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Guest: Dr. Pat Patterson. Topics: Small Sat Conference, small satellites & their increasing opportunities & capabilities. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Dr. Pat Patterson for our annual discussion on the upcoming Small Sat Conference held in Logan, Utah from August 13-16, 2012. For more information, visit the Small Sat website, www.smallsat.org. During our first segment, Dr. Patterson provided us with an overview of the Small Sat Conference, including its history leading up to this year's program which is the 26th Small Sat conference. We highlighted many features of this conference including the nine side meetings, a record number for such conference meetings. You can find more about the side meetings by visiting www.smallsat.org/conference/side-meetings. Dr. Patterson highlighted several of them, including the CubeSat Workshop, High Altitude Balloon Workshop, and the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. He also went into detail about both the Monday keynote talk by Ms. Brenda Jones of the USGS EROS Data Center regarding global satellite usage for disaster response, followed on Wednesday by a guest speaker from the University of Tokyo regarding the usage of satellite and space resources in last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster. Click on the Technical Program option for details about these two featured talks, www.smallsat.org/technical-program. Here, you can also see the technical programs, panels, and their speakers. Abstracts are available on the website but conference proceedings are made available at the conference & post conference. In this first segment, we went over conference logistics including transportation, parking, registration, and hotels. In our second segment, we talked about the student programs and scholarships, more about both the keynote and guest speakers, and the Wednesday evening tour options which are new for this year's program. We also went into more detail about several of the side meetings and stressed the value & importance of conference networking & job interview opportunities. SmallSat is famous for both student programs & scholarships as well as networking & career support activities, making this one of the best possible conferences you could attend. If you have conference related questions, use the Contact tab on their website, www.smallsat.org/contact. You can email Dr. Patterson through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.