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Science with cubesats
 
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
LONDON
W1J 0BQ
Start Time: 7 Apr 2017 - 10:00
End Time: 7 Apr 2017 - 15:00

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Helen Walker (STFC/RAL); Andrew Holland (Open); Ross Burgon (Open)

*Contact: helen.walker@stfc.ac.uk

Please note the meeting is a week earlier than usual due to Good Friday bank holiday, and has earlier start and finish times.

 

The CubeSat has come a long way from the initial 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube used as an educational experiment, and the initial technology demonstrator CubeSats. The aim of this meeting is to explore the potential of the CubeSat (and other small satellites) as a credible platform to support serious science investigations in the areas of astronomy, geophysics, space science and the planetary sciences. The meeting will cover a wide range of topics from lessons learned to distant dreams, from the local ionosphere, magnetosphere and space weather, through astrobiology and asteroids, out to the study of exoplanets and gamma ray bursts.

 

For more information about the programme (and to register so we can track on how many people plan to attend), see the Eventbrite page athttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-with-cubesats-ras-specialist-discussion-tickets-29692796955

 

Coffee and poster setup 09:30 – 10:00 in Council Room
Chair: Ross Burgon (The Open University)

 

10:00 – 10:30 Roger Walker (ESA)
Science with CubeSats: an ESA perspective

 

10:30 – 10:45 David Cullen (Cranfield University)
BAMMSat: Towards a platform for bioscience, astrobiology, medical and materials science on CubeSats and CubeSat-like payloads

 

10:45 – 11:00 Hannah Lerman (University of Leicester)
The development of a highly integrated imaging payload for maritime and space weather monitoring

 

11:00 – 11:15 Patrick Brown (Imperial College London)
Scientific measurements with magnetometers on CubeSats

 

11:15 – 11:30 Matthew Angling (University of Birmingham)
Smart antennas for ionospheric sensing with PocketQubes and CubeSats

 

11:30 – 11:45 Ian Parry (University of Cambridge)
A big telescope in a little box

 

11:45 – 12:00 Isidoro Ibanez (ISIS Space, the Netherlands)
Status and lessons learned from the QB50 mission

 

Lunch and posters 12:00 – 13:00

 

Chair: Helen Walker (STFC RAL Space)


13:00 – 13:20 Rory Evans (University of Oxford)
Seeing asteroids with the CIIR CubeSat

 

13:20 – 13:40 Colin Snodgrass (The Open University)
CubeSat possibilities in the asteroid belt with the CASTAway mission

 

13:40 – 14:00 Michele Trenti (University of Cambridge)

The SkyHopper CubeSat for probing Gamma Ray Bursts and transiting exoplanets

 

14:00 – 14:20 Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
TWINKLE – A mission to unravel the story of planets in our galaxy

 

14:20 – 14:40 Sylvestre Lacour (Observatoire de Paris, France)
PICSAT: A space mission dedicated to the transit of Beta Pictoris b

 

14:40 – 15:00 Discussion Moderator: Roger Walker