International Space University Space Studies Programme 2011
Team Project Small Satellites


In 2011 the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Programme (SSP) was held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September. Participants at the SSP traditionally enroll in one of three Team Projects (TP). This year ISU cooperated with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs on the Team Project Small Satellites.

The main objective of the Team Project was to develop the elements for a best practices guidebook for small satellite development that wouldl subsequently be made available through the United Nations to countries and organizations interested in establishing basic capacities for space technology development. The guidebook wouldl be based on the TP report finalized by the TP participants during the SSP and would be reviewed by an expert panel.

Distribution of the guidebook would be through the Basic Space Technology Initative (BSTI) implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs under the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. The objectives and work programme of the Initiative are described in document A/AC.105/2011/CRP.14.

For a complete description of TP Small Satellite, see the relevant pages in the ISU SSP2011 Handbook.

GoSSP Guidebook

The guidebook and executive summary prepared by the SSP participants can be downloaded from the ISU Library.

download the guidebook

TP Personnel and Invited Experts

The TP was coordinated by the two co-chairs and by the TP teaching associate. In addition a number of experts were invited. The following table lists the names of the TP personel and invited experts, their attendance during the SSP, their expected contributions and presentations. Short biographies of the invited experts are included in the Bio-Book.

The experts were in particular expected to answer the following question: "if you were to develop a best practices guidebook for small satellite development, what would need to go into it to make it a fairly comprehensive and complete reference guide".

Family Name First Name Role Dates present in Graz Expected contribution Presentations
Balogh Werner TP SSCB Co-Chair 13-16 July
20 Aug-10 Sep
- Coordinating TP
- United Nations and Outer Space
- Capacity building in space technology and applications
- International space law
- Registration of space objects
Team Project Background & Objectives
Larson Wiley TP SSCB Co-Chair 13 Aug-10 Sep - Coordinating TP  
Nelson Joshua TP SSCB TA 11 July-10 Sep - Coordinating TP  
Fleeter Rick TP SSCB TD/W1 13-16 July - Small Spacecraft Missions and Architecture
- Small Space System Development and Program Managemen
- Entrepreneurism in microspace
- Keywords: AeroAstro, Microspace, Small Satellites
Barriers to Low Cost Space
Puig-Suari Jordi TP SSCB TD/W1 13-16 July - CubeSat standard
- Space mission design
- Low-cost space systems
- Vehicle dynamics and control
CubeSat Program Status
Schilling Klaus TP SSCB TD/W1 13-16 July - Small satellite design and implementation
- Mission analyses and tele-operations
- Distributed small satellite systems
- Space robotics
Bradford Andy TP SSCB TD/W1 13-16 July - Low cost/Small Satellite Mission Engineering
- Small satellite project/programme management
- Risk Management
- Exploitation and use of COTs technologies in Space Applications
Small Satellite Programmes to Enable National Space Capability
Woellert Kirk TP SSCB TD/W1 13-16 July - Space Policy
- Space Access and Small Satellites
- Space Applications for Capacity Building
The Value of CubeSats to National Innovation Systems
Marshall Will TP SSCB TP4 24-26 July - PhoneSat Phonesat
Pimprikar Milind TP SSCB TP4 24-26 July - CANEUS: example for international cooperation in small satellite missions  
Aguado-Agelet Fernando TP SSCB TP5 27-29 July - HUMSAT: example for international cooperation in small satellite missions HUMSAT
Ehrenfreund Pascale TP SSCB TP5 27-29 July - CubeSats for exploration missions The O/OREOS Mission
van Breukelen Eddie TP SSCB TP6 2-4 Aug - Small Satellite Business - Challenges and opportunities Nanosatellite Business Challenges and Opportunities
Kawashima Rei TP SSCB TP6 2-4 Aug - Marketing
- Capacity building program with nano-satellites
- Mission Idea Contest
- Japanese space policy and law
Mission Idea Contest
Tom Segert TP SSCP TP11 22 Aug - Technology Transfer in Small Satellite Programmes  

Preliminary Schedule of TP Sessions

Time Date - Session Presenter/Attendees
14 July 2011 - TP 1 ( TP Introduction)  
- Meet the TP Co-Chairs and Teaching Associate Co-Chairs, TA
14:30 - Overview of the schedule for the TP, TP objectives, deadlines,
United Nations and the TP, etc...
Co-Chairs, TA
15:-00 - Roundtable introductions by the TP participants stating name, background,
reason for joining TP, something fun about themselves etc..
16:00 - Small Satellites in their contributions to capacity building
in space technology development
Andy Bradford
16:30 - Small Satellites for cost efficient space missions Rick Fleeter
17:00 - Closeout All
14:15-17:30 15 July 2011 - TP 2 (TP Theme Day)  
14:15 - Housekeeping All
14:30 - Small/Nanosats for Capacity Building in Emerging Space Nations Kirk Woellert
15:00 - CubeSat Standard, Status and Future Jordi Puig-Suari
15:30 - NanoSat Technology Klaus Schilling
16:00 - Discussions All
  - Give everyone a 'take home assignment' to brainstorm important
subjects for the TP
14:15-17:30 22 July 2011 - TP 3 (Setting up the TP)  
14:15 - Housekeeping All
14:30 - Discussion of the "scope" of the TP All
  - Mission Statement Brainstorming / Working groups All
  - TP Organization / Leadership discussion All
  - Assign a Mission Statement subgroup to come up with a draft mission statement All
14:15-17:30 25 July 2011 - TP 4  
14:15 - Housekeeping All
14:30 - CANEUS - example for international cooperation in small satellite missions Milind Pimprikar
15:00 - PhoneSat Will Marshall
15:30 - Presentation of draft mission statement All
  - Mission statement group takes feedback and works on final statement  
  - Group discussion of organizational structure for their TP  
14:15-17:30 28 July 2011 - TP 5  
14:15 - Housekeeping All
14:30 - HUMSAT - example for international cooperation in small satellite missions Fernando Aguado-Agelet
15:00 - Cubesats for Exploration/Science Pascale Ehrenfreund
15:30 - FalconSat Wiley Larson
16:00 - Presentation of "semi final" mission statement All
  - Final feedback from main group, working group finalizes statement, then present
one last time before submitting
  - Finalize TP Organizational Structure if necessary  
  - Elections for TP Leadership  
  - Submit Mission Statement  
14:15-17:30 3 August 2011 - TP 6  
14:15 - Housekeeping All
14:30 - UNISEC, Nano-satellite Constellation Mission Idea Contest Rei Kawashima
15:00 - Small Satellite Business - Challenges and opportunities - ISIS Eddie van Breukelen
15:30 - First meeting with student TP leadership "at the helm"
- Assign tasks / working groups towards the Letter of Intent (LOI)
9:00-12:30 10 August 2011 - TP 7  
9:00 - Housekeeping All
9:15 - Working towards LOI All
14:15-18:00 11 August 2011 - TP 8  
14:15 - Housekeeping  
14:30 - Working towards LOI All
16:45 - Report Editing Workshop TP Editing Team
9:00-12:30 15 August 2011 - TP 9  
9:00 - Housekeeping All
9:15 - EyasSat demonstration and presentation Oliver Zeile
Fabian Steinmetz
11:00 - Finalization of LOI All
12:30 - Submission of LOI All
9:00-12:30 20 August 2011 - TP 10  
9:00-12:30 22 August 2011 - TP 11  
09:15 - Houskeeping  
09:30 - Keynote: Technology Transfer in Small Satellite Programmes Tom Segert
--:-- 22-28 August 2011 - Sessions TP 12 to TP 18  
9:00-12:30 26 August 2011 - TP Internal Review  
14:15-17:30 26 August 2011 - TP Internal Review Feedback  
--:-- 29 August - 3 September 2011 - Sessions TP 19 to TP 29  
14:15-17:30 3 September 2011 - TP 30  
17:30 - TP Final Report Due  
--:-- 5-7 September 2011 - Sessions TP 31 to TP 35  
9:00-12:30 8 September 2011 - TP Final Presentation  

Proposed contents of the guidebook

  • State-of-the-art applications and general (cost-) benefits of nano- and small satellite projects for capacity building in space technology development;
  • Infrastructure requirements for nano- and small satellite development projects;
  • Technical issues-design, development and operation of small spacecraft (platforms, payloads, ground stations, assemblies, components, equipment along with suppliers);
  • Programmatic, management issues (project management models, concurrent engineering, cost, schedule and risk issues);
  • Relevant regulatory issues (space law, satellite registration, frequency allocation, space debris mitigation guidelines, and others as required);
  • Standardization issues (standards for platforms, ground-stations, project and programme management, communication protocols, and interfaces);
  • Policy issues (nano- and small satellite development as part of an overall research and development strategy, modes of international cooperation and their benefits and drawbacks, technology transfer issues, industrialization, start-up opportunities, and related issues);
  • Available (open source) software, hardware, people along with other relevant tools;
  • Any other information considered relevant.

Reference Materials



  • Space Mission Analysis and Design, Third Edition, Wertz and Larson, Microcosm Press.
  • Reducing Space Mission Cost, Larson and Wertz, Microcosm Press.
  • The Logic of Microspace - Technology and Management of Minimum-Cost Space Missions, Rick Fleeter, Microcosm Press.
  • International Study on Cost-Effective Earth Observation Missions, ed Rainer Sandau, Taylor & Francis, London/Leiden/New York/Philadelphia/Singapore, 2006


  • Wood, Weigel, The Use of Satellite-Based Technology to Meet Needs in Developing Countries, IAC-08-B4.1.1, 2008
  • Wood, Weigel, The Evolution of Satellite Programs in Developing Countries, IAC-09-B4.1.3, 2009
  • Wood, Weigel, Building Technological Capability Within Satellite Programs in Developing Countries, IAC-10-B4.1.1, 2010
  • Sylvan, Komerath, Woellert, Homnick, Palaia, The Emerging Inner Solar System Economy. World Future Review, Vol.1 No.2, April-May, 2009
  • Woellert et al, Cubesats: Cost-effective science and technology platforms for emerging and developing nations, Advances in Space Research, Oct 9, 2010, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2010.10.009
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