The Planetary CubeSats Symposium, June 27-28 2019

An activity of Goddard’s Planetary Cubesat Science Institute (PCSI)

The Planetary CubeSats/Smallsats Symposiums are held annually at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, with the participation of CubeSat scientists and developers. Discussions include current missions, mission concepts, and opportunities for future mission selections. The sessions also include panel discussions about strategic and technical aspects of planetary CubeSats, and an afternoon poster session provides mission proposers the opportunity to meet with vendors and suppliers.

Schedule of the 2019 symposium

Symposium Public Event - Wednesday June 26th 2019 at 6pm

Dr. Terry Hurford: Exploring the Moon and beyond with small spacecraft. We will discuss how small satellites are posed to explore the Moon in the coming years. These small spacecraft enable high science return for lower costs. In the future they will be used to explore targets across the Solar System.

Day 1 - Thursday June 27th 2019

0900-0930 Welcome and Introductions - Chair: Scott Guzewich
0900-0905 Scott Guzewich
0905-0910 Mark Clampin
0910-0915 Brook Lakew (download)
0915-0930 Christyl Johnson
0930-1050 Missions and Mission Concepts I - Chair: Tim Stubbs
0930-1000 John Baker MARCO (download)
1000-1015 Dave Folta (Ben Malphrus) Lunar IceCube: Enabling Technologies and Challenges to Interplanetary SmallSat Exploration (download)
1015-1030 Craig Hardgrove The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper Mission - Status and Instrument Development (download)
1030-1045 Sarah Withee CU-E3: Bringing Deep Space Communications Within Reach (download)
1045-1110 Break
1110-1240 Missions and Mission Concepts II - Chair: Dave Folta
1110-1125 Rob Lillis ESCAPADE SIMPLEX Proposal (download)
1125-1140 Barbara Cohen Lunar Flashlight: Searching for Accessible Water Frost (download)
1140-1155 Tim Stubbs Lunar Tethered Resource Explorer (download)
1155-1210 Joseph O'Rourke Athena: The First-Ever Encounter of (2) Pallas with a SmallSat (download)
1210-1225 Andy Heaton (Joe Nuth) New Moon Explorer (download)
1225-1240 Kyle Doyle Cislunar Explorers (download)
1240-1340 Lunch
1340-1510 Instrumentation - Chair: Gina DiBraccio
1340-1355 Shri Kanekal CeREs: The Compact Radiation Belt Explorer (download)
1355-1410 Nikolaos Paschalidis CubeSat Scale Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometers for Exploration of Planetary Ionospheres (download)
1410-1425 Emily Wilson A laser heterodyne radiometer for sampling plumes of icy moons (download)
1425-1440 Jared Espley Magnetometers for resource-constrained missions (download)
1440-1455 Chris Mann CubeSat hyperspectral imaging technology (download)
1455-1510 Shannon Curry Multi-sat orbit planning for science objectives (download)
1510-1530 Break
1530-1630 Poster Session
Praveen Naidu Vummadisetty Applications of CubeSat Laser Communication Systems to Atmospheric Sensing and Astrophyics
Ryan Tse Space-based Ionosonde Receiver and Visible Limb-viewing Airglow Sensor (SIRVLAS): A CubeSat Instrument Suite for Enhanced Ionospheric Charge Density Measurements
Christopher J. Roberts Space Communications Responsive to Events Across Missions (SCREAM): Enabling Multi-Observatory Tansient Science Operations
Joshua Emery Exploring a Small Satellite mission concept to the inner Main Belt
Kendall Johnson Extra Eye in the Sky
Anna Zajczyk HaloSat: measuring baryonic mass of the Galactic Halo with a CubeSat
Dae Young Lee LATTE-Cube : Lunar And Terrestrial Transient Events monitoring by CubeSat
Naresh Deo Solid-state power amplifiers for CubeSats- Status and Future Projections
David McComas PiSat
Manohar Deshpande
Daniel Reuster Qualification of TUI's SWIFT SDR product line for GEO, Lunar and Deep Space Applications
Divya Krishnamoorthy Mars Weather Patterns & Tracking Storms using Cubesats
1730 Group Dinner - Old Line Bistro, Beltsville, MD

Day 2 - Friday June 28th 2019

0900-1000 Architectures - Chair:
0900-0915 Joe Burt CapSat (download)
0915-0930 Daniel Reuster High-Performance SmallSat Components and the HyperBus Modular Payload Platform (download)
0930-0945 Charles Clagett DellingrX - Development Progress to Date (download)
0945-1000 Jeff Balcerski LEAVES - A Global In Situ Probe Swarm Concept for Venus Atmospheric Exploration (download)
1000-1030 Subsystems and Engineering I - Chair:
1000-1015 Khary Parker CubeSat Propulsion Systems (download)
1015-1030 William Mast What does QE and QA even mean for SmallSats (download)
1030-1100 Break
1100-1230 Subsystems and Engineering II - Chair:
1100-1115 Justin Long (Scott Schaire) Improving CubeSat Communications: A Demonstration of Advanced CubeSat Technology on the Near Earth Network (download)
1115-1130 Kerry Cahoy Applications of CubeSat Laser Communication Systems to Atmospheric Sensing and Astrophysics (download)
1130-1145 Don Boroson NASA’s Terabyte Infrared Delivery (TBIRD) Program: Large-Volume Data Transfer from Low-Earth Orbit (download)
1145-1200 Bob Caffrey Rideshare Opportunities (download)
1200-1215 Cheryl Gramling CubeSat Navigation (download)
1215-1230 T. Marshall Eubanks COMPASS: Providing Positional Awareness to Small Spacecraft in Deep Space (download)
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1430 Programmatics and Future Opportunities- Chair: Scott Guzewich
1330-1350 Florence Tan SSCG Strategic Plan and Focus Areas (download)
1350-1410 Jacob Bleacher Lunar Gateway and CubeSat Opportunities (download)
1410-1430 Stephen Rinehart PESTO (download)
1430 Adjourn


Registration is now closed

Oral talks

Oral talks are all 15/20 mins in length except where otherwise indicated in the program. A laptop computer will be provided for presentations. Presenters will not be permitted to use their own computers to present, to avoid lengthy hand-overs between talks, unless exception circumstances apply. If you need to use your own computer (e.g. due to a need for custom display software) please contact the organizers – your talk may be moved to the end of the session in this case. Please bring your talk on a USB memory stick to the front of the room between 8:00-8:30 am for uploading and checking/testing, or preferably send by e-mail the day before to Presentations should be designed either as PowerPoint (PPTX), or provided as PDF files if designed using other software. After the event, talks will be uploaded to the website, unless the presenter requests otherwise. Speakers will be given 12 mins for each talk, followed by 3 mins for changeover. Questions will be taken at the end of each session.


Posters will be presented on a 36"x48" format. Poster presenters who are requesting a table to show hardware or set-up a laptop, and/or electrical connections, should e-mail to make arrangements a week before the conference.

Remote participation

The meeting will be broadcasted online via ''. The presentations will be also recorded, and attendees are encouraged to discuss with the speakers during the breaks if they have requests for electronic copies of any presented materials. Photography of posters must be with permission of the poster presenter.
Remote video-conference access


Plan to arrive at the Badge Pickup point (Visitor Center) at 800 AM if you are a visitor collecting a badge and are a US citizen or green-card holder. Park in the visitor lot and proceed inside the reception building to collect your badge. Photo ID is required for US citizens and non-citizens. Green-card holders should also bring their green-cards. The Symposium is taking place in the building 34 Auditorium (B34-W150, first floor, see map).
Foreign national visitors must arrive at the Main Gate (Building 9) at 0730AM with your passport to pick up your badge and meet your escort.
After collecting your badge you can return to your car and drive to Building 34, showing your badge and photo ID to the guard at the gate. Park in any nearby parking lot (see map), except for marked reserved or disabled spaces. Coffee will be available prior to the start of the Symposium at 8:00-8:30 outside the room.

Previous Symposiums

The 1st Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2016)
The 2nd Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2017)
The 3rd Goddard CubeSats Symposium (2018)

Organizing committee

Scott Guzewich (chair)
Lauren Blum
Barbara Cohen
Gina DiBraccio
David Folta
Colby Goodle
Tilak Hewagama
Michael Johnson
Brook Lakew
Conor Nixon
Timothy Stubbs
Geronimo Villanueva