This Space Group lecture was split into two parts and was 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 section of the talk provided a warts-and-all view of the TDS-1 programme from its inception in 2009 to the successful completion of commissioning in 2014.
Part 2: The UKube Satellite. Steve Greenland, Ukube-1 Lead Systems Engineer, Clyde Space discusses how the United Kingdom Universal Bus Experiment (UKube) is 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.
About the speakers:
Doug Liddle, Head of Science, SSTL
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.
Steve Greenland, Ukube-1 Lead Systems Engineer, Clyde Space
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.