Telecom giant keynotes USU’s Small Satellite Conference

The Small Satellite Conference this week at Utah State University is internationally-recognized as the world’s premier conference on small satellites.

Keynote speaker Greg Wyler is an American tech entrepreneur who Fierce Wireless calls the most powerful person in Telecomm. He said some of the best minds in the business are in Logan this week.

“And it’s got some of the smartest people in the space industry,” says Wyler. “People who are designing technical details, technically-detailed components that are some of the hardest things in the world to build. And they all gather here to talk about their technology and what good they can do for the world with those technologies.”

He founded OneWeb seven years ago — raising $500,000,000 — and the mission was to enable internet access everywhere.

“It is to connect every unconnected school in the world and there’s about two million unconnected schools,” Wyler explains. “The way I am driven and the way I work in companies as I define things, or this or that, is really mission driven.

“And there’s one primary mission, which is to bridge the digital divide with the two million schools around the world the are unconnected.”

Wyler speaks Monday at 1:15 p.m.

When the first Small Satellite Conference was held in 1987, small satellites were not widely accepted, but have since become a vital part of the space industry.

The conference is held each August at USU and this week more than 3,000 participants from over 40 countries are in Logan.

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