Towards a new educational CubeSat initiative

CubeSats
1 August 2012

ESA’s Education Office is inviting the CubeSat community to send their notifications of interest for a new initiative involving the development of educational picosatellites and the provision of deployers and launch services. The call closes on 7 September 2012.

Following the successful launch of seven CubeSats on Vega’s maiden flight in early 2012, ESA has decided to pursue further educational CubeSat-related activities.

In order to gather valuable information that will help better define the terms of its initiative, ESA’s Education and Knowledge Management Office needs to get an overview of the level of interest both from educational CubeSat developers and from commercial suppliers that are eligible to participate in the programme.

Call 1: Educational CubeSat development

University CubeSats

This call for Notification of Interest is open to institutions from ESA Member States and Cooperating States which intend to develop CubeSats for educational purposes.

Teams interested in participating are invited to send their Notification of Interest to cubesats @ esa.int.

The email subject should be: "CubeSat opportunity - Name of the proposed CubeSat project" and should be sent before 12:00 CEST 7 September 2012.

The Notification of Interest should consist of a short email, and the text should include the following information:

  1. Name, affiliation, email and phone number(s) of the team leader.
  2. CubeSat name.
  3. Mission description.
  4. CubeSat size: 1U, 2U, or 3U.
  5. Expected date of completion of the Flight Model (FM) integration.

Call 2: CubeSat deployers and CubeSat launch procurement services

Fairing integration

This call for Notification of Interest is addressed to suppliers of CubeSat deployers, as well as to companies that can ensure the procurement of launch opportunities and/or launch integration services. The suppliers of CubeSat deployers should be from ESA Member States or Cooperating States.

Interested parties for either or both of the above mentioned services are invited to send their Notification of Interest to cubesats @ esa.int.

The email subject should be: "CubeSat Deployer and Services opportunity - Name of the company" and should be sent before 12:00 CEST 7 September 2012.

The Notification of Interest should consist of a short email, and the text should include the following information:

  1. Name, affiliation, email and phone number(s) of the contact person.
  2. Clarify whether the offered services include the procurement of CubeSat deployers (report whether they are 1U, 2U, or 3U).
  3. Clarify whether the offered services include the procurement of the launch opportunity and the provision of the launch integration services.
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