Dr Chris Bridges is the On-Board Data Handling Group lead and is the SSC Lead for the collaboration with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) mission STRaND1 which launched in Feb 2013. Chris is passionate on teaching, regular media, press, and social websites.
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The Satellite Applications Catapult and Innovate UK have just announced the creation of an In-Orbit Demonstration Pilot Programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space for payload and platform technology providers to demonstrate technical and business propositions with a high projected return on investment and a clear route to a market.
With attendees registered from companies, space agencies and universities from 21 countries on five continents (so far!), we’re looking forward to another exciting iCubeSat, the Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, at the University of Oxford on 24-25 May this year.
We are close to the capacity of our venue, so please register today via http://www.iCubeSat.org/registration/ to ensure you have a place at the workshop as we will have to close / wait list registrations once we reach capacity.
We would like to remind you that you have until October 30, 2015 deadline to contribute a paper for presentation at the 2nd IAA Latin American CubeSat Workshop February 28 to March 2, 2016, Florianopolis, Brazil.
Following up its successful 2014 edition held in Brasilia, the 2nd IAA-LACW will keep the focus on topics related to CubeSat technology, providing a forum for scientists and engineers to discuss their achievements and cutting edge findings. Considering the increasing interest in CubeSat activities, and the recent successful Cubesat missions in Latin America, IAA, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and University of Brasilia (UnB) are organizing in 2016 a workshop where participants from industry and academia will have the opportunity to share their professional knowledge, enlarging their networks in the subject. Some of the most outstanding professionals in CubeSat missions and applications will attend the workshop giving special talks and lectures.
Please upload your abstract online
before the October 30, 2015 deadline.
Manuscripts will be accepted based on the quality of the extended abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject. Submissions that are based on experimental results or current data, or reports on ongoing missions, are especially encouraged. Complete manuscripts are required before the conference. The workshop’s working language is English.
The workshop will cover technical novelties and tutorial overviews on Cubesat related topics including but not limited to:
– CubeSat innovative missions and applications
– Space environment
– Remote sensing and Earth observation
– Innovative solutions for university satellite subsystems
– Launch opportunities
– Space debris
– University platform for biomedical research in space
– Ground segment and stations network
– New perspectives for university satellites.
– CubeSats future payloads and experiments
– Micro-propulsion subsystems
– CubeSat in-orbit experience
The Satellite Applications Catapult has developed a build-your-own satellite kit. Over the course of a weekend (26/27 September 2015) you will assemble, test and program your own satellite, we’re then going to test your results by flying the kits on a weather balloon!
Our NanoSat design includes some basic sensors: temperature, light, orientation. We’re also providing a basic camera for image capture. This is your chance to get hands-on with the code to operate these devices that will give you the experience of working with modern embedded systems.
By the end of the weekend, you will have an understanding of the principles of how a typical satellite works; from the basic avionics systems to the operation of an on-orbit instrument.
Participants should be familiar with basic programming skills in C, ideally on the Arduino platform. If you’ve ever wired up a simple experiment or experimented with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis or mbeds, you’ll be fine.
The UK Space Agency has conducted a review to evaluate how its regulatory approach might be tailored for CubeSat systems. There are two key documents available online that the community should definitely get involved with!
Comments on the recommendations and associated observations/suggestions relating to the regulation of CubeSats should be sent to Ryan King, email@example.com, by 1st September 2015.
Members of the UK CubeSat Forum were out en masse in Liverpool to show support for the many CubeSat and nanosatellite teams, projects, and missions across the UK. Of particular interest was the session on “Opportunities and Threats – Nanosats and Space Debris” which was held on Wednesday 15 July 2015, 13:00 – 14:30.
The UKCF appreciated the honest and frank discussions about which routes are, or are not yet, available for universities, new startups, and existing operators – and on how to ensure responsible space usage.
The UKCF’s Corentin Guillo (Satellite Applications Catapult) was on the panel to show numbers and statistics, along with Peter Platzer (Spire) who presented an SME point of view that 3rd party liability insurance was of key concern. Further legal comments and potential EU regulation barriers were also discussed by Joanne Wheeler (Bird & Bird), along with the potential collision risks presented by Camilla Colombo (Uni. of Southampton). Together, these made for welcome and long overdue discussion which highlighted not only the legislative grey areas but also the strong feeling that the UK really can lead in safe and low-risk CubeSat/nanosat operations whilst fully respecting the need for definitive deorbiting plans.
Prof. Richard Crowther, “If you had one wish to change policy, what would it be?”
At the close of the session, the chair Prof. Richard Crowther (Chief Engineer, UK Space Agency) announced that a set of recommendations would be published soon on the UKSA’s website regarding future CubeSat and nanosatellites activities and would welcome feedback. We recommend you get involved and look forward to responding as a forum ourselves using the feedback already collected from the past year’s work.