iCubeSat Program 2016



iCubeSat 2016 was held over two days at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Please note that this conference was an open conference and did not wish to discuss information restricted by ITAR or other export controls. 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. All conference attendees ensured that their presentations and discussions complied with the relevant export controls of their own country, the United Kingdom and the European Union and those using the comments facility of the website are reminded that they should do the same.


Download the conference poster here.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016

9:30 Registration  
10:00 Welcome
Michael Johnson, / Imperial
Colin Wilson, University of Oxford
10:20 A.1.1. Achieving Science with CubeSats: Thinking Inside the Box
Thomas H. Zurbuchen, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
10:40 A.1.2. Venus – many science goals for CubeSats / smallsats
Colin Wilson, University of Oxford, U.K.
11:00 A.1.3. Sampling Venus’ atmosphere with a low-cost probe mission
Anthony Freeman, NASA-JPL/Caltech, U.S.A.
11:20 Break
12:00 A.2.1. The Asteroid Geophysical EXplorer (AGEX) to explore Didymos
Ozgur Karatekin, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Belgium
12:20 A.2.2. ASPECT – Spectral Imager CubeSat Mission to Didymos
Antti Kestila, Aalto University, Finland
12:40 A.2.3 MarMoSe: investigating Mars’s moons
Daniel Zsenits & Ryan Kavanagh, U.S.A.
13:00 Lunch
14:40 A.3.3. SERB, a nano-satellite to observe the Sun and the Earth: interest for an orbit around the Lagrangian L1 point and the Sun
Mustapha Meftah, CNRS-LATMOS, France
15:00 A.3.4. Space Travel on a Shoe String: CubeSats Beyond LEO
Massimiliano Vasile, University of Strathclyde, U.K.
15:20 A.4.1. Astrodynamics of Interplanetary CubeSats
Francesco Topputo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
15:40 Break
16:20 A.4.2. Orbit Determination for a deep-space CubeSat
Boris Segret, Paris Observatory LESIA-ESEP, France
16:40 A.4.3. Ballistic Landing Opportunities for Underactuated Spacecraft in Binary Asteroids
Joan-Pau Sanchez, Cranfield University, U.K.

17:00 A.4.4. Numerical analysis of the compliance of interplanetary CubeSats with planetary protection requirement
Francesca Letizia, University of Southampton, U.K.

 Social Walking tour of Oxford and colleges starting at workshop and finishing at informal dinner restaurant
Social Informal dinner in central Oxford
(Please note that the GBP 20 cost of the dinner is not included in the registration fee)

Wednesday, 25th May 2016

09:15 Registration
09:40 B.1.1. NASA’s Space Launch System: A New Opportunity for CubeSats
David Hitt, NASA Space Launch System, U.S.A.
10:00 B.1.2. CubeSat Opportunity Payload Inter-satellite Network Sensors (COPINS) on the ESA Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM)
Roger Walker, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
10:20 B.1.3. The SunCube FemtoSat Platform: Pathway to Low-Cost Interplanetary Exploration
Jekan Thangavelautham, Arizona State University, U.S.A.
10:40  Break
11:20 B.1.4. BAMMsat – A platform for beyond LEO space environments studies on biological systems in CubeSats and CubeSat-like payloads
David Cullen, Cranfield University, U.K.
11:40 B.2.1. PIXE 2016: PocketSpacecraft Integrated eXploration Environment Update
Michael Johnson,, U.K.
12:00 B.2.2. Under-actuated attitude control of CubeSats
James Biggs, Politecnico de Milano, Italy
12:20 B.2.3. An Ultraviolet imager on a CubeSat for astronomical transient studies
Joice Mathew, Indian Institue of Astrophysics, India
12:40 Lunch
14:10 B.3.2. Multiphysics Simulation of Flow Field inside A Solid Propellant Micro-thruster
Haixu Yu, Beijing Institue of Technology, China
14:30 B.3.3. Establishment of 2-D integrated adiabatic combustion model of solid propellant used for solid propellant microthrusters
Teng Li, Beijing Institue of Technology, China
14:50 B.3.4. Development of 50mN class hydrogen peroxide monopropellant microthruster for cube satellite applications
Jeongmoo Huh, Korea Advanced Institue of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
15:10 B.4.1. Solving Communications and Navigation Requirements for Small Lunar Missions
Christopher Saunders, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, U.K.
15:30 Break
16:00 B.4.2. CubeSat C-band transmitter for interplanetary mission
Jaanus Kalde, Crystalspace, Estonia
16:20 B.4.3. UB-SPACE: CubeSat Image Acquisition for Autonomous Navigation and Docking Applications
Amina Zaghdane, University of Bremen, Germany
16:40 B.4.4. Alternatives for Autonomous Navigation of Small Solar System Explorers
Graciela Gonzalex Peytavi, ISTA – Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany
17:00 B.4.5. Emerging techniques for Deep Space CubeSat operations
E. Jay Wyatt, Caltech/NASA-JPL, U.S.A.
17:20 Close


P.1.1. A Miniaturized Impedance Probe for Ionospheric Sensing
Jonathan Camilleri, University of Birmingham, UK
P.1.2. Applying MBSE in space observation projects: European Extremely Large Telescope – World’s Biggest Eye on the Sky
Edith Mileviciene, No Magic Europe, Lithuania
P.1.4. CubeSat deployed Mars microlander networks
Michael Johnson, Imperial College London /, U.K.
P.1.5. Detection and Tracking of Moving Target using Track Before Detect (TBD) method
Naima Amrouche, National Polytechnic School of Algiers/CNRS, France

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