The TDS - 1 AND UKube - 1 Satellite Programmes

24 November 2014

Royal Aeronautical Society

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This lecture will be split up into two parts and be given by Doug Liddle from SSTL and Steve Greenland from Clyde Space.  

Part 1: In-Orbit Demonstration with TDS - 1 - Lessons Learnt

Doug Liddle, Head of Science, SSTL

This talk will provide a warts-and-all view of the TDS-1 programme from its inception in 2009 to the successful completion of commissioning in 2014.  The technical, programmatic and commercial challenges of delivering such a challenging programme and the valuable lessons learnt will be presented.  Finally, a vision of the future of IOD for UK industry and academia will be given.

Doug Liddle left Oxford University in 1993 with a Physics degree. He went on to spend several interesting years at the Defence Research Agency in Farnborough where he got to play with lots of fun things. In 2001, he joined Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd where he has taken on a variety of engineering and managerial roles. In his time at SSTL he has designed ESA's first navigation satellite, developed satellites ranging in size from 4kg to 3 tonnes and had the pleasure of contributing to over 20 satellites built by the SSTL team in the last 13 years - including most recently TDS-1. He is currently SSTL's Head of Science. 

Part 2: The UKube Satellite

Steve Greenland, Ukube-1 Lead Systems Engineer, Clyde Space  

The United Kingdom Universal Bus Experiment (UKube) is a proposed as a national program to stimulate nanospacecraft development within the UK.  UKube-1, launched in July 2014, is a one year precursor mission using a 3 U CubeSat form factor and carrying a number of science and technology payloads into space.  The mission was co-financed by Clyde Space and the UK Space Agency following a TSB Knowledge Transfer scheme and involved over 25 groups from across the UK, with self-funded payloads selected through an open competition of ideas.



The intention for UKube-1 has been to pioneer collaboration between the newly formed UK Space Agency, industry and academia, as the pilot for a national CubeSat program.  Prior to launch an independent review found UKube-1 had fulfilled the majority of objectives before meeting the launch pad.  Since launch, the satellite has been operated by RAL Space, with all payloads having been exercised.



The relatively low cost, largely off-the-shelf, and rapid turnaround of CubeSat missions means that the UKube Program has the opportunity to drive the development of innovative technologies, carry out new space research quickly and efficiently, promote economic growth, offer great opportunities for hands-on training for the next generation of the UK space workforce, and promote education and outreach in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) subjects.



The presentation will give an overview of the UKube-1 mission, through concept, development and now operation; highlighting some of the key challenges along the way and potential future direction.

Originally graduating with a 1st in Avionics and Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2005, Steve went on to specialise in space systems at Cranfield University and University of Tokyo.  In 2008, Steve joined University of Strathclyde under a knowledge transfer agreement with Clyde Space Ltd with the goal of developing a comprehensive space systems capability within the consortium.  Having been influenced by his positive experience of nanosatellites in Japan, he was jointly responsible for the proposal, definition and subsequent implementation of a national ‘CubeSat’ program of which UKube-1 is the pilot as the first ever UK Space Agency commissioned nanosatellite.  In 2011, Steve joined Clyde Space as a senior engineer.

His new role as an industrial fellow follows directly from this experience as the technical lead on UKube-1.  Steve’s project aims for the NANOBED fellowship are to further the UKube philosophy of open access to space for novel research and business opportunity through collaboration: simplifying, accelerating and standardising requisite development tools and processes.

 

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Speaker Details

Doug Liddle, Head of Science, SSTL, UK & Steve Greenland, UKube-1 Lead Systems Engineer, Clyde Space, UK

Doug Liddle, Head of Science, SSTL, UK 

Doug Liddle spent several years at the Defence ResearchAgency in Farnborough before joining Surrey SatelliteTechnology Ltd in 2001, where he has taken on a variety ofengineering and managerial roles. In his time at SSTL he hasdesigned ESA’s first navigation satellite, developed satellitesranging in size from 4kg to 3 tonnes and had the pleasure ofcontributing to over 20 satellites built by the SSTL team inthe last 13 years, including most recently TDS-1.After studying at the University of Manchester, Cranfield

Steve Greenland, UKube-1 Lead Systems Engineer, Clyde Space, UK 

University and the University of Tokyo, Steve joined the University of Strathclyde in 2008 under a knowledge transfer agreement with Clyde Space Ltd, with the goal of developing a comprehensive space systems capability within the consortium. Having been influenced by his positive experience of nanosatellites in Japan, he was jointly responsible for the proposal, definition and subsequent implementation of a national ‘CubeSat’ program of which UKube-1 is the pilot as the first ever UK Space Agency commissioned nanosatellite. Steve joined Clyde Space as a Senior Engineer in 2011. His new role as an industrial Fellow follows directly from this experience as the technical lead on UKube-1. Steve’s project aims for the NANOBED fellowship are to further the UKube philosophy of open access to space for novel research and business opportunity through collaboration: simplifying, accelerating and standardising requisite development tools and processes.

 

 

Location

Royal Aeronautical Society