JoSS Bulletin - July 2017

Call for Nominations for the AIAA SmallSat Mission of the Year Award
2016 Winners of the AIAA SmallSat Mission of the Year Award

The AIAA Small Satellite Technical Steering Committee invites nominations for candidates for this year's fourth annual SmallSat Mission of the Year Award (2017) by  Friday, August 4th. Please email directly with your nomination (use subject: Mission of the Year 2017), or if you would like to submit recommendations anonymously, please use:

For more details, see News & Announcements at! 
AIAA/USU SmallSat Conference 2017
The 31st AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, scheduled for August 5-10, 2017 in Logan, Utah, has plans to engage visionaries and stakeholders across the chain of those responsible for ultimately disseminating the data enabled by smallsats in lively discussion on the challenges they face to do so. JoSS will be well represented by Dr. Adarsh Deepak, Managing Editor, and Ravi Deepak, Associate Managing Editor, in addition to various JoSS Technical Area Editors (TAEs), Reviewers, and Authors in attendance. See for more information. 
Satellite Innovation Symposium - Oct. 2-3, 2017

With a unique focus on innovations affecting the satellite communications market, the Satellite Innovations Symposium gathers experts and representatives of key businesses and organizations to allow for n etworking and learning from leading satellite industry executives and innovators who play a significant role in directing the future of the space industry. This year's symposium, to be held in Silicon Valley, CA, is scheduled for October 2-3, 2017. Read more by clicking here.
June 2017 DPSS17 Conference: Collaborating with Private Space Industry for Scientific Research

Dr. Szabolcs ("Szabi") Marka, Co-Organizer of DPSS17
At the recent (June 3-4, 2017)  Dawn of Private Space Science (DPSS17) Conference, a  wide range of students, scientists, business representative, and educators gathered at Columbia University to share thoughts about conducting scientific research in collaboration with the private space indust ry, including remarks on the use of small satellites to do so. Dr. Erika Wagner of Blue Origin, for example, spoke on opportunities (including smallsat
Dr. Zsuzsana ("Zsuzsa") Marka, Co-Organizer of DPSS17
opportunities) for space science in microgravity and the 'ignorosphere' with the private space industry. As a co-sponsor, the Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS) was represented by Dr. Adarsh and Pat Deepak at the event.

The DPSS17  "opened the conversation between multiple  stakeholders interested in 
the future of science in space," says Dr. 
Dr. Mark Jackson, Co-Organizer of DPSS17
Szabolcs  Marka, a professor of physics at Columbia and president of the Science Partnership Fund (SPF), the nonprofit that organized DPSS17 in partnership with The Planetary Society. 

See  for more information about DPSS17.

[Photos here credited to Emese Marka.] 
The Eclipse 2017 Experiments 
Several thousand eclipse research teams 
SAPEX Equipment [From STC web site at:]
worldwide plan  to take  photographs or videos of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse during its various phases ranging from partial to totality; from ground, airborne, or space platforms, including small-satellites. While most of the photos are likely to be "cosmetic" photos, others taken by the researchers are likely to be "technical" photos that provide the absolute intensity of the direct or scattered radiation, with or without the use of multi-spectral and/or polarized filters.
Two STC-JoSS Eclipse Teams (consisting of Drs. Adarsh Deepak, Pi-Huan Wang, Mark Schoeberl, and Ravi Deepak) plan to conduct the 2nd Solar Aureole Photographic Eclipse Experiment (SAPEX2) at two locations: Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Albany, Oregon (Schoeberl). 
The SAPEX is relatively simple experiment that involves the use of a camera (normally available globally) and a blocker (with or without a Neutral Density filter of ~10-4) kept at 24 inches away to block the camera lens from the sun's direct rays. 
The goal of SAPEX is to determine the rate of variation of scattered radiation (at different spectral bands) as a function of the angular distances away (1) from the sun's center during non-totality; and (2) within the dark side of the moon during totality. In the first case, the angular rate of degradation of the scattered radiation from solar center is a relatively accurate method of determining the atmospheric aerosol size-distribution. In the second case, the angular variation of radiation on the dark-side of the moon during totality is the only way to measure the presence of multiple scattering (MS) in order to make the MS corrections to obtain the true optical depth of the atmospheric aerosols at that location. 

See News & Announcements at for more information for additional photo and reference.  Any JoSS readers engaged in an Eclipse17 experiment who wish to connect for information exchange with the JoSS Eclipse Team, please do so via email at or phone at 757-766-7990.
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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