Identifying global capacity building needs: Cansat/Cubesat activities for capacity building in basic space technology development

Werner R. Balogh, Rei Kawashima, Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim, Yasuyuki Miyazaki

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Abstract

Since the late 1990s, advances in the field of small satellite development, including the widespread acceptance of quasi-standards such as CanSat and CubeSat platforms, the use of commercial off the shelf technology and access to affordable launch opportunities, have contributed to an increasing number of space technology developers in the World. These developments created new opportunities for international space cooperation, but also require the space community to address important challenges, such as the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and the responsibility of state actors for authorizing and supervising space activities. Japan, through activities of its space agency JAXA, through cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and through the efforts of the University Space Engineering Consortium-Global (UNISEC-Global), has taken a leading role in promoting space technology development for the peaceful uses of outer space. This paper discusses the world-wide status of space technology capacity building activities and the results of a global survey, focussing on CanSat and CubeSat-related activities and identifies options for future space technology development capacity building. UNISEC-Global and its activities are briefly introduced and the purpose and methodology of the survey are described and the survey results presented, followed by discussion of future plans for supporting world-wide capacity building in basic space technology development. The importance of the conclusions is also discussed in the context of thematic priority 7 "capacity building for the 21st century" of UNISPACE+50, to be held in 2018. This work is part of a project funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, in cooperation with UNISEC and with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages5671-5683
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 2017 Sep 252017 Sep 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume9
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Conference

Conference68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period17/9/2517/9/29

Keywords

  • And CubeSat
  • CanSat
  • Capacity building
  • Space education
  • Space technology development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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