Monthly Archives: January 2017

ESA M5 CASTAway mission and CubeSats at Asteroids Workshop

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 .

Please register by February 15th if planning on attending.

For more details contact Colin Snodgrass (

Science with Cubesats: RAS Specialist Discussion

‘Science with CubeSats’ is a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting

The aim of the meeting is to explore the potential of the CubeSat (and other small satellites) as a credible platform to support serious science investigations in the areas of astronomy, geophysics, space science and the planetary sciences, and to hear more about the current and proposed missions that aim to do that.

Call for speaker and poster abstracts: The organisers are requesting abstracts for this meeting and welcome contributions from those wishing to share their research and ideas on past, current and future science investigations that will utilise the CubeSat as a platform. If you wish to present your work then please register here, and then email the meeting organisers by 31/01/2017 with the talk/poster title and a short abstract describing your intended topic. There is normally no funding available to cover travel costs and the RAS charges a registration fee on the day of £15 (£5 for students) for non-Fellows.


09:30 – 10:00 Registration with tea and coffee

10:00 – 12:00 Speaker session 1

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (provided) and poster session

13:00 – 14:30 Speaker session 2

14:30 – 15:00 Open discussion and closing summary

15:00 – 16:00 Networking with tea and coffee

Fees: A small fee will be payable to the Royal Astronomical Society upon arrival on the day as follows:

  • RAS Fellows – free
  • non-RAS Fellows – £15
  • Students – £5

CEOI 10th Call for EO Instrumentation Technology Proposals

Dear Colleagues

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:

Theme Funding and Duration Eligible Activities
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.

Feasibility studies

Industrial research

Experimental development

Achieving higher TRL through airborne demonstration Flagship grants of up to £500K, normally expected to be up to 18 months duration Industrial research

Experimental development

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 Industrial research

Experimental development

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.

Mick Johnson

Director of the UK Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation