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Increased Science Return through Rideshare Workshop

The purpose of the Agile Access 2 Space workshop is to obtain community inputs on how NASA's Science Mission Directorate's (SMD) can embrace ESPA class missions for transformative science, in light of SMD's new policy for Rideshare and provide inputs on the creation, population, and management of a secondary payload pipeline to support (SMD) future Rideshare missions.

When: 25-27 February, 2020
Where: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)

The workshop will be two and a half days long and all sessions will be held at the Kossiakoff Center at the JHUAPL Laurel, Maryland campus. We will lead off the workshop with keynote speakers then move into splinter meetings in the afternoon organized according to science disciplines and/or regions of operation. In the morning of the second day, we will continue the splinter and working group sessions. In each splinter session, the group will receive community presentations of possible applications and discuss the relevant topics listed below. In the afternoon of the second day, one-on-one sessions between entities and the Science Mission Directorate divisions will be arranged based on abstracts submitted. On the final day, the results of these activities will be discussed and summarized and a report will be produced.

The Workshop plenary session will include presentations on:

  • SMD Rideshare policy
  • Committee on Solar & Space Physics short report
  • Small Satellite Coordination Group (SSCG), Small Satellite Working Group (SSWG) and Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI)

Organizing Committee

  • Florence Tan, co-chair, NASA
  • Alan Zide, co-chair, NASA
  • George Ho, co-chair, JHU/APL
  • H. Todd Smith, JHU/APL
  • Rebecca Bishop, Aerospace Corp.
  • James Favors, NASA
  • Allison Jaynes, University of Iowa
  • Leonard Strachan, NRL
  • William Jarvis, NASA
  • Charles Norton, NASA
  • Carolyn Mercer, NASA
  • Christy Hansen, NASA

The Workshop agenda will include discussions on the following questions:

  1. What science can be enabled by Rideshare?
  2. What science instrument types and configurations are conducive to populate the pipeline?
  3. What are the launch vehicle barriers that hinder pipeline development and management?
  4. What are the small spacecraft barriers that hinder pipeline development and management?
  5. What are the programmatic barriers that hinder pipeline development and management?

Logistics information can be found on the website. This is an excellent opportunity to provide community feedback in order to allow the realization of the novel opportunities provided by exciting new access to space capabilities. Community members may submit abstracts for very short presentations related to possible applications and commercial providers may submit poster abstracts to inform the community of opportunities. We encourage wide community participation and look forward to an exciting and productive workshop.

For NASA Employees: NASA OCFO determined this is a workshop, vs conference. NCTS registration is NOT required.
Workshop Results Final Report


February 25-27, 2020
at the
Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Laboratory

Laurel, Maryland, USA

Sponsored by

Advance registration is closed, but questions can be emailed to

Key Dates

Abstract Deadline:

24 January, 2020

Registration Deadline:

19 February, 2020