iCubeSat Program 2017


iCubeSat 2017 was held over two days at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Please note that the 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. Conference attendees ensured that their presentations and discussions comply 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.


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Tuesday, 30th May 2017

8:45 Registration  
09:10 Welcome
Michael Johnson, Imperial /
Nadeem Gabbani, University of Cambridge
09:30 A.1.1. Deep Space CubeSats and nanosats at JPL
Anthony Freeman, NASA/Caltech-JPL, U.S.A.
09:50 A.1.2. LUnar CubeSats for Exploration (LUCE) mission concept studies
Roger Walker et al, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
10:10 A.1.3. PIXE 2017: PocketSpacecraft Integrated eXploration Environment
Michael Johnson, PocketSpacecraft, China/U.K./U.S.A.
10:30 A.1.4. NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge to Pick 3 Non-Government CubeSats to Compete at Moon and Beyond
Jim Cockrell et al, NASA, U.S.A.
10:50 Break
11:20 A.2.1. Lunar Meteroid Impact Observer (LUMIO): A CubeSat at Earth-Moon L2
Francesco Topputo et al, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
11:40 A.2.2. A road map for low frequency radio astronomy in lunar orbit using CubeSats
Jeroen Rotteveal et al, ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space, The Netherlands
12:00 A.2.3. Communication Relay and Navigation Micro Satellite for  Lunar South Pole Landing Exploration Mission
Lihua Zhang et al, DFH Satellite Co. Ltd, China
12:20 A.2.4 BIRDY-T iCubeSat to small body of the Solar System
Daniel Hestroffer et al, IMCCE/Paris Observatory, PSL Research University, CNRS, UPMC, Univ. Lille, France
12:40 A.2.5 CubeSAT X-ray Telescope (CubeX) for Elemental Abundance Mapping of Airless Bodies and X-ray Pulsar Navigation
Jaesub Hong et al, Harvard University, U.S.A.
13:00 Lunch
14:00 A.3.1. Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer (M-ARGO): a stand-alone deep space CubeSat system for low-cost science and exploration missions
Roger Walker et al, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
14:20 A.3.2. Flyby of 300 main belt asteroids by nanosat fleet using single-tether electric sails
Pekka Janhunen et al, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
14:40 A.3.3. CubeSat: A Candidate Mission Strategy for the Multi-Asteroid  Target Exploration
Peng Wang et al, DFH Satellite Co. Ltd, China
15:00 A.3.4. What is a rubble pile asteroid? A CubeSat Mission to find out
Patrick Bambach et al, Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Germany
15:20 A.3.5. The CASTAway mission – opportunities for CubeSats in the asteroid belt
Colin Snodgrass, The Open University, U.K.
15:40 Break
16:10 A.4.1. Enabling satellites mass customisation reducing complexity, time and cost
Jordi Barrera Ars et al, Open Cosmos, United Kingdom
16:30 A.4.2. Hermes – A Microgravity Facility on the ISS
Kristen John, NASA JSC, U.S.A.
16:50 A.4.3. SERB, a nanosatellite dedicated to observe the Sun and the Earth
Mustapha Meftah et al, CNRS, France
 17:10 A.4.4. Team Miles: a CubeQuest deep space mission by citizen inventors
Wesley Faler, Miles Space Inc., U.S.A.
 17:30 A.4.5. Planetary CubeSats, nanosatellites and sub-spacecraft: Are we all talking about the same thing?
Frank Crary, University of Colorado, U.S.A.
Social One hour walking tour of Cambridge, the University and Colleges starting at Clare College and finishing at Darwin College in time for dinner.
Informal three course dinner at Darwin College
(Please note that this is approximately a 10 minute walk from the conference venue and the GBP 32 cost of the dinner is not included in the registration fee)

Wednesday, 31st May 2017

08:30 Registration
08:50 B.1.1. An Areostationary CubeSat Mission to Monitor the Weather on Mars
Luca Montabone et al, Space Science Institute, U.S.A.
09:10 B.1.2. Skyhopper: The first infrared space telescope on a CubeSat
Jochen Greiner et al, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany
09:30 B.1.3. The Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer (CIIR)
Rory Evans et al, University of Oxford, U.K.
09:50 B.1.5. Wayfarer: On-Demand Small Body Exploration with a Common Architecture Spacecraft
Walter Harris, University of Arizona, U.S.A.
10:10 B.1.6. Preliminary design of a CubeSat for plume sampling and imaging at Europa
David Gaudin et al, IRAP CNRS, France
10:30  Break
11:20 B.2.1. ESTCube-2 Nanosatellite Attitude Control for Interplanetary Missions
Ikechukwu Ofodile et al, University of Tartu, Estonia
11:40 B.2.2. Analysis of Electric Propulsion Systems for Drag Compensation of Small Satellites in Low Earth Orbits
Teodor Bozhanov, University of Manchester, U.K.
12:00 B.2.3. BIRDY-T: Focus on propulsive aspects of an iCubeSat to small bodies of the Solar System
Gary Quinsac et al, PSL Reserach University, France
12:20 B.2.5. High Density Cold Gas Jet Propulsion System for Interplanetary Probes
Junichiro Kawaguchindia, Patchedconics LLC., Japan
12:40 Lunch
14:00 B.3.1. A High Energy and Green Monopropellant Propulsion Module for CubeSats
Xuhui Liu et al, Beijing Institute of Control Engineering, China
14:20 B.3.2. Development of green propellant microthrusters at KAIST
Jeongmoo Huh et al, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
14:40 B.3.3. All-Electric CubeSat Propulsion Technologies
Daniel Courtney et al, Busek Co. Inc, U.S.A.
15:00 B.3.4. Low Cost Helicon Propulsion System for CubeSat future mission scenarios
Marco Manente et al, T4i, Italy
15:20 B.3.5. Microservices architecture for CubeSat mission control systems
Umesh Anilchandra Bhat et al, ESTCube, Estonia
15:40 Break
16:10 B.4.1. Developing a Methodology and Practical Application of Technical Risk Management for CubeSat Projects
Hamad A. Rashid Al Yassi et al, Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates
16:30 B.4.2. New techniques for radiation testing of CubeSats
Jiri Hofman et al, Cobham, U.K.
16:50 B.4.3. Radiation Hardened ARM Cortex-M0 Microcontroller for CubeSats / SmallSats
Ross Bannatyne, VORAGO Technologies, U.S.A.
17:10 B.4.4. ARM Triple Core Lock Step Architecture for Space
Balaji Venu et al, ARM Ltd, United Kingdom
17:30 B.4.5. Commercial Partnerships for Exploration: Opportunities and Services for Lunar CubeSats
Jonathan Friend et al, SSTL, U.K.
17:50 B.4.6. NASA’s Space Launch System: Deep-Space Deployment for SmallSats
Andy Schorr, NASA, U.S.A.
18:10 Close

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