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Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Research Council will review the current state of the scientific potential and technological promise of CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites built in increments of 10 cm cubes (1 cube is called 1U or "unit," two 10 cm cubes together are known as 2U, and so on). In particular, the committee will review the potential of CubeSats as platforms for obtaining high priority science data including, but not limited to, the priority science challenges identified in (a) recent NRC decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and solar and space physics (heliophysics) and (b) the science priorities identified in the 2014 NASA Science Plan. The committee’s review will provide a set of recommendations on how to assure the scientific return on future federal agency support of CubeSat programs. 
 
The committee will:

  • Develop a brief summary overview of the status, capability, availability, and accomplishments of a selection of existing CubeSat programs in the government, academic, and industrial sectors.
  • Recommend any potential near-term investments that could be made (a) to improve the capabilities that have a high impact on the increased science and technology return - thereby increasing the value of CubeSats to the science community - and (b) to enable the science communities' use of CubeSats.
  • Identify a set of sample priority science goals that describe near-term science opportunities-- such as providing continuity of key measurements to mitigate potential gaps in measurements of key parameters-- and that can be accomplished given the current state of CubeSat capabilities.

Status: Completed

PIN: DEPS-SSB-14-04

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Sheffer, Abigail

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Space Studies Board

Topic(s):

Space and Aeronautics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/19/2015

Thomas H. Zurbuchen - (Chair)
University of Michigan

THOMAS H. ZURBUCHEN is a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also the associate dean of entrepreneurial programs in the college of engineering, founder of the college’s center for entrepreneurship, and also senior counselor to the provost. In these roles, he is responsible for educational and research programs focused on innovation, entrepreneurial thought and action, and enhancing research impact. He has been at the University of Michigan for over 19 years. He is a part-time visiting scientist to the International Space Science Institute in Bern. Dr. Zurbuchen has received numerous awards, including the prestigious U.S. Presidential Early Career Award, which represents the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. He has also received the Outstanding Accomplishment Awards at the University of Michigan from his department, college and university focused on service, mentorship and research, as well as multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards, due to his involvement in missions such as Ulysses, MESSENGER, Wind and ACE. Dr. Zurbuchen, a specialist in the robotic exploration of space and expert in space plasmas, is a founder of the Solar and Heliospheric Research group currently responsible for more than 10 instruments in flight and two more under development. He served as team leader for the development of NASA’s Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit about Mercury since 2011. He serves on the boards of four companies and non-profits (none of which are CubeSat or space related), including as a governor-appointed trustee of Northern Michigan University. Dr. Zurbuchen holds a Ph.D. in solar and heliospheric physics and an M.S. in physics, mathematics, and astronomy from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is currently a member of the Space Studies Board and its executive committee at the NRC and has had extensive previous experience as vice chair for the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics, vice chair and a former member of the Committee on Solar and Space Physics, member of the Plasma Science Committee, member of the Workshop Organizing Committee on Solar Systems Radiation Environment and NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration, and member of the Panel on the Sun and Heliospheric Physics.
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JULIE CASTILLO-ROGEZ is a planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on water-rich objects from modeling and experimental perspectives applied to the formulation, design, and planning of planetary missions. Her current activities focus on Ceres, target of the Dawn mission, Mars' moons in the frame of the human exploration program, as well as other small bodies whose study can help improve understanding of the early Solar system. Dr. Castillo-Rogez serves as the science principal investigator for NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Scout Mission, is a participating scientist in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN), and is the investigation scientist for NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars. Dr. Castillo-Rogez also served as the infusion scientist for the INSPIRE CubeSat mission. She co-founded the Ice Physics Laboratory at JPL in 2007, and she previously was a member of the Cassini Mission Radio Science Team. She earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Nantes, France, a M.S. in geophysics from the University of Rennes, France, and a Ph.D. in planetary geophysics from the University of Rennes, France.
Andrew Clegg
Google, Inc.

ANDREW CLEGG is the spectrum engineering lead at Google, Inc. Prior to Google, he served 11 years as a program manager at the National Science Foundation, where he created the Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) program, which was focused on funding research in radio spectrum efficiency and access. He also served as NSF's Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager, where, among other tasks, he helped the nascent Cubesat movement gain access to spectrum resources and represented the U.S. at two World Radiocommunication Conferences. Prior to NSF, he was principal member of technical staff at Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility), and a senior engineer for Comsearch. He was also a member of the Remote Sensing Division at the Naval Research Laboratory immediately after graduation. Dr. Clegg earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in radio astronomy and electrical engineering from Cornell University.
Bhavya Lal
IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute

BHAVYA LAL is a research staff member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) where her research and analysis focuses on space technology and policy and is frequently incorporated in national policy documents. Recent and ongoing projects include supporting the Office of Science and Technology Policy and other federal agencies in developing a national space technology strategy, improving detection of near Earth objects, evaluating a civilian space situational awareness capability, documenting global trends in space, and examining recent commercial activities in space including their legal ramifications related to the Outer Space Treaty. Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS, LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was a researcher and the director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Lal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (concentration in science and technology policy) at George Washington University. She has previously served on the NRC Committee on Space-Based Additive Manufacturing.
Paulo Lozano
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PAULO C. LOZANO is an associate professor and chair of the graduate program in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the director of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory. His main interests are plasma physics, space propulsion, ion beam physics, small satellites and nanotechnology. Part of Prof. Lozano’s research topics includes the development of highly efficient and compact ion propulsion systems for pico/nano-satellites. He has published over 80 conference and journal publications on his research. He received the Young Investigator Program Award from the Air Force and the “Future Mind” Award from Quo/The Discovery Channel. Prof. Lozano is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and member of the American Physical Society. He earned his Ph.D. in Space Propulsion from MIT. Previous NRC service includes the panel on Mitigation Strategies for Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects and the panel on Priorization of NASA Technology Roadmaps.
Malcolm Macdonald
University of Strathclyde

MALCOLM MACDONALD is the director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, based at the University of Strathclyde. Until 2008, he worked at SciSys (UK) Ltd. on several projects, including ADM-Aeolus and LISA-Pathfinder. His work focuses on the end-to-end development and application of space mission systems to challenge conventional ideas and advance new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space; the end-to-end philosophy enables new space-derived data product concepts through advances in space technology, including new platforms concepts such as CubeSats. Specific interests are in the use of multiple spacecraft to enable new space science and services through the application of concepts from swarm engineering, combined with astrodynamics and space system design. His outputs are reported in over 110 publications, and have been cited over 820 times. In publication citations since 2009, he has an H-index of 14 and an i10-index of 18. He is currently deputy chair of the UK Space Agency’s Space Programme Review Panel, a member of the UK’s Space Leadership Council, an associate editor of the AIAA’s Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also has a Honours degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow.
Robyn Millan
Dartmouth College

ROBYN MILLAN is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. Her research includes the use of high-altitude scientific balloon experiments to study Earth’s radiation belts, specifically the loss of relativistic electrons from the outer radiation belts into Earth’s atmosphere. Dr. Millan is principal investigator for the BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses) project, which is being planned for flight in association with the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission. Her prior positions include research appointments at Dartmouth and at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Dr. Millan served on the NRC Committee on the Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Missions and on the Panel on Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interactions for the Committee for a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).
Charles D. Norton
California Institute of Technology

CHARLES D. NORTON is a program manager and principal technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. He is the engineering and science directorate formulation lead for Small Satellites at JPL. His research interests are small satellites for spaceborne technology validation, high performance computing for Earth and space science modeling, and advanced information systems technologies. He has managed CubeSat flight projects and co-led a Keck Institute study “Small Satellites: A Revolution in Space Science.” He is a recipient of numerous awards for new technology and innovation including the JPL Lew Allen Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and is a member of IEEE (senior level), AIAA, and AGU, holding a B.S.E from Princeton University in electrical engineering and computer science and M.S and Ph.D. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining JPL he was an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow.
William H. Swartz
Johns Hopkins University

WILLIAM H. SWARTZ is a senior research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He is also assistant research professor at Johns Hopkins University. As a member of JHU/APL’s space sector, Dr. Swartz works to advance the use of small satellites for addressing pressing science questions and to enable novel observation systems. He is the Principal Investigator of a NASA-funded CubeSat mission to develop technologies and measurement techniques that could significantly advance space observation of Earth’s radiation budget. He also conducts research into the response of the atmosphere’s chemistry and temperature to solar variability, using both Earth system modeling and observations. Dr. Swartz holds a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and has previously briefed the NAS’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Alan M. Title
Lockheed Martin Space Technology Advanced R&D Labs

ALAN TITLE (NAS/NAE) is a senior fellow at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, CA. His primary scientific research interest is the generation, distribution, and effects of the solar magnetic field throughout the Sun’s interior and outer atmosphere. At present, he has 200 articles in refereed journals. He is currently the principal investigator for NASA’s solar mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). Title was the principal investigator responsible for the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) launched in 2010, and is a co- investigator for another instrument on SDO, the Helioseismic Magnetic Imager. He was also the principal investigator for NASA's solar telescope on the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) mission, launched in 1998, and the Focal Plane Package on the JAXA/ISAS Hinode mission launched in 2006. Additionally, Title serves as a co-investigator responsible for the Michelson-Doppler Imager (MDI) science instrument on the NASA-European Space Agency Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), launched in 1995. All of these instruments were built under Alan Title’s direction at the ATC. As an engineer, Alan Title designs, develops, builds, and flies new instruments that will gather the data necessary to inform his solar research interests. He led the development of tunable bandpass filters for space-based solar observations, a version of which is currently operating on the JAXA/ISAS Hinode spacecraft. He also invented a tunable variation of the Michelson Interferometer that has been employed on the SOHO spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Global Oscillations Network Group of the National Solar Observatory as well as other ground-based systems. Outside of his research, Dr. Title has supported activities at the Tech Museum, Chabot Observatory, Boston Museum of Science, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Hay- den Planetarium. In addition, his educational outreach funding has supported a yearly summer program for Stanford undergraduates, and the Stanford Hass Center activities that develop science programs for K-12 classrooms. And for two decades, promising students from the Palo Alto High School District have come to work in his laboratory. Among his honors and awards are the 2011 John Adam Fleming Medal, awarded not more than once annually to an individual “for original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.” He received his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Most recently, he has served on the NRC’s Board on Research Data and Information and the NASA Technology Roadmap: Instruments and Computing Panel, and he currently serves on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Thomas N. Woods
University of Colorado Boulder

THOMAS WOODS is the associate director of technical divisions of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is focused primarily on solar irradiance variability and its effects on Earth's atmosphere, climate change, and space weather. Dr. Woods is involved with several NASA and NOAA satellite programs. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the TIMED SEE and SDO EVE satellite instrument programs at LASP and is also the PI of the SORCE and MinXSS CubeSat missions. He is first author on 49 papers and co-author on 143 other papers. He obtained his B.S. in physics from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Panel on Solar and Heliospheric physics for the decadal survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).
Edward L. Wright
University of California, Los Angeles

EDWARD L. WRIGHT (NAS) is a David Saxon Presidential Chair in Physics Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Dr. Wright has been the data team leader on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), a co-investigator on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), an interdisciplinary scientist on the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Dr. Wright is well-known for his Cosmology Tutorial website for the informed public, and his web-based cosmology calculator for professional astronomers. He has served on the NRC’s Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee, the committee to study Autonomy Research in Civil Aviation, and the committee to study NASA’s planned Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope – Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets program (WFIRST-AFTA). Dr. Wright currently serves on the committee for Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies into the National Airspace System. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University.
A. Thomas Young
Lockheed Martin Corporation [Retired]

A. THOMAS YOUNG (NAE) is executive vice president, retired, at Lockheed Martin Corporation and former chair of the board of SAIC. Mr. Young was previously the president and chief operating officer of Martin Marietta Corporation. Prior to joining industry, Mr. Young worked for 21 years at NASA where he directed the Goddard Space Flight Center, was deputy director of the Ames Research Center, and directed the Planetary Program in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Young received high acclaim for his technical leadership in organizing and directing national space and defense programs, especially the Viking program. He is currently an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow of the American Astronautical Society. Mr. Young is a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He earned his engineering degree from the University of Virginia and M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Young’s NRC service includes current membership on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Committee on Survey of Surveys: Lessons Learned from the Decadal Survey Process. His prior NRC membership includes the Committee on the Assessment of the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Mission Concepts, the Planning Committee on Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in space: A Workshop, the Committee on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022, the Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey, the Committee on the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, and the Space Studies Board (vice chair).

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Note 1. Pascale Ehrenfreund resigned from the committee on July 2, 2015. Note 2. Gerald Schubert resigned from the committee on July 4, 2015. Note 3. Added Julie Castillo-Rogez to the committee October 14, 2015. Note 4. Stuart Bale resigned from the committee on November 5, 2015.

Events



Location:

Teleconference
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
Teleconference Only
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Charles Norton
Robyn Millan
Andrew Clegg
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
William Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward Wright

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Response to review

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 25, 2016
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Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Robyn Millan
Charels Norton
Edward Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report content
Report assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 12, 2016
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Agenda
Teleconference - Committee Only
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Andrew Clegg
Paulo Lozano
Robyn Millan
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report
Report Assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 10, 2015
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Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
This teleconference is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Charles Norton
Williams Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report structure
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Homework assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 12, 2016
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Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
This teleconference is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Charles Norton
William Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report
Writing Assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 18, 2015
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
This teleconference is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Alan Title
A. Thomas Young
Thomas Woods


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report
Writing Assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 18, 2015
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Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
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Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2447

Agenda
Room 106
500 5th St., NW
The Keck Center
Washington, D.C. 20001

Agenda subject to change (last updated 10/27/15)

Remote Access
WebEx: http://tinyurl.com/nng437t WebEx Meeting Password: policy (case sensitive)
Dial In: 1-(866) 668-0721 Telecon Conference Code: 797 795 6056

8:30 a.m. Meeting room opens and coffee available

9:00 a.m. Welcome Thomas Zurbuchen, Study Chair

9:05 a.m. Perspectives from OSTP Thomas Kalil, OSTP

9:20 a.m. CubeSat Orbital Debris Policy Solutions Panel with Space Situational Awareness
Josef Koller, DOD
JC Liou, NASA
Karl Kensinger, FCC
Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, JSpOC
Michael Romanowski, FAA
Dan Oltrogge, AGI
Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation

11:05 a.m. Break with drinks and snacks available

11:15 a.m. Discussion with Committee

12:30 p.m. Break for lunch in cafeteria

1:30 p.m. Roundtable on Spectrum
Kathyrn Medley, FCC
Jonathan Williams, NTIA
Brennan Price, ARRL (via WebEx)
William Horne, NASA
Therese Moretto Jorgensen, NSF

2:30 p.m. Break with drinks and snacks available

2:45 p.m. Continued Discussion

4:15 p.m. ITAR Current Issues Kevin Schmadel and Martin Ruzek, USRA

4:45 p.m. Committee Discussion

5:00 p.m. Adjourn for the Day


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Contact Name:  Abigail Sheffer
Contact Email:  asheffer@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023343863

Agenda
2-hour teleconference discussion on biological and physical sciences in space using CubeSats. Discussion will be hosted by the Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space at their fall meeting in Irvine, CA.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
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Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2447

Agenda
This meeting is closed session in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas H. Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Vice Chair
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Andrew Clegg
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Charles D. Norton
William H. Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report Outline
Report Content
Writing Assignments


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 12, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Teleconference
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2447

Agenda
This teleconference meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
Co-Chair
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Charles Norton
William Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*Meeting Topics
*Meeting Format

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside written materials were distributed.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 19, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
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Contact Name:  Andrea Rebholz
Contact Email:  arebholz@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3477

Agenda
Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats
September 2-4, 2015
Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA

DRAFT AGENDA
Updated 8/31/15

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

8:00 am Registration Opens

9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Thomas Zurbuchen, University of Michigan, Committee Chair

9:20 am CubeSats for Science
Keynote presentation:
Eugene Tu, NASA Ames Center Director
David Korsmeyer, NASA Ames Director of Engineering

Audience Joins the Discussion

10:00 am Technology Trends
Keynote presentation:
Richard Welle, The Aerospace Corporation

Audience Joins the Discussion

10:40 am Coffee Break

11:00 am CubeSats in Heliophysics

Keynote presentation:
Harlan Spence, University of New Hampshire

Panel Discussion:
Jonathan Cirtain, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Geoff Crowley, ASTRA LLC
John Dickinson, Southwest Research Institute
David Klumpar, Montana State University

Audience Joins the Discussion

12:25 pm Lunch

1:55 pm CubeSats in Planetary Science

Keynote presentation:
Julie Castillo-Rogez, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Panel Discussion:
Erik Asphaug, Arizona State University
Pamela Clark, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Wayne Nicholson, University of Florida

Audience Joins the Discussion

3:20 pm Coffee Break

3:40 pm CubeSats in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Keynote presentation:
Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Panel Discussion:
Philip Kaaret, University of Iowa
Matt Beasley, Planetary Resources
Evgenya Shkolnik, Lowell Observatory

Audience Joins the Discussion

5:05 pm Poster Session and Reception: (

6:30 pm Adjourn for the day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

8:00 am Registration Opens

9:00 am Welcome and Summary of Day 1
Thomas Zurbuchen, University of Michigan, Committee Chair

9:15 am CubeSats in Earth Science

Keynote presentation:
Antonio Busalacchi, University of Maryland

Panel Discussion:
Steven Reising, Colorado State University
Jack Kaye, NASA Science Mission Directorate
Chris Ruf, University of Michigan
Jordi Puig-Suari, Tyvak

Audience Joins the Discussion

10:45 am Coffee Break

11:00 am Technology for CubeSats

Panel Discussion:

Mason Peck, Cornell University
David Korsmeyer, NASA Ames Research Center
Michael Gazarik, Ball Aerospace
Dan Hegel, Blue Canyon technologies
Jonathan Souder, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Audience Joins the Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm CubeSats for Technology Development

Panel Discussion:
David Ardila, The Aerospace Corporation
Michael Johnson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Helen Reed, Texas A&M University
Michael Ryschkewitsch, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Audience Joins the Discussion

2:30 pm Industry Capabilities

Panel Discussion:
Robbie Schingler, Planet Labs
Tom Ingersoll, Spire
Valerie Skarupa, Spaceflight Industries
Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic

Audience Joins the Discussion

3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:50 pm CubeSats in Education

Panel Discussion:
Benjamin Malphrus, Morehead State University
Tirupalavanam Ganesh, Arizona State University
Capt. Joseph Kim, Air Force Research Laboratory
Brian Gilchrist, University of Michigan

Audience Joins the Discussion

4:50 pm Summary and Wrap Up
Thomas Zurbuchen, University of Michigan, Committee Chair

5:15 pm Adjourn




The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:
This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time and no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy’s Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on today’s discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inferences about an individual’s position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report are therefore also premature.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Bhavya Lal
(Vice Chair)
Andrew Clegg
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
Charles D. Norton
William Swartz
Alan M. Title
Thomas N. Woods
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Planning for October CubeSats Policy meeting.
Discussion about presentations from the symposium.
Writing assignments.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 24, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
This is a closed teleconference.
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
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Agenda
This teleconference meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Andrew Clegg
Bhavya Lal
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
William Swartz
Alan Title
Thomas Woods


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*The committee planned for the upcoming September meeting.
*Discussion of possible presenters.
*Discussion of meeting topics.
*Tasks for follow-up to members.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 29, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Abigail Sheffer
Contact Email:  asheffer@gmail.com
Contact Phone:  2023343863

Agenda
Monday, June 22, 2015
Room 106
500 5th St., NW
The Keck Center Washington, D.C. 20001

OPEN SESSION

11:00 a.m.
NASA agency perspectives on CubeSats
David Pierce

11:50 a.m.
Working lunch available in the meeting room

12:45 p.m.
NSF agency perspectives on CubeSats
Therese Moretto Jorgensen

1:30 p.m.
DOD perspectives on CubeSats
David Voss, AFRL

2:15 p.m.
Space Debris
Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation

2:50 p.m.
USGS perspectives on CubeSats
Jennifer Lacey via WebEx
3:30 p.m.
Break

3:45 p.m.
Continued discussion with committee members and guests

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn for the day


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OPEN SESSION

9:15 a.m.
NOAA agency perspectives on CubeSats
Tom Burns

10:00 a.m.
Break

The open sessions of the meeting adjourn at this time.


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The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee in its charge. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn nor will recommendations be made. Observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on this meeting’s discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inferences about an individual’s position are therefore also premature.

RECORDING OF THE MEETING

This meeting will be recorded by the NRC. Please be aware that by attending the meeting, you consent to your voice being recorded for use by the NRC for the purpose of note-taking. This recording will not be publicly released, shared outside of the NRC, or used for other public purposes.


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MONDAY JUNE 22 OPEN SESSION 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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TUESDAY JUNE 23 OPEN SESSION 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas Zurbuchen
Chair
Andrew Clegg
Bhavya Lal
Paulo Lozano
via WebEx
Malcolm Macdonald
Robyn Millan
via WebEx
Charles Norton
via WebEx
Gerald Schubert
via WebEx
William Swartz
Thomas Woods
Edward Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*Planning for symposium
*Dates of future meetings
*Homework and action items for committee and staff.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 23, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Teleconference
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Abigail Sheffer
Contact Email:  asheffer@gmail.com
Contact Phone:  2023343863

Agenda
This teleconference meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Thomas H. Zurbuchen
Chair
Stuart D. Bale
Andrew Clegg
Pascale Ehrenfreund
Bhavya Lal
Paulo Lozano
Malcolm Macdonald
Charles D. Norton
Gerald Schubert
William H. Swartz
Alan Title
Edward L. Wright

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Bias and Conflict of Interest Discussion

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 09, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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