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April 18-24, 2016 / Vol 35, No 16 / Hawai`i Island, USA

15 Apr 2016, 20:52 UTC
April 18-24, 2016 / Vol 35, No 16 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Booming CubeSat Industry Discussed at 13th Cal Poly Workshop and von Kármán Lecture

The 13th annual CubeSat Developer’s Workshop is being held April 20-22 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Jordi Puig-Suari (TL) of Cal Poly (co-inventor of the CubeSat along with Bob Twiggs (TR) then at Stanford) will be giving welcome remarks. Over 65 talks (each about 15 minutes) will cover CubeSat mission successes, constellations, myths / realities of collision risk, launch and deployment accommodations. Lunar CubeSat presentations will be Lunar Flashlight Mission (Travis Imken, JPL), 6U CubeSat Designed for Lunar Orbit and Beyond (Kathleen Morse, Yosemite Space Inc.), Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper CubeSat (Craig Hardgrove, ASU) and Lunar Ice Cube (Pamela Clark, JPL / Morehead State Univ). The von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: CubeSats – Big Goals, Tiny Package held Apr 21 and 22 will feature Dr. Andrew Klesh, JPL Chief Engineer for Interplanetary Small Spacecraft. He will discuss government agencies, private enterprises and students developing CubeSat missions for LEO, Moon, asteroids, Mars and deeper space. It is estimated that 435 CubeSats have been launched to date, with plenty on the manifest for companies such as Planetary Labs, Spire and Nanosatisfi. Classification systems designate minisatellites (100–500 ...

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