iCubeSat 2016 abstracts due!

iCubeSat 2016 abstracts due

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.

Abstracts are due 1st April 2016, so if you haven’t already submitted yours, please do so via http://www.iCubeSat.org/submit-an-abstract/

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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email committee@iCubeSat.org or check out the conference website at http://www.iCubeSat.org – we look forward to seeing you in Oxford in May!

iCubeSat 2016 Organising Committee / www.iCubeSat.org

iCubeSat 2016 – 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, 24-25 May 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom

8th European CubeSat Symposium in the UK

The 8th European CubeSat Symposium will be held from the 7th-9th September 2016 at the South Kensington Campus (Huxley Building) of the Imperial College London.

The 10th QB50 Workshop will take place on the 6th September 2016 by invitation only.

Imperial College London
Huxley Building
180
Queen’s Gate
London SW7 2AZ

More info here: https://www.cubesatsymposium.eu/ and registration opens today!

IAA Call for Papers – new deadline Oct. 30, 2015 – CubeSat workshop, Florianopolis, Brazil, Feb. 28 – March 02, 2016

Dear Academician,

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

For more detailed information, please visit the IAA website at: http://iaaweb.org/content/view/640/845/

 

The U.K. CubeSat and Nanosatellite Forum responds to the U.K. Space Agency Request and hope that numerous more have ensured their views are made.

This has been a key part of the major part within the forum and combines the work with the second white paper on U.K. CubeSat regulation: Download the UKCF Response here!

Comments very very welcome!

NanoSat Weekend @ Satellite Applications Catapult

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!

IMG_1496_2Our 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.

Registration requires you to submit a team of four. Individuals can also register, but you’ll be entered into a team on the day.

ESA CubeSat Survey

ESA CubeSat Survey
ESA CubeSat Survey

“In order to prepare future initiatives for educational CubeSats, ESA’s Education Office would like to invite the university student CubeSat community from ESA’s Member and Cooperating States to fill out a survey on their ongoing CubeSat projects. The survey consists of 9 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Accessible until 6 September 2015!

UK CubeSat Regulation ‘Traffic Light System’

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!

UKSA CubeSat Regulation Documents
UKSA CubeSat Regulation Documents

Comments on the recommendations and associated observations/suggestions relating to the regulation of CubeSats should be sent to Ryan King, ryan.king@ukspaceagency.bis.gsi.gov.uk, by 1st September 2015.

Please comment your own opinions below too!

UKCF @ UK Space Conference 2015, Liverpool

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.

Satellite Application Catapult Slide
Satellite Application Catapult Slide

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.

 

OFCOM Consultations on Spectrum

In case those interested in CubeSat and nanosatellite communications have missed these, there are a number of strategic reviews on the usage, procedures, and pricing of spectrum within the UK – perhaps this is important for you! The links are below, along with their due dates:

Your views requested for US CubeSat Committee

Dr Malcolm Macdonald has been appointed to an ad-hoc committee of the National Academy of Sciences of the US, under the auspices of the National Research Council, to examine the use of CubeSats to achieve science goals. The committee will begin the process by talking with the NASA, NOAA, DoD, and USGS (who are sponsors of the committee), and will begin the process of better understanding where CubeSat technology is, and going. Note that the responsible use of space, policy, law, and the debris issue is also likely to feature in discussions.

Malcolm has made a request that people from the CubeSat Community get in touch with him but to note that any information must be public domain information or happy to be made public as documents/emails are logged.

You can read more about the committee, including its membership, at:
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/SSB_160539

We’ve made a handy form to contact him with below!