Pre-Conference Workshop

14th Annual Pre-Conference Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5

The Pre-Conference Workshop is an opportunity for developers, educators and students to come together to share ideas and personal experiences in developing small satellites. The workshop focuses on academic activities including student projects and research providing valuable insight to new and longstanding participants of the small satellite community.


Saturday, August 4

Session I: Advanced Concepts I

Innovative technologies (hardware or software) that provide significant capability advancements in small satellite missions.

Session Chair: John Bellardo, CalPoly

8:45 AM
Pointing, Acquisition, and Tracking for Small Satellite Laser Communications
Peter Grenfell, Kathleen Riesing, Michael Long, Cadence Payne, Alexa Aguilar, Angela Crews, Christian Haughwout, Riley Fitzgerald - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:00 AM
High data Rate Inter-Satellite Omnidirectional Optical Communicator
Jose Velazco – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

9:15 AM
University - NASA Collaborations Advance SmallSat Technologies through STP Partnerships
James Cockrell - NASA Ames Research Center; Christopher Baker - NASA Head Quarters; Roger Hunter - NASA Ames Research Center

9:30 AM
Development and Evaluation of the 1/30U Small-Sized 3 Axis Attitude Control Module, and its Application for the JEM Internal Ball Camera Robot
Shuhei Shigeto, Shinji Mitani, Nobutaka Tanishima, Masayuki Goto - JAXA

9:45 AM
Variable Shape Attitude Control Demonstration with Microsat "Hibari"
Kenichi Sasaki, Saburo Matunaga - Tokyo Institute of Technology


The Success of the DM7 ISS Flight Experiment
Aaron Zucherman, Benjamin Malphrus, John Samson Morehead State University; Michael Snyder, Joel Ortiz Huertas, Kenneth Carroll - Morehead State University

Single GPS Antenna Attitude Vector Pair - NEOSSat Recovery
Stuart Eagleson - Magellan Aerospace; Viqar Abbasi, Natasha Jackson - Canadian Space Agency; Robert (Lauchie) Scott, Stefan Thorsteinson - Defense Research and Development Canada; Ron Wessels, Microsat Systems Canada Inc.

Modelling and control of CUBOT: A CubeSat based space manipulator
Zhicheng Xie, Xiaofeng Wu, Tao Sun School of Aerospace - University of Sydney

Session II: Delivering Mission Success

Engineering design processes, testing, verification, or operational approaches that are consistent with small satellite programmatics, that can increase the overall mission success of small satellite missions.

Session Chair: Kyle Kemball, Air Force Research Lab

10:45 AM
Frequency and Legal Regulations Surrounding a Ground Station Network
Naomi Kurahara - Infostellar

11:00 AM
Reliable, fast, and flexible: A Thermal Modeling Approach for Small Satellites
Max Gulde, Martin Schimmerohn, Frank Schäfer - Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute, EMI

11:15 AM
ADCS at Scale: Calibrating and Monitoring the Dove Constellation
Lawrence Leung, Vincent Beukelaers, Simone Chesi, Hyosang Yoon, Daniel Walker, Joshua Egbert - Planet Labs Inc

11:30 AM
Statistical Analysis of CubeSat Mission Failure
Abdulaziz Alanazi - North Dakota State University


Design Tradeoffs and Challenges of Omnidirectional Optical Antenna for High Speed, Long Range Inter CubeSat Data Communication
Imam Uz Zaman, Rasul Torun - University of California Irvine; Andrew Janzen, Michael Peng, Jose Velazco – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ozdal Boyraz - University of California Irvine

Characterizing COTS IMU Performance in High Vacuum
Alina Alexeenko, Dhruv Mathur, Katherine Fowee, Anthony Cofer - Purdue University

Defining a New Mission Assurance Philosophy for Small Satellites
Lee Jasper - Space Dynamics Laboratory; Charlene Jacka, Lauren Hunt, David Voss - Air Force Research Laboratory

Session III: Education I

Educational programs, approaches, or philosophies that benefit the development of engineers and/or scientists through the use of small satellite technologies.

Session Chair: David Wilcox, NASA Wallops

1:15 PM
An Educational Platform for Small Satellite Development with Proximity Operation Capabilities
Ivan Bertaska, John Rakoczy - NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

1:30 PM
GW-Sat: GW's First Satellite with Propulsive 3-Axis-Stabilization
Jonathan Kolbeck, Michael Keidar - The George Washington University

1:45 PM
MakerSat-0: 3D-Printed Polymer Degradation First Data from Orbit
Connor Nogales, Benjamin Campbell, Mitch Kamstra, Braden Grim, Robert Hance, Joshua Griffin, Stephen Parke - Northwest Nazarene University

2:00 PM
BIRDS-2: Multi-Nation Cubesat Constellation Project for Learning and Capacity Building
Kiran Pradhan, Mengu Cho, Kyushu Institute of Technology

2:15 PM
So, What is a Radio License Anyway?
Attila Matas - International Telecommunications Union (ITU); Jan A. King Chairman - Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA)


Advancing On-Orbit Assembly with ISAR
Christopher Wellins, Dakota Wenberg, Alex Hardy, Jin Kang - U.S. Naval Academy

Session IV: Instruments / Science I

Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.

Session Chair: Michael Socha, Northrop Grumman

3:15 PM
Adapting Low-Cost Multispectral Drone Technology to CubeSats for Environmental Monitoring and Management: HABSat-1 (Harmful Algal Bloom Satellite-1)
Richard Beck, Hongxing Liu, Richard Johansen, Min Xu - UC Geography/GI Science; Catharine McGhan, Black, Ou Ma - UC Aerospace; Carol Tolbert, John Lekki, Roger Tokars - NASA Glenn Research Center; Molly Reif - US Army Corps of Engineers JABLTCX; Erich Emery - US Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Richard Stumpf - NOAA National Ocean Service

3:30 PM
The Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat (SPARCS): A mission to understand the impact of stars in exoplanets.
David Ardila - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Evgenya Shkolnik, Daniel Jacobs - Arizona State University; Travis Barman - University of Arizona; Matt Beasley - Southwest Research Institute; Judd Bowman - Arizona State University; Varoujan Gorjian, April Jewell - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

3:45 PM
Regional Ionosphere Mapping and Autonomous Uplink (RIMAU) Satellite Constellation for Space Weather monitoring and nowcasting over Singapore
Amal Chandran, Tzu-Wei Fang, Han Bo, Bingxuan Li, Benjamin Tan - Nanyang Technological University; Loren Chang, Chi-Kuang Chao - National Central University, Taiwan

4:00 PM
INSPIRESat-1: An Ionosphere Exploring Microsat
William Evonosky, Amal Chandran - Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics CU Boulder; Loren Chang National - Central University, Taiwan; Priyadarshan Hari - Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology; Tzu-Wei Fang - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, CU Boulder; Spencer Boyajian - Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics CU Boulder; Shih-Chi Chiu, Yi Duann National Central University, Taiwan

Session V: Radiation

Sesssion Chair: Kenneth LaBel, NASA Goddard

New concepts and approaches for understanding and mitigating the risks of using modern electronics, with a focus on cost effective radiation effects modeling, testing, and on-part screening.

4:30 PM
Taking Smallsats to the Next Level-Sensible Radiation Requirements and Qualification that won't Break the Bank
Michael Campola - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

4:45 PM
Lessons and Recommendations for Board-Level Testing with Protons
Steven Guertin - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

5:00 PM
A New Approach to Radiation Tolerance for High-Orbit and Interplanetary SmallSat Missions
Grant Bonin - Deep Space Industries; Luke Stras - Canadensys Aerospace Corporation

5:15 PM
Model-Based Assurance for Satellites with Commercial Parts in Radiation Environments
Arthur Witulski, Rebekah Austin, Gabor Karsai, Nag Mahadevan, Brian Sierawski, Robert Reed, Ron Schrimpf - Vanderbilt University; Ken LaBel - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

5:30 PM
NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program: Resources for SmallSats on EEE Parts
Kenneth LaBel - NASA


The Application of Statistical Metadata to Predict Single Event Latchup Sensitivity for Commercial Off the Shelf Devices Use in Low Cost Missions
Gregory Allen - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Total Ionizing Dose (TID) and Single Event Effects (SEE) Tolerances of Various COTS Micro-Computers for a Nano-Satellite Mission
Rafael Leon, Kenichi Asami, Kei-ichi Okuyama - Kyushu Institute of Technology

Sunday, August 5

Session VI: Instruments / Science II

Innovative technologies or systems that enable cutting edge missions to be formulated.

Session Chair: Chad Fish, ASTRA

8:30 AM
MonSTER: The Monitoring Spectroscopic Telescope for Energetic Radiation
Brian Grefenstette, Sean Pike, Hiromasa Miyasaka, Kristin Madsen, Harrison - California Institute of Technology

8:45 AM
Cubesat Electrostatic Dust Analyzer (CEDA) for Measuring Regolith Dust Transport on Airless Bodies
Xu Wang, Zoltan Sternovsky, Mihaly Horanyi, Charlie Labonde - University of Colorado

9:00 AM
Plasma Diagnostics Through Optical Spectroscopy
Hannah Watts, Sarah Sokolski - Western Michigan University

9:15 AM
AERO: Auroral Emission Radio Observer
Philip Erickson, Michael Hecht - MIT Haystack Observatory

9:30 AM
Cesium Iodide Thallium-doped Incident Energy Spectrometer (CITIES): A Hard X-Ray Detector for CubeSats
Maxwell Yurs, Jenna Burgett - University of Minnesota

Constellation for Upper Atmosphere Dynamics, the CUAD system
Larry Gordley, Benjamin Thomas, Dave Fritts - GATS; John Fisher - Brandywine Photonics

Global Quantum Key Distribution using CubeSat-Based Photon Sources
Chune Yang Lum, Robert Bedington, Xueliang Bai, Tom Vergoossen, David Mitlyng, Alexander Ling - S-fifteen Space Systems

Session VII: Advanced Concepts II

Innovative technologies (hardware or software) that provide significant capability advancements in small satellite missions.

10:30 AM
Development of Attitude Sensor using Deep Learning
Sho Koizumi - Tokyo Institute of Technology

10:45 AM
Development of a Monolithic Ceramic Electrostatic Ion Thruster for Interplanetary SmallSat Missions
Morgan Roddy, Po-Hao Adam Huang - University of Arkansas

11:00 AM
Machine-Learning Space Applications on SmallSat Platforms with TensorFlow
Jacob Manning, Barath Ramesh, Evan Gretok, Christopher Wilson, Alan George National Science Foundation SHREC; James MacKinnon, Gary Crum NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

11:15 AM
Increasing CubeSat Mission Success with a Non-Depolyable QuadSlot Antenna
Samantha Romano, Jordi Puig-Suari, John Bellardo, Dave Pignatelli - Cal Poly CubeSat

11:30 AM
Thermal Power Handling and Testing of RF PCBs for Deep Space Communication
Varun Joshi, Chinmayi Dhangekar - University of Colorado, Boulder; James Mason – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Scott Palo - University of Colorado, Boulder


The Active CryoCubeSat Project
Lucas Anderson, Charles Swenson - Utah State University; Arthur Mastropietro, Elham Maghsoudi, Simon Luong, Ian Mckinley - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Additive Manufactured Structures for the 12U Nanosatellite ERNST
Martin Schimmerohn, Marius Bierdel, Max Gulde, Darren Sholes, Aron Pfaff, Michael Pielok, Frank Schäfer – Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute, EMI

Session VIII: Education II

Educational programs, approaches, or philosophies that benefit the development of engineers and/or scientists through the use of small satellite technologies.

Session Chair: Ryan Davidson, Utah State University

1:15 PM
Educational Research and Development of the ThinSat Program
Regan Smith, Sean Mulligan - Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority ; Brenda Dingwall NASA-Wallops Flight Facility ; Matt Craft - Twiggs Space Lab; Robert Twiggs - Morehead State University

1:30 PM
Helping Students Reach Space: University Nanosatellite Program Challenges and Lessons Learned
Shivani Patel, Jesse Olson - ATA-Aerospace

1:45 PM
Reliving 24 Years in the next 12 Minutes: A Statistical and Personal History of University-Class Satellites
Michael Swartwout - Saint Louis University

2:00 PM
HEPTA-Sat Training Program: International Knowledge Transfer Using Hands-on Type CubeSat Education
Masahiko Yamazaki - Nihon University

2:15 PM
Mission Quality Assurance Virtual Training and Certification Using the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality
Alice Smith, Jeffrey Smith - Auburn University

Space Flight Operations Training Center: A New Approach to Preparing Undergraduates for Careers in Multi Spaceraft Mission Operations
Angela Walters - Capitol Technology University; Marcel Mabson - the Hammers Company, Inc.; Rishabh Maharaja - Capitol Technology University

Report on the First NSF CubeSat Software Research Experience for Undergraduates
Jeremy Straub - North Dakota State University

Small Satellites Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Danielle Wood - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Session IX: Upcoming Missions

A preview of missions that are scheduled to fly within the next 18 months, with an emphasis on the missions and their scientific or technological purpose.

Session Chair: Brent Abbot, Microtech

3:15 PM
HaloSat: a Search for Missing Baryons with a CubeSat Satellite
Anna Zajczyk, Philip Kaaret, Donald Kirchner, Daniel LaRocca, William T. Robison - University of Iowa; Keith Jahoda, Thomas Johnson - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Dimitra Koutroumpa - Le Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales

3:30 PM
Design and Development of AOBA VELOX-IV nanosatellite for future Lunar Horizon Glow mission
Tran Bui, Quang Vinh Tran, Jia Min Lew, Selvadurai Shanmugasundaram, Wee Seng Lim, Tee Hiang Cheng - Nanyang Technological University; Necmi Orger - Kyutech Institute of Technology

3:45 PM
MeznSat: A CubeSat for Monitoring Greenhouse Gases and predicting Algal Blooms
Abdul-Halim Jallad - American University of Ras Al-Khaimah; Prashanth Marpu – Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Saif Al Mheiri - Higher Colleges of Technology; Abdulla Al Marar - UAE Space Agency; Zulkifli Aziz - American University of Ras Al-Khaimah; Alexandros Tsoupos - Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Adham Alkhaja - Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Aisha El Allam - American University of Ras Al-Khaimah

4:00 PM
MarCO: Early Operations of the First CubeSats to Mars
Andrew Klesh, Joel Krejewski – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The ThinSat Program: Flight Opportunities for Education, Research and Industry
Robert Twiggs - Twiggs Space Lab, LLC; Emily Bujold, Kenneth Carroll - Morehead State University; Amin Djamshidpour, Jose Luis Garcia, Matt Craft - Twiggs Space Lab, LLC; Dale Nash - Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; Hank Voss - Near Space Launch

Guatemala's Remote Sensing CubeSat - Ensuring Mission Success
Angel Menéndez, Cecilia Marsicovetere, César Saavedra, Dan Álvarez, Diego Rodriguez, Diego González, Emilio Miranda, Johan Birnie - Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

WEISS-SAT1: A Student Developed Astrobiology Payload for Small Satellite Microgravity Research
Rhonda Lyons - NYRAD INC; Kevin Simmons, Christina Cross, Victoria Cross - The Weiss School

Session X: A Look Back: Lessons Learned

A review of missions that have been launched in the past 18 months, with an emphasis on lessons learned and/or the technological advancements that significantly enhanced mission utility.

Session Chair: Kerri Cahoy, MIT

4:30 PM
Analysis of Tumbling Motions by Combining Telemetry Data and Radio Signal
Ming-Xian Huang, Ming-Yang Hong, Jyh-Ching Juang - Cheng Kung University

4:45 PM
On-Orbit Demonstrations of Robust Autonomous Operations on Cubesat
Toshihiro Obata, Shinichi Nakasuka, Yoshihide Aoyanagi, Takeshi Matsumoto - The University of Tokyo; Seiko Shirasaka - Keio University

5:00 PM
Initial Results from the TechnoSat In-Orbit Demonstration Mission
Merlin Barschke, Philipp Werner, Karsten Gordon, Marc Lehmann - Technische Universität Berlin; Walter Frese - Technische Universität Berlin; Ludwig Grunwaldt - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ); Georg Kirchner - Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW); Daniel Noack - Technische Universität Berlin

5:15 PM
ANDESITE: A Student Built Swarm from Concept to Launch and Beyond
Jonathan Parham, Maria Kromis, Phillip Teng, Aleks Zosuls, Brian Walsh, Joshua Semeter - Boston University

5:30 PM
The CubeSat Radiometer Radio Frequency Interference Technology Validation (CubeRRT) Mission
Christopher Ball, Chi-Chih Chen, Christa McKelvey, Graeme Smith, Mark Andrews, Andrew O'Brien, Landon Garry, Joel T. Johnson - The Ohio State University

Preliminary Results and Lessons Learned from the First Seven Months of Operation in Space of the SUCHAI-1
Carlos Gonzalez, Javier Rojas, Camilo Rojas, Alex Becerra - University of Chile