iCubeSat 2012 Program

iCubeSat 2012 was held over one and half days in and around MIT and Boston. Copies and videos of all the presentations, posters and ancillary sessions can be found below by clicking on their titles.

Please note that this conference was an open conference and did not wish to discuss information restricted by ITAR. U.S. citizens and permanent residents were responsible for ensuring that technical data presented was not restricted by ITAR and that ITAR controlled information was not discussed with non-U.S. citizens. We remind anyone wishing to take advantage of the comment functions that they should observe the same rules.

Download the book of abstracts here.


Download the conference poster here.

Link to the podcast here.

Tuesday, 29th May 2012

14:00 Welcome Conference open
Alessandra Babuscia (MIT) and Michael Johnson (Cornell/JA)
14:10 Keynote K.1.1 Space technology At NASA: Breadth, Depth, and a Small-Satellite Strategy
Mason Peck, NASA/Cornell
14:40 Technology Session A.1 – Technology – System Issues for Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
A.1.1 Interplanetary CubeSats: Some Missions Feasible Sooner than Expected
Robert Staehle, JPL
A.1.2 Identification and Evaluation of iCubeSat Mission Architectures
Mathew Zwack, Georgia Institute of Technology
A.1.3 Interplanetary CubeSat System Design Challenges and Architectures
Austin Williams, Cal Poly
A.1.4 A Cost Estimating Methodology for Very Small Satellites
Mary Boghosian, Aerospace Corporation
A.1.5 Understanding Technology S-Curve’s in The Exploration of The Solar System
Sean Murphy, Draper Laboratory
15:55 Panel A.1.P Q&A for speakers of A.1
Moderators: Alessandra Babuscia (MIT) and Michael Johnson (Cornell/JA)
16:10 Break
16:20 Technology Session A.2 – Technology – Communications, Planning, Operations, and Computing Issues for Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
A.2.1 Increasing Interplanetary CubeSat Mission Science Return with Model Based Transmission Reduction
Jeremy Straub, University of North Dakota
A.2.2 Inflatable Antenna for CubeSat: Motivation for Development and Initial Trade Study
Alessandra Babuscia, MIT
A.2.3 Simulating Delay Tolerant Networking for CubeSats
Paul Muri, University of Florida
A.2.4 Optimal Operations Planning for Interplanetary Small Satellite Exploration Missions Applied to a Phobos Lander Mission
Sara Spangelo, University of Michigan
A.2.5 Operational Considerations for CubeSats Beyond Low Earth Orbit
E. Glenn Lightsey, The University of Texas at Austin
A.2.6 Distributed Computing on Cubesat Clusters using MapReduce
Obulpathi Challa, University of Florida
17:50 Panel A.2.P Q&A for speakers of A.2
Moderators: Mary Knapp (MIT) and Rodrigo Zeledon (Cornell)
18:15 Social MIT and Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) tour
Social Dinner reception in E14 MPR-674

Wednesday, 30th May 2012

08:30 Breakfast
09:00 Keynote K.1.2 Planetary Science in an iCubeSat Era
Sara Seager, MIT, Professor of Physics and Planetary Science
09:30 Science Session B.1 – Interplanetary CubeSat Missions and Science
B.1.1 Scouting Saturn’s Rings with Small Spacecraft
Matthew Hedman, Cornell University
B.1.2 Open Questions in the Outer Solar System: CubeSat/ChipSat Opportunities?
Matthew Tiscareno, Cornell University
B.1.3 LunarCube: Updating the CubeSat Standard to Support Cis-Lunar Missions
Pamela Clark, Catholic University of America
B.1.4 Preliminary Design of Small Satellites for Atmospheric Reentry
Derek Dalle, University of Michigan
B.1.5 ChipCube: an Open Source Open Access Generic Planetary Science and Exploration System
Michael Johnson, Cornell University / JA
10:45 Panel B.1.P Q&A for speakers of B.1
Moderators: Lorraine Weis (Cornell) and Rebecca
Jensen-Clem (MIT)
11:05 Break
11:15 Science Session B.2 – Technologies and Missions to Enhance Interplanetary CubeSat Science
B.2.1 Interplanetary Radio Occultation CubeSat Constellation
Kerri Cahoy, MIT
B.2.2 Enhancing Radio Science Missions with CubeSats
Kamal Odurhiri, JPL
B.2.3 HiMARC 3D- High-speed, Multispectral, Adaptive Resolution Stereoscopic CubeSat
Ved Chirayath, Stanford University
B.2.4 Nanosatellite for Earth Environmental Monitoring: The MICROMAS Project
William Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
B.2.5 The Phoenix Program: CubeSats as an Option for Repurposing Geostationary Assets
Jaime Ramirez-Riberos, Aurora Flight Sciences
12:30 Panel B.2.P. Q&A for speakers of B.2
Moderators: Rodrigo Zeledon (Cornell) and Alessandra Babuscia (MIT)
12:50 Lunch
13:35 Technology Session C.1-Propulsion Issues for Interplanetary Cubesat Missions
C.1.1 Ion Drive Interplanetary CubeSat
Carl Brandon, Vermont Technical College
C.1.2 Ion Electrospray Thruster Assembly for CubeSats
Francois Martel, Espace Inc.
C.1.3 ESTCube-1: Stepping Stone for Fast Interplanetary Travel
Mart Noorma, University of Tartu
C.1.4 E-Sail Test Mission: Reaching the Solar Wind With a CubeSat
Jouni Envall, Finnish Meteorological Institute
14:35 Technology Session C.2 – Propulsion Issues and Launching Capabilities for Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
C.2.1 ULA Rideshare with CubeSat Missions for Lunar and Planetary Exploration
Jake Szatkowski, United Launch Alliance
C.2.2 NanoTHOR and PowerCube: Affordable Launch and Propulsion for Deep-Space CubeSats
Robert Hoyt, Tethers Unlimited Inc.
C.2.3 High Delta V Propulsion for CubeSats
Vlad Hruby, Busek
15:20 Panel C.2.P. Q&A for speakers of C.1 and C.2
Moderators: Sara Spangelo (University of Michigan) and Mary Knapp (MIT)
15:45 Break
16:05 Panel S.1 Planetary Resources Q&A
Moderators: Mary Knapp (MIT) and Alessandra
Babuscia (MIT)
16:20 Technology Session C.3 – Navigation, Control, Tracking, and Formation for Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
C.3.1 A Novel Hemispherical Anti-Twist Tracking System for CubeSat Applications (CubeHATTS)
Eli Bashkevin, Stanford University
C.3.2 Low Mass Radio Science Transponder – Navigation Anywhere
Courtney Duncan, NASA-JPL-Caltech
C.3.3 The MotherCube Distributed Architecture for
CubeSat Cluster Missions
Justin McClellan, Aurora Flight Sciences
C.3.4 The Location-Scheduled Control Architecture as Applied to Interplanetary CubeSats
Matthew Sorgenfrei, University of California Davis
C.3.5 Attitude Control System for Arc-Second Stabilization of 30Kg Micro Astronomy Satellite
Takaya Inamori, The University of Tokyo
17:35 Panel C.3.P Q&A for speakers of C.3
Moderators: Rebecca Jensen-Clem (MIT) and Michael
Johnson (Cornell/JA)
17:50 Close Conference close
Michael Johnson (Cornell/JA) and Alessandra Babuscia
20:00 Social Informal dinner in Boston

Exhibition and posters (both days)

Ongoing Poster Session P.1.1 Real-Time Attitude-Independent Three-Axis Magnetometer and Gyro-Bias On-orbit Calibration for Pico-satellites
Tian Xiang, Zhejiang University
P.1.2 UPPESAT: Seismic Activity Determination Nanosatellite
Samaksh Behl, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
P.1.3 A CubeSat-based Science Mission for Meteor Research
Ryo Ishimaru, Chiba Institute of Technology
P.1.4 Nano-habitats: Advance CubeSats to improve Design and Construction of HSF Hardware
Raul Polit-Casillas, JPL
P.1.5 A New Sesnsor Platform for the Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
Sanjay Srikanth Nekkanti, Lulea University of Technology
P.1.6 Active Pointing, on a Budget
Aaron Goldstein

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