The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is a joint effort between NASA and organizations statewide. WSGC is dedicated to helping provide Wisconsin students, researchers, educators, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and other stakeholders with the tools, connections and resources needed to make the aerospace community in the state of Wisconsin thrive and grow.

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Drones in Space
Friday, August 12, 2022

Early Bird Registration Ends July 14, 2022
Registration Ends August 5, 2022

Keynote Speakers

Tim Canham

Tim Canham is the Software and Operations Lead for Mars Helicopter for NASA/JPL, which was deployed as part of the Perseverance Rover project. Tim has 30 years of software experience at JPL with a number of projects including the Deep Space Network, Cassini, Curiosity, and the VITAL COVID ventilator. Tim is also the architect for the Prime flight software framework available on GitHub.

Matthew Wallace

Matt Wallace is the Deputy Director for Planetary Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior to this role, he served as the Mars 2020 Project Manager. He initiated the concept work for the Mars 2020 mission, and has led the development and implementation team since 2013. The spacecraft and Perseverance rover launched in July of 2020 and landed in February 2021, beginning its surface mission of in-situ science and technology experiments, and collecting samples for return to Earth by a future mission.

Conference Location

This event will take place at the Carroll University Campus Center.

  • Campus Center
  • 101 North East Avenue
  • Waukesha, WI 53186

Schedule of Events

Visit the official Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium event webpage.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided for all in-person attendees.

‚Äč7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Speaker One, Tim Canaham, 'Drones on Mars: The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter'

9:30 - 12 p.m. - Presentations, Poster Sessions and Networking

12 - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Group Photo

1:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Education Sessions

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Break

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Featured Program Awardees

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Speaker Two, Matthew Wallace, 'The Search for Ancient Life: Getting the Perseverence Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter to Mars'

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks


Before July 14
After July 14
By July 14:$35
After July 14:$45
Cost: K-12 Teacher
By July 14:$55
After July 14:$65$65
By July 14:$65
After July 14:$75

Additional Info

WSGC apparel will be available for cash purchase during the event!

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity & Mars Rover Perseverance

For other inquiries related to the conference please contact:

Tate Wilson
Department of Engineering Physics

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium 
Drones In Space

Friday, August 12, 2022

Panoramic View of campus