[WEBINAR] Cubesat communications: resolving spectrum and licencing issues

4 June 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom

In lieu of our annual Cubesat Innovation Workshop, we bring you a short 2-part webinar panel series on some of the issues currently facing the Australian Cubesat community. Each webinar will consist of a brief presentation by each panellist, followed by a panel discussion.

Audience members will be able to participate via Slido and live chat. A Slido code will be provided a few days in advance of the event.

The webinars will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link and secure your spot, places are limited!

Please click here to view details of the second webinar (11 June 2020).

Cubesat communications: resolving spectrum and licencing issues

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 2 pm AEST. 

The difficulties in filing for spectrum and potential remedies will be discussed, especially in the context of ACMA'S consultations on spectrum pricing and five year outlook. Topics to be discussed include:

  • simplified filing instructions for amateurs/academics
  • a single "clearing house" for academic filings to aid the process
  • viability of a spectrum interest group
  • strengths and weaknesses of different spectral bands for cubesat applications



Prof Andrew Dempster

Prof Andrew Dempster

Professor Andrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has a BE and MEngSc from UNSW and a PhD from University of Cambridge in efficient circuits for signal processing arithmetic. In the late 80s he was system engineer and project manager for the first GPS receiver developed in Australia and has been involved in satellite navigation ever since.

His current research interests are in satellite navigation receiver design and signal processing, areas where he has seven patents, and new location technologies. He is leading the development of space engineering research at ACSER.



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Mick Hose, Australian Space Agency

Mick is working at the Australian Space Agency within the Programs and Capability team until the end of the year on secondment from the Department of Defence.  As a serving Lieutenant Colonel, Mick diverged from traditional Army postings as a satellite project officer at the U.S. Strategic Command’s Space and Missile C4 Division related to the launch of an Australian purchased military communications satellite in 2013.  Since returning to Australia in 2015, he has led multiple satellite communications submissions to Government.  As the project leader for Joint Project 9102 “Australian Defence Satellite Communications system” Mick led this project from inception in 2015, through a range of gates leading to 1st Pass consideration in 2020. 


Prof Iver CairnsProfessor Iver Cairns, CUAVA, Sydney University

Iver Cairns has over 30 years of experience in space physics and space weather research. His primary expertise is in the theory, simulation, and analysis of plasma waves and radio emissions. Iver has over 300 published, refereed, papers in journals and books. He is a Co-Investigator on NASA’s STEREO mission and, since June 2019, on NASA’s two new SMEX missions, PUNCH and TRACERS. Prof. Cairns has held multiple leadership positions in Australian and international scientific societies, including the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), and the Solar Terrestrial and Space Physics (STSP) Group of the Australian Institute of Physics. Currently he is Chair of COSPAR’s Finance Committee and of the Program Committee for the 2020 COSPAR Assembly in Sydney, as well as the longtime Co-Chair of the Australian Space Research Conference. Within Australia Iver led the 2010-2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science and chaired the Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space Science 2004 – 2011. Since then he has worked to convince Governments to invest in the space sector. He led the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat project, which launched in May 2017 and re-entered still working in November 2018. Currently Iver leads CUAVA, the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications, which is training people, solving research problems, and working on commercial outcomes for its industry, academic, and governmental partners.


Cingulan SpaceKeith Rosario, Cingulan

Keith has over 20 years of experience in the commercial and government satellite and space industry, with experience in engineering, consulting and management, systems engineering and spectrum regulation, business development and operations. Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) – Electronic and Communications, Member of IEEE, Member of IEAUST.



Gabriel AdbrahamsGabriel Abrahams, Melbourne Space Program

Gabriel led the telecommunications effort for ACRUX1, the first Australian student built cubesat to go into orbit since 1970, while studying for his Bachelor of Physics degree at the University of Melbourne. He has worked at the CSIRO on two projects: researching protein crystallisation at the Collaborative Crystallisation Centre and applying machine learning to epileptic seizure prediction at Data61. He has also worked on radar detection of near Earth asteroids at UNSW Canberra Space and on the communications system of SkyHopper, a satellite designed to study exoplanets and gamma ray bursts. He is now enrolled in a Master of Physics degree at the University of Melbourne with a research focus in quantum sensing. He is also excited to be co-leading and mentoring the next generation of MSP students who will be developing ACRUX2.



Mark Arkell, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Mark Arkell is manager of the Space Systems team at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The team is responsible for the planning and regulation of space-based communication systems, including international frequency coordination and domestic licensing rules. The ACMA is currently reviewing the regulatory framework for experimental, short-duration Cubesat missions with the aim of streamlining both the domestic and international authorisation processes. He is seeking the views of Cubesat researchers and operators on how the ACMA can better support the Australian Cubesat community. He has managed the Space Systems team at the ACMA since 2015.


With more to be confirmed.