2nd PocketQube Workshop (2018)

Thursday 22nd on Friday 23rd of March 2018, Delft, The Netherlands



Following the succesfull first PocketQube Workshop in Delft in 2017, a second PocketQube workshop is organized in 2018 and extended to two days of presentations. 

PocketQubes are 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.


Thursday 22nd of March




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

9.30 - 9.40

Eberhard Gill (TU Delft / The Netherlands)


9:40 - 10:10

Emerald Adair (Vector Launch / United States)

Vector and how the small launch vehicle market will change how we get to space.

10:10 - 10:40

Andrew Paliwoda (Alba Orbital / United Kingdom)

Overview of Alba Orbital, capabilities, platforms and projects

10:40 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:30

Tom Walkinshaw (Alba Orbital / United Kingdom)

Thoughts on how to grow the PocketQube movement and removing barriers to entry.

11:30 - 12:00

Conrad Pires (PicoSat Systems / Australia)

Commercial Challenges of PocketQubes

12:00 - 12:30

Jasper Bouwmeester (TU Delft / The Netherlands)

Delfi-PQ Mission & Design

12:30 - 13:30


Lunch break

13:30 - 14:00

Rakesh Chandra Prajapati (ORION Space / Nepal)

Design, Development, and Present Status of ‘Nepal-PQ1’ 1-Unit PocketQube

14:00 - 14:30


Stuart McAndrew (PicoSat Systems / Australia)

Technical Challenges of PocketQubes

14:30 - 15:00

Kartik Kumar (SatSearch.co / The Netherlands)

Integrated Mission Design for PocketQubes

15:00 - 15:20

 Cofee break

15:20 - 15:50

Charles Grech (University of Malta / Malta)

PocketQube Ground Station using Phased Array Beam Steering

15:50 - 16:20

Albert Lin (National Chiao-Tung University / Taiwan)

APRS PocketQube for Moving Objects Tracking

16:20 - 16:50

Laifr Jaroslav (Skyfox Labs / Czech Republic)

A Little Insight into PocketQube Use-Cases from the RF Point of View

16:50 - 17:20

Sacha Tholl (Aachen University of Applied Sciences / Germany)


Femto-Satellite Mission Design from the Point of View of the Ground Segment and the Mission Operator



Friday 23rd of March 




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

9.30 - 10.00

Kobi Gozlan (Ariel University / Israel)
SATLLA: A Pico Satellite with laser link communication.

10:00 - 10:30

 Félix Páez Pavón (AMSAT-EA / Spain)


EASAT-2 2P communications satellite

10:30 - 11:00

 Ilias Daradimos (Libre Space / Greece)

 Open source hardware and software PocketQube family of satellite modules.

11:00 - 11:20

 Coffee break

11:20 - 11:50

Sebastien Lorquet (Electrolab Hackerspace / France)

hn70ap : an experiment in UHF FSK base stations, and more.

11:50 - 12:20

Stefano Speretta (TU Delft / The Netherlands) Going small and big: an end-to-end communication system for constellations and swarms.

12:20 - 13:30

 Lunch break

13:30 - 14:00

Chantal Cappelletti (GAUSS / Italy) 

Overview on launched picosats, deployment system and future launch opportunities.

14:00 - 14:30

Didier Maxence (TU Delft / The Netherlands) Micropropulsion for PocketQubes.

14:30 - 15:00

Andrew Dunn (Alba Orbital / United Kingdom)  
Mechanical advancements in PocketQube, AlbaPod and the 19 watt wing

15:00 - 15:20

 Cofee break

15:20 - 15:50

 Joe Latrell (Photos to Space)
Developing Lower Cost Satellites For Classroom Use

15:50 - 16:30

 All Discussion and wrap-up

16:30 - 18:00

 Networking Drinks



The workshop has reached its capacity limit. You can send us an email if you like to be added to the backup list: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will let you know as soon as possible if we a slot becomes free. Your registration is final when you have received a confirmation of registration by email.

Presenters within the program are already 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 BouwCampus at the campus of TU Delft (Building 26A, van der Burghweg 1, Delft).
It is located at 30 minute walking distance from the city centre of Delft and the train station. Bus lines 69, 40 and 174 go from train station to the stop "TU- Sport en Cultuur" which is very close to the location. 

Link to Google Planner


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). 


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/.