JoSS Bulletin - March 2018

CubeSat Mission Applications Being Accepted for KiboCUBE Third Round
Response Due: March 31, 2018

Deployment of a CubeSat from the ISS. Credit: NASA-JAXA
OSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are pleased to announce the third round of tThe United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNO he 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:

International SmallSats and Space Art Workshop 5 (ISSAW5)
Planning Underway for 2018-2019 
Credit: Light Beings Series painting by Frank Pietronigro

Co-Sponsored by:
Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS)
Taksha Institute for Space Arts (TISA)
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC)
Seeking additional Sponsors and Collaborating Organizations

In Cooperation with:

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

Organizing Committee:
Mr. Ravi Deepak, STC, Chair
Ms. Catherine Houlahan, Taksha Institute (TI)
Others to be added


As a follow-on from ISAW4, held in 2014 at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park (NRP),  planning is underway for ISSAW5 in Spring 2019!

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
NASA SmallSat News

NASA Awards $96 Million to U.S. Small Businesses for Tech Research and Development
As part of its 2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, NASA has selected 128 proposals from American small businesses to advance research and technology.  These selections support NASA's future space exploration missions, while also benefiting the US economy.
NASA Outlines New Lunar Science and Human Exploration Missions
Credit: NASA
As part of the President's fiscal year 
2019 budget proposal , NASA is planning a new Moon-focused exploration campaign that starts with a series of progressive commercial robotic missions.  "The Moon will play an important role in expanding human presence deeper into the solar system," says Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Coupled with the capabilities enabled by the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, these missions will usher in a new era of exploration of the Moon and its resources, and provide a training ground for human missions to Mars."

NASA's CubeSat 101
A set of NanoRacks CubeSats is photographed here by an Expedition 38 crew member after the deployment by the Nanoracks Launcher attached to the end of the Japanese robotic arm. Credit: NASA
It's surprising how little information is out there to help someone just starting a CubeSat project! CubeSat101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers was created to lay out everything you need to take a great CubeSat idea and make it into an actual spacecraft that is launched into orbit. While it stands as a good reference for anyone involved in the CubeSat world, this guide was written for first-time CubeSat developers, and especially for CubeSats being developed at educational institutions.

Check it out, at:
Make plans to join JoSS representatives at these events!

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:
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. 

Please distribute this important information to others in the field of small satellites!   
JoSS: Advertising = Visibility for Your Organization 
You may purchase advertising on the JoSS website for your announcement or company for a very reasonable price, to reach the full range of the SmallSat community worldwide. As a not-for-profit organization, JoSS appreciates and values your support through the purchase of advertising space. For more information, see
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