Some end-of-conference notes:
- Weighing in at 80 grams or less, Tethers Unlimited described a deployable tape that would de-orbit a cubesat following the conclusion of a mission. As one participant suggested, it's an elegant solution to the end-of-mission problem.
- Clearly, there are biology and medical payloads that are crying for frequent rides and rapid turnarounds.
- Jeffrey Manber's talk had the highest impact-to-length ratio.
- Robert Zee's and Tomas Svitek's presentation really expanded on the possibilities for pico- and nanosats. Astronomy platforms and tugs were only a couple of the current missions and future possibilities outlined.
- Joking that he expressed his doubts about whether a CMOS camera would work on CUTE, Bob Twiggs drew the best laugh when he said that "he now gets a picture by email every time one is taken" by the craft.
- Consensus: let's get the angels and engineers in the same room again.
- Kentucky Space shot some brief video of various conference participants and speakers that will be embedded on the blog in the next few days.
- Kentucky Space also twittered some of the action and post more pics.
- All presentations will be available online soon.