It’s a Small (Sat) World
What do Kevin Bacon, 1920’s Hungarian poet Frigyes Karinthy, Italian inventor Marconi, American sociologist Stanley Milgram and Walt Disney have in common? Small satellites of course!
The Small Satellite Revolution and “Rocket Science”
With everyone from startups, to non-profits and even high schools now able to play in the Small Satellite world, has “Rocket Science” become mainstream? Actually, the drive to for smaller presents even more advanced engineering challenges.
The New Space Mechanism Challenge
There is no reason the space mechanisms community cannot produce reliable products at low cost.
SmallSats - What Goes Up Must Come Down
The Story of Developing a High Strain Composite De-Orbit Sail, Faster, Smarter, Cheaper
Bruce Davis is a principal engineer at Roccor who manages several products within the company’s flight hardware and small satellite portfolio. As our resident space exploration expert, Bruce is our own internal Wikipedia on spacecraft design is persistently energized to “accept the next challenge.”
Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Bruce moved to Colorado with an aspiration to be a part of the region’s robust space industry and to spend more time in the mountains. So far, he seems to be doing just that having worked on several NASA / commercial space missions and to date has reaching the summit of Colorado’s 50 highest peaks.
Bruce was an early member of the Roccor team and has worn several hats during his tenure at the company. While he enjoys all aspects the startup culture, he spends the majority of his time leading the flight programs group with a particular focus on small satellite systems. In addition, Bruce has been a key member of Roccor’s integration of High Strain Composites into deployable spacecraft structures and has several publications / patents on the subject.
Bruce received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013 in Aerospace Engineering studying wave propagation in nanophononic metamaterials. During his time at the university, Bruce also led the architectural development and buil of the 50kg DANDE small satellite, launched in 2013, measuring upper atmospheric composition and spacecraft drag properties. Beyond this, Bruce also worked as a systems engineer at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics on the NASA-Glory total solar irradiance instrument. Prior to moving to Colorado, Bruce worked with NASA on the implementation of composites into sounding rockets.