Space Weather and Small Satellites: How the Sun Impacts LEO

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

Where: Virtual

Low Earth orbit (LEO) is increasingly crowded as more satellite operators seek to exploit the benefits LEO has to offer. Beyond crowding, the region is also subject to perturbations from the Sun's effects on the outer layers of the atmosphere and complex electrical phenomena. This event was hosted by Secure World Foundation and the University of Colorado at Boulder as a moderated discussion with speakers from academia, government, and industry to better understand this key challenge of operating in LEO.


  • Matt Angling, Ionospheric Programme Manager, Spire
  • Tom Berger, Executive Director of the Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Sean Bruinsma, Head of the Space Geodesy Office, CNES French National Center for Space Studies
  • Janet Green, Physicist, Space Hazards Applications
  • Moderator: Josh Wolny, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation

Event Materials

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Last updated on October 2, 2020