JoSS Bulletin - April 2018
NASA SmallSat News

Orbital Testing Begins for Advanced Small Spacecraft Communications
Credit: NanoRacks
The NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program's Integrated Solar and Reflectarray Antenna, or ISARA, and Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration, or OCSD, spacecraft recently completed systems checkout and have moved into the operational phase to demonstrate a number of technology firsts. 

T he Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) small spacecraft mission will enable multiple small spacecraft to operate cooperatively during science or exploration missions, to approach another spacecraft or object for in-space observation or servicing, or to connect small spacecraft together to form larger systems or networks in space.

SmSTC News

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory on Compliance with Satellite Communications Licensing Requirements

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the FCC released an Enforcement Advisory on " COMPLIANCE WITH SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS LICENSING REQUIREMENTS." The referenced requirements are mandatory, and failure to comply can result in enforcement action. For more information about the included small satellite licensing requirements, see:

International SmallSats and Space Art Workshop 5 (ISSAW5)
Planning Underway for Spring 2019 
Credit: Light Beings Series painting by Frank Pietronigro

Sponsored by:
Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS)
Science and Technology Corporation (STC)
Taksha Institute for Space Arts (TISA)
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC)
The SETI Institute (SETI)

Seeking additional Sponsors and Collaborating Organizations

Distinguished Honorary Chair:
Professor Lowry Burgess, CMU, Chair of TISA & Chair of ISAW4
Adarsh Deepak, Ph.D. - Chair, Taksha Institute (TI) & Associate Chair of ISAW4
Frank Pietronigro - Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) & Associate Chair of ISAW4

Mountain View, California

Contact us to let us know of your interest and to receive updates!
Taksha Institute (TI)
21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 150
Hampton, VA 23666 US
Make plans to join JoSS representatives at these events!
CubeSat Developer's Workshop 2018
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California US
April 30 - May 2, 2018
This annual event brings together over 600 participants from industry, government, and academia from around the world to share and discuss the latest developments in space and CubeSat/SmallSat technology. Click here for more information or to register:
The Solar Power Satellite International Symposium and Workshop (SPS 2018) 
Los Angeles, California US
May 24-27, 2018
The SPS 2018 will feature  a commemoration of Dr. Peter Glaser's 1968 invention of the SPS, including the contributions of William Brown (formerly with Raytheon Corporation) and Dr. Abdul Kalam (former President of India);  a workshop to discuss long-distance power transmission spectrum; a  kick-off meeting for the decadal IAA assessment of SSP; and p resentations on the latest related technology development, demonstration, and deployment concepts, approaches, and missions. See more information at:

4S Symposium 
Sorrento, Italy
May 28 - June 1, 2018

Small satellites beyond boundaries is the special topic for the first day of the 4S Symposium scheduled for 2018, although any contribution on small satellites for space exploration is warmly welcome. The remaining program will also cover technical sessions as: mission and system analysis; applications such as Earth observation, science, telecommunication and navigation; new technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

Click  here for more information.
SmallSat & Space Access Summit
Alexandria, Virginia US
May 30-31, 2018
The 2018 SmallSat & Space Access Summit encourages members of the DoD, Intelligence Community, military services, and critical organizations to come together to discuss solutions and techniques to exploit the space domain. The application of small satellites is transforming space exploration and allowing the US Government and critical partners to gain vital intelligence. This year's summit will highlight the technology currently underway and the challenges that exist in enhancing space access and employing smallsats to ensure space superiority. To learn more visit:
Small Payload Rideshare Symposium
NASA Ames Research Center, California US
June 12-14, 2018
Jointly sponsored by t he Small Payload Ride Share Association and NASA's Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute, this symposium  focuses on concepts and technologies to enable the small payload community to meet future launch needs and test new capabilities in a cost-effective manner. The symposium has evolved into a forum where the launch services community interacts with the small spacecraft community in a focused, working environment to address the needs of the community for affordable small payload access to space and the impediments hampering its success.

This year's symposium will highlight rideshares for swarms and constellations, as well as rideshares for beyond low Earth orbit. Aerospace companies, agencies, and individuals are encouraged to attend to network and present their respective small payload-related ideas and opportunities.

The event is open to a limited number of US citizens and permanent residents on a first come first served basis. Attendees will need to show identification to gain access to the Center. Participation by non-US citizens may be arranged. Contact by April 10 for more information.

Please visit the symposium website for more information and to register:
32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference
Logan, Utah US
August 4-9, 2018
This year's annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites on Delivering Mission Success will present information and opportunities to explore the new technologies, design methods, processes, operational constructs, and activities that inform and secure the success of small satellite missions. Click here for more information and to register:

Commercial Small-Sat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) Meeting
Logan, Utah US
August 10, 2018
The Commercial Small-Sat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA), which aims to help industry players navigate the various pitfalls often encountered when coordinating nationally and internationally, will be hosting a meeting on  Friday, August 10th  in Logan, Utah following the Small Satellite Conference.  For more details about CSSMA, see

The meeting is free to attend and provides valuable insight into small-sat industry participant undertakings, and a forum to network with individuals specifically involved in matters relating to spectrum management and coordination. To register, follow this link .
JoSS: Submit Your Article for Publication
As  a unique scholarly technical journal dedicated to serving the Small Satellite Community, JoSS aims to publish online original high-quality, topical, peer-reviewed articles, legacy articles about contributions made by small satellites pioneers, and letters to the editor (LTEs). The publication of, and access to, these articles is offered FREE OF CHARGE to encourage students and entrepreneurs to expedite rapid publication of and access to their work. 

To this end, we gladly accept original, creative, previously unpublished articles that address one or more of the JoSS technical Topic Areas. You may visit under "Information for Authors" for the list of Topic Areas and guidelines for preparing and submitting your papers for publication. 

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