INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting: Unleashing Big Space: Next-Generation Applications with Small Satellite Advances

El Segundo , USA
200 N Aviation Blvd

Prof. David Barnhart will discuss the various areas of research on orbit aggregation. Register here.

Unleashing Big Space: Next-Generation Applications with Small Satellite Advances
David Barnhart
Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California
9 June 2015
Room D8/1010, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California


Registration is required to attend the event. Register here.

Attendance is also available online and at remote sites throughout the region.


Advances in new spacecraft morphology have allowed high-volume, low-cost manufacturing of small systems to physically "aggregate", that is be assembled as individual elements or cells to create a monolithic space system. This new morphology allows for any size, shape and scale of space platform to be built, potentially transitioning to on-orbit integration. USC is creating student and faculty research areas focused on uncovering the potential of this new approach. Prof Barnhart will discuss the various areas of research, and broader challenges associated with on orbit aggregation related to both international systems construction/assembly issues and implications to this new field to treaties between countries.

Speaker Bio

Professor Barnhart is the Director/Co- Founder of the USC Space Engineering Research Center, and the Director of Space Systems Division at USC/ISI. At USC he specializes in developing innovative technologies and architectures for 2nd generation space morphologies, satellite robotics and inspiration-based engineering techniques through hands-on projects with students, faculty and staff amongst the various Schools at USC, with outreach to industry based on the “engineering teaching hospital” construct. David was most recently a senior space Project Manager at DARPA, pioneering cellular spacecraft morphologies and satbotics on the Phoenix and SeeMe projects, and represented the first DARPA space project presented at the at the United Nations COPUOS in Vienna Austria.

At the Space Engineering Research Center he was responsible for developing innovative solutions in aerospace and small satellite systems and technologies, new satellite design-synthesis tools to cut design time down to days from months and incorporate integration as a design tool, hybrid robotics concepts for satellites with the ability to be demonstrated in very large multi-dimensional low cost ground testbed, the creation which was only 2nd only to NASA’s in scope and the largest University research facility of its kind to pioneer small satellite swarm interactions.

Prior to USC David helped initiate two commercial space companies; co-founding and serving as Vice President and CFO of Millennium Space Systems, which has grown into a sustainable aerospace business with both Government and commercial customers in Los Angeles CA; and was the youngest elected member of a three-person international Executive Management board for a German startup in Bremen, Vanguard Space. At Vanguard he energized international space re-insurance and financial institutions on the technical attributes of a new space market, while developing US and European engineering contracts to execute the business plan.

David served as an AF civilian for over 13 years and helped birth several notable projects over that time, including pioneering demonstration of a miniature lunar lander vehicle modified from KKV technologies, showcased to the Vice President on the 25th Anniversary of Apollo 11; and created and lead the first $150M Small-Satellite Project team for the Air Force that formed the initial basis for US technology infusion in micro-satellite systems. Both the XSS-10 and XSS-11 team’s received the National AIAA Space Systems Award in 2003 and 2007 for pioneering developments and contributions to the aerospace industry.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Masters of Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and has authored over 35 research publications and has been a keynote speaker at multiple national and international space conferences on 2nd generation space architectures.

Attend Online


Sign in as a guest and provide your first name, last name and email addresses as requested. The host site will go live early and often conducts a connection check at about 6 pm, a few minutes before the first agenda item.

To preserve the remote/virtual experience, everyone holds questions until the end and then each of the sites and individuals, in turn, will be asked if they have any questions. The host site is last.

Access Number: 1-719-234-7872
Audio- 719-234-7872
Guest Passcode: 979 060 4132

If you need to interact with the host site (can’t see, can’t hear), you can contact the site host, Susan Ruth, 310-341-8989 (mobile and receives texts).

Remote Site Attendance

Site Coordinator Coordinator contact information Access Refreshments Reservation Deadline
Antelope Valley/Palmdale Mike Wallace Open to all    
Azusa: Northrop Grumman Corporation Louise Fluegeman      
Goleta: Control Point Corp, 110 Castilian, Suite 200, Goleta CA Don Adams or Paul Stowell, or Open to all    
Pasadena: JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena Michela Munoz-Fernandez     Register minimum one (1) week prior to meeting
Huntington Beach: Boeing Phyllis Marbach, US Citizens, Resident Aliens only   One week
San Fernando Valley: Capstone Turbine Corp, 21211 Nordhoff St, Chatsworth Susim Gedam, 818-734-5113   Check with site coordinator.  
Host: El Segundo: Aerospace D8/1010, 200 N Aviation Blvd Susan Ruth Open to all, but with special requirements for foreign nationals Yes One week before mtg; foreign nat’ls, 10 days

Directions to Aerospace Corporation

Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west)

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:

  1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
  2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd.
  3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:

  1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
  2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
  4. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:

  1. Take the exit towards 405 South
  2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
  4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

The facility: It is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but ONLY the southern-most gate is open. There is staff security where you will identify yourself as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where security directs you to park, we will badge in through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Tell security that you need to use that ramp.

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