06-04-2018 | John Bellardo: CubeSat and PolySat Research Laboratories

Title: CubSat/PolySat Seminar

Speaker: Dr. John Bellardo, Associate Professor, Computer Science, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) – San Luis Obispo

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: NASA/LaRC, IESB 2102, Pearl Young Theater

Host: NASA/LaRC Science Directorate’s Climate Science Branch

Bio: Dr. Bellardo is one of two faculty advisors for the school’s CubeSat and PolySat research laboratories. He advises most aspects of satellite design, construction, and operation including Cal Poly’s distributed tracking station infrastructure. He is actively involved in researching satellite technologies and processes to redefine what CubeSats are capable of doing, streamline development, reduce size, and reduce costs. His most recent CubeSat flight missions are IPEX and ExoCube. IPEX, launched in December 2013, tests onboard autonomy as a precursor to larger NASA satellites. ExoCube, launched in January 2015, flies a small mass spectrometer capable of differentiating between particles with an atomic mass less than 40.

In addition to the seminar, his agenda for the day will include a roundtable discussion in the morning with a smaller group of individuals who are interested in talking about potential future collaboration opportunities and ideas on how NASA Langley can merge our science/engineering capabilities with theirs.  This will be a great opportunity for NASA Langley to learn more about CubeSats as we are beginning to evolve our current sensor capabilities to smaller and more cost-effective payloads/platforms.


The seminar is open to NASA Langley & NIA collegues, however, the morning roundtable discussions are reserved for smaller groups.  If you think you or someone you know can contribute to this conversation or is a key player, please email Anum Barki Ashraf (contact info below).

Anum Barki Ashraf
(757) 864-3587