USC's First "Hands On" Satellite Ground Communications Course created


"On the innovation frontline in space"

"Of Beetles and KKV's: Dichotomy of dual use space"

"Space Technology:  trees at the root of living spaceships", Financial Times article, February 12, 2016, Clive Cookson.

Rogers, C., Barnhart, D., and Crago, S., “The Maestro Flight Experiment:  A 49-Core Radiation Hardened Processor in Space”, IEEE Aerospace Confernece, March 2016, Big Sky, Montana, 978-1-4673-7676-1/16.


Barnhart, D., and Atudosiei, N., “Growing Life in Space:  Sustainable Bioterra for Mankind's Future on Earth and in Space”, Management and Legislation in Agriculture, Agrotourism, Food, Agrifood Economics, Environment and Consumer Protection Conference, October 2015, Bucharest, Romania.


Barnhart, D., L., Hill., Fowler, E., Hunter, R., Hoag, L., Sullivan, B., and Will, P., “A Further Look at Potential Impact of Satlets on Design, Production, and Cost of Satellite Systems”, Small Satellite Conference, August 2014, Logan, Utah, SSC14-V-6.

Barnhart, D., Will, P., Sullivan, B., Hunter, R., Hill, L., “Creating a Sustainable Assembly Architecture for Next-Gen Space: The Phoenix Effect”, National Space Symposium Paper, May 2014, Colorado Springs CO.

Barnhart, D., Garretson, P., and Will, P., “Enabling the 2nd Generation in Space: Building blocks for large scale space endeavors”,  Journal of British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 67, pp. April 2014. (First presented at DARPA/NASA 100 Year Starship Conference, Orlando Florida, Oct 2011.) (


Barnhart, D., Sullivan, B., Hill, L., Fowler, E., Hoag, L., Mook, M., Chappie, S., Kennedy, T., Kelm, B., and Vincent, K., “Phoenix Program Status 2013”, AIAA Space 2013 Conference, AIAA 2013-5341.

Barnhart, D., Hill, L., Fowler, E., Hoag, L., Sullivan, B., Will, P., “A Market for Satellite Cellularization? A first look at satlet morphology’s implementation and potential impact on the space industry”, AIAA Space 2013 Conference, AIAA 2013-5486.

Barnhart, D., “The Phoenix Project.”, 50th session of the UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, February 13, 2013.

Barnhart, D., Sullivan, B., Hill, L., Will, P., Chappel, L., Ratti, J., Benedict, B., and VanOmmering, G., “DARPA Phoenix Payload Orbital Delivery System (PODs)” AIAA SPACE Conference & Exposition, AIAA 2013-5484, San Diego, CA, 2013.


Barnhart, D., Hill, L., Turnbull, M., and Will, P., “Changing Satellite Morphology through Cellularization.” AIAA SPACE Conference & Exposition, AIAA 2012-5262, Pasadena, CA, 2012.

Barnhart, D., and Sullivan, B., “Economics of Repurposing In Situ Retired Spacecraft Components.” AIAA
SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition: AIAA 2012-5304.


Barnhart, D., Will, P., and Garret, P., “Enabling the 2nd Generation in Space: Building blocks for large scale space endeavors”, 100 Year Starship Conference, Orlando Florida, 2011, and Journal of the British Interplanetary Service-preliminary journal article 2014.

Hoag, L., Barrett, T., Aherne, M., Bezouska, W., and Sachs, J., "Caerus - Concept Through Flight in Eleven Months: A Story of Rapid Response and Lessons Learned", AIAA SPACE 2011, AIAA 2011-7132, September 2011. (

Aherne, M., Barrett, T., Hoag, L., Teegarden, E., and Ramadas, R., "Aeneas -- Colony I Meets Three-Axis Pointing", 25th AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference, SSC-11-XII-7, Logan Utah, August 2011 (


Hoag, L., Kichkaylo., T. and Barnhart, D., “A Systems Architecting Approach to Automation and Optimization of Satellite Design in SPIDR”, International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering, April 6th - 9th, 2010 – Orlando, Florida, USA.


D. Barnhart, T. Barrett, J. Sachs, P. Will, “Development and Operation of a Micro-Satellite Dynamic Test Facility for Distributed Flight Operations”, AIAA Space 2009 Conference, AIAA 2009-6443, Pasadena CA

Bezouska, W., Aherne, M., Barrett, J.T., and Schultz, S., "Demonstration of Technologies for Autonomous Micro-Satellite Assembly", AIAA Space 2009 Conference, AIAA 2009-6504, September 2009, Pasadena, CA (

Barnhart, D., Kichkaylo, T., and Hoag, L., “SPIDR: Integrated Systems Engineering Design-to-Simulation Software for Satellite Build”, 7th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Loughborough University, England, April 2009


D. Barnhart, J. Sullivan, P. Will & M. Gruntman, "Advancing Exploration Risk Reduction and Workforce Motivation through Dynamic Flight Testing", AIAA Space 2007 Conference, AIAA 2007-81635, September 2007

D. Barnhart, M. Gruntman, A. Anderson, O. Faghfoor, J. Cheng, "Hands On Space Flight Risk Reduction Training Through Ground Based Dynamic Flight Testing", 58th International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India , IAC-07-E1.4.10, September 2007

D. Barnhart, T. Barrett, O. Rahman, C. Raskin, M. Rudolph, "Lunar descent and landing technique development through real-time earth based flight dynamics operations", 58th International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India , IAC-07-A3.I.A.05, September 2007

Hoag, L., Hendry, M., Rojdev, K., Cheng, J., Faghfoor, O., Garcia, A., Giuliano, P., Raskin, C., Rudolph, M., and Rahman, O., "LEAPFROG: Lunar Entry and Approach Platform For Research On Ground", AIAA Infotech@Aerospace-2007 (