Satnews Daily
September 19th, 2016

Algerian Space Agency's Nano Spacetrotting Days Are Getting Closer

Earlier this month, a joint CubeSat mission between the UK Space Agency and Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has shipped the satellite to India the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, where a series of final preparations will be conducted before begining integration into the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) for a launch in late September.

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2014, the UK Space Agency and ASAL have enhanced collaboration in space programs. The MoU established AlSat Nano as a joint educational CubeSat development program to be delivered by the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey (SSC) for Algerian graduate students.

AlSat Nano is Algeria’s first CubeSat mission. The design, build and verification of the spacecraft took place at SSC as a hands-on learning exercise for the students, to demonstrate the practical elements of low cost space technology, giving them experience that should help Algeria strengthen its domestic space technology capability. ASAL is providing the launch, and operations will be undertaken by Algerian operators trained in Surrey. During the spacecraft’s commissioning, the operators will make use of the SSC ground station in Guildford, with operations then transferring to ASAL’s newly developed ground station in Oran.

The AlSat nanosatellite. Photo is courtesy of SSC.

The spacecraft platform has been built using hardware sourced almost exclusively from UK suppliers, and approximately half of the satellite's volume has been made available to the UK CubeSat community as a free flight opportunity for self-funded payloads via an open call and competitive selection process.

The three selected payloads include...

  • C3D2—a highly customizable CubeSat camera suite offering three fields of view and innovative on-board software processing capabilities. The payload will also be a remote experiment of the Open Science Laboratory - a suite of remote experiments that supports distance learning students studying science and engineering. C3D2 will offer these students the chance to operate a real payload on an orbiting spacecraft. The payload development is led by the Open University Centre for Electronic Imaging with sensor hardware provided by e2v Ltd and electronics from XCAM Ltd.
  • Thin Film Solar Cell—a novel solar cell structure which is directly layered on cover glass just 1/10th of a millimeter thick. Effects from the space environment will be measured, with the aim of allowing the organizations involved a route to product development and commercial exploitation of this technology. This project is led by the Swansea University Centre for Solar Energy Research with contributions from the University of Surrey, Qioptiq Ltd and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
  • AstroTube Boom—a retractable CubeSat-compatible boom, deployable up to 1.5 meters in length from a volume around the size of a small business card holder. This technology would enable CubeSats to carry out a greater range of science experiments that require sensors to be held as far away from the spacecraft as possible to reduce interference, and could also form the basis of de-orbit systems for future missions. The payload also carries a magnetometer, one of the most compact of its class, to carry out measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field, and RadFET radiation monitors. The payload is led by Oxford Space Systems Ltd, collaborating with partners including the Science and Technology Facilities Councils RAL Space and Bartington Instruments Ltd.

..In The Pursuit Of SmallSat Expertise…
SmallSat Symposium—Silicon Valley 2017

Workshop: Monday, February 6th, 2017
Symposium: Tuesday, February 7th — Wednesday, February 8th
Venue: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California

As with any industry trade event, one of the major draws as far as the time commitment necessary for attendance most assuredly revolves around the expertise that will be offered to those who participate... is the ROI for event participation and the hoped-for knowledge acquisition worth a company's or an individual's engagement at the venue?

For the SmallSat Symposium, just reading through the list of subject-matter experts who will be presenting at this event should offset any doubts as to the value of "being there." SmallSat Symposium—Silicon Valley in 2017 will offer a superior blending of expertise and unparalleled networking opportunities with the industry's smallsat, SATCOM and MILSATCOM actors.

This extraordinary event will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, which happens to be a perfect location for the technology-rich smallsat environs.

Listed below are the accepted speakers to date, in alphabetical order, for the SmallSat Symposium.

The Speakers…

  • Chad Anderson, Managing Director
    Space Angels Network

    Eric Anderson, President
    And One Technologies

    Jason Andrews, CEO
    Spaceflight Industries

    David A. Anhalt, Vice President and General Manager
    Iridium PRIME

    Jenny Barna, Launch Manager
    Spire Global, Inc

    Chris Baugh, President
    NSR - Northern Sky Research

    Chris Boshuizen, Principle
    Data Collective VC

    Peter Beck, CEO & CTO
    Rocket Lab

    Dr, Sami BenAmor, Director of Marketing
    Thales Alenia Space

    John Booher, Partner
    Hogan Lovells

    Phil Carrai, President
    Kratos Technology and Training Division

    Dr. Sean Casey, Managing Director
    Silicon Valley Space Center

    Satish Chetty, Co-Founder and VP of Software Systems
    Hera Systems

    Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner
    The Tauri Group

    Craig Clark, Founder
    Clyde Space Ltd.

    Robert R. Cleave, Director, Vice President, Commercial Space
    Lockheed Martin

    Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner
    Promus Ventures

    James Crawford, Founder and CEO
    Orbital Insight

    Randy Culver, CEO
    AMERGINT Technologies

    Erik Daehler, Director Product Innovation Network & Space Systems
    Boeing Network and Space Systems

    Stuart Daughtridge, Senior VP Advanced Technology

    Tahara Dawkins, Director, Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Chris DeMay, Founder and COO
    HawkEye 360

    Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO

    Liz Evans, Partner
    Dentons US LLP

    Dr. Shahin Farshchi, Partner
    Lux Capital

    Dr. Jenny Gautier, Director of Commercial Programs
    The Aerospace Corporation

    Allen Griser, Business Manager
    General Dynamics Mission Systems SATCOM Technologies

    Dr. Steve Goldberg, CEO & Co-Founder

    Dr. Shay Har-Noy, VP and General Manager

    David Hartshorn, Secretary General
    GVF - Global VSAT Forum

    Yvon Henri, Chief, Space Services Department
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Commercial Sales

    Susan J. Irwin, President
    Irwin Communications, Inc.

    Talbot Jaeger, Founder & Chief Technologist

    John P. Janka, Partner
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Andrew E. Kalman, is Founder, President and Chief Technologist

    Adam Keith, Managing Director
    Euroconsult Canada

    Andrew M Kwas, Engineering and Technology Strategist
    Northrop Grumman Corp.

    Wade Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Wallis Laughrey, Vice President, Space Systems

    Debra Facktor Lepore, VP and GM of Strategic Operations
    Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp

    Johanne Lecomte, Vice-President
    Thales Alenia Space

    Chris Lewicki, President and CEO
    Planetary Resources, Inc.

    Daniel Lim, President & CEO
    Xtenti, LLC

    Tony Lin, Counsel, Washington, DC
    Hogan Lovells

    Christopher Loghry, Business Development Manager

    Dr. Clare Martin, Vice President of Programs
    Surrey Satellite Technology US

    Attila Matas, Head of the Space Publications and Registration Division
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    Barry A. Matsumori, Senior Vice President – Business Development & Advanced Concepts
    Virgin Galactic

    Clayton Mowry, President

    Sunil Nagaraj, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
    Bessemer Venture Partners

    Ryo Nakamura, Director, Business Development Department
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

    Carlos Niederstrasser, Business Development & Special Initiatives
    Orbital ATK

    Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent
    PBS NewsHour

    Steve Oldham, Vice President, Strategic Business Development
    Space Systems Loral (SSL)

    Dara A. Panahy, Partner
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

    Andrew Petro, Program Executive for Solar Electric Propulsion and Small Spacecraft Technology

    Tom Pirrone, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas
    Swedish Space Corporation

    Will Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects
    Virgin Galactic

    Christopher Richins, Cofounder & CEO
    RBC Signals

    Jerzy "George" Romaniuk, Product Line Manager, Space Sector
    Aitech Defense Systems, Inc.

    Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
    GeoOptics Inc.

    Emmanuel Sauzay, Director, Commercial Space
    Airbus Defense and Space, Inc

    Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice
    Hogan Lovells

    Dr. George F. Sowers, Director, Vice President, Advanced Programs & Chief Scientist
    United Launch Alliance (ULA)

    John Stack, Managing Director, Aerospace Leader
    The McLean Group Advisory Team

    Leon Stepan, Lead Mission Operations Analyst
    Planet Labs

    David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM)
    Space Micro

    Chris Stott, Chairman & CEO (PM)

    Tom Stroup, President
    SIA - Satellite Industry Association

    Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman
    Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

    Stig-Are Thrana, U.S. Sales Director and Head of Kongsberg Silicon Valley Office
    Kongsberg Satellite Services

    Dr. Joe Thurgood, Vice President Corporate Development and Marketing
    Hera Systems

    Miguel A. Vazquez,Managing Director & Co-Founder
    DHV Technology

    Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
    Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems

    Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
    AvL Technologies

    Bruce Yost, Project Manager
    NASA Ames Research Center

    Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development
    Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)


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