Small satellites get a big boost — and ODU is part of this

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)
The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)

The Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech, was recently awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round.

The two-year grant will support the launch of the consortium, which also includes the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has secured $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award.

“This translational research center grant is an early win for ODU’s Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy (VISA),” said Morris Foster, vice president for research at Old Dominion. “Part of VMASC (Virginia Modeling Analysis & Simulation Center), VISA was funded in the most recent session of the General Assembly to help catalyze the unique commercial Spaceflight and Autonomy opportunities in Virginia, particularly those at the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. This award recognizes ODU’s leadership in aerospace in Virginia and its close partnerships with Virginia Tech, Virginia Space, and NASA Langley.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential to yield commercial products in the long term. Because the Round 2 funding remains open, an additional award announcement is possible at VRIC’s October meeting.

“Virginia’s institutions of higher education are at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in areas like aerospace and the biosciences, and serve as hubs for innovative ideas and the commercialization of new technologies,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “This project, and the consortium’s public-private partnerships, will help bolster the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in satellite and data collection and support our continued work to drive Virginia’s economy forward.”

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.