The National Science Foundation is sponsoring a CubeSat workshop in the DC area on Thursday, May 24.
The event, which carries the rather wordy title of Workshop to Explore the Utility of Cubesat Projects for Scientific Research and Technology Advances and STEM Education and Workforce Development, takes place from noon to 3:00 pm in the atrium of the NSF building at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.
The workshop will include posters, exhibits, and four confirmed speakers:
- Michael Morgan, NSF Division Director for Geospace and Atmospheric Sciences, giving the welcome and introduction.
- James Cutler, University of Michigan, speaking on experiences with student-built cubists.
- Norman Fitz-Coy, University of Florida, speaking on the utility of cubesat data to developing countries, especially those in Africa.
- Eloisa de Castro, Princeton Satellite Systems, speaking on industry involvement in cubesats and education.
Professor Jordi Puig-Suari of California Polytechnic State University, co-developer of the CubeSat standard, has been invited to speak on cubesats as a disruptive technology but is not yet confirmed.
Several CubeSats funded by NSF are already in orbit and more are on the way. More information is available here.
May 24 is also the official start of the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington. The ISDC schedule indicates that May 24 is devoted to special workshops, still to be announced, for which additional registration or cost may be required. So, it’s possible some ISDC attendees might choose to slip away for a few hours to attend the CubeSat workshop.