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Science with cubesats
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
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)

Venue: Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre


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 at


09:30 - 10:00 Registration, plus coffee and poster setup in RAS Council Room


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


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