The second annual Conference on Small Satellites will be held Sept. 18-21 in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center at Utah State University.

Dr. John W. Townsend, director of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Cnter, will begin the conference with a panel discussion.The panel, featuring people from NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, will talk about rapidly expanding opportunities for small satellites in the international space arena.

He also will speak during a banquet Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Taggart Student Center, according to Frank Redd, research director of USU's Center for Space Engineering.