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UKube-1 and Software for the Nano-Satellite Revolution


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IET Scotland South East event

Date and Time

01 October 2014 - 19:00-20:30


Edinburgh, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Scotland South East local network.

About this event

Nano-satellites, those under 10kg, are increasing in capability and popularity. The last 12 months have seen the launch of around 150 nano-satellites including UKube-1, the first nano-satellite to be designed and built in Scotland. With six payloads on board, all provided by different teams across the UK, UKube-1 was a challenging spacecraft to design and build. The satellite has been in orbit since 8th July and is in good health, although it has some operational challenges. This presentation describes the exciting growth of nano-satellites and the place of the UKube-1 mission in the nano-satellite movement. We describe the challenges of developing UKube-1, with a focus on the software, completing the picture with the current status of operations. Finally we look to the future and the role of software in making tiny satellites faster, smarter and more cost effective for a wide range of commercial and scientific applications.  

About the Speaker

Peter Mendham is Managing Director of Bright Ascension Ltd, a space software startup based in Dundee. Bright Ascension provided the flight and ground software for UKube-1 and continue to support the mission. Peter has a background in space software and hardware, having worked in and around the industry for more than 10 years carrying out R&D for space organisations and agencies. Peter has a degree and PhD from the University of York.

Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available from 6:30pm.

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