VSV Symposium “Rescaling Limits: Exploring Spacecraft Sizing” – March 6th, 2018

The 20th century has seen some of the most important milestones of spaceflight: the first satellite, the first man in space and the landing on the moon. The 21st century so far has seen the rise of private spaceflight and the increased reusability of launchers. Downscaling of satellite components has allowed the construction of smaller satellites that can be launched from new smaller launch systems, yet launchers are also increasing in size. Is the space industry at a crossroad for either larger or smaller?

This edition of the VSV Symposium will focus on the recent advancements in the downscaling of satellite components, the implementation of nano- and pico-satellites and the effect they have on the development of launch systems. Which role will miniaturization have for the future of spaceflight?

The VSV symposium aims to inspire the audience and trigger them into thinking about the new approaches to spaceflight and the industry. During the morning, workshops will be given before the readings starts, where the students can experience a practical approach to the subject. In the afternoon, several companies will present their view on the next generation of launch systems and satellites. To conclude the symposium, a network drink will be held where students and professionals alike can reflect on the symposium and have an encounter with the Dutch aerospace community

It is the aim of this symposium to present the future possibilities in this field, but even more to let the students think about these developments. By letting students interact with professionals, a closer link between their studies and real applications can be made. In turn this might spark new ideas that will propel the industry even further.

The symposium will take place on the 6th of March, 2018, at the auditorium of the TU Delft. The faculty has shown its support by clearing the schedule of all bachelor students, which means that attendance will be high and that there is ample opportunity to interact with the students. Registrations are open, you can find more information here. If you have any questions regarding registration or the symposium, do not hesitate to visit the website of contact the organization.