California Space Authority

Press Release

1st Annual CubeSat Developers' Workshop

April 9-10, 2004
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

The First Annual CubeSat Developers' Workshop was held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA on April 9-10, 2004. CSA, along with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Space Technology, and Lockheed Martin, sponsored the event. 27 universities and supporting organizations from around the world were in attendance.

In 1999, Cal Poly and Stanford University's Space Systems Development Laboratory (SSDL) began collaborating in the development of the CubeSat concept, including the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) mechanism. For details about the concept and program, visit the CubeSat website. There you'll find information about participating organizations, technical documentation, launch opportunities, etc.

 

Over 100 people attended the 2-day event that included a "Fit Check" for CubeSats intended to launch later this Fall.

"CubeSats" are small satellites measuring 10x10x10 centimeters (4x4x4 inches) and weighing about 1 kilogram. Three CubeSates can be deployed using the P-POD which interfaces with the launch vehicle. The first CubeSats were put in orbit on June 30, 2003, including QuakeFinder's QuakeSat and five other CubeSats.

Professor Twiggs explained that the availability of small, cheap, simple, and relatively standardized satellite programs opens a world of educational opportunities to college and university students. He sees the focus being on systems engineering, real world experiences, and interdisciplinary interaction; not component building. "Get the parts at Radio Shack as much as possible," he suggested. There are also three high schools listed on the CubeSat web site as CubeSat developers.

Bruce Yoster of NASA Ames' In Situ Genetics Experiments on Nanosats (ISGEN) discussed NASA's interests in small satellites. Their current project is a triple-CubeSat called *.Sat I (Star-dot-Sat One). It will be a biological study of radiation and microgravity effects lasting about 21 days. It is scheduled for launch in late 2005.

CubeSat developers are expressing a growing interest in many U.S. launchers, including Space X, as predicted costs appear within range of student and other relatively small-budget projects. Currently, CubeSats are being launched on Russian rockets.

The "Ham Radio" community is also becoming involved. The communications for many of the CubeSats are being planned for ham radio bands and using ham radio operators. For more on this aspect, visit amsat.org and iaru.org.

"CubeSat Kits" are available commercially through www.cubesatkit.com.

 


The California Space Authority (CSA) co-sponsored this first annual CubeSat workshop for universities and others interested in developing CubeSats. CSA has been instrumental in the development of funding for CubeSat projects.

 

Professor Robert Twiggs of Stanford (and member of CSA's Board of Director's) briefed the audience on CubeSat development activities at Stanford.

 

Professor Jordi Puig-Suari, CubeSat Project Co-Director, Aerospace Engineering Department of Cal Poly, welcomes the group.

 

Bruce Yoster from NASA Ames Research Center outlines NASA interests in CubeSats.

 

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The California Space Authority (CSA):

Trustee of the Nation's Largest Collaborative Space Enterprise
Strategic Planning/Plan Implementation Effort

Since 1998, when the California Space Authority was commissioned by the State of California to create the first-ever statewide space enterprise strategic plan, the California Space Authority (CSA) has served as the "trustee" of strategic planning for the California space enterprise community. The 1998 California Space Strategic Plan was the first statewide collaborative space planning effort in the U.S. involving all three domains: commercial, civil and national security. It received international attention from countries like France and Japan, as well as attention from other states. It was the first plan to engage a broad, collaborative stakeholder base of hundreds of planning participants that included industry, economic development and workforce entities, education/academia and government. Most importantly, it was the first plan to leverage statewide and national space assets and resources through innovative, collective implementation of objectives designed by stakeholders themselves.

The California space enterprise tradition of collaborative, consensus-based strategic planning has continued now for a decade, with the California Space Authority facilitating development and implementation of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan and also development of the California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan 2007-2010, which is now being implemented collaboratively statewide. CSA has established the Space Enterprise Advisory Council (SEAC) to guide collaborative strategic planning efforts on behalf of the CSA Board of Directors. Topic-oriented Collaboratives and Working Groups are the mainstay of the implementation effort (see the org chart below).

California is the largest space enterprise state in the nation (fact sheet). It is home to thousands of space suppliers, with every major space company and government entity present, as well. If you are a California space stakeholder -- industry, government, economic development or otherwise -- ensure yourself a spot in planning the future of California space enterprise. View the current and previous strategic plans, click on the surrounding links and find your best spot for participating in the most innovative collaborative space enterprise planning effort on the planet. Or contact Jamie Foster, COO, California Space Authority, for information about how participating in California space enterprise strategic planning can support your organization's objectives.

Space Enterprise Advisory Council (SEAC)
Guidance and Support for California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan

A representative body of statewide space enterprise stakeholders from commercial, civil, and national security space activities plus key local, state and national space stakeholders, the SEAC supports the CSA Board of Directors in providing guidance and expertise on developing and implementing the California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan.

 
SEAC
Co-Chairs
 


2004 Success Stories
(PDF)

Thomas Taverney
Senior Vice President
Space Operations
Science Applications
International Corporation (SAIC)
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Leonard Kwiatkowski
Vice President/General Manager
Global Communications Systems
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
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Interactive SEAC navigation map (below). Most of the links are PDF files.

Advocacy

Government Relations

California Space Industrial Base Vitality

CSA facilitated development of a space-related manufacturing and infrastructure initiative as part of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan. The purpose of the initiative is to sustain and enhance these areas in California. To facilitate implementation of this initiative, CSA is in the process of forming a statewide collaborative to be responsible for implementation of initiative-related performance objectives.

California Space Infrastructure Program

California Space Infrastructure Program (CSIP)

Marketing

California Space Authority maintains an active annual marketing schedule which includes speaking engagements, conference and trade show participation, hosting of roundtables and issue forums, as well as maintenance of a California space enterprise website. CSA's SpaceBound! newsletter and SpotBeam California, CSA's electronic bulletin, are distributed to thousands of space stakeholders and influence-makers nationwide.

Membership

CSA Membership

NASA Centennial Challenges

2006 Lunar Regolith Excavation NASA Centennial Challenge

Public and Policymaker Awareness

CSA facilitated development of a public and policymaker awareness initiative as part of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan. Its purpose is to educate the general public and California policymakers – local, State and Federal – about the benefits, scope and needs of California space enterprise. To facilitate implementation of this initiative, CSA is in the process of forming a statewide collaborative to be responsible for implementation of initiative-related performance objectives.

Space Education and Workforce Development

As part of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan, CSA facilitated development of an initiative to enhance space-related education and to ensure an appropriate 21st century space workforce. To facilitate implementation of this initiative, CSA is in the process of forming a statewide collaborative to be responsible for implementation of initiative-related performance objectives.

Space Enterprise Business Development, Retention and Growth

CSA facilitated development of a business development, retention and growth initiative for California as part of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan (pdf. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a positive, supportive business climate and space enterprise environment, addressing obstacles to and opportunities for, California space enterprise competitiveness. To facilitate implementation of this initiative, CSA is in the process of forming a statewide collaborative to be responsible for implementation of initiative-related performance objectives.

Space Science, Research and Technology Development

As part of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan, CSA facilitated development of an initiative with the purpose of fostering and supporting space-related science, research, technology development and innovation. To facilitate implementation of this initiative, CSA is in the process of forming a statewide collaborative to be responsible for implementation of initiative-related performance objectives.

California Innovation Corridor

The California Space Authority (CSA):
ÒTrusteeÓ of the California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan

In 1998, the California Space Authority developed the first-ever California Space Strategic Plan, bringing together statewide space stakeholders from public and private entities in all three domains: commercial, civil and national security space. Thereafter the ÒtrusteeÓ of statewide space enterprise strategic planning, CSA in 2004 coordinated development of the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan. Thirteen entities co-sponsored the 2004 Plan, 345 public and private sector space stakeholders representing 146 organizations participated in its creation. At the heart of the Plan were five strategic initiatives, with statewide implementation Collaboratives organized around each initiative: Space Enterprise Business Development, Retention and Growth (BDRG); California Space Industrial Base Vitality (CSIBV); Space Science, Research and Technology Development (SRTD); Space Education and Workforce Development (EWD); Public and Policymaker Awareness (PPA). During its three year implementation period, the 2004 Plan has also generated three working groups: Space Manufacturing (SMG), New Space Professionals (NSPWG); Small Business (SBG).

The 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan implementation period ends at the end of 2006. To ensure continuity of California space enterprise strategic planning, CSA will be coordinating final implementation of the 2004 Plan in conjunction with development of a new Ò2007-2009 California Space Enterprise Strategic PlanÓ in the coming months. The Collaboratives and working groups mentioned above will share responsibility for both, with the California Space Enterprise Advisory Council (SEAC) providing guidance and direction in support of the California Space Authority Board of Directors.

For information about the 2004 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan development and implementation, click here.

For information about the tentative 2006 meeting schedule to develop the 2007-2009 California Space Enterprise Strategic Plan, click here.

The secure web area for SEAC and Collaborative members for the 2004-2006 wrap-up and the 2007-2009 Plan development is here.

Sponsorship opportunities available (PDF, 128 kb)

[alphabetically by last name]

Janice Dunn [bio]
Deputy Director/General Counsel

Dianna Minor [bio]
Executive Assistant

The Honorable Andrea Seastrand [bio]
Executive Director

CSA Consultants

Dan Futoran [bio]
Principal, DFI Graphics

Judy Turner [bio]