JoSS Bulletin - August 2019

  Under the auspices of Taksha Institute, the following organizations have joined forces with JoSS to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Education, and Design (for all ages) under the theme of "STEAMED 4 SPACE (S4S)" at the  70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2019) .  
  • Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS)
    Dr. Adarsh Deepak, PhD, VA - JoSS Publisher and Managing Editor 
    and other JoSS Editors              
  • Explore Mars Inc.
    Ms. Janet Ivey, TN - President
    Mr. Chris Carberry, VA - CEO
  • Disrupting Space LLC 
    Ms. Nancy Wolfson, DC - President and Co-Funder
    Ms. Megan Kane, CA - Co-Funder

These partners strive 
to promote multi-disciplinary education and research in Space Travel and Settlement and their Terrestrial Analogsand to exhibit their products, events, and publications at this event on Oct. 21-25, at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. This year's Congress is expected to host over 5,000 space actors and enthusiasts of all ages. 

POC: Catherine Houlahan <>
More information about JoSS and partners for this event to follow in September JB issue.



Winners of the 2019 Mission of the Year Award
Photo Credit: Amelia Greig

NASA JPL's Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission wins the "Mission of the Year" award at the AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference held in Logan, Utah on August 2-8, 2019. 

The  MarCO mission involved a pair of 6U CubeSats that launched and deployed on May 5th, 2018 with the InSight Mars lander mission out of Vandenburg Air Force Base. These were the first two CubeSats successfully operated in interplanetary space, culminating in a Mars flyby for both vehicles on Nov. 26, 2018 after a 450,000,000 km journey. As a deep space technology pathfinder, both spacecraft achieved >7 months of deep space travel; developed and demonstrated planetary protection techniques for CubeSats; performed trajectory correction maneuvers to aim for precision Mars flyby (9 total maneuvers between 2 spacecraft); completed deep space navigation and communication with the Deep Space Network, new Iris deep-space transponder, and a novel reflectarray high gain antenna; and used solar radiation pressure on deployables for onboard momentum management. 

As the first CubeSats to leave low-Earth-orbit, the MarCO spacecraft pioneered new technology and techniques for interplanetary small spacecraft. Much of the onboard hardware and software has been already adopted by upcoming missions heading to deep space. The MarCO spacecraft served as trailblazers and their successful mission leaves a strong legacy for all the missions to follow.
Congratulations to the MarCO team and all of the finalists!
This year at the AIAA/USU SmallSat Conference, we had our first student poster competi-tion (not to be confused with the larger Frank J. Redd student paper and presentation
competition).  Many thanks to Science and Technology Corp. (STC) for sponsoring a small cash prize to the winners.

First place went to the poster "Effective Small-Satellite Radiation Assurance for Non-Specialists," with the following authors representing Vanderbilt University:  Rebekah Austin,  Arthur Witulski,  Brian Sierawski,  Nag Mahadevan,  Gabor Karsai,  Robert Reed, and  Ron Schrimpf.

Second place went to the poster "Pre-flight Testing of AQUARIUS: the Water Resistojet Thruster on the SLS EM-1 CubeSat for Deep Space Exploration from  Keita Nishii,  Hiroyuki Koizumi,  Jun Asakawa,  Akihiro Hattori,  Kosei Kikuchi,  Mariko Akiyama,  Qihang Wang, and  Masaya Murohara, all from the University of Tokyo.

There was a tie for third place, between the following teams:  "Development of a High-
Kerri Cahoy, PhD
Altitude Balloon CubeSat Platform for Small Satellite Education and Research," submitted by Jill Davis, Alexander Reynolds, Yezad Anklesaria, Henry Pernicka, and Jillian Schmidt, of Missouri University of Science and Technology

and  "A 3U Cubesat Platform for Plant Growth Experiments," from Rochester Institute of Technology, Jared Loewenthal, Spencer Bradshaw, Laura Branch, Sandra Connelly, Jeffrey Mills, and Dorin Patru.

Well done, to all the contestants!

NASA SmallSat News

NASA has supported small spacecraft mission development for more than a decade as small spacecraft capabilities have rapidly advanced with tangible results.

To improve coordination among the individual Mission Directorates to place more emphasis on an overarching integrated strategy to advance overall Agency objectives, NASA has produced the 
NASA Small Spacecraft Strategic Plan.

This Plan supports NASA's 2018 Strategic Plan's four strategic goals of Discover, Explore, Develop, and Enable, while promoting a balanced portfolio of science, technology, and exploration missions. The strategies herein are also influenced by the National Academies of Science's Achieving Science with its CubeSats report recommendations, and add guidance to those recommendations to account for the future capability growth in launch systems and ESPA-class spacecraft.

Artemis 2 will mark a significant step forward in NASA's plans to return humans to the Moon for long-term exploration, and future missions to worlds beyond, including Mars. CubeSats could play a significant role in this historic mission, helping to inform the next steps of space exploration. 

Under the agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI),  NASA is  seeking proposals  from US small satellite developers to fly their CubeSat missions as secondary payloads aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) on the Artemis 2 mission.  CSLI provides CubeSat developers a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA's strategic goals in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education and operations. The initiative allows students, teachers and faculty to gain hands-on experience designing, building, and operating these small research satellites.

On June 21, 2019, NASA demonstrated the first coordinated maneuver between two CubeSats in low-Earth orbit as part of NASA's Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration mission.  The twin spacecraft, each approximately the size of a tissue box, were orbiting Earth about 5.5 miles apart when they established a radio frequency communications cross-link to "talk" with each other. One spacecraft issued a command to the second to activate its thruster and close the gap between the two. The fuel tanks on both spacecraft are filled with water. During this propulsive maneuver, the water was converted to steam by the thrusters to propel the spacecraft.

"Demonstrations such as this will help advance technologies that will allow for greater and more extended use of small spacecraft in and beyond Earth-orbit," said Roger Hunter, program manager of the Small Spacecraft Technology program. 

Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate technologies to improve science observations in deep space. The proposals could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft, such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). In this image, taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory on Feb. 27, 2000, a CME is seen erupting from the Sun, which is hidden by the disk in the middle, so the fainter material around it can be seen.

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