JoSS Bulletin - September 2019

Peer Reviewed Articles
Development of a Dual-axis Pulsed Plasma Thruster for Nanosatellite Applications

Quang-Vinh Tran, Wee-Seng Lim, and Tran-Duy-Vu Bui -  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kay-Soon Low and Bingyin Kang -  National University of Singapore, Singapore

JoSS, Vol. 08, No. 02 (Sept. 2019), pp. 837-847   
Attitude Testing Platform in a Vacuum Environment for a Lean Satellite with an Electric Thruster

Marcos Hernandez-Herrera, Phongsakorn Meemak, Hiroki Hisatsugu,
Kotaro Hiraka, Jose Rodrigo Cordova-Alarcon, Sangkyun Kim, Kazuhiro Toyoda, and Mengu Cho - Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan 

JoSS, Vol. 08, No. 02 (Sept. 2019), pp. 849-858
Design and Testing of Low-Cost, Open Source, 3-D Printed Air-Bearing-Based
Attitude Simulator for CubeSat Satellites

Nemanja Jovanovic - Aalto University, Finland
Joshua M. Pearce - Aalto University, Finland and Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI US
Jan Praks - Aalto University, Finland

JoSS, Vol. 08, No. 02 (Sept. 2019), pp. 859-880
Full Performance Mapping of the IFM NanoThruster, Including Direct Thrust 

David Krejci , Valentin Hugonnaud, Tony Schönherr, Bryan Little, and Alexander Reissner - ENPULSION, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Bernhard Seifert - FOTEC, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Quirin Koch, Eduard Bosch Borràs, and José González del Amo - ESA-ESTEC,
Noordwijk, Netherlands

                                                JoSS, Vol. 08, No. 02 (Sept. 2019), pp. 881-893
NASA SmallSat News

SmallSat Technology Partnerships Solicitation

NASA has released a  SmallSat Technology Partnerships solicitation as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement, entitled Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2019.

The Small Spacecraft Technology program seeks development projects and demonstration missions that are small, affordable, rapid, and transformative. All efforts will focus on small spacecraft capabilities that are relevant to NASA's missions in science and exploration, including those with crosscutting applications to the needs of the broader small spacecraft community in industry, academia and other government agencies.

To read more, please see: 
NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder Mission to Unique Lunar Orbit

Highly elliptical, a near rectilinear halo orbit around the Moon takes advantage of a precise balance point in the gravities of Earth and the Moon and creates a stability that is ideal for long-term missions like Gateway.
Credit: Advanced Space

NASA has awarded a $13.7 million contract to Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, to develop and operate a CubeSat mission to the same lunar orbit targeted for  Gateway - an orbiting outpost astronauts will visit before descending to the surface of the Moon in a landing system as part of NASA's  Artemis program.

The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) is expected to be the first spacecraft to operate in a near rectilinear halo orbit around the Moon. In this unique orbit, the CubeSat will rotate together with the Moon as it orbits Earth and will pass as close as 1,000 miles and as far as 43,500 miles from the lunar surface.

STEAMED Program Education Events Announcements

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 - Publisher and Managing Editor

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

 Taksha Kalpana Chawla Education Center (TKCEC)

 Prof. Narayanan Komerath, GaTech, GA - Chair, TKCEC

Taksha Movie Arts Center (TMAC) 
Mr. Vikram Gandhi, NYC, US - Chair, TMAC                    

Ta ksha Terrestrial Analog Research Center  (TTARC)
 Mr. Ravi Deepak, CA, US - JoSS Assistant Managing Editor
 Dr. Siddharth Pandey, PhD, India - Director, India Operations of TTARC

International MoonBase Alliance (IMA)

HI-SEAS (Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)
Mr. Henk Rogers, HI - Founder

For All Moonkind Inc.
Ms. Michelle L. D. Hanlon, US - Co-Founder

  STEAMSPACE Education Outreach
  Ms. Holly Melear, TX - CEO and Co-Founder

These partners strive  to promote multi-disciplinary education and research in Space Travel and Settlement and their Terrestrial Analogs, and will be exhibiting their products, events, and publications at IAC 2019 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, VA - Taksha/JoSS -

USC  ASTE 527 Graduate Space Architecting Studio 
Fall 2019 Team Project Topic (3-Unit Elective):
Catalysts for Artemis
American Hero & Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was guest of honor at the 2018 ADAM Project Finals
NASA Project Artemis plans to land a woman and a man on the Moon by 2024. Fall 2019 studio will create
concepts to accelerate long duration human missions on our Moon and beyond, depicting spacecraft
systems including cislunar vehicles, orbiting stations, landers, rovers, habitats, EVA systems and
associated infrastructure, essential to returning humans to our Moon by 2022, the 50th anniversary of
Apollo 17, the last humans to visit and explore the Moon.

Look up Studio projects here :  .

***Fall 2019 Enrollment in progress*** 
Contact instructor: 

American Hero & Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, holding the rocket, was guest of honor at the 2018 ADAM Project Finals. Prof. Madhu Thangavelu is wearing the red bow-tie.

The American Astronautical Society is proud to have been a partner with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory in organizing the 2019 International Space Station Research and Development Conference.

The proceedings of the technical sessions and posters from the poster sessions are freely available at

Make plans to join JoSS representatives at these events!

Alexandria, Virginia US
December 4-5, 2019

The 6th Annual Space Resiliency Summit is an educational summit which will convene senior intelligence officials, government leaders, academia, and solution providers to discuss the developing technology, infrastructure, and policies surrounding the role of space in the United States' national security enterprise.
The US relies heavily on space-based assets for purposes ranging from communications, reconnaissance, and missile detection, to space exploration. Almost every industry in the US depends on the resiliency of satellites and other space-based capabilities which allow us to share and receive data around the world. Disrupting any aspect of our commercial or US government-owned space infrastructure would have devastating effects not only on national security but also the US economy.

Currently, adversaries are developing measures to deny our ability to operate in space though cyber and kinetic means. In order to ensure the United States maintains dominance in the space domain, the IC and DoD must continue to invest in advanced technologies and public-private partnerships. The 2019 Space Resiliency Summit will examine the policies and strategies meant to enhance the US position within the space domain. Speakers will address the need for a robust proliferated space architecture, increased cybersecurity, accurate missile detection capabilities, and sophisticated payloads in order to ensure the US is reliably and effectively able to operate in space. Discussions will also center on the realignment of space-related responsibilities within the US due to the formation of the Space Development Agency, US Space Command and future Space Force.

See for more information.
Vilamoura, Portugal
25-29 May, 2020

The upcoming 2020 4S Symposium (Small Satellite Systems and Service) will be hosted in beautiful Vilamoura, Portugal. 
This year's Symposium will feature the special topic of the synergy between small satellites, drones and high altitude aerial platforms. Contributions on this subject are highly welcome.


Important dates for the 4S Symposium 2020 are: 
Call for Abstracts -  September 2019
Deadline for Abstract Submission -  13 January 2020
Notification to Authors -  28 February 2020  
Symposium Dates -  25-29 May 2020

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