Making Space: Democratizing Exploration and Science with DIY Satellites


Wednesday, September 17, 4:10 pm to 4:30 pm in Auditorium

The academic community can contribute to the transformation in space technology that Makers have begun. From satellites on a chip to interplanetary spacecraft, academic makers are democratizing access to space and offering unprecedented opportunities for students, faculty, and DIY scientists to take ownership of space exploration. Inspiring students of all ages, academia’s successful efforts to eliminate barriers to personal exploration of the solar system will create a new generation of space entrepreneurs, technologists, and scientists.


Mason Peck

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Professor Peck teaches at Cornell University and engages in research in spacecraft systems. His research focuses on innovating spacecraft architectures that exploit dynamics and other physics for performance. In 2011 he was named NASA's chief technologist, effective January 2012.