Episode 20: Robert Zee, Space Flight Laboratory, a Pioneer in the Evolution of Small Satellites


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Dr. Robert Zee is the only director the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace has known since its inception in 1998. Over the years SFL has been an innovator in the field of small satellites and without question can be regarded as one of its pioneers. Robert is my guest on this weeks podcast. What started as an idea has involved into a educational powerhouse in the small satellite field. SFL has produced engineers that have gone on to be part of startups such as Deep Space Industries. Along the way they also turned their original idea into a business. A business that is growing. Today, SFL employs over 50 people and they have 18 satellites to their credit that have been launched to orbit that are performing well. Currently they have 15 satellites in development and that number is increasing. In my wide ranging interview with Robert you'll learn a little of SFL's history, their innovations, future plans and some of the challenges they face as small satellites go beyond low earth orbit.

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