Towards a National Cubesat Program

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Towards a National Cubesat Program

  1. 1. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Towards a National CubeSat Program: Innovation, Education, Inspiration Dr Ronan Wall, CubeSat Project Manager, Astrium Satellites Unique Vehicle for Technology Development for Space
  2. 2. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Overview What are CubeSats? The Benefits of a National CubeSat Program How a National CubeSat Program may look Where you come in - The CubeSat Challenge for Payloads Current Status of CubeSat Program
  3. 3. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. The Cubesat Phenomenon  Tiny (<10kg, <10 litre) satellite  Subsystems available “off the shelf”  Electronics, communications, software, structure, power, etc  Mission Objectives for CubeSats are:  Educational  Scientific Research  Technology demonstration  Virtually all mission objectives are typically achieved before launch Cubesat Development
  4. 4. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Dozens of CubeSats have been flown SwissCube Canada CanX-2 Denmark DTUSat Norway NCube2 Romania imager payload
  5. 5. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. The Proposed UK Program is an industry/academia CubeSat mission for the purposes of technology demonstration, research, training and education
  6. 6. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Overview What are CubeSats? The Benefits of a National CubeSat Program How a National CubeSat Program may look Where you come in - The CubeSat Challenge for Payloads Current Status of CubeSat Program
  7. 7. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Some Major Challenges for UK Space are: Long wait time to flight for UK Science and Engineering Research High-reliability drives conservative design Must have access to new missions and market opportunities Graduates and apprentices lack hands-on experience Constant need to develop technologies for future markets and missions Far future R&D projects can lack focus Providing annual access to space for UK Science and Engineering Research Providing a non- critical forum to try new concepts Positioning UK for nanosatellite and constellation missions Preparing Technology and Instrumentation for specific future opportunities Providing real experience in real spacecraft to university students Quickly advancing Technology Readiness Level by focussing on payload delivery A National CubeSat program should meet these challenges by: Falling numbers of Students pursuing STEM subjects Delivering Revolutionary outreach with “spacecraft in a classroom”
  8. 8. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. The National Cubesat Program will provide a forum for accelerating your technology concepts through Technology Readiness Levels
  9. 9. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. CubeSats can provide Regular access to space for Scientific Research  Miniaturised sensors and platforms make good science possible  Space Plasmas, Earth observation  Engineering Research  CubeSats provide access to space for innovative science payloads  Enables more science for UK researchers  Flight-proves sensors for future agency missions  Regular access to space is essential to:  Drive science payload development  Allow researchers and engineers to develop and maintain their skills in space technology
  10. 10. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Unique Educational Outreach available with CubeSats A simple ground station for schools, akin to AMSAT UK’s visionary FUNcube project Real data from a spacecraft (temp, current, orbit position, payload data) direct to classrooms Teacher supported by targeted learning pack
  11. 11. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. CubeSats will Inspire a Future Workforce A CubeSat project with outreach can demonstrate a clear route to working in space to school and university students CubeSat University project School Space Project Industry Science SME Member of UK Space Community
  12. 12. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Overview What are CubeSats? The Benefits of a National CubeSat Program How a National CubeSat Program may look Where you come in - The CubeSat Challenge for Payloads Current Status of CubeSat Program
  13. 13. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Program, engineering and payload interface management provided by experienced entity to encourage product quality, and knowledge transfer Platform build by SME and / or university, increasing knowledge base in systems technology and training of next generation of space professional Payloads are: • Science and Engineering Research • Technology maturation • New concepts tried in space with reduced fear of failure • Selected by competition Inexpensive Ground Segment and Operations provided by UK Universities Satellite would support Education and Outreach by allowing “outreach” data to be downloaded to simple ground segments Cubesat payloads teams are inspired and formed by dissemination and networking events, enabling new entrants into the space sector
  14. 14. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Proposed Pilot Mission Outline . Launch Platform Announcement of Opportunities for all program elements Challenging economic climate means funding is limited  Launch funding is highly likely to be secured however  Participants who come with their own funding will be at an advantage
  15. 15. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Overview What are CubeSats? The Benefits of a National CubeSat Program How a National CubeSat Program may look Where you come in - The CubeSat Challenge for Payloads Current Status of CubeSat Program
  16. 16. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Payload Opportunities Central to the National program will be the opportunity for up to three payloads (TBC) to be flown Payloads selected by competition The approach is the reverse of usual space missions  Payload must fit the available platform resources – the platform is not designed around the payload Payload concepts will be invited:  Technology demonstration  Scientific or engineering research Response time must be fast  Payload must be ready in ~7 (TBC) months !
  17. 17. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Potential Payload Funding  Mini-Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (mKTP) reserved for ‘Winners’ of Payload competition (provided eligible)  mKTP are made up of academic/industrial partners  Award is £50k maximum/year, £20k of which supplied by industrial partner  mKTP lasts ~9 months  Some support available in payload reviews and interface management  Level of mentoring not expected to be high  So prepare your payload concepts and partnerships!
  18. 18. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Overview What are CubeSats? The Benefits of a National CubeSat Program How a National CubeSat Program may look Where you come in - The CubeSat Challenge for Payloads Current Status of CubeSat Program
  19. 19. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. Current status of CubeSat Program This weeks Government response to space IGT recognises that the CubeSat program represents an “important new initiative” Definition study by Astrium and Clyde Space concludes next week, confirming feasibility of program Launch of program to be discussed and hopefully approved within new UK Space Agency
  20. 20. ThisdocumentisthepropertyofAstrium.Itshallnotbecommunicatedtothirdpartieswithoutpriorwrittenagreement.Itscontentshallnotbedisclosed. A CubeSat Program for Britain National CubeSat program is an exemplary vehicle for innovation, technology development, research, training and outreach Astrium, with supporting partners in academia and SME, have led the lobby for over two years for such a program UK Government have recognised that “In 2010, there will be an important new initiative in the UK with the CubeSat Challenge” Watch this space!

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