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2014 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies 
Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) 
(Kitakyushu, Japan)

November 2013 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).

In 2014 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2014. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.

The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the  nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT. 

Application forms and further information can be found here.

The deadline for application is 27 January 2014.

 

2013 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies
Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)
(Kitakyushu, Japan)

5 December 2012 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).

In 2013 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2013. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.

The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.

Application forms and further information can be found here.

The deadline for application is 28 February 2013.

International Short Course on Small Satellite Missions, CSSTEAP, India, 29 October - 9 November 2012

4 June 2012 - The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in the Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP) is organizing an International Short Course on Small Satellite Missions. The Short Course will be conducted from 29 October to 9 November 2012.

The Short Course brochure can be downloaded here.

United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium, Nagoya, Japan, 10 - 13 October 2012

1 May 2012 - In-follow up to the series of three UN/Austria/ESA Symposiums on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development, held in Graz, Austria, from 2009 to 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs will organize Workshops on Basic Space Technology Development in the regions that correspond to the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia.

The first such Workshop in 2012 will be hosted by the University of Tokyo, co-hosted by the University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC) and held in Nagoya, Japan, in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace 2012.

The Workshop will include the final presentations of projects submitted to the 2nd Mission Idea Contest, special sessions on the topic listed below, a poster session and discussions on the drafting of a Space Education Curriculum in Aerospace Engineering.

Applications for funding support to partcipate in the Symposium are being accepted until 1 June 2012.

2012 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies
(Kitakyushu, Japan)

UN-Japan_DNST

1 December 2011 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the three-year Doctorate in Nano-Satellite Technologies (DNST) Programme, a lLng-term Fellowship Programme established by the United Nations and Japan with the cooperation of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).

Tuition, living and travel cost for up to two candidates per year will be covered by KIT and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Programme starts in October 2012 and will last for three years for each participant. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.

Application forms and further information can be found here. The deadline for application is 30 April 2012.

 


Capacity Building in Space Technology Development at the
Fourth African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development
Mombasa, Kenya, 26-28 September 2011

21 October 2011 - As part of the Fourth African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 26 to 29 September 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs organized several sessions on capacity building in space technology development and space law. The presentations made at these sessions and the "Mombasa Declaration" containing the conference's observations and recommendations can be found here.

The discussions at the ALC will in particular also contribute to the efforts to create an education curriculum for aerospace education. Work on this curriculum will commence under the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) in 2012. As part of this activity it is also planned that a
dedicated BSTI workshop on capacity building in space technology development in Africa will be held in 2014-2015 .

UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development:
Implementing Small Satellite Programmes: Technical, Managerial, Regulatory and Legal Issues
Graz, Austria, 13-16 September 2011

Graz 2011 Small

17 October 2011 - Under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs successfully concluded this year's Symposium on "Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development - Implementing Small Satellite Programmes: Technical, Managerial, Regulatory and Lecal Issues ", held in Graz, Austria, from 13 to 16 September 2011. It concludes the series of three Symposiums dedicated to small satellite actvities.
This year the Symposium focused on the programmatic and management aspects of small satellite development activities. It was attended by more than 100 small satellite experts from 39 countries and several international organizations.

The presentations made at the Symposium will be posted at the Symposium Website.

 

Guidebook on Small Satellite Programs

GoSSP Report

17 October 2011 - As part of the annual nine-week Space Studies Programme (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU) held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September 2011, a project team created the "Guidebook on Small Satellite Programs".

The team project was conducted in cooperation between the International Space University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).

Background information about the team project and the presentations made by the invited experts are available here.

The team project website containing the final report and its executive summary can be accessed at http://gossp.isunet.edu.

 

Launch of the Team Project Small Satellites at the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Programme (SSP), Graz, Austria, 11 July - 9 September 2011

ISU SSP2011 Poster

11 July 2011 - The annual nine-week Space Studies Programme (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU) is being held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September 2011.

One of the three team projects at the Space Studies Programme will be conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The aim of the Team Project Small Satellites is to develop a guidebook for small satellite development for organizations and countries seeking to build capacities in basic space technology development.

 

This cooperation between the International Space University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is conducted under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).

 

For further details see the Team Project Small Satellites webpages.

2011 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies
(Kitakyushu, Japan)

UN-Japan_DNST

21 December 2010 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the three-year Doctorate in Nano-Satellite Technologies (DNST) Programme, a lLng-term Fellowship Programme established by the United Nations and Japan with the cooperation of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).

Tuition, living and travel cost for up to two candidates per year will be covered by KIT and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Programme starts on 1 October 2011 and will last for three years for each participant. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.

The deadline for application is 30 April 2011.

 


International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Programme (SSP) to be held in Graz,
Austria, 11 July - 9 September 2011

ISU SSP2011 Poster

13 December 2010 - The annual nine-week Space Studies Programme (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU) will be held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September 2011.

One of the three team projects in which students will participate will aim to develop a "primer/best practices" manual for countries and institutions seeking to embark on using nano- and small satellite projects to establish a basic capacity in space technology development. That manual is envisioned to contain advice and best practices on technical issues, programme and project management considerations as well as on regulatory (frequency allocation, satellite registration practices, space debris mitigation) and policy (international cooperation, technology transfer) aspects. The final team report will also be a contribution to the United Nations Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).

Applications to join the SSP can be made on-line at the website of ISU. Scholarships for qualified applicants, including from developing countries, are available.

BSTI Workplan endorsed in the Action Plan of the VI Space Conference of the Americas,
held in Pachuca, Mexico, 15-19 November 2010

VI Space Conference of the Americas

26 November 2010 - Following an invitation by the Government of Mexico, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs made a presentation on its Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) at the VI Space Conference of the Americas (CEA), held in Pachuca, Mexico, from 15-19 November 2010.

As part of the CEA, UNOOSA also cooperated with the Mexico campus of CRECTEALC and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in organizing a meeting of small satellite experts. The experts discussed ongoing and planned capacity building activities in space technology development in the region and the potential role of the Office's Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) to contribute to these efforts. The possibility of holding a future regional BSTI workshop at either of the two campuses of CRECTEALC was also discussed.

The group of experts participated in the work of Committee 4 on Technological Development, Industry and Scientific Research. The BSTI Workplan was endorsed in the action plan that is to be implemented in follow-up to the VI Space Conference of the Americas.

The presentation made by UNOOSA can be accessed here.

BSTI Presented at the CANEUS-Shared Small Satellites CSSP International Workshop
20 October, Marina di Carrara, Tuscany, Italy

20 October 2010 - Following an invitation by CANEUS, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs made a presentation by video conference on possible relevant activities of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, including its Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI), as part of Session 1: "Summary of Geographic & International Organizations for their AIS and Data Extraction Needs" at the CSSP (Collective Security, Safety, and Prosperity) International Workshop, held from 20-22 October 2010 in Marina di Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. The presentation made by UNOOSA can be found here.

BSTI Presented at the Space Economy in the Multipolar World (SEMW2010)
1st International Space Conference in Lithuania, 6-9 October 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania

6-8 October 2010 - Following an invitation by the Lithuanian Space Association, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs made a presentation on the development of space technologies from the United Nations perspective ( Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI)) and on issues related to the registration of space objects at the 1st International Space Conference in Lithuania, entitled "Space Economy in the Multipolar World (SEMW2010)" ( Programme, Presentations). The presentation made by UNOOSA can be found here.


BSTI Presented at the International Astronautical Congress Cluster Forum -
Nanosatellite Event, 29 September 2010, Prague, Czech Republic

 

29 September 2010 - Following an invitation by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs presented its Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) at the 2nd International Cluster Forum - Nanosatellite Event, held as part of the 61st International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. The presentation made by UNOOSA can be found here.

UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development:
Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes, 21-24 September 2010

24 September 2010 - In the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs successfully concluded this year's Symposium on "Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development - Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes", held in Graz, Austria, from 21 to 24 September 2010. The Symposium focused on the development and applications of payloads for small satellites in the 1-100 kg class. More than 115 small satellite experts from more than 35 countries and international organizations took part in the Symposium with lectures and working groups focusing on the status of world-wide small satellite activities, international and regional cooperation, the potential of using small satellites for education, research and operational applications, the technical and programmatic issues of developing payloads for small satellites and the relevant regulatory issues, such as frequency allocations, space debris mitigation and registration of satellites.

The presentations made at the Symposium and a selection of photos have been posted at the Symposium Website.

 

Educational Opportunities in Aerospace Engineering and Small Satellite Development

 

8 September 2010 - As part of its Basic Space Technology Initiative, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has published a document with information on Educational Opportunities in Aerospace Engineering and Small Satellite Development (ST/SPACE/53).

The publication lists information about relevant programmes offered by 43 academic institutions in 18 countries.


Planning the HUMSAT Nano-satellite Constellation Project, Vigo, Spain

Humsat-University of Vigo

Humsat-Model

29 June 2010 - UNOOSA was invited to present its Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) at a conference organized by the Universida de Vigo, Fundacion Caixagalicia and the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion of the Government of Spain ( presentation).

Following the conference, representatives of Calpoly, CRECTEALC-Campus Mexico, European Space Agency (ESA), International Astronautical Federation (IAF), UNOOSA and Universida de Vigo met to discuss progress on the planned HUMSAT Nano-satellite constellation.

The HUMSAT constellation will provide messaging services through small user terminals and is open for international collaboration with organizations developing nano-satellites. The project has been presented at the UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development, held in 2009, and is endorsed by the Basic Space Technology Initiative, implemented by the Office for Outer Space Affairs in the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.

At the UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development: Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes, to be held 21-24 September 2010, a special session will be dedicated to the HUMSAT project.

 

1st Nano-Satellite Symposium, Tokyo, Japan - Nano-satellite Constellation Mission Idea Contest

Nano-satellite Symposium Attendees

Mission Idea Contest Flyer

10 June 2010 - At the 1st Nano-satellite Symposium held on 10-11 June 2010 and organized by University of Tokyo, Next System Technology Research Association (NESTRA), University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC) and AXELSPACE Corporation and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Cabinet Office of Japan, UNOOSA presented its plans for the United Nations Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) ( presentation).

The Symposium brought together nano-satellite experts from around the world to discuss the state-of-art in the utilization of nano-satellites for science and operational applications and to launch a Nano-satellite Constellation Mission Idea Contest. The presentations made at the Symposium have been made available at http://www.nestra.jp/NS_sympo/main_e.html. Information about the Nano-satellite Constellation Mission Idea Contest is available at http://www.axelspace.com/missionideacontest/. The submission deadline for the contest is 20 December 2010.

The Mission Idea Contest will also be presented at the forthcoming UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development: Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes, to be held 21-24 September 2010.

Basic Space Technology: Survey of Aerospace Engineering and Small Satellite Programmes

BSTI Education Directory

 

3 June 2010 - The United Nations Programme on Space Applications is conducting a comprehensive survey of world-wide academic programmes in aerospace engineering and small satellite development. The purpose of this survey is to compile a directory which will allow Member States to assess the availability of relevant education opportunities and to help prospective students - including those from developing countries and emerging space nations - to select suitable programmes they may wish to apply for. Relevant academic institutions are invited to complete the survey.

Please visit BST page for more details.

Small Satellite Development Workshop has been organized by the Programme for UNOOSA staff

20 November 2009 - The UN Programme on Space Applications has organized a three day technical Small Satellite Development Workshop for the staff of the Office for Outer Space Affairs. The Workshop was held from 18 to 20 November 2009, and it provided the UNOOSA staff with an insight into the fundamental physical and technical aspects, capabilities and latest trends in the development of small satellites.

Instructors at the Workshop were Prof. Hans-Peter Roeser and his colleagues - Dipl. Ing. (FH) Michael Lengowski, Dipl. Ing. Felix Boehringer, and Dipl. Social. Science Regina Kreutzmann from the Institute of Space Systems of Stuttgart University.

The Workshop supports activities the United Nations Programme on Space Applications related to capacity building in basic space technology development. The activities are part of an initiative that takes account of the increasing interest in a growing number of countries to build indigenous space technology development capacities. In particular the development of small satellites - due to their growing affordability - is now also in the reach of many developing countries. With the capabilities of smaller satellites increasingly rivaling those of larger and more expensive satellites, adequate levels of indigenous space technology development capacities can help a country to optimize the benefits it can derive from the use of space technology and its applications.

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