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Charles D. Norton

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Dr. Charles D. Norton is the Special Advisor for Small Spacecraft Missions at NASA HQ. In that role he is responsible for advising on NASA’s cross-agency strategic direction for innovative small satellite science, exploration, and technology missions from ESPA-Class spacecraft down to CubeSats. Previously, he was a Principal Technologist and Program Manager Associate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he developed and led multiple small spacecraft missions. Charles is a recipient of numerous awards for new technology and innovation, including the JPL Lew Allen Award, Voyager Award, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Florence Tan


Florence Tan is the Chair of the Small Spacecraft Coordination Group (SSCG) at NASA Headquarters. She is also the Deputy Chief Technologist (DCT) for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). In her role as SSCG Chair, she leads the SSCG to coordinate and develop NASA’s strategy and vision for small spacecraft in science, exploration missions, and technology activities and provide advice to the Associate Administrators of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and SMD. As the DCT for SMD, she supports the SMD Chief Technologist to survey and assess technology needs for NASA’s science. Previously, Florence worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for 32 years as a lead electrical engineer, cognizant engineer, designer, integration and test engineer, manager, and operator for NASA spaceflight projects. She has designed, built and launched seven mass spectrometers to destinations including Mars, Saturn, Titan, and the Moon. Florence has received numerous awards including the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, the Robert Goddard Award for Outreach, multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards, Goddard Special Act Awards and Goddard Peer Awards.

Julianna Fishman

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Julianna Fishman is the founder of Technology Horse LLC, a program and project management services company. A technical writer and editor, Ms. Fishman has 25 years of experience supporting NASA program and project formulation and implementation in areas related to science and engineering. She is currently engaged in the activities of the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute and Small Spacecraft Technology Program. Julianna is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal and multiple Group Achievement Awards.

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