Clayton Mowry is President of Arianespace, Inc., where he is responsible for managing customer, industry and governmental relations at the company's U.S. affiliate. The Washington, D.C.-based company was established in 1982, and is a key element of international presence. Approximately one-fourth of the more than 340 launch services contracts signed by Arianespace since its creation in 1980 are with U.S. customers, and over half involve U.S.-built spacecraft. Prior to joining Arianespace, Mowry was executive director at Satellite Industry Association, a nonprofit alliance that represents leading U.S. satellite manufacturers, service providers and equipment suppliers. He has held positions as a satellite industry analyst and senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Telecommunications, and was a Presidential Management Intern and trade policy analyst covering the space launch industry for the Department of Commerce. Mowry holds degrees in political science and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Considering the rapid growth in the number of smallsats/cubesats launched over the past several years, and the fact that more than 140 satellites with masses less than 10kg were launched in 2014, it is clear that this segment of the space industry is attracting a great deal of interest. This panel will address the past successes and shortfalls of design, development, and implementation, as well as looming opportunities, technical challenges, and future implications of launching smallsats.