2024 AIAA David W. Thompson Lecture on Space Commerce, delivered by Sir Martin Sweeting during 2024 ASCEND

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RESTON, Virginia., July 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — AIAA is pleased to announce 2024 AIAA David W. Thompson Lecture on Space Commerce is awarded to Mister Martin SweetingExecutive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd. (SSTL) and Distinguished Professor, Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey. The lecture “Small Satellites – the Foundation of NewSpace” will be given on Tuesday, 30 July, 12 PT, while 2024 PROMOTIONJuly 30 – August 1, Las Vegas.

2024 AIAA David W. Thompson Lecture on Space Commerce, delivered by Sir Martin Sweeting during 2024 ASCEND

Sweeting’s talk will trace the impact of small satellites on life on Earth over the past 20 years and look ahead to future developments. The advent of low-cost and fast-response, yet operational, small satellites in the early 2000s ushered in a fundamental shift in the economics of space. Two decades later, small satellites are mainstream and form the basis for mega-constellations in low Earth orbit providing communications and Earth observation services, with the private sector now playing a dominant role. Recent developments in launch vehicles, both large and small, have accelerated this trend, often referred to as “NewSpace,” and enabled far broader participation by states and commercial companies. The next generation of launch vehicles looming on the horizon will usher in the next transformation in space, with dramatic implications for industry and society.

Sweeting, who received his PhD in radio engineering from the University of Surrey in 1979, pioneered the development of fast-response, low-cost, high-performance small satellites using modern consumer electronics to transform the economics of space. In 1985 he founded a university spin-off company, SSTL, which has designed, built, launched and operated in orbit over 70 nano, micro and mini satellites for customers worldwide, carrying out missions in communications, Earth observation, space exploration and the demonstration of active space debris removal techniques. Sweeting was knighted by Her Majesty the late Queen in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics. He has received numerous international awards and has been named one of the UK’s 20 most influential engineers. He is considered the ‘Father of Small Satellites’, leading to NewSpace.

This award recognizes a prominent industry leader or leadership team that has founded or grown a space-related company and created significant economic benefit and market value. The award is sponsored by Orbital ATK to recognize the long and distinguished career of the commercial space pioneer. David W. ThompsonThe lecture will be held in person and is also recorded and available upon request.

Registration ASCEND is open for 2024. Press passes are available for accredited media by request.

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