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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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