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 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.
- Chad Anderson, Managing Director
Space Angels Network
Eric Anderson, President
And One Technologies
Jason Andrews, CEO
David A. Anhalt, Vice President and General Manager
Jenny Barna, Launch Manager
Spire Global, Inc
Chris Baugh, President
NSR - Northern Sky Research
Chris Boshuizen, Principle
Data Collective VC
Peter Beck, CEO & CTO
Dr, Sami BenAmor, Director of Marketing
Thales Alenia Space
John Booher, Partner
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
Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner
The Tauri Group
Craig Clark, Founder
Clyde Space Ltd.
Robert R. Cleave, Director, Vice President, Commercial Space
Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner
James Crawford, Founder and CEO
Randy Culver, CEO
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
Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO
Liz Evans, Partner
Dentons US LLP
Dr. Shahin Farshchi, Partner
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
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
Tony Lin, Counsel, Washington, DC
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
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
Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent
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
Christopher Richins, Cofounder & CEO
Jerzy "George" Romaniuk, Product Line Manager, Space Sector
Aitech Defense Systems, Inc.
Dr. Alex Saltman, Senior Vice President
Emmanuel Sauzay, Director, Commercial Space
Airbus Defense and Space, Inc
Randy S. Segal, Partner, Co-Lead Satellite Practice
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
David Strobel, CEO and Program Manager (PM)
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
Miguel A. Vazquez,Managing Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Marco Villa, President & COO
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems
Tony Wilkey, Senior Vice President
Bruce Yost, Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center
Louis Zacharilla, Director of Development
Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
The first 100 registrations qualify for a $200 discount off the standard event admission —take advantage of this savings and register to attend the SmallSat Symposium today! Register Now...