DcubeD Deployables Cubed GmbH






DcubeD (Deployables Cubed GmbH) will help you to think outside the box with their COTS release actuators and COTS deployables that are specifically designed for SmallSat applications. DcubeD’s release actuators (pin puller and release nut) are readily available, easy to use and small in size. The DcubeD SmallSat deployables (Space Selfie Stick, 100W 1U solar array and deployable radiator) tackle the needs of NewSpace customers, namely maximum performance in space, while remaining packed efficiently in a standardized volume for launch.
If you think of the launchers as the taxi to space, you can consider DcubeD to be the door openers and the ones that click open the umbrella.
visit our team members
DcubeD will be exhibiting at the times below:
TUesday, april 26, 2022 @ 9 am pdt – 5 pm pdt
wednesday, april 27, 2022 @ 9 am pdt – 6:30 pm pdt
thursday, april 28, 2022 @ 9 am pdt – 2:30 pdt
DcubeD will present on tuesday, april 26: 
11:00 AM — Design and Development of PowerCube: an Origami-Inspired 100W Solar Array for Nanosatellites, dr. antonio pedivellano
WHAT WE DO: dcubed develops actuators and deployable structures tailored for nano-satellites and the commerical space industry
HOLD-DOWN AND RELEASE: RELEASE mechanism for satellites, space stations, landers and rovers
smallsat deployables: deployable structures (like solar arrays, radiators, baffles, antennas, …) that are small on earth and big in space   
mission & vision



release actuators
DCUBED develops resettable release actuators to be accessible for the small and nanosatellite market. These release actuators are commonly used ad HDRMs to ensure that critical mechanisms are locked for launch, as door openers for PocketQube or CubeSat Deployers and Pods or for triggering the release of deployable structures like solar arrays and antennas.
OUR NANO Pin Puller nd399 is the perfect unlocking solution for which a pin must be retraced.
  • Resettable in seconds >100 times
  • Short delivery time
  • Side load >50N
  • Body size: 17x17x17mm
  • Weight: 25gram
  • Tested Temperature: -35°C to 80°C
  • Actuation sensor
  • Adaptable interfaces
  • Export limitation free
Our Nano Release Nut nD3RN is the perfect unlocking solution for which a bolted connection must be released.
  • Space flight proven and redundant technology
  • Resettable in seconds >100 times
  • Short delivery time
  • Actuation load >200N
  • Body size: 17x17x17mm
  • Weight: 25gram
  • Tested Temperature: -35°C to 80°C
  • Adaptable interfaces
  • Export limitation free
adaptable interfaces
our actuator come standardized in a cubic shape with two threads but customizable interfaces are possible. just get in touch with us about your needs. 
PowerCube Solar Array

powercube 100w 1 u solar array
PowerCube addresses this need by delivering a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS), scalable, deployable solar array for nanosatellites, storable in less than a 1U CubeSat unit, and capable of generating 100W at EOL (End of Life).

  • 1 U stored form factor
  • End of Life Power: 100W (5 years lifetime)
  • Bus Voltage: 14.7 to 24V
  • Redundant actuation
  • Compliant with the CubeSat standard (CP-CDS-R14)
  • Compatible with standard CubeSat dispensers
space selfie stick d3s3 
How can high-quality promotional images of your satellite be obtained directly from space? How can your satellite’s health be monitored and its problems trouble-shot without relying solely on on-board sensors? And most crucially, how to prove to your client that the satellite has made it safely to space and is fulfilling its objectives as planned? Or do you simply want to have a nice picture of your satellite or launcher with the Earth, Moon or Mars in the background? DcubeD’s D3S3 “Space Selfie Stick” is the solution to all of these problems.
  • Size: 90x90x40mm
  • Weight: <300g
  • 80cm deployed boom length
  • wide angle lense
  • multiple sticks/cameras can be attached
  • Flight proven on SpaceX Transporter 3 in January 2022

Thermal assessment of CLIMB – a novel CubeSat mission to the Van Allen Belt

Thermal assessment of CLIMB -
a novel CubeSat mission to the Van Allen Belt

The CubeSat CLIMB is a project of University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN). Like FHWN’s first project PEGASUS [1], also CLIMB is foremost an educational project. There are many students involved in hands-on work on various subsystems with guidance from the professors and industry professionals.

Author, Kaarel Repän

Kaarel Repän (Author)

Thermal engineer

Recent MSc graduate from the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. Involved with the team since late 2017. Through master’s thesis built the thermal engineering model for CLIMB and conducted several analyses.

Co-author, Dr Carsten Scharlemann

Dr Carsten Scharlemann (Co-Author)

head of the cubesat programme

Head of the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria and project manager of the mission CLIMB.


CLIMB mission

The CLIMB mission will push the envelope of university-led CubeSat missions. Starting from an initial orbit altitude of ~500 km, the satellite will use its IFM (Indium FEEP Multiemitter) [2] propulsion system to propel itself to an orbit with an apogee of at least 1000 km, i.e. to within the inner Van Allen Belt [3]. Throughout its one year transfer and for a certain time after arriving in the Van Allen Belt, the satellite will measure the accumulated radiation dose and monitor the performance of its subsystems to correlate it with similar tests done during ground testing in radiation facilities. All the subsystems of CLIMB can be seen in the exploded view below.

Exploded view of CLIMB (CAD model)

CLIMB thruster operation

The altitude raising will be nominally done at each perigee for a maximum of 10 minutes at 40 watts of input power. As the power input and the related heat dissipation is significant for a CubeSat (up to 20 W during propulsion mode), a good understanding of the thermal behaviour is needed. For this reason, a comprehensive effort has been made to understand the thermal behaviour of CLIMB consisting of a detailed analytical model (ANSYS) as well as an experimental thermal model of the satellite (see figures below).

Physical thermal model in front of the test facilities (thermal vacuum chamber).
Physical thermal model close-up with heater and thermocouple wirings.

Thermal models

In the physical thermal satellite model, nine individual heaters allowed for a very detailed simulation of the dissipated heat of various subsystems (imaged below) and therefore of the thermal conditions in the satellite.

Physical thermal model subsystems laid flat on the table.

The predictions of the analytical model (one case shown in the figure below) were verified in a thermal vacuum chamber using the thermal satellite model. The correlations were done at several environmental temperatures (-20°C, 0°C, +20°C). In general, a good correlation was achieved between the analytical and physical models. Most of the temperatures were within 5 °C agreement between the models. In the worst hot case and without using a thermal control system, the first iteration of the analytical thermal model predicted the temperatures of the thruster to rise up to +120 °C (as seen below in the figure of the orbital analysis). However, already implementing a simple thermal copper strap between the thruster and the satellite structure in the analytical model showed the temperature decrease of approximately 30 °C.

Analytical predictions: +20 °C environment (Thermal Vacuum Chamber)

Analysis results of cruise mode temperatures at 20 degree Celsius environment (ambient) temperature.

Analytical predictions: Worst Hot Case temperatures (orbit)

Analysis results of the orbital worst hot case conditions without a thermal control system. Maximum temperature on the thruster at around 118 degrees Celsius.
Analysis results of the orbital worst hot case conditions with a copper strap as the thermal control system. Maximum temperatures on the battery unit at around 105 degrees Celsius.


In the final step, the thermal model of the thruster was replaced with a flight-like propulsion unit and several tests in a special purpose Thermal Vacuum Chamber (TVC) were conducted. This particular TVC allows to operate the propulsion system during a thermal vacuum test and therefore enables the verification of the thermal prediction in the most demanding operational mode (see photo below). For a +20 °C ambient temperature cruise mode test the temperatures were mostly within 5 °C, comparable with the previous tests. The difference grew larger in 0 °C and -20 °C ambient temperature cruise mode tests (up to 30 °C difference near the thruster).

Physical thermal model with functional thruster in the thermal vacuum chamber.

The discrepancies were mainly due to the slight thermal model design differences and the semi-open thermal shroud design in the TVC (as seen on the photo above). The shroud needed an opening for the thruster plumes to be expelled from. As such, the exterior face of the thruster did not see a temperature controlled shroud surface.

These first tests with the real functional thruster showed the accuracy of the general thermal model and the analytical predictions. Based on these models, it is possible to implement the most fitting thermal control system solution. The options include a combination of thermal straps from the thruster to the structure, thermal shields and phase change material in-between the battery unit and the thruster to reduce the transient temperature peaks. In particular, copper-beryllium springs could be used as a compact thermal strap solution, as used on 3U CubeSat MinXSS-1 [4] . The phase change material mini-packs could be used similarly to NASA’s 3U IceCube mission [5]. For the battery unit PCB design, dedicated coppers layers for heat transfer can be implemented, similarly as in NASA’s Mars Cube One design [6].

  1. C. Scharlemann, B. Seifert, R. Schnitzer, R. Kralofsky, C. Obertscheider; M. Taraba, T. Dorn, T. Turetschek, H. Fauland, R. Plötzeneder, R. Stockinger, M. Schmid, T. Riel, A. Sinn, G. Janisch, F. Deisl, D. Kohl, B. Lybekk, H. Hoang, E. Trondsen, „PEGASUS – a review of in-orbit operation and obtained results“, IAC-18,B4,3,3,x45633, 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, Germany, October 2018
  2. D. Krejci, A. Reissner, B. Seifert, D. Jelem, T. Hörbe, P. Friedhoff, and S. Lai, „Demonstration of the IFM Nano FEEP thruster in low earth orbit“, in 4S Symposium, Sorrento, Italy, May 2018.
  3. B. Weimer, C. Scharlemann, A. Reissner , D. Krejci, B. Seifert, „CLIMB: Exploration of the Van Allen Belt by CubeSats“, IEPC-2019-805, 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, , Vienna, Austria, 2019
  4. J. P. Mason, B. Lamprecht, T. N. Woods, and C. Downs, “CubeSat On-Orbit Temperature Comparison to Thermal-Balance-Tuned Model Predictions”, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 32, 2017. DOI: 10.2514/1.T5169.
  5. M. K. Choi, “Thermal assessment of paraffin phase change material mini-packs on IceCube 3U CubeSat in flight”, in 2018 International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Jul. 2018. DOI: 10.2514/6.2018-4490.
  6. E. Sunada and J. Rodriguez, (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology), JPL Advanced Thermal Control Technology Roadmap, presentation, Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop, El Segundo, California, USA: The Aerospace Corporation, Mar. 28, 2017.


View of the University of Applied Sciences of Wiener Neustadt.

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (German: Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, FHWN for short) is an Austrian Fachhochschule founded in 1994. It has eight areas of specialization. The main campus is in Wiener Neustadt and two smaller campuses are located in Wieselburg and Tulln (both in Lower Austria). It is Austria’s first and largest Fachhochschule for business and engineering, which also includes a master’s level aerospace engineering studies in English.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and sponsors (Land Niederösterreich, Seibersdorf Laboratories, FOTEC, Prägler, Enpulsion Spacecraft Technology, OKAPI: Orbits, Space Tech Group Austria, Amateurfunk Club Neunkirchen, Rkos IT Consluting, ESATAN-TMS).

Chalie Galliand – United States Military Academy


The new Space Science Program at West Point is growing at a rapid rate with participation increasing with each new class of cadets. Offered by the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, the faculty of the Space Science Program are diverse in experience and background. The cadets graduating from the program are qualified space professionals and will go on to serve in a variety of roles supporting operations in the space domain for the Army and the DoD. 



Co-author / junior rotating faculty

Major Chalie Galliand is an Air Force exchange instructor at West Point.  His primary duty is teaching Introductory Physics and Astronautics. He has briefed at the CubeSat Developers Workshop for the Space Test Program 2008-2010. Maj Galliand also leads the Space Engineering and Applied Research Club (SPEAR).

Contact Information: chalie.galliand@westpoint.edu

LTC Loucks


Co-Author / Acting Director, SMDC-Research and Analysis Center

Lieutenant Colonel Diana Loucks is an Academy Professor, and serves as the Director of Advanced Physics in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (D/PaNE). She has taught courses in introductory physics, space science, and advanced physics. She served previously an Army Signaleer and FA40 Space Operations officer, and currently serves as the lead advisor on multiple cadet space research projects.


Program Director, USMA Space Science Program

Associate Professor / Research advisor

Dr. Paula Fekete is the USMA Space Science Program Director and a Department Academic Counselor. She is responsible for development of  the Space Science curriculum and its instructors. She also manages the cadets who major or minor in Space Science. Additionally Dr. Fekete heads the USMA Astronomy Club and conducts space related research with cadets.   


Graduate, USMA Space Science Program

Army 2LT / Graduate Student / Cadet Researcher

Second Lieutenant AnnaMaria Dear, Class of 2020, is one of the first graduates of the USMA Space Science Program, graduating with a B.S. in Space Science with a Russian Minor. A Knight Hennessy scholar, she is attending graduate school before heading to Army flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

Space Activities at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY


West Point

West Point’s role in our nation’s history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in 1778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in 1779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a 150-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold’s treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America.

Early Space Science

William H.C. Bartlett, Class of 1822 and USMA professor built the first observatory at West Point in 1841 and used its equipment to perceive the orbit of the Comet of 1843 and photograph, for the first time in history, a partial solar eclipse on May 26, 1854.

Space Professionals

Even before the establishment of the Space Science Program, West Point has been developing Space Professionals for the Army and the DoD. Some of the most well known astronauts in history are USMA graduates. 

It is not only the graduates who are Space Professionals but faculty as well. Today, COL (ret) Mark T. Vande Hei, who previously served as an assistant professor in the Physics and Nuclear Engineering Department, recently launched for his second trip to the ISS on 9 April 2021.

Currently, there a several Army FA40 Space Operations Officers serving as faculty at West Point along with two space qualified Air Force exchange officers. They  endeavor to support and develop cadets who wish to pursue future duties supporting military operations in the space domain. This is accomplished by providing these future Space Professionals academic instruction, research opportunities, and professional military education focused on space science topics.

Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD)

Cadets work alongside world-class professionals gaining invaluable knowledge and insight into the facilities, methods, and procedures used to design, test and improve Army systems. These numerous opportunities are available around the country and internationally in support of their educational objectives. The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering has many partners in government, academic, and industry that provide support for these opportunities.  We support an average of 45 cadets per year for Advanced Individual Academic Development (summer internship) travel to such locations as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AFIT, German Bundeswehr Research Center, the Army Research Laboratory, NASA, and many others. A new offering this year is with the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska to support an Army rocket launch.

Space Science Cirriculum

  • The interim all-in-one course was the start of modern Space Science at West Point
    • The Advanced Physics major, the longest standing major within PaNE, had a single course, PH472: Space and Astrophysics
    • Started with orbital mechanics, moved onto planets and tides, and concluded with a section on solar evolution
  • New Space Science Program was established 12 years after COL Thomas Pugsley, an instructor and FA40, begin advocating for development of Space Professionals at USMA
    • Space Science Major/Minor
      • 4 Core Space Science Courses (PaNE)
      • Interdisciplinary approach brings in courses from other departments
  • Space Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD)
    • The Army Space Cadre Basic Course (ASCBC)
    • Offered to cadets as competitive opportunity in the summer like Airborne or Air Assault
    • Space Badge awarding course for Space and Geospatial Information Science majors

Collaboration Opportunities

  • Collaboration is Key
  • We are looking to build collaboration opportunities with space professionals from industry, academia, government organizations, sister-service academies and post graduate schools
  • We believe there is value in partnerships, and we have a valuable asset in the innovative ideas that are born in the fresh mind of cadets seeking knowledge
  • We know knowledge, expertise, and opportunities lie with those who blazed the path before us
  • We look to you to help us bring efficiency to our processes and make quick lessons of our mistakes so we can focus on innovation

Space Engineering and Applied Research (SPEAR)

The Space Engineering and Applied Research Club at West Point provides opportunity for cadets, staff and faculty to develop skills relevant to operating in the space domain. Club members are working an array of space related research projects across the Academy and funding by various sponsors. 

Space and Missile Defense Command-Research and Analysis Center (SMDC-RAC)

The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center (SMDC-RAC) mission is to promote and facilitate USMA cadet and faculty research in support of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) objectives; enhance the professional development of the USMA faculty; and inspire cadets through space and missile defense education and research to face technical challenges with confidence.

Black Knight Satellite

  • 1U CubeSat 
  • Pumpkin CubeSat Kit
  • Tech Demo
  • Manifested under NASA ELaNA program on ORS-3
  • Launched Sep 2013
  • Orbit: 500 km, 40.5°
  • No contact established
  • Reentered July 2016

Black Knight-1 was West Point’s first venture into the arena of the student built small satellites. Headed by then Major Thomas Pugsley, an FA40 and instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department, BK-1 set USMA on the path to establishing an independent Space Science Program. Future plans are in work for an joint service academy CubeSat project with participating cadets, staff, and faculty from USMA, USNA, USAFA, and USCGA. 

Hypersonic Rocket Team (HRT)

SPEAR-HRT is a cadet initiated and led multi-disciplinary research capstone. This year cadets have designed a new high altitude ignition system for a two stage sounding rocket with the goal of reaching the Kármán line. Cadets expect to continue to improve the design through annual capstone projects. The long term vision is a cadet designed and developed rocket capable of putting a 3U CubeSat into Low Earth Orbit. 

Balloon Satellite

SPEAR-HRT is a cadet initiated and led multi-disciplinary research capstone. This year cadets have designed a new high altitude ignition system for a two stage sounding rocket with the goal of reaching the Kármán line. Cadets expect to continue to improve the design through annual capstone projects. The long term vision is a cadet designed and developed rocket capable of putting a 3U CubeSat into Low Earth Orbit. 


The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Military Academy, US Army, US Air Force, Department of Defense or the US Government.”


We engineer, build, and operate exceptional Nanosats

EnduroSat provides exceptional NanoSats and space services for business, exploration, and science teams. The Shared Sat Service by EnduroSat enables streamlined space operations at a fraction of the current market cost. Its goal is to help drive innovation at the final frontier by providing easy access to space for multiple payloads and diverse mission concepts.

EnduroSat currently has more than 180 systems in Space and provides CubeSat platforms in the 1U – 12U range. Our products have found recognition in the last two editions of NASA’s State of the Art of Small Spacecraft Technology report.

Have you encountered a stumbling block in your Space mission? We are here to answer your most pressing questions and advise you on the best practices.

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April 27, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM & 2:00PM-4PM PD | April 28, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM  & 2:00PM-4PM PD | April 29, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM  & 2:00PM-4PM PD




Stan is a passionate space professional with experience in design review and project management. Dedicated to providing assistance in identifying the optimal system configuration.



sales engineer

Hristo has 10 years professional background in Tech Sales and Account Management. He can assist you define the solution most suitable to your needs




Hristiyana is a master’s student in Astronomy and Popularisation of Astronomy. She is passionate about science and space entrepreneurship.


Shared Satellite Service

What is the difference between hosted payload and shared satellite? Our Mission Manager, Victor Danchev expands on owning and operating your payload in Space with no additional infrastructure. 

Platforms and components

Check out EnduroSat’s online store to discover a comprehensive CubeSat catalog and the first industry’s satellite configurator.

Princeton Satellite Systems

Princeton Satellite Systems

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April 27–29, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM PT | @ 2PM-4PM PT


Our MATLAB products are used worldwide by CubeSat developer teams and by major aerospace organizations.

Michael Paluszek


I’m currently working on spacecraft optical navigation, superconducting electric motors and nuclear fusion space propulsion.

I’m writing a new book for Elsevier, “Attitude Determination and Control Systems.” It is scheduled for publication in March, 2022.

Stephanie Thomas

Vice President

I was the PI on the NIAC contract to design a nuclear fusion propelled Pluto orbiter. I’m the PI on the NASA STTR to test superconducting coils for nuclear fusion engineers. I’ve done a lot of work on solar sails and formation flying

Princeton Satellite Systems

Princeton Satellite Systems works on advanced space and energy systems. Some of our current projects are space nuclear fusion propulsion, spacecraft optical navigation and superconducting motors for electric aircraft.

Nuclear Fusion Propulsion
We have toolboxes for this too!

Toolbox Projects

Designing a Lunar Return Mission in the Spacecraft Control Toolbox

You can design complete missions in the Spacecraft Control Toolbox. Here we give a few elements of the design of a spacecraft to return helium-3 from the moon!

Spacecraft Design

Our CAD tools let you design your spacecraft entirely within the MATLAB environment. You can import STP files by first computing them to Wavefront OBJ format.

A CAD model is built in a script that allows you to do sizing and layout computations in the same place. There are functions for computing the inertia matrix of objects for which you only have a vertices and a mass. The CAD tools automatically create mass and power budgets.

The following images show imported legs designed in Fusion 360 and a HL-20 done by a graphics designer.

Lunar Landing

The toolboxes have a variety of lunar landing trajectory optimization tools. In this example we do a 2D optimization in the lunar fixed frame and transform it into a 3D trajectory in the ECI frame. This example is from our Optical Navigation System User’s Guide.

Optical Navigation

Optical navigation uses a camera to image planets, moons or asteroids and simultaneously image stars. The angles between the stars and the planet are used for navigation.

The measurements are combined with a propagated trajectory in an Unscented Kalman Filter.

The Optical Navigation Module for the Spacecraft Control Toolbox provides you with all the tools you need.

When you are close to your target you can use landmark tracking, either with a neural network or with edge and corner detection.

The images show a simulated camera star field with Sun as the  reference, navigation errors and an example using a neural network for terrain relative navigation.

Optical Navigation Images

NearSpace Launch (NSL)

600+ Systems and Sub-Systems
in orbit over past 5 years

NSL Service and Systems

NearSpace Launch


April 27, 2021 @ 10AM-12PM PT | 1pm-3pm ET 

April 28, 2021 @ 10PM-12PM PT| 1pm-3pm ET

Join Zoom Meeting

We are excited to connect with you and how we can partner with you our mission. 

Matthew Voss

Chief Operations Officer

Contact Information: mattvoss@nearspacelaunch.com  765.998.8942

Matt Orvis


Contact Information: mattorvis@nearspacelaunch.com  765.998.8942

Company Introduction

NearSpace Launch has a 100% in orbit, mission success rate for government and industry missions. Over 600 systems and subsystems in orbit in past 5 years. 

Effective end-to-end communication; no ground station needed. Low power/size Simplex and Duplex EyeStar radio partnered with Globalstar Inc. network.

Our Fastbus are 10 for 10 and S3 Eyestar Radios are 100+ in orbit. 

Learn more at www.nearspacelaunch.com 

VACCO Industries

Reliable Heritage . Intelligent Solutions

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April 27–29, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM PT | @ 2PM-4PM PT


For more than 60 years, VACCO has been serving the defense, space and commercial markets with extensive engineering experience and continuous collaboration. From the unforgiving conditions of the deep seas to the demanding elements of deep space, VACCO supports many of the world’s most critical programs and platforms for aircraft, filtration, navy and space with our guiding values.

Cleve Samson

Sales Engineer

Cleve is responsible for technical sales support, applications engineering and business development for highly integrated and customized subsystems for Small Sat and CubeSat applications. Before transitioning to sales and marketing, Cleve designed and tested structural aircraft components. Attending the University of California, Irvine, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Aerospace.

email: csamson@vacco.com

Phone: (714) 519-5069

Tuesday April 27: 8:00 – 9:30 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday April 28: 8:00 – 9:30 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday April 29: 8:00 – 9:30 AM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Joe Cardin

Chief Engineer

Joe is the inventor of VACCO’s propulsion system product line starting with the original 0.25U Micro-Propulsion System (MiPS) delivered in 2003. He currently leads a talented group of space professionals in the design, development and production of Micro Propulsion Systems for CubeSats and more powerful Integrated Propulsion Systems for SmallSats. Under Joe’s leadership, VACCO has delivered, or is under contract, for 44 propulsion systems include high-performance cold gas systems, warm gas systems and green monopropellant systems.

email: jcardin@vacco.com

Phone: (626) 705-3794

Tuesday April 27: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
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About VACCO Industries

VACCO Industries provides a variety of high-performance cold gas, warm gas, and green monopropellant systems for CubeSat and Small Satellite platforms. To date, three of them are on orbit and over twenty flight MiPS have been produced to support AFRL, NRO, NASA, and commercial flight applications, including support for the JPL MarCO CubeSat program. VACCO utilizes its proprietary Chemically Etched Micro Systems (ChEMS™) technology to produce these smart, highly integrated Micro Propulsion Systems (MiPS) specifically designed for CubeSats.  In addition, to complete systems, VACCO also provides Xenon and Iodine micro feed systems & valves. Since 1962, VACCO fluid controls have supported many leading satellites, launch vehicles, and interplanetary spacecraft.



VACCO Industries Space Business Overview

VACCO New Custom Product

A High-Performance Delta-V Thrust Module for
CubeSats and Small Satellites

1N Thrust Module

1N Thruster and Manifold Assembly Do Not Change, Only Tank is Customized

Thrust Module "Blow Down" Schematic & Performance

Morehead State University Space Science Center

Morehead State University
Space Science Center

About the Morehead State University
Space Science Center

The Space Science Center at Morehead State University focuses on the development and operation of small satellites. The Center provides Telemetry, Tracking, and Command (TT&C) services with the 21-meter Antenna at UHF, S-Band, X-Band, and Ku-bands for LEO missions and TT&C and Ranging services for inner solar system interplanetary smallsat missions. The Center provides spacecraft environmental testing services including: vibration analysis, T-Vac, EMI/EMC, and antenna characterization. The Center’s staff and students have flown several space missions with partners including: KySat-2, CXBN, CXBN-2, EduSat, UniSat-5, T-LogoQube (Eagle-1) and DM-7, with other missions in development including CXBN-3 and Lunar IceCube (slated to fly on the NASA Artemis 1 mission). MSU offers academic programs including: B.S. in Space Systems Engineering, B.S. in Astrophysics and M.S. in Space Systems Engineering. Courses are taught by outstanding faculty with industry experience in satellite systems design, defense electronics, and space operations.

Lunar IceCube


Other Space Science Center missions:

  • CXBN is designed to increase the precision of measurements of the Cosmic X-ray Background in the 30-50 KeV range in an effort to constrain models that explain the underlying physics of the diffuse component of the X-ray background. Additional information can also be found on the CXBN Poster. 
  • CXBN-2 is designed to continue the mission of CXBN to increase the precision of measurements of the cosmic X-ray background in the 30-50 KeV range in an effort to constrain models that explain the underlying physics of the diffuse component of the X-ray background.
  • DM-7 The Honeywell-Morehead-DM-7 validates dependable multiprocessing (DM), a new type of computer software system that uses several commercially available processors working together to increase computing speed and reduce computing errors in a space environment. It demonstrates that the technology can work in the harsh radiation environment of space, enabling its use on future space missions.
  • KySat-2 will carry a number of technology validation experiments, including one exploring the effect of the space environment on a novel chemical solar cell coating. 
  • Eagle-1 Students of the Space Science Center (SSC) at Morehead State University served as the principle engineers in the development of two of the first PocketQubs (Eagle-1 and Eagle-2) and the Morehead-Rome FemtoSat Orbital Deployers (FOD) designed to deploy the femtosats from Edusat (the mother ship). Eagle-1 and 2 will test deployable de-orbit systems and establish flight heritage for femtosat systems including power systems and transceivers.
  • TechSat-1 Morehead State University and Kentucky Space have partnered with Radiance Technologies, I-3, Tethers Unlimited and Honeywell to develop a demonstration of a nano satellite aiming to increase the power available on Cubesat-like platforms and demonstrate the technology necessary to develop nanosats with significant and consistent power available to operate high-capacity payloads. The specific goal is to develop a CubeSat platform that generates 50 Watts of power and has the capacity to store and control 75w/min/orbit. 
  • Glio-Lab is a joint project between GAUSS-Group of Astrodynamics at the”Sapienza” University of Roma and the Morehead State University (MSU) Space Science Center in Kentucky. The main goal of this project is the design and manufacturing of an autonomous space system to investigate potential effects of the space environment exposure on a human glioblastoma multiforme cell line derived from a 65-year-old male and on Normal Human Astrocytes (NHA). 
  • EduSat is an innovative microsatellite weighing about 24 pounds and about the size of a small microwave oven, that was launched in July 2011 from Yasny, Russia, on a Dnepr Rocket. EduSat began as a collaboration between the University of Rome and the Italian Space Agency and now includes the Morehead State University Space Science Center and Kentucky Space. During its first 30 days in orbit, EduSat tested an orbital deployer designed to release femto-class satellites. While the femtosats were not released on the first mission, the deployment system that will ultimately deploy them will be tested. 
  • RAMPART is intended to certify warm gas propulsion subsystems and magnetic stabilization for Cubesat orbital altitude adjustment, as well as rapid prototyping methods of building one-piece satellite structures, propellant tanks, printed circuit board cages, erectable solar panels, antenna deployment mechanisms, etc. at a fraction of the cost of current methods. 
  • UNISat 5 and 6 are two large-scale European-US microsatellite missions between the Space Science group at Morehead State University, the Sapienza group at the University of Rome, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency led by the European Space Agency. 



The Space Science Center at Morehead State University has developed a full motion 21-Meter class antenna system which  provides telemetry, tracking, ranging and commanding services for LEO, MEO and “near Earth” deep space missions independently and as DSS-17, an affiliated node on NASA’s Deep Space Network. The instrument is a unique educational tool which provides an active laboratory for students to have hands-on learning experiences with the intricacies of satellite telecommunications and radio astronomy. The 21-M supports undergraduate research in astrophysics, satellite telecommunications, RF and electrical engineering and software development. The 21-M antenna system became operational in 2006.

Radio astronomy research projects include: 

  • Long-term monitoring campaigns (AGNs) 
  • Sky surveys (Dynamic Mapping of HI in the Milky Way) 
  • Transient phenomena (radio afterglow of GRBs)

The 21-M is considered to be a medium-aperture telescope where apertures of radio telescopes have been generally categorized by a ratio of the aperture diameter to the incident wavelength. At L-Band, the ratio of the aperture diameter of the Antenna to the incident wavelength exceeds 100 while at higher frequencies this ratio becomes 1000 or higher. Medium-aperture telescopes such as the Antenna have many advantages as active laboratories and as research instruments for both students and faculty members. Medium-aperture centimeter-wave instruments like the Antenna can produce significant scientific contributions: for example, while time on large-aperture instruments is generally heavily subscribed for phenomenon-specific observations, medium- aperture telescopes can devote time to long-term monitoring campaigns, sky surveys, and event-specific phenomena such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and apparitions of comets. In this respect, the Antenna stands to produce a lasting legacy of crucial datasets at multiple frequencies to the entire astronomical community.

Maps of the spatial distribution of RF emission associated with astronomical objects are produced by raster scanning across the field of view and producing a map of the RF intensity distribution field by integrating the entire post-detection frequency band of 6 MHz into a single, integrated channel map (0th moment map). An image of the velocity field (1st moment map) and an image of the velocity dispersion (2nd moment map) can also be produced. Analysis of these maps of the phenomena in “velocity space” allows astronomers to calculate the kinematics of the system and thereby derive the dynamics, then infer the energetics, and virial masses, along with other insights into the underlying physics of these systems. An example of a 0th moment map showing the spatial distribution of radio emission from a supernova remnant (3C 157) is shown (left center). The detail seen in this image demonstrates the sensitivity and resolution of the 21-M.

Spacecraft Environmental Testing Services

The Space Science Center at MSU offers a variety of services to other universities, private aerospace companies, and government agencies. Our facilities allow us to perform a variety of tests to determine if space systems can successfully withstand the harsh conditions of the space environment. Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) testing can be performed on a variety of spacecraft (Cubesats, PocketQubes, Microsatellites) to verify systems at NASA General Environmental Verification Specification (GEVS) levels. Participating in these activities allows students to gain valuable real-world experience and professional networking opportunities.

Space Systems Verification

  • Vibration Analysis System
  • Helmholtz Coil (Built by Staff)
  • Sun Simulator (Built by Staff)
  • T-Vac System
  • Residual Gas Analysis
  • EMI/EMC Testing
  • RF Compatability Testing
  • End to End Testing

Learn more about the environmental testing facilities and equipment available at MSU.
Ground Operations and Environmental Testing Services Pricing

Star Theater

The Star Theater is currently closed for a system upgrade. We look forward to reopening Fall 2021!

The Space Science Center’s Star Theater at Morehead State University is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium which offers public shows every Saturday from September to June. The Star Theater is also available for use during the week and evenings by school groups and community groups by reservation

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About the Planetarium

Located in MSU’s Space Science Center, the Star Theater is unlike anything else in the region. The 90-seat digital theater serves as a classroom and planetarium for the region’s educators, MSU students and the general public. The Star Theater projects full 180º x 360º real-time blended video and graphics on a 40-foot dome screen using six digital projectors and state-of-the-art surround sound. In digital theater mode, the use of the all-dome video allows a broad range of programming, including simulated travel through deep space and through the deepest depths of the ocean, allowing free movement through a 3D universe viewing endless astronomical phenomena, such as comets, planets and supernova with full motion and 3D texturing. 

Educational Opportunities

The Star Theater provides an excellent tool for MSU students, area educators and the general public. Students in classes at MSU benefit from the Star Theater through visualization of astronomical concepts and phenomena. For the region’s educators, the Star Theater can serve as an invaluable teaching tool to stimulate both learning and imagination in the classroom. The theater offers more than a dozen programs for students in grades K-12. The youngest visitors can explore the cosmos with “Sesame Street” characters like Elmo and Big Bird in “One World, One Sky.” Students in higher grade levels can see visually impactful programs on various aspects of science, astronomy and what makes up our universe. The shows at the Star Theater help students and visitors visualize difficult concepts with an immersive experience that can foster a new appreciation and passion for learning. K-12 School Shows start with an educational program, a tour of the evening sky for the date of the visit and is followed by stunning laser light shows – many of which are accompanied by popular music. The Star Theater will make sure your educational experience ends with a bang!  

Out of This World Entertainment

The theater offers shows for the general public every weekend a at a low cost for visitors of all ages. The theater also hosts MSU Night every Thursday for MSU students and faculty/staff and their families. Admission is free with the presentation of a valid MSU I.D. Please note that these shows are not for the general public. In addition, the theater offers special group shows for youth groups, civic organizations, etc. at a low cost.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science, Space Systems Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Space Systems Engineering degree at Morehead State is one of a few space systems engineering programs in the nation.

The B.S. in Space Systems Engineering is an aerospace engineering program that focuses exclusively on astronautical engineering- the engineering of spacecraft and space systems.  Aerospace engineering is comprised of aeronautical engineering (aircraft) and astronautical engineering (spacecraft and launch vehicles).  The B.S. in Space Systems is an astronautical engineering program (a subset of aerospace engineering) that takes a systems engineering approach to the design, development, testing and operation of spacecraft, with an emphasis on small satellite technologies.  Graduates have an aerospace engineering degree that exclusively focuses on astronautical engineering.

The presence of the 21-meter space tracking antenna on campus and facilities in the Space Science Center provide students with the hands-on training needed for this field. Students and staff have built and flown seven small satellite missions to date, with three in development. These represent extraordinary opportunity for hands-on training.

Students in the program work with excellent faculty with diverse backgrounds in space-related science and technology fields and perform research in space systems engineering, space mission operations and satellite ground station technologies.

This program will prepare students for professional opportunities in applied technologies such as astronautical engineering, space system development and testing, satellite telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) and telecommunications electronics. Graduates will be prepared for positions with NASA, aerospace companies, public and private science organizations, research facilities, colleges and in other commercial industries. 

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Master of Science, Space Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering (MSSE) program trains you in systems – level engineering in spacecraft design, development and operation, which are all skills appropriate for careers in space technologies and applications. Graduates gain competencies in space systems engineering and design – level knowledge of the concepts, technologies and processes associated with aerospace systems requirements. The program places an emphasis on astronautics, emphasizing satellite design and development, particularly in the areas of satellite systems, (i.e. communications, command and data handling, attitude determination and control, thermal systems and power systems), nanosatellites, space mission operations and ground station technologies.

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April 27–29, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM PT | @ 2PM-4PM PT

Over the last 70 years, our engineers have developed the capability to design and manufacture the most advanced motion control products for aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical applications – applications where precise control of velocity, force, acceleration and fluid flow are critical. Our motion control portfolio has expanded to include all forms of actuation technology, sophisticated control electronics, and system software. We are a leading integrator of precision motion control systems, and our products reflect the culture that our people embrace – a culture where the opportunity to solve a challenging control problem is always welcomed.


Chris Loghry

Adv. Programs Solutions Architect

Chirs is focused on Moog’s Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV), which is aimed at low-cost space access for an array of diverse customers. This versatile platform provides for multi-mission manifests (e.g. Rideshare) and can be used as a Hosted Payload Platform (HPP) for a wide variety of mission payloads, especially for on-orbit demonstration.



Joe Maly

Associate principal engineer

Joe is a senior member of the Moog Space technical staff and is Moog’s ESPA Product Manager. He has managed flight hardware and vibration suppression programs since 1993 and is currently the acting Sales Manager for Moog CSA. Joe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Applied Mechanics from Stanford.


Rob Atkins

National Security Space Manager

Rob delivers Moog’s capabilities in launch vehicles, space logistics, intelligence collection, and hypersonics for integration into force design systems for the DoD and Intelligence Community. Prior to working for Moog, Rob spent 20 years in the Air Force where he led Air Force Space Command and National Reconnaissance Office programs. 


Patrick Biver

new space business development

Patrick is an active member in Moog’s New Space team, supporting pursuits in both the launch vehicle and spacecraft markets. Since joining Moog in 2017, he has supported both the Aircraft and Space & Defense groups. Patrick has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University at Buffalo.



Moog Solutions for the CubeSat Market


Vibration Isolation

Moog’s ShockWave isolator product family is the perfect solution for small payload and CubeSat launch isolation. ShockWave leverages more than two decades of spaceflight hardware heritage and packages launch-worthy technology into a reliable, predictable system at a price point that is comparable to non-aerospace worthy, elastomeric isolation mounts.

Discover more on the Shockwave datasheet.

Key Features

  • Low-mass, low-profile isolation mounts
  • Suitable for shock and random vibration load attenuation
  • Easy integration
  • Configurable with metric and standard interfaces
  • Robust performance over the launch operational environment
  • Provides greater than 20% of critical damping

Vibration Isolation for:

  • CubeSat Dispensers
  • CubeSat Payloads
  • Optical Mounts
  • Machine Tools
  • Electronics Components
  • Directed Energy Systems

ShockWave Q&A

Senior Engineer Tim Pargett

What is ShockWave?

ShockWave is a new style of isolator to protect systems from high level vibration and shock environments.  It is designed to provide high-damping, factory-adjustable stiffness of the isolators, while keeping a common interface and overall size.   

Why was ShockWave Developed?

ShockWave was originally developed to fit what we saw as a growing need for lower cost shock isolation systems, and it has been particularly useful for small satellite and CubeSat applications. The intent behind the development was to have a series of standard off-the-shelf isolation solutions that customers could choose from for their application, rather than always needing a specialized, custom solution for each new system.

What do you see as the future of ShockWave?

I expect to see the ShockWave technology getting applied to more shock and vibration isolation applications, as well as being increasingly used as snubbers, locking isolation systems, and even bi-linear two stage isolation systems where the launch performance and the micro-G on-orbit performance differ greatly. I see this technology easily being incorporated into other existing products to augment performance and survivability. The potential applications for ShockWave seem to be continually expanding.

Read the full Q&A.


Helping CubeSats Achieve Ideal Orbit

The Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (SL-OMV) is a propulsive tug for secondary payload deployment that enables cubesats to launch on Small Launch Vehicles (SLV) and achieve their ideal orbit and/or constellation phasing. The SL-OMV is a low-mass and low-cost propulsive adapter that can be used to distribute CubeSat payloads (1U, 3U, 6U, 12U, and non-standard sizes) with different orbital parameters than the primary payload or each CubeSat with a different orbital destination. 

The SL-OMV can remain on orbit for a longer duration allowing for constellation phasing for payloads without propulsion. This can be used for “on demand” deployments that are useful across commercial, civil, and military space applications.

The SL-OMV is designed to launch on VCLV with a capacity of 150 kg or greater including spaceport-based systems. It is payload configurable for cubesats through ESPA-Class spacecraft. It can be used to disperse cubesat constellations or deliver ESPA-Class spacecraft to their ideal orbit.

The SL-OMV has its own avionics, power, green propulsion, and communications systems that are configurable for short duration missions.

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SL-OMV Specifications

Orbital Lifetime: 12 months+ in LEO
Orbital Range: 300-900 km LEO, any inclination
Maximum Total Impulse: 38.3 kN-sec (8,600 lbf-sec)

Discover more on the SL-OMV Datasheet.

Key Features

  • Green propellant 
  • Flexible configuration 
  • Mass and cost optimized for small launch vehicle and small satellite applications
  • Flexible with a wide range of existing dispensers and adapters
  • Easily convertible from passive to propulsive adapter

Mission Applications

  • Cubesat Tug
  • Constellation Deployment
  • Technology Demo Platform
  • Insertion Stage

SL-OMV Whitepaper

By: Chris Loghry, Advanced Programs Solutions Architect

The growing number of dedicated small launch vehicles will lower the cost of space access in the coming years, but many challenges remain in utilizing these for small payloads, particularly CubeSat missions. Cubesats still have a similar number of concerns and obstacles as a secondary payload on a larger rocket as they do on a small rocket. Some of those challenges include desired orbital location and constellation phasing without using on-board propulsion or time consuming differential drag strategies. All of these create additional challenges for the mass/cost constrained CubeSat developer.

Many of these challenges can be met through the use of a propulsive rideshare adapter or Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (SL-OMV). Read the full whitepaper to learn more.

Join Our Team

Moog has many career opportunities around the globe.

Moog is a performance culture that empowers and inspires individuals to achieve remarkable things for our customers, for the company, and for each other. We hire great people, and we help them to achieve their potential. Deeper job satisfaction, increased earning power, and improved job prospects are all part of the mix, but the Moog culture is fundamentally about respect.

We believe in our people, and it shows in everything we do. Explore some of our selected Space Sector openings by location.

Featured Job Opening

The Space Products Business Development Manager will be responsible for meeting and establishing the goals for Structures & Motion Control for the heritage Moog CSA business. The sales manager leads the sales efforts and develops both strategic and tactical plans. This position will also require strong knowledge of Moog’s core technical expertise in structural dynamics, with a focus on vibration isolation, precision motion control, and launch infrastructure for the launch vehicle, satellite, and ground-based-test markets. The person selected can work out of the Golden, CO or Mountain View, CA office.

DHV Technology

DHV Technology

DHV Technology

Meet our team

April 26–28, 2022

Miguel Ángel Vázquez

Managing Director and

He is an entrepreneur, Doctor on Physics by Seville University, Master in Renewable Energy by Andalusia International University and Master in Energetic Engineering by Seville University.

Vicente Díaz


PHD on Physics (Solar Energy) by Polytechnic University of Madrid and Bachelor Science on Physics by University of Granada. He has been assistant professor at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, has been 11 years with Indra Sistemas (working in aeronautics and military projects) and more than 12 years with ISOFOTON S.A.

About DHV Technology

DHV Technology team

DHV Technology, founded at 2013, has been growing with a very talented and encouraged team, full of passion and motivation for the Aerospace Market, designing and manufacturing solar panels for space applications and other power subsystems for different platforms.

The group of engineers and experts who are part of DHV Technology is built by a balanced and multidisciplinary team, with extensive professional experience in various fields.

Because of these reasons, the company is able to tackle complex and challenging projects and to provide solutions with high added value and highly adapted to the demands of the customers.

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Customized solutions

Engineering Team

The engineering team of DHV Technology is used to work under a requirements list to be met during the execution of the project. Customized soltutions are available for different size and type of platforms.


One of the key points of DHV Technology team is the focus on the customer needs, including the difficult schedules and New Space approachs to be met.

DHV Technology has a long experience manufacturing different solar panel formats, even taking into account huge constellations in terms of Cubesats and Smallsats.

Cubesat Solar Panels

Standard Designs

  • Most common structures are taken into account for the standard solutions
  • Starting from the smallest platform (i.i. Pocketqube), DHV Technology has designed solar panels for all the Cubesat sizes, going through the 1U, 2U, 3U, 6U, 8U, 12U, 16U.
  • Body mounted and Deployable solutions are available, depending on the electrical and mechanical design to be taken into account.
DHV Technology CubeSats

Materials and parts

  • Different substrate materials can be used to manufacture our solar panels.
  • From polyimide substrates to composite materials, all the used technologies are tested to qualify their correct functionality in space and under high loads during launch environments.
  • Before the test, all the material selection and analysis is designed using FEM models to demostrate the correct behaviour under the most critical loads.
DHV Technology

Cubesat EPS & SADA

EPS Highlights

  • Scalable for CubeSats from non deployable 1U, up to triple deployable 2U, 3U or 6U with various configurations
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Space qualified
  • Thermal knife control for wing deployment
  • PC104 form factor
  • Customization also available upon request
DHV Technology EPS

SADA Highlights

  • The Solar Array Drive Assembly (SADA) for CubeSats is a rotatory system which increases power generation of CubeSat solar arrays.
  • The system accomodates 3U, 6U and 12U CubeSat form factor supporting up to 120W, with a total dimmensions of 100x100x10mm
  • Gimbal for one-axis concept
  • PC104 form factor
  • TRL9 during 2022
  • SADA system can hold a total of 15 signals per wing
  • It is designed to rotate up to +/-180 degrees.
  • Customization also available upon request
DHV Technology SADA