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The Planetary CubeSats/SmallSats Symposium,
June 25-26 2020

An activity of Goddard’s Planetary Cubesat Science Institute (PCSI)

This symposium has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Planetary CubeSats/SmallSats Symposia are held annually at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, with the participation of CubeSat/SmallSats scientists and developers. Discussions include current missions, mission concepts, and opportunities for future mission selections. The sessions also include panel discussions about strategic and technical aspects of planetary CubeSats/SmallSats, and an afternoon poster session provides mission proposers the opportunity to meet with vendors and suppliers.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline is April 3rd, 2020.

The Planetary CubeSats/SmallSats Symposium is open to presentations on all aspects of CubeSats/SmallSats missions. The science organizing committee would like to encourage the submission of abstracts that focus on the following aspects of CubeSats/SmallSats missions:

Symposium Timeline

February 24th, 2020
April 3rd, 2020
April 24th, 2020
May 1st, 2020
May 15th, 2020
June 12th, 2020
Symposium registration opens
Abstract Deadline
Symposium program posted online
Registration closes for foreign nationals
Registration closes for US citizens and green card holders
Registration closes for GSFC badge holders


Registration is closed.

Oral talks

Oral talks are all 15 mins in length except where otherwise indicated in the program. A laptop computer will be provided for presentations. In order to avoid lengthy handovers between talks, speakers will not be permitted to present from their own computers unless exceptional circumstances apply. If you need to use your own computer (e.g., due to a need for custom display software) please contact the organizers – your talk may be moved to the end of the session in this case.

Please bring your talk on a USB memory stick to the front of the room between 8:00-8:30 am for uploading and checking/testing, or preferably send by e-mail the day before to Presentations should be designed either as PowerPoint (PPTX), or provided as PDF files if designed using other software. After the meeting, talks will be uploaded to the meeting website unless the presenter requests otherwise. Speakers will be given 10 mins for each talk, followed by 5 mins for questions and speaker changeover.


Posters will be presented on a 36"x48" format. Poster presenters who are requesting a table to show hardware or set up a laptop, and/or electrical connections, should e-mail to make arrangements a week before the conference.


Plan to arrive at the Badge Pickup point (Visitor Center) at 800 AM if you are a visitor collecting a badge and are a US citizen or green-card holder. Park in the visitor lot and proceed inside the reception building to collect your badge. Photo ID is required for US citizens and non-citizens. Green-card holders should also bring their green cards. The Symposium is taking place in the building 34 Auditorium (B34-W150, first floor, see map).

Foreign national visitors must arrive at the Main Gate (Building 9) at 0730AM with your passport to pick up your badge and meet your escort.

After collecting your badge, you can return to your car and drive to Building 34, showing your badge and photo ID to the guard at the gate. Park in any nearby parking lot (see map), except for reserved spots or handicapped spaces.

Previous Symposiums

The 1st Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2016)
The 2nd Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2017)
The 3rd Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2018)
The 4th Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2019)

Organizing committee

Terry Hurford (chair)

Gina DiBraccio
Jacob Englander
Jared Espley
David Folta
Scott Guzewich
Tilak Hewagama
Brook Lakew
Noah Petro
Lynnae C. Quick
Prabal Saxena
Geronimo Villanueva

Local Organizing committee

Jennifer Ash
Marley Fleishman
Jay Friedlander
Katrice Tanner