A “lean satellite” is a satellite that utilizes non-traditional, risk-taking development and management approaches – with the aim to provide value of some kind to the customer at low-cost and without taking much time to realize the satellite mission. These approaches differ significantly from traditional approaches to satellite development. The term “lean satellite” was born during the activities related to the international standardization of small/micro/nano/pico satellite testing starting from 2011. There was no clear definition of the terms “small”, “micro”, “nano”, “pico” that was agreeable to all concerned. So to capture the essence of development and management philosophy -- rather than categorizing based on mass or size -- the term “lean satellite” was adopted.
Every year since 2011, an international workshop to discuss various aspects of lean satellites. This international effort has led to the publication of ISO-19683 “Space systems — Design qualification and acceptance tests of small spacecraft and units” in July, 2017 and ISO-TS-20991 “Space systems -- Requirements for small spacecraft” in August, 2018.
The purpose of this two-day workshop in December 2019 is to further promote the study on lean satellites. To deliver the satellites’ value to stakeholders with affordable cost and permissible waiting time, there are various issues to be examined further, such as standards, testing, operation, manufacturing, interface, project management, etc. This year’s workshop puts an emphasis on CubeSat interface standardization. In June 2019, a new initiative to make an ISO standard of CubeSat electrical interface started. There is a strong need to standardize the interface to shorten the satellite delivery time by assuring compatibility among CubeSat components and also to promote international trade and collaboration. During the workshop, the issues related to CubeSat interface will be discussed in depth.
This workshop intends to serve as an open forum for people interested in making and using satellites differently from the traditional ways. The workshop consists of the following activities
Presentations are solicited with emphasis on the following but not limited to,
The workshop is organized by Kyushu Institute of Technology with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
Dates: December 4 ~ December 5, 2019
Venue: The Kikai Shinko Kaikan Building
3-5-8 Shiba-park Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0011, Japan
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December 4 (Wednesday) Keynote, Presentation, Reception
December 5 (Thursday) Presentation, Round-table discussion
Note: Prior to the workshop, from Nov.30 to Dec.3, 7th UNISEC-Global Meeting will be held in Tokyo.
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