JoSS Bulletin - November 2017


Welcoming a New Technical Area Editor (TAE) to the JoSS Corps of Experts
Brett J. Streetman, Ph.D.
We welcome Dr. Brett J. Streetman as a new Technical Area Editor (TAE) in the areas of Guidance, Navigation, and Control; Trajectory and Orbital Mechanics; Interplanetary Probes; and Formation Flying. Currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Draper Laboratory, Dr. Streetman has research and project experience in areas including orbit dynamics of electrically charged spacecraft, analysis of the attitude control system for the International Space Stations, guidance navigation and control of planetary landers and hoppers, and guidance navigation and control of autonomous parafoils. 
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).  

HASP can support up to 12 student payloads (providing power, telemetry and commanding) during a flight to an altitude of 122,000 feet for up to 20 hours. The NASA Balloon Program Office and Louisiana Space Grant  Consortium anticipate flying HASP at least through 2018. There is no cost for launch and flight operations.  Student teams will need to raise their own funds to support the development of their payload and, if necessary, for travel to Palestine, TX for HASP integration and Ft. Sumner, NM for flight operations. 

For more information, see .
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 visit the dedicated KiboCUBE page on our web site at:

Please send the fully completed application documents comprising of a CubeSat Mission Application as well as a letter of endorsement from the head of the applying entity to   by  the deadline stated above.

NASA CubeSat Missions: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology
NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program is on the countdown clock to advance communications and proximity maneuvering capabilities for CubeSats with two separate technology demonstration missions.  The Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission will showcase the first-ever high-speed data downlink from a CubeSat to a ground station using lasers, in addition to maneuvering the pair of diminutive spacecraft to up-close proximity.  Also set for demonstration is the Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA) mission. A reflectarray is a relatively new type of antenna fabricated from standard printed circuit boards with an array of square copper patches etched on them.

These innovative satellites were carried onboard Orbital ATK's Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft, a commercial resupply vehicle that will berth to the International Space Station (ISS). Atop the Orbital ATK's Antares booster, the Cygnus commercial resupply mission launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov. 12.

Read more about these CubeSat missions at 

Request for Information (RFI): Possible NASA Astrophysics SmallSats
Response due:  November 30, 2017
Through request for information (RFI) NNH17ZDA010L   NASA's Astrophysics Division seeks SmallSats mission concepts in two separate topic areas that could fulfill NASA astrophysics science goals as described in the 2014 NASA Science Plan .
Topic 1 ("Science Mission Concepts"), would capitalize on the creativity in the astrophysics community to envision compelling missions advancing compelling astrophysics science that can be realized involving small satellites (SmallSats) at a cost between that of Astrophysics CubeSats, which are currently solicited through the Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA) element of the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) NASA Research Announcement, and Astrophysics Explorers Small Complete Missions, which are currently solicited as Astrophysics Explorers Missions of Opportunity.
Topic 2 ("Advanced Technology Concepts"), solicits ideas for advanced mission concepts advancing compelling astrophysics science and involving SmallSats for which significant investments in instrument and/or spacecraft technologies would be required. Advanced concept missions are defined to be beyond the horizon of near-term solicitations. Such mission concepts are not limited by cost but rather by their realization using small satellites.

Upcoming SmallSat Events
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DSI's 4th Space Resiliency Summit
Alexandria, Virginia USA
November 28-29, 2017

DSI's 4th Space Resiliency Summit, to convene at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA, is designed as an educational and training "Town Hall" forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. This year's summit will focus on technology and innovation needed to defend critical space assets against increasing and new threats.
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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. The conference will be held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado, just outside Boulder. 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

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

Small satellites beyond boundaries  is the special topic of the 4S Symposium scheduled for 2018. Any contribution on small satellites for space exploration is warmly welcome. The selected papers will be discussed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event.  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.

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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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