Micah Walter-Range is the Director of Research and Analysis for the Space Foundation, where he has worked since 2006. He oversees development of all Space Foundation research products, including an annual authoritative guide to global space activity, The Space Report. He has authored papers on topics such as export controls and the role of space technology in aviation. He graduated from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in astronomy and political science, and he earned an M.A. in international science and technology policy, with a concentration in space policy, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
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.