“Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018.”
“Potential customers, be they European public-sector organisations or other entities, are invited to respond to the joint ESA and European Commission Announcement of Opportunity, which can be downloaded here together with its questionnaire, by 31 March.”
More here! http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/Vega_flight_opportunity_for_multiple_small_satellites
Best, UKCF Team
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Master and PhD students to attend an ESA training course on Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S).
Event:Product Assurance and Safety Training Course
Dates: Monday 12 to Thursday 15 June 2017
Location: ESA Academy – Training and Learning Centre, ESA Redu Centre, Belgium
Application deadline: 24 April 2017
Best, UKCF Team
This may be of interest to the wider community:
Submission deadline for proposals is 5 March 2017 at 23:59 CEST
Best, UKCF Team
8 March 2017 / The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
We invite the community to learn more about the CASTAway mission, an asteroid belt survey and tour proposed to the ESA M5 call. This mission combines a spectroscopic survey of > 10,000 asteroids with close flybys of 10-20. We will present details on the plans and opportunities for community involvement. We invite contributions on either additional uses of a telescope located in the asteroid belt or on ideas for potential cubesat investigations in the asteroid belt, using CASTAway as a launcher and communications relay (i.e. for probes released at flybys). The meeting will take place at the Open University in Milton Keynes, on Wednesday 8th March 2017.
More details, and a registration link, are available at http://bit.ly/2k2gJEW .
Please register by February 15th if planning on attending.
For more details contact Colin Snodgrass (email@example.com)
On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) invites full proposals for the CEOI-10 Call for new and innovative EO space technology and instrumentation research projects.
Full details of the Call are available here on the CEOI website.
The Call is released on 3rd January with a closing date of 28th February 2017. The Call will offer grant funding for projects addressing any of the themes:
||Funding and Duration
|New and innovative ideas for EO technology development
||Fast Track grants of up to £200k, expected to be up to 15 months duration;
Pathfinder grants of up to £75k, expected to be up to 9 months duration.
|Achieving higher TRL through airborne demonstration
||Flagship grants of up to £500K, normally expected to be up to 18 months duration
|Development of EO CubeSat flight model payloads for commercial service demonstration
||Flagship grants of up to £500K, expected to be up to 18 months duration
The CEOI CubeSat payload theme is linked to the In Orbit Demonstration programme recently announced by the Satellite Applications Catapult, with funding from Innovate UK. The intention is that, subject to final agreement by UK Space Agency and the Catapult, projects funded under this CEOI Call theme can develop payloads to the point where they will be eligible for a flight opportunity as a CubeSat in-orbit demonstration.
If you expect to submit a bid, you should register your intention to do so by 2nd February 2017 at noon, following the instructions contained in the Announcement of Opportunity document.
Director of the UK Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation
Good morning CubeSat’ers,
You may want to consider applying to the following UK government calls for funding and helping to scope the future plans. The links are in the subheadings below.
“This call is aimed at business incubation centres who wish to support start-up companies across the breadth of the space sector.” The forum believe this is of interest to the community.
“The Government is working with industry and the science community to develop a new strategy to implement the 2015 National Space Policy.” A must for anyone considering entering the space industry with active assets. The forum expresses that this should not just be around open issues, but on real solutions and suggested routes forward – get involved!
Best regards, Your U.K. CubeSat Forum
This really is an exciting opportunity to test applications and services in space, with the UK’s proven expertise in in-orbit demonstration. For more information, or to discuss any idea for a mission, visit the website.
iCubeSat 2017 – the 6th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop
30-31 May 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom
iCubeSat 2017, the 6th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop provides a unique environment for open wide ranging practical collaboration between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers and students developing this new and rapidly growing field. The full call for papers and presentations from previous workshops at Caltech, Cornell, Imperial, MIT and Oxford can be found at www.iCubeSat.org
You can see the presentations from this years workshop at Oxford at the following link: https://icubesat.org/archive/2016-2/icubesat-program-2016/
SSTL and GES are looking for CubeSat passenger payloads on this Lunar mission:
Orbital passengers e.g. nanosatellites and CubeSats which will be deployed from the Mothership and which will operate in lunar orbit
More here: http://www.goonhilly.org/lunar.
The UK CubeSat Forum can help in creating new contacts for joint proposals, so do post below should you want to be involved!