Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup – May.12.2019

A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs:

** UNITE CubeSat Project built by Univ. of Southern Indiana undergraduates has operated more than 100 days: UNITE CubeSat reaches 100 days in orbit, a milestone for student built satellites – TriSate

The CubeSat was deployed on January 31, 2019 and has been sending back data since its departure.

According to a recent study, only 45% of CubeSat units last longer than 60 days in service.

The Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer CubeSat, or UNITE CubeSat, was funded by a NASA Undergraduate Student Instruments Project (USIP) grant.

** 3U-CubeSat to de-orbit space junk: Space: OSCaR CubeSat aims to tidy space debris –

This interesting spacecraft will be dubbed OSCaR and it’s intended to collect space debris, or space junk.

Standing for “Obsolete Spacecraft Capture and Removal”, it’s a three-unit CubeSat being created by a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the USA’s oldest technological research university.

** AMSAT news on student and amateur CubeSat/smallsat projects: ANS-132 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

  • AMSAT Activities at Hamvention 2019
  • Tickets Still Available for TAPR/AMSAT Banquet
  • ARRL Releases Mobile App for the Dayton Hamvention
  • Going to Hamvention? Please Stop By and Say Thank You to Kenwood and the ARRL for ARISS Donations
  • Work the AMSAT Hamvention Demo Station!
  • Australia’s ABC Commemorates 50th Anniversary of AO-5
  • ARSATC 4th Birthday
  • GNU Radio Conference 2019 Call for Papers and Presentations
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 9, 2019
  • How to Support AMSAT
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

General CubeSat/SmallSat info:

** CubeSats & SmallSats – von Kármán Lecture Series/NASA JPL

Some are the size of a toaster. Others a suitcase. They can ride into space as secondary payloads in a rocket’s “trunk,” or even be tossed out of an airlock, to start their missions. Small satellites, often collectively called “cubesats,” are changing the way we explore space and monitor our home planet.

  • Host: Preston Dyches
  • Speaker: Anne Marinan (JPL) — Systems Engineer, Near Earth Asteroid Scout & Mars Cube One;
  • Team Xc Lead Engineer: Travis Imken (JPL) — Project Systems Engineer, RainCube