1st PocketQube Workshop (2017)

Friday 24th of March 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

The workshop has succesfully concluded. With over 50 participants from more than 10 different countries, it was very succesfull. This page will be maintained for reference untill the Delfi websit is transferred to a new environment, planned for the summer of 2017.


PocketQubes are a relatively new form factor of very small satellites, comprising of one or more cubic units of approximately 5 cm. They are similar to the successful CubeSat form factor, but are one order of magnitude smaller and belonging to the class of picosatellites (100 g – 1000 g). They provide an excellent platform for demonstrating highly miniaturized space systems at low cost. In the future, vast networks of these tiny satellites may provide currently unforeseen applications. The PocketQube community today is relatively small and they are not yet specifically addressed at major conferences. The goal of this workshop is to offer a venue to foster collaboration and understanding on this emerging topic.






8:45 - 9:30   Welcome with coffee (any time)

9.30 - 9.40

 Eberhard Gill (TU Delft / The Netherlands)


9:40 - 10:00

Frank Zeppenfeldt (ESA / The Netherlands)

Funding opportunities with ESA Telecommunications

10:00 - 10:20

Tom Walkinshaw (Alba Orbital / United Kingdom)

Overview of Alba Orbital (PQ Shop) and the Development of the Unicorn PocketQubes

10:20 - 10:40

Stuart McAndrew (Australia)

Building a Satellite from Scratch: The DIY Engineering behind OzQube-1

10:40 - 11:00



Coffee break

11:00 - 11:20

Jo Hinchliffe (amateur / United Kingdom)

PocketQube chassis design and realisation on a budget

11:20 - 11:40

George Addison (Catapult Satellite Application United Kingdom)

Ubo PocketQube – Lowering the barriers to space

11:40 - 12:00

Craig Hay (Alba Orbital / United Kingdom)

Lessons from Unicorn-1, the 1st commercially built PocketQube platform

12:00 - 13:00



13:00 - 13:20

Chantal Cappelletti (Gauss / Italy)

Overview on launched picosats, deployment system and future launch opportunities

13:20 - 13:40

Gábor Géczy (Budapest University / Hungary)

Results from SMOG-1 P

13:40 - 14:00

Gustavo Carpignano (DIYsatellite / Argentina)

The ArduiQube project

14:00 - 14:20

Rakesh Chandra Prajapati (ORION Space / Nepal)

Overview of ORION Space, Nepal and the Development CanSat. Next project: PocketQube

14:20 - 14:40

Stefano Speretta (TU Delft / The netherlands)

Delfi-PQ: An Iterative Development Towards Highly Capable PocketQubes

14:40 - 15:00


Cofee break

15:00 - 15:20

Jonathan Camilleri (University of Birmingham / United Kingdom)

Smart antennas for ionospheric sensing with PocketQubes and CubeSats

15:20 - 15:40

Jaroslav Laifr (SkyFox Labs / Czech Republic)

PocketQube GPS Receiver pqNAV-L1

15:40 - 16:00

Stefano Silvestrini (TU Delft / The Netherlands)

Development of a micro-propulsion system for PocketQube applications

16:00 - 16:20

Kevin Worrall (University of Glasgow / United Kingdom)

PocketQubes: Do we need a standard?

16:20 - 16:40

Jasper Bouwmeester (TU Delft / The Netherlands)

Structural Outline and Electrical Interface Standard for PocketQubes.

16:40 - 17:10

 Moderator: Alessandra Menicucci

Discussion on PocketQube Standards

17:10 - 17:15

 Alessandra Menicucci

Closing Remarks

17:15 - 20:00


Reception (drinks and some snacks)



You can register by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration closes on the 15th of March or when the capacity limit is reached.

Presenters within the program are automatically registered.


Attendance to the workshop is free of charge! Facilities, coffee breaks, lunch and the reception are offered to you by Delft University of Technology.


The workshop will be held in the Aula Conference Centre of TU Delft (Mekelweg 5, Delft).
It is located at 10-20 minute walking distance from the city centre of Delft and the train station. Busses from the centre or train station can be planned here: http://9292.nl/en


We recommend you to stay in the historical centre of Delft, which is very charming and conveniently located. The city of Delft offers several options for accommodation, starting from about 50 €/night. Cheap hostels (from about 20 €/night) can be found in the neighbouring cities Den Haag (The Hague) and Rotterdam, which connect to Delft by train (15 min. station-to-station). You can use reservation systems such as www.booking.com to easily find suitable accommodation.


Delft is located in the city-agglomeration of the Netherlands. It can be reached by train from Schiphol Airport (~50 min.) or by bus from Rotterdam Airport (~35 min.). You can plan your trip in the Netherlands here: http://9292.nl/en/.