iCubeSat Program 2018


iCubeSat 2018 was held over two days at École Normale Supérieure and the Paris Observatory of Paris Sciences et Lettres, France. 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, France, 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, 29th May 2018

08:45 Registration  
09:20 Welcome
Michael Johnson, Imperial /
Pierre Drossart, Paris Sciences et Lettres
09:30 A.1.1. Lunar Flashlight CubeSat mission: a multi-band SWIR laser reflectometer to map and quantify water ice on the lunar South Pole
Quentin Vinckier et al, NASA/Caltech-JPL, U.S.A.
09:50 A.1.2. Autonomous Optical Navigation for LUMIO CubeSat
Vittorio Franzese et al, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
10:10 A.1.3. SIRONA-1: A selenocentric platform hosting international payloads
Romain Bossis et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
10:30 A.1.4. Parallel High-fidelity Trajectory Optimization with Application to CubeSat Deployment in an Earth-moon Halo Orbit
Hongru Chen et al, Observatoire de Paris, France
10:50 A.1.5. Use of the Lunar Communications Pathfinder services for CubeSat missions
Jonathan Friend et al, Surrey Satellite Technology, U.K.
11:10  Break
11:40 A.2.1. MPVIEW : A multi-satellite mapping system to fully monitor and characterize waves in Venus’ atmosphere
Eric Chassefière et al, GEOPS/Univ. Paris-Sud/CNRS/Université Paris-Saclay, France
12:00 A.2.2. Analysis of Potential for Venus-Bound CubeSat Scientific Investigations
David Evinshteyn et al, Drexel University, U.S.A.
12:20 A.2.3. Network of small satellites for the exploration of Mars’ Magnetosphere (NETSSEM)
André Laurens et al, CNES, France
12:40 A.2.4. Mars Aerosol Tracker (MAT): An Areostationary SmallSat to Monitor the Martian Weather
Luca Montabone et al, Space Science Institute, U.S.A./IPSL, France
13:00 A.2.5. Mars Ion and Sputtering Escape Network
Rob Lillis et al, University of California Berkeley, U.S.A.
13:20 Lunch
14:00 A.3.1. NOIRE Study Report: Towards a Low Frequency Radio Interferometer in Space
Baptiste Cecconi et al, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris/CNRS/PSL, France
14:20 A.3.2. Autonomous 3U CubeSats to flyby near-Earth asteroids: trajectory design, navigation, and science opportunity
Pablo Machuca et al, Cranfield University, U.K.
14:40 A.3.3. Computing solar wind helicity from magnetic data of CubeSat fleet
Eija Tanskanen et al, Aalto University, Finland
15:00 A.3.4. Europa Plume Investigation by CubeSat (EPIC)
David Gaudin et al, IRAP, France

15:20 B.4.2. Development of a Novel X-band Cassegrain Deployable Antenna for Microsatellite Platforms
Yoshiro Ogi et al, Oxford Space Systems, United Kingdom
15:40  Break
16:10 A.4.1. The Puerto Rico CubeSat NanoRocks-2 (PR-CuNaR2)
Amilcar Rincon-Charris et al, Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon, U.S.A.

16:30 A.4.2. The PicSat Mission
Sylvestre Lacour et al, LESIA, France

16:50 A.4.3. SUPER-SHARPi: A meter class Interplanetary CubeSat Imaging Platform for Astronomy, Space and Planetary Science
Ian Parry et al, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
17:10 B.4.1. The Development of a Novel, Cost Effective Tri-Filar Deployable VHF Antenna for MicroSatellite Applications
Mike Lawton et al, Oxford Space Systems, United Kingdom
17:30 A.4.5. CubeSat X-ray Telescope (CubeX) for Lunar Elemental Abundance Mapping and Millisecond X-ray Pulsar Navigation
Jaesub Hong et al, Harvard University, U.S.A.
Social Informal dinner

Wednesday, 30th May 2018

08:00 Registration
08:30 B.1.1. Radiation-hardened solutions for CubeSats
Ross Bannatyne, VORAGO Technologies, U.S.A.
08:50 B.1.2. 6U deployable solar arrays for deep space missions
Ismael Sanchez et al, DHV TECHNOLOGY, Spain
09:10 B.1.3. Electric Solar Wind Sail tether payloads onboard CubeSats
Jouni Envall et al, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
09:30 B.1.4. Nanospacecraft design for an interplanetary fleet formation propelled by E-sails
Iaroslav Iakubivskyi, Tartu Observatory, Estonia
09:50 B.1.5. CubeSat Trade-off: The ArgoMoon case
Riccardo Rinaldi et al, Argotec, Italy
10:10  Break
10:40 B.2.1. Micro-Cathode Arc Thrusters for CubeSat propulsion
Michael Keidar, The George Washington University, U.S.A.
11:00 B.2.2. The research progress on the micro-cathode arc thruster in BICE
Jinyue Geng, Beijing Institute of Control Engineering, China
11:20 B.2.3. The Design and Characterization of a Porous-emitter Electrospray Thruster (PET-100) for Interplanetary CubeSats
Chengyu Ma et al, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
11:40 B.2.4. The Experiment Investigation and On-orbit Flying application of Solid Cool Gas Micro-propulsion Module
Xuhui Liu, Beijing Institute of Control Engineering, China
12:00 B.2.5. Micro cold gas proportion thruster for deep interplanetary exploration
Xudong Wang, Beijing Institute of Control Engineering, China
12:20 B.2.6. IONSAT: Challenging the atmospheric drag with a 6U nanosatellite
Clément Pellouin et al, Ecole Polytechnique, France
12:40  Lunch
13:40 B.3.1. ECLIPSE – Professional PM Toolset for Academia Led CubeSat Projects
Dennis Roshal et al, Sapienza Consulting, The Netherlands
14:00 B.3.2. DOSO: Demonstration of Self-Organized SmallSats
Siddhant Tandon et al, Purdue University, U.S.A.
14:20 B.3.3. A Neutron Spectrometer for Small Satellite Opportunities
Iker Liceaga-Indart et al, NASA Goddard, U.S.A.
14:40 B.3.4. Testing the Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer (CIIR) CubeSat Instrument
Rory Evans et al, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
15:00 B.3.5. CubeSat Camera: A Low Cost Imaging System for CubeSat Platforms
William Brzozowski et al, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, United Kingdom
15:20 B.3.6. Compact Heterodyne Spectrometers for High Resolution Measurement of Emission Lines from CubeSats
Walter Harris et al, University of Arizona, U.S.A.
15:40  Break
16:10 A.3.5. PIXE 2018: Integrated eXploration Environment
Michael Johnson,, China/U.K./U.S.A.
16:30 B.4.3. Corona II: Returning large amounts of data to Earth
Frank Crary et al, University of Colorado, U.S.A.
16:50 B.4.4. Satellite Fleet Operations Using a Global Ground Station Network
Naomi Kurahara, Infostellar, Japan
17:10 B.4.5. In-Flight Orbit Determination for a Deep Space CubeSat
Boris Segret, Observatoire de Paris/PSL/LESIA, France
17:30  Close


P.1.1. A CubeSat-based Minimal Interstellar Mission
Andreas Hein et al, Initiative for Interstellar Studies, France
P.1.2. Assessment of the performances of propulsion systems for CubeSat exploring small bodies
Gary Quinsac et al, Observatoire de Paris PSL / LESIA, France
P.1.3. Asteroid Orbiting and Landing Exploration with Micro-spacecraft and CubeSat in SECM
Yonghe Zhang et al, Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites, China
P.1.4. Compact micro pulsed plasma thrusters enabling attitude control for interplanetary CubeSat missions
Remy Derollez et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
P.1.5. Composite Stucture for Deep Space CubeSats
Fernando Hübner et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
P.1.6. Innovative compact solar and antenna array drive assembly enabling deep space CubeSat missions
Eliott M. Lindsay et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
P.1.7. Innovative deployable biological experiment for a compact automatized measurement of organisms’ development under cosmic radiations onboard a CubeSat in lunar orbit
Florent Clouvel et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
P.1.8. Innovative deployable telescope enabling drastic remote-sensing enhancement capabilities of CubeSats with a minimal platform impact
Eleni Kostaropoulou et al, Université Paris Saclay, France
P.1.9. Low-budget thermal earth observation for climate monitoring
Max von Wolff et al, Megina-Gymnasium Mayen, Germany
P.1.10. Performance Evaluation of MAC Protocols for Sensors Communication in Isolated Areas on the planet through a single CubeSat
Adnane Addaim et al, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
P.1.11. Taiwan CubeSats for Outer Space Exploration
Hsin-Chia (Albert) Lin et al, Taiwan
P.1.12. Water ice and ilmenite mapping of the Moon using a multiwavelength lidar on a 12U CubeSat
Edward Cloutis et al, University of Winnipeg, Canada

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