Climbing The Ladder To Space – Lunchtime Workshop



Satellite Applications Catapult
Electron Building
Fermi Avenue
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QR


30/06/2016 - 12:00 pm


30/06/2016 - 1:00 pm

Applied Space Systems Engineering One Rung At A Time

Presented by Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers, President of Teaching Science and Technology Inc.


Since Sputnik, space missions and their applications were the sole domain of super powers and other wealthy nationstates. Today, cubesats have put space within reach of nearly any organization. But while the first rung on the ladder to space is now much lower than ever before, that ladder still needs to be placed on a strong foundation, and there are other rungs available to empower the success of organizations reaching for their first cubesat mission.

Dr. Sellers

Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers is the President of Teaching Science and Technology Inc. He is the author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, is a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering, and a contributing author of Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design. He has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned his BSc from the USAF Academy, MSc from Stanford University and Ph.D. from the University of Surrey.

The Workshop

This fun, fast-paced brownbag lecture will examine:

  • The rungs on the ‘ladder’ to space
  • How applied space systems engineering and tools such as Model-based Systems Engineering can create a strong foundation for that ladder
  • How ‘PracticeSatsa’ can enable organisations to build the skills and disciple needed to tackle cubesat missions
  • How ‘FlatSats’ such as the NANOBED can reduce project risk by creating a clear pathway for payload development.


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