• Presentations are centered around the potential that CubeSats have in the emerging small satellite market and how programs are utilizing that potential. We have taken pride in being the only conference that is dedicated to the unique issues associated with the development, fabrication and operation of nano and pico class satellites.
  • KatySat is a new application of the cubesat standard to put space technology into the hands of K-12 students. During the inaugural mission, students from a SF Bay Area high school will plan and command real space missions, analyze telemetry data and perform predictive calculations, establish communication links and global collaborations with other students around the world, and experience a team environment as beginning engineers. The emphasis of the project is for the students to have fun while discovering the applications of the material covered in their math, science, and technology classes.
  • Packed with microelectronics, these ultra-small spacecraft can fly in formation, dock with each other, carry out science duties, inspect other satellites, scan our planet–and might be used to create an actual Earth-orbiting game of "Space Pong."
  • Professor Twiggs's main interest is in the development, launch and operation of small low-cost satellites for space applications feasibility demonstrations and the space qualification of new spacecraft components. He is also interested in the development of low-cost satellite communications for command, control and data acquisition at remote earth locations, and in the miniaturization development of space experiments for low-cost spacecraft missions.
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  • Dawning 5000A, a China-made supercomputer, is expected to be installed in Shanghai in April, its developer said Thursday. The supercomputer, with a peak capability of more than 200 trillion FLOPS (Floating-point operations per second), will be used for information processing and fundamental scientific research at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center (SSC), said Li Jun, president of Tianjin-based Dawning Information Industry Co. The SSC, founded in 2000, is a high-performance public computation platform. Dawning 5000A will help with weather forecasting, construction of seabed tunnels, environmental protection, large passenger aircraft production and earthquake predictions, according to the SSC.
  • The Interplanetary Internet concept In an initiative energized by Google Vice-President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, the International Space Station could be testing a brand new way of communicating with Earth. In 2009, it is hoped that the ISS will play host to an Interplanetary Internet prototype that could standardize communications between Earth and space, possibly replacing point-to-point single use radio systems customized for each individual space mission since the beginning of the Space Age.
  • With more nations sending up more spacecraft conducting more advanced scientific studies, how will the world's space agencies keep everyone and everything in the loop? NASA has devised a system, touted as a sort of deep-space Internet protocol, to form the backbone of interplanetary communication: Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN. The space agency announced this week that its DTN network, which would allow the automated relay of information to and from far-flung spacecraft or landers via intermediate points, had passed its first test, relaying info millions of miles into space.
  • The Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group (DTNRG) is a research group chartered as part of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). Members of DTNRG are concerned with how to address the architectural and protocol design principles arising from the need to provide interoperable communications with and among extreme and performance-challenged environments where continuous end-to-end connectivity cannot be assumed. Said another way, we are concerned with interconnecting highly heterogeneous networks together even if end-to-end connectivity may never be available. Examples of such environments include spacecraft, military/tactical, some forms of disaster response, underwater, and some forms of ad-hoc sensor/actuator networks. It may also include Internet connectivity in places where performance may suffer such as developing parts of the world.
  • A "vital asset" for communicating with spacecraft in deep space is at risk, highlights a new report investigating NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN).

    This communications network for deep space missions may face challenges in keeping up with demand in the coming years, concludes the report released on Monday by the US Government Accountability Office.

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