Performing High-Quality Science on CubeSats

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  • Author: H. Zurbuchen, Thomas

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States

  • Author: von Steiger, Rudolf

    ISSI, Switzerland

  • Author: Bartalev, Sergey

    Institute for Space Research, Russian Federation

  • Author: Dong, Xiaolong

    CAS - National Astronomical Observatories, China

  • Author: Falanga, Maurizio

    International Space Science Institute

  • Author: Fléron, René

    Measurement and Instrumentation Systems, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Elektrovej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Gregorio, Anna

    University of Trieste, Italy

  • Author: S. Horbury, Timothy

    Imperial College London, United Kingdom

  • Author: Klumpar, David

    Montana State University, United States

  • Author: Küppers, Michael

    European Space Agency - ESA, Spain

  • Author: Macdonald, Malcolm

    University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

  • Author: Millan, Robyn

    Dartmouth College, United States

  • Author: Petrukovich, Anatoli

    Institute for Space Research, Russian Federation

  • Author: Schilling, Klaus

    University of Würzburg, Germany

  • Author: Wu, Ji

    CAS - National Astronomical Observatories, China

  • Author: Yan, Jingye

    CAS - National Astronomical Observatories, China

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January 2016 the International Space Science Institute in Berne, Switzerland,hosted a two-day Forum to focus on the rapid evolution of CubeSats as an enabling technology platform, with special emphasis on their promise to perform high-quality science.The Forum was initiated in coordination with a then ongoing, and recently published study performed by the US National Academies onthe same topic (, and was focused on the international context of CubeSats-enabled science. This report summarizes the conclusions from this Forum to inform the growing international community of the activities in this area of research. Our discussions focused on four themes characteristic of CubeSats and their evolution: 1) identification of appropriate science in avariety of research disciplines, 2) technology development, 3) international vs. national approaches, and 4) educational benefits. These discussions will be followed by a few Appendices, each describing a concrete and illustrative example of a national or international engagement with science-focused CubeSats, or their enabling technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSpace Research Today
Pages (from-to)11-30
Publication statusPublished - 2016
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