Launching CubeSats For and From Australia

The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) invites you to discuss Australia’s growing CubeSat capabilities.

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This event brought together international and domestic experts in small satellite mission design, construction and launch to examine the challenges of launching small satellites for Australia, and eventually from Australia. A varied cross section of stakeholders met to discuss the current state of the art and constructive ideas for advancing Australia’s position in the space industry.

Participation was welcomed from active domestic and international researchers, as well as interested parties from government, industry and the public.

Event Details

Wednesday, 1st April 2015
8am - Registration Opens
9am - Event Commenced
5pm - Event Closed
5:30pm - 7pm - Informal Social Event at the UNSW White House
Seminar Room G51
Old Main Building
(map ref K15)
UNSW Kensington Campus


>> Photos of the workshop are available here.

>> Presentations from the event, where available, are downloadable in pdf format from the table below.



Session 1: Current and future launch opportunities for Australian nano-satellites
Session 2: Australian CubeSat missions, current and future


Time Speaker Name Organisation Topic/Presentation Title
9:00am Andrew Dempster ACSER, UNSW Space 2.0
9:10am Tim Parsons Delta-V The Delta-V Space Start-Up Accelerator
(Full Video for Session 1, apologies for poor audio quality)
Existing Launch Procurement
9:20am Craig Clark (remotely) Clyde Space (UK)  
9:35am Michiel van Bolhuis (remotely) Innovative Solutions In Space (Netherlands) Getting ‘Down Under’ up – Considerations on launching nano-satellites
9:50am Davide Masutti (remotely) Von Karman Institute (Belgium) Investigating the Middle and Lower Thermosphere using a Cubesat Constellation: the QB50 Mission and its Particular Challenges
10:05am Chantal Cappelletti (remotely) Gauss Team Launch Services (Brazil) GAUSS Alternative Launch Solutions (Video)
Launch Sites
10:35am Lindsay Campbell (remotely) RAAF Woomera Test Range Woomera Rebooted - Building Our Next-Generation National Test Range Capability (Video) / (Slides only)
10:20am Morning Tea
Legal/Government Framework
10:50am Roz Cook Space Coordination Office (SCO) Overview of the Space Activities Act
11:00am Donna Lawler Optus Cubesats: how do I get my driver’s licence? (Part 1)
11:10am Elias Aboutanios ACSER, UNSW Cubesats: how do I get my driver’s licence? (Part 2)
Launch Technology
11:20am Peter Beck (remotely) Rocket Lab (NZ) The Electron Launch Vehicle (Video)
11:35am Onno C. J. Verberne & Kolbjørn Blix Dahle (remotely) Nammo AS (Norway) Launch Opportunities For and From Australia (Video)
11:50am Brett Burford AU Launch Services Future Launcher Technologies
  Short Break
12:10pm Carlos Munoz Moya/Peter Rickmers (remotely) ZARM Technik AG (Germany) Liquid Propulsion for Cubesats and Hybrid Sounding Rockets (Video) / (Slides only)
12:25pm Robert Feierbach and Richard Joye (remotely) Swiss space Systems (Switzerland) S3 – Affordable and recurrent access to space (Video)
12:40pm Robert Brand Project ThunderStruck Destination Mars 2022 - Project ThunderStruck
12:55pm Randa Milliron (remotely) Interorbital Systems (USA) NEPTUNE 5: Interorbital Systems' Dedicated Small-Satellite Launcher (Video)
1:10pm John Moody Spaceport Australia Emerging Spaceplane Technology for Orbital Nanosat Launches
1:25pm Lunch
(Full Video for Session 2 with amended audio)
2:10pm Barnaby Osborne ACSER, UNSW UNSW QB50 Project
  Joe Khachan & Iver Cairns University of Sydney i-INSPIRE and Related Instrument and Spacecraft Projects at the University of Sydney
  Matthew Tetlow Adelaide University SUSat Attitude Determination and Control
  Anthony Horton Australian Astronomical Observatory The Australian Space Eye: ultra-faint astronomy imaging from space
  Brad E. Tucker ANU A Space or High-altitude Ultraviolet CubeSat (SHUCS)
  Stuart McAndrew OzQube-1 OzQube-1 - Australia's First PocketQube Satellite
  Solange Cunin Quberider A new level of access to space
  Tim Parsons Delta-V The Delta V Cubesat Program
  Russell Boyce UNSW Canberra UNSW Canberra’s spacecraft flight capability development and planned missions
  David Lingard Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Cubesat Experimentation at the DSTO
3:25pm Afternoon Tea
Mission Support
3:40pm Mike Petkovic Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC), ANU Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre
  Jason Held Saber Astronautics Mission Control for the 21st Century
  Christine Charles ANU Development of Australian cold gas and electric thrusters for CubeSats
  John Heath UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufactuing Engineering Maximising Utility With Tertiary Payloads: Vibration and Structural Testing of 3D Printed Material in Space
  Thien Nguyen BLUEsat, UNSW Tracking Aircraft via Low Earth Orbit CubeSat constellations
  Andreas Antoniades University of Newcastle UoN Cubesat Project: Affordable Hardware for Education and Exploration
  Tom Walkinshaw (remotely) PocketQube (Alba Orbital) (UK) PocketQube (Video)
  Michiel van Bolhuis (remotely) Innovative Solutions In Space Cancelled
  Barnaby Osborne and Andrew Dempster Closing Remarks  
Conclusion at approximately 5:00pm