8th European CubeSat Symposium

European CubeSat Symposium - Nanosatellites for Science and Technology Research.

The 8th European CubeSat Symposium will take place in the vibrant city of London on September 7th-9th 2016.
The Symposium, co-organized by the von Karman Institute (Belgium) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (UK), will be hosted in the premises of the historical buildings of the Imperial College London. In particular the South Kensington Campus is located in the very heart of London only few steps away from Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum.

We organized this Symposium giving importance to the most relevant topics in the CubeSat world. From Technology Demonstrators and Scientific Missions to the Future Technologies and the Space Exploration with CubeSats.

The Symposium is covering the following topics:
- Scientific Instruments/Sensors on CubeSats
- Technology Demonstration on CubeSats (e.g. formation flying, IODs)
- Micro-g Experiments on CubeSats
- Micropropulsion Subsystems
- Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem
- CubeSat Flight Experience and Lessons Learned
- CubeSat Networks and Constellations
- Telecommunications, Ground Stations and Ground Station Networks
- Orbital Dynamics (e.g. de-orbiting and debris mitigation)
- Launchers and Deployers for CubeSats
- Future Technologies on CubeSats
- Space Exploration Missions with CubeSat (i.e. beyond Earth orbit)

Renowned speakers from NASA, ESA and NanoRacks LLC will give an account of their view of the past and future development of CubeSats.

If you are interested in contributing to this event, please submit your abstract before May 31st 2016.
Registrations and abstract submission will be opened from March 1st 2016.
For more information on the venue, registration, deadlines, abstract guidelines, sponsorship and exhibitors, please visit the symposium website www.cubesatsymposium.eu

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Congressional Legislation to Remove Satellites from ITAR

The House of Representatives in the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill, H.R. 3288, with a clause to remove ITAR restrictions on commercial satellites. The specific wording for the purpose of the bill:

"To authorize the President to remove commercial satellites and related components from the United States Munitions List subject to certain restrictions, and for other purposes."

Full test of the Bill can be found in PDF here:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3288ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr3288ih.pdf

Status of the Bill:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3288

This bill only pertains to commercial satellites, and does not include scientific or educational in its current form. Make your voices heard and please write to your Representatives for the inclusion of these terms. Removing educational, scientific, and commercial satellites from ITAR control will help foster the international small satellite community. 

Representatives Howard Berman, Don Manzullo, Adam Smith, Mike Coffman, Dutch Ruppersberger, Rob Bishop, Gerry Connolly, Jason Chaffetz, and Martin Heinrich introduced the bill, and are the best people to contact regarding updates and changes.