[WEBINAR] Cubesats Made Easy: Streamlining Integration & Collaboration for Australian Space Missions

11 June 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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 first webinar (4 June 2020).


Cubesats Made Easy: Streamlining Integration & Collaboration for Australian Space Missions

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 2 pm AEST.

In this webinar, we will be focussing on the questions that must've crossed every developer's mind, i.e. "Someone else must've have this problem too! How did they solve it?". Sometimes, it's about the lack of time and manpower, sometimes it's about the problem's complexity. With our panellists, we will explore these problems and current (and potentially future) solutions, and how collaboration may help especially in the Australian context. This webinar will cater to both newcomers, where we streamline up-to-date resources, and to the experienced, where we can share ideas on how to make things better. These include:

1. A survey on Australian small satellite developers 
2. Existing standards, available resources, and what are the current shortfalls?
3. Interfacing subsystems - hardware and software issues
4. Space Communications - RF issues and how cloud solutions may help
5. Building a Cubesat developer's community - open source approaches?



Joon Wayn CheongDr Joon Wayn Cheong, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research

Joon Wayn Cheong is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW). He received his PhD in 2012) and BE (2008) from UNSW Sydney. He is currently involved in Sydney University and UNSW Sydney's CUAVA satellite mission and was the Technical Lead for UNSW’s Cubesat mission (UNSW-EC0) and built the first two Australian Cubesats to become operational in space. His research combines GNSS, phased array and signal processing theories with application towards GNSS interference mitigation, GNSS weak signal acquisition, reflectometry-based remote sensing, embedded systems and vehicular networked-navigation.



Andrew BartonDr Andrew Barton, Southern Launch

Dr. Andrew Barton is Head of Engineering at Southern Launch, where he oversees aerospace engineering work in support of the company’s Australian launch facilities and rocketry projects. In this capacity he also supports the Aurora startup cluster of the SmartSat CRC. Andrew is also a Venture Partner at Syndicate 708, a US group syndicating investments in deep tech startups around the world. In that role he assists startups with customer identification, business model validation, technology development planning and sourcing of investors.

His previous experience includes most notably;
- Chief Technology Officer for Fleet Space Technologies, Australia’s first VC-funded space start-up, where he oversaw the procurements of satellites and launch services, coordinated the company’s technology planning, led the technical staff and managed strategic technical partnerships.
- Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE where he was responsible for the implementation of all technical aspects of the prize including development of the format and award criteria of the $5.25 million Milestone Prizes, selecting and managing the panel of independent judges and communicating technical aspects of the prize to the space industry and the general public.
- Space Structures specialist at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he supported the development of scientific satellites, future planetary landing missions and the VEGA launch vehicle.

Andrew holds a Ph.D and Bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney as well as a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University in France.

Andreas AntoniadesMr Andreas Antoniades, Saber Astronautics

Andreas specialises in embedded systems and aerospace hardware, business development and has been part of the Australian entrepreneurial landscape since 2013. At Saber, Andreas handles avionics design, spacecraft and mission planning, business development and occasionally graphics design. Currently, Andreas is also PI for CUAVA, is on the advisory board of several Australian space companies, communities and projects, and is even partner to a fashion start-up. Recently, he has become chairman of OrbitOz, Australia’s oldest space networking and community event organiser. Former experience has involved the creation and operation of Obelisk Systems, a next-generation CubeSat and STEM education company involved in the delivery of educational payloads to the ISS, student ambassadorship at UoN, the Hunter Medical Research Institute, as well as in several mining companies.

Dr Xueliang BaiDr Xueliang Bai, CUAVA, Sydney University

Xueliang joins CUAVA with experience in aerospace engineering and electronics, and has designed and successfully launched a 3U CubeSat in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, and involvement in the i-INSPIRE project. Xueliang has worked previously for the Centre for Quantum Technology at the National University of Singapore as the electronics and system engineer for the SpooQy and QubeSat projects, and has conducted research in the field of quantum communication for nano-satellites. Xueliang will be leading the development of our first CubeSat, CUAVA-1 which is expected to be delivered later this year.


Dr Sean TuttleDr Sean Tuttle, Nova Systems

Dr Sean Tuttle is the Space Capability Lead at Nova Systems. He is a space systems professional who has worked on over 30 different space projects and has had leading design and test roles on European spacecraft for missions to all the planets from Mercury to Jupiter, including one to land on a comet. He spent 5 years at UNSW Canberra as a senior lecturer, before moving to Nova Systems, where amongst other roles, he is lead engineer in the company’s commercial ground station business.


Marshall CulpepperMarshall Culpepper, KubOS 

Marshall is an experienced software engineer focused on the intersection of open source and startups, where he was a leader at JBoss/Redhat, Appcelerator, Mozilla and Spire. He is currently CEO of Kubos, building the first comprehensive software platform for the satellite industry. His open-source pedigree is extensive, and includes many prominent projects such as ArduSat, FirefoxOS, JBoss, Titanium, and many more.