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,, 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:

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

iCubeSat 2015 abstracts due Wed, 1st April 2015

With attendees registered from companies, space agencies and universities from more than 20 countries, we’re looking forward to another exciting iCubeSat, the Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, at Imperial College London on 26-27 May this year.

Abstracts are due 1st April 2015, so if you haven’t already submitted yours, please do so via

We are close to the capacity of our venue, so please register today via 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 or check out the conference website at – we look forward to seeing you in London in May!

.gov: First round of international space partnerships announced, & features U.K.’s Clyde Space

csf-outernetClyde Space and American company Outernet have partnered to develop a telecommunications service that can be offered via a constellation of low-cost cubesat satellites. Such a constellation could revolutionise the provision of low cost broadband to remote regions of the world by providing and developing a mass producible CubeSat at a far lower cost than is currently available. Clyde Space’s CubeSat expertise will help Outernet to push forward with this unique project to supply a low cost alternative to traditional telecommunications infrastructure.” – Check out the link for more details!


iCubeSat 2015 Call for papers & registration

iCubeSat 2015, the 4th 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.

Location: The fourth Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop will be held on the Imperial College South Kensington campus, London, United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday May 27th, 2015.

Technical Program: Talks and round tables will focus on three themes: technology, science, and open collaboration. The program will also include unconference sessions to provide additional opportunities to engage with the interplanetary CubeSat community and potential collaborators. Talks and supporting material will be archived on the conference website. A lively social program in and around summertime London will be arranged for participants and their guests.

Abstract Submission and Dates: Talks on astrodynamics, attitude control and determination systems, citizen science, communications, landers, launch opportunities, open source approaches, outreach, payloads, policy, power systems, propulsion, reentry systems, ride-shares, science missions, software, standardisation, structures, systems engineering and other related topics are all welcome.

  • December 2014: Registration open at:
  • 1st April 2015 Abstract upload deadline
  • 15th April 2015 Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 22nd May 2015 Presentation (and optional paper) upload deadline

Please confirm your interest in presenting or attending as soon as possible (to assist us size the venue) by completing the registration form.

Exhibition: CubeSat specialists and other vendors are invited to contact for details of exhibition opportunities.

Organisers: The organising committee can be contacted at

Conference Poster: Download the conference poster from:

See you in lively London!