Nanosatellite development activities are rapidly growing worldwide whose purposes range from education, demonstration of new technology and commercial application, and others. As nanosatellite developers and users are often newcomers to space field, such as university, small businesses and developing countries, advances in nanosatellite technologies have a possibility of widening the space industrial base and promoting peaceful and innovative use of outer space. The use of nanosatellites for commercial purposes will open a new market of space applications leading to the paradigm shift of space utilization.

Although nanosatellites have advantage of low-cost and fast-delivery, their extensive use of non-space-qualified COTS parts lowers their reliability compared to that of traditional medium/large size satellites. Improving the reliability while maintaining the low-cost and fast-delivery aims at two opposite goals. It is very challenging especially for satellites that are required to operate free of maintenance in the extreme environment, space. To achieve the low-cost and fast-delivery, the supply chain of the components has to be totally different from the traditional ones. The supply chain inherently has to cross the borders and various international standards are demanded to promote the worldwide trade. Especially, certification that a given component or system has been tested according to a certain international standard will improve the overall reliability of nanosatellites and promote the space application business using nanosatellites.

The purpose of this workshop is to serve as an open forum for people interested in the standardization of nanosatellite related technologies, especially environmental testing of nanosatellite components and systems. The workshop will be held on December 14th at Kitakyushu. The workshop follows 3rd Nanosatellite Symposium to be held at the same place on December 12 and 13th. The purposes of the first workshop are to lay a course toward standardization by

The meeting consists of presentations and discussion. Those who wish to contribute to the standardization are welcome to make their presentations and participate in the discussion. Although a special emphasis is put on environmental testing of nanosatellite components, subsytems and systems, other topics are equally welcome. The registration is free of charge.

The workshop is organized by The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT), under the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry through “Asia Standard and Certification Promotion Project”.



Organizer:Shigekatsu Horii, The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Co-organizer:Mengu Cho, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Nanosatellite Testing, Kyushu Institute of Technology