing Earth’s sustainability issues. Many indicators necessary for environmental observation must be monitored from space, where SmallSats are agile enough to bear the burden. The demand and opportunity to put SmallSat’s in orbit is continuing to grow, especially at the micro and nano scale.
To position Canada to provide solutions and technologies to mitigate this concern, the CSCA is bringing together stakeholders from across the country and inviting international participation to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration.
TOPICS OF INTEREST, FOCUSSED ON SMALLSATS, ARE (BUT NOT LIMITED TO):
- Academic Submissions
- Agriculture, Forestry Ecological
- Coastal Waters, Sea Ice and Fluvial
- Earth Observation
- Education, and Public Outreach
- Finance, Business and Market
- Government Role
- Ground Systems and Communications
- Humanitarian and Social Benefits
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Launch Opportunities and Challenges
- Natural Disaster Mitigation
- Science and Missions
- Security, Search and Rescue
- Space Debris
- Space Exploration
- Space Law and Policy
- Urban Applications