JoSS Bulletin - December 2017
From the staff at JoSS, we send warm wishes for a hearty, healthy, and happy holiday season 2017, and may you and yours thrive and prosper in the New Year! 
Call for Payloads for Sept. 2018 Flight of the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) Through NASA Balloon Program Office and Louisiana Space Grant Consortium
Response Due: December 15, 2017

Applications are being accepted in response to the Call for Payloads (CFP) for the September 2018 flight of the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP).  

For more information, see  .
Solicitation: Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies
Mandatory Preliminary Proposals Due: January 30, 2018

For details please refer to:
CubeSat Mission Applications Being Accepted for KiboCUBE Third Round 
Deployment of a CubeSat from the ISS. Photo: NASA-JAXA
Response Due: March 31, 2018

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are pleased to announce the third round of the United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) "KiboCUBE."

If your institution is interested in applying, please see:
EcAMSat and TechEdSat-6
EcAMSat's microfluidics card, connected to a series of storage bags that can contain nutrients, waste, antibiotics, and a special dye.
Photo Credit: NASA/Ames Research Center

NASA launched EcAMSat and TechEdSat-6 to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov. 12.  EcAMSat - the E. coli Anti-Microbial Satellite - is a small satellite containing a miniature biology lab, developed and constructed at NASA's Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley. EcAMSat is taking E. coli into low-Earth orbit to conduct a  science investigation  aimed at improving astronaut health. To read more about EcAMSat, see: 
Deployment of the Exo-Brake device.  Photo Credit : NASA
                                            T he Technology Educational Satellite, or TechEdSat-6, was released into low-Earth orbit from the NanoRacks platform on Nov. 20, to begin a series of wireless sensor experiments which will be the first self-powered tests, expanding the capabilities of sensor networks for future ascent or re-entry systems. This is the fourth TechEdSat satellite carrying an updated version of the Exo-Brake that will demonstrate guided controlled re-entry of  small spacecraft to safely return science experiments from space. More can be read at: 
NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth
NASA Begins Checkout of Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms
The Dellingr spacecraft right before its release. 
Photo Credit: Nanoracks
NASA ground controllers have begun checking out and commissioning a shoebox-sized spacecraft that the agency purposely built to show that CubeSat platforms could be cost-effective, reliable, and capable of gathering highly robust science. Read more at: 
NASA Begins Checkout of Dellingr Spacecraft Designed to Improve Robustness of CubeSat Platforms

Upcoming SmallSat Events
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2017 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC)
Broomfield, Colorado USA
December 18-20, 2017

The 2017 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) is the premier conference for researchers and educators interested in commercial suborbital reusable vehicles. NSRC-2017 will provide in-depth NASA, FAA, and flight provider briefings and extensive networking opportunities for researchers and educators wishing to use next-gen suborbitals.

For complete information, visit the NSRC-2017 website at
iCubeSat 2018 - 7th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop
Paris, France
May 29-30, 2018

This Workshop will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of
interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop provides a unique environment for open wide ranging practical collaboration between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers, and students developing this new and rapidly growing field. The full call for papers and presentations from previous workshops at Caltech,
Cambridge, Cornell, Imperial, MIT, and Oxford can be found at

Abstracts are due April 1, 2018.

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. T he 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.
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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