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The aim of this workshop is to understand the complexities of including hosted payloads within a space development program. This includes issues ranging from design and technology, integration through the complexities of managing schedules and dynamics of a complex program.

Who should attend:

This workshop will help mission managers looking for a cheaper solution structure and develop their mission architecture for a cheaper/faster alternative. It will help payload developers follow design approaches that provide the degrees of freedoms needed for a hosted payload; it will help existing payload providers understand the constraints that enable a hosted solution.

About the Workshop Leader: 

Dr. Tarun Soni Ph.D., is a business area director at Argon ST in their San Diego, California operations, responsible for strategy, business development and business growth. In addition he is an adjunct professor at the Center for Digital Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota.
His technology experience ranges from chip design to sensor processing and software development for embedded, real-time systems. His current position focuses on developing a number of complex communications solutions (notably payloads for LEO constellations as well as hosted payloads). Earlier he was the chief engineer for Tactical Systems within General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. In prior positions, Dr. Soni has led teams in a wide variety of high-technology organizations such as NASA and startup companies.
Besides his association with the Management of Technology program at the University of Minnesota, his diverse experience base also includes teaching in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Soni is the author of more than 30 publications and sits on the technical review committee of several conferences. He has a doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests stray towards understanding complex systems.


About Argon ST:

Argon ST is a leading developer of command, control, communications, computers, combat, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems that support operational commanders by producing and delivering information in time to impact critical decisions.

Workshop programme

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Introduction and Aims of the Workshop

9:40 Enablers - bus standards, system architectures, etc

10:40 Morning Coffee

11:10 Hurdles - schedules, integration and tests

12:30 End of The Workshop


Millennium Conference Centre

4-18 Harrington Gardens
London SW74LH
United Kingdom

Millennium Conference Centre



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