APRIL 26, 2019

LunarCubes Workshop will be sponsored and hosted by the Cubesat Developers Workshop in 2019, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This year, because the CDW is being held April 23 to  25, the middle of the week, we will have our workshop on Friday, April 26 immediately following the Cubesat Developers Workshop. For even more excitement, immediately following our workshop, after a weekend of wine-tasting, you can attend the Interplanetary Smallsat Conference to be held  at the same site, Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (April 29-30).

It is an exciting time to be holding an interactive workshop to propose solutions and identify challenges for cubesats in deep space.  The first two deep space cubesats, JPL's MarCO, have been successfully deployed and are on their way to Mars. The development of the Lucky 13 deep space cubesats, to be deployed from SLS on its EM1 mission (as of now) in 2020, continues apace.  Several of these will ultimately be science experiments in lunar orbit.  With its Lunar Initiative, NASA continues to announce new opportunities for small payloads on commercial lunar landers and orbiters. As a result, even more thinking is going on about how demanding science requirements can be met within cubesat paradigm constraints (low-cost, compact, rapid development, lean operations, essential measurements, shared tools, higher risk), and deliberate efforts to capture and implement 'lessons learned' are beginning to emerge.


Always as before our goal is to bring together scientists and instrumentalists who drive requirements with those who build components and develop infrastructures and programs, and who must know these needs and meet those requirements so we can break new ground way beyond LEO! After over a decade of Earth-orbiting cubesat flights, and several years of deep space cubesat developments, working strategies and rules are beginning to emerge. We are hoping to bring together the range of folks who have been attempting to address the challenges: Scientists who have proposed and in some cases been selected to launch cubesat missions and payloads, here is your chance to meet with the many engineering folks, who know the challenges and evolving solutions well, who come to the Cubesat Developers Workshop! Come and offer your seemingly insurmountable challenges and potentially brilliant solutions!  Key areas to address in 'lessons learned':

  1. Essential Documentation, Mission Assurance, and Dealing with Risk

  2. Requirements Capture and Implementation, Verification and Validation

  3. Lean operations and data management

  4. Facilities, Essential supporting infrastructures, Sharing, Personnel challenges

  5. Costing and Scheduling, Phasing and Reviews, Integration and Testing

  6. Next Generation, Useful alternatives for conventional missions?


This is a small (30-40) and interactive workshop in which all participate (in small groups and the larger group). The program, though still focusing on hands-on interactions for design challenges (concepts and solutions) for topics of interest, will include a small number of short formal presentations of potential deep space cubesat concepts, technology, engineering, or programmatic solutions relevant to the design challenges. Those wishing to present should submit an abstract using the abstract form found here by February 20. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and include answers to the questions asked on the form.  We welcome suggestions for design challenges and willingness to lead challenges. Please email these intentions to the technical program chair (pamela.e.clark@jpl.nasa.gov). We will focus on several areas of interest with emphasis indicated by attendees, with final program developed based on abstracts. 


You will need to register by submitting the 8th LCW registration form found here. If you have any questions, please email the technical program chair for the LunarCubes Workshop (pamela.e.clark@jpl.nasa.gov). For those who use the NASA travel forecasting system (including JPL), use the 8th Annual Lunarcubes Workshop NCTS number for our workshop. NASA folks considering attending any conferences or workshops must make that request 90 days in advance: that is by January for the LunarCubes Workshop.  Our registration deadline is February 20, although we will take 'late' requests as long as space allows.


You can use the Cubesat Developers Workshop website to search for lodging, and understand logistics, including parking.

Click here for instructions on how to pay for parking.


To amplify our efforts, we will generate a white paper after the meeting, with some form of elaboration of issues raised and resolved or requiring further collaboration to resolve. Also, we hope to form collaborative cross-disciplinary teams from our discussions.


Email indicating your interest as soon as possible!  We need to estimate how many will attend AND how many would like to present/lead a design challenge.  Feedback on the focus topics would be appreciated.


For NASA folks, Travel Request 'placeholder' in NASA Travel System by January 26. Abstracts (no fee) form (300 words or less) submitted by February 20 (later considered as program permits). Registration (no fee) form submitted by February 20 (later considered on a space available basis).