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Small Satellites – Big Solutions

Published on: 09-Nov-2017

Usability of small satellite platforms for solutions to regional problems

This is in conjunction with NTU SaRC VELOX-II & VELOX-CI 2nd year anniversary.(Launched on 16 Dec 2015)


Date:​​Monday, 27 November 2017​
​Time:09:00 to 14:00 (SGT) ​
​Venue:NTU Reality Theatre,
Research Techno Plaza
Nanyang Technological University,
50 Nanyang Drive,
Singapore 637553​

A special guest speaker from the United Nations will be featured, as well as speakers from Japan & US to share with participants the usability of small satellite platforms for solutions to regional problems.

  • Keynote Address: Outer Space Activities and the United Nations by Dr. Werner Balogh (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs)
  • Introduction to Lean Satellite Activities in Kyushu Institute of Technology and Flight Experiment Opportunities Onboard CubeSats Released from ISS by Professor Mengu Cho (Kyushu Institute of Technology and NTU SaRC)
  • Space Weather Research & its need for Singapore by Dr. Tzu-Wei Fang (NTU SaRC & NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre)
  • "What’s the big deal about Small Satellites?" by Asst. Professor Amal Chandran (NTU SaRC)


Speaker Biography

Dr Werner Balogh


Dr. Werner Balogh is Chief, a.i., of the Space Applications Section (SAS) of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In his previous role as Programme Officer with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria, he serviced meetings of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and coordinated and organized numerous capacity building activities in the field of space science, technology and applications under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. He first joined the United Nations in 1997 as an Associate Expert on Space Applications and participated in the planning and organizing of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), held in 1999. Prior to returning to the United Nations in 2006, Dr. Balogh worked in the field of human space flight, space transportation and space science for the Austrian Space Agency and in the field of operational space applications for the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). He holds Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. degrees in technical physics from the Vienna University of Technology, an MSc degree in space studies from the International Space University and an MA degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs implements the United Nations Programme on Space Applications to support Member States of the United Nations with building capacity in space technology development for the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space. Dr. Balogh will present about the role of Outer Space in emerging space countries and the use of space technology for sustainable development. He will also present on the action plan for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia which forms a space policy guide for the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Mengu Cho

Prof. Mengu Cho received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the P.hD. degree from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1992. From 1992 to 1995, he was a research associate with Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. From 1995 to 1996, he was a Teaching Associates with International Space University, France. Since 1996, he had been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan, where he was an Assistant Professor in 1996 and Associate Professor in 1997. Since 2004, He has been a Professor and also the Director of the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) of KIT. He has been with the Department of Applied Science for Integrated system engineering since 2010. Prof. Cho is a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University at the school of EEE. His research interest includes spacecraft environmental interaction, especially spacecraft charging and nano-satellite reliability. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 papers in peer reviewed journals. He served as a project lead of a standardization project for ISO-11221, “Space systems -- Space solar panels -- Spacecraft charging induced electrostatic discharge test methods” that was published in 2011. He is now leading an international effort of small-scale satellite testing standardization. He also serves as a liaison officer of United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme 2014 Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST). Professor Cho will present about a cubesat constellation that can provide global 3D temporal variation of ionosphere electron density with higher spatial/temporal resolution, higher accuracy and lower cost than a system utilizing Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

Dr Tzu-Wei Fang


Tzu-Wei received her PhD in Space Physics in 2009 from the National Central University in Taiwan. During her PhD, she was awarded the Newkirk Fellowship from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the US and worked as a graduate research assistant between 2006 and 2009. After her PhD, she joined University of Colorado/CIRES as a research scientist and started to work with thermosphere-ionosphere group at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). Her research focuses on understanding the ionospheric morphology and electrodynamics, particularly at the low-latitude region. She is familiar with several ionosphere-thermosphere models and has been working closely with the coupled Whole atmosphere model (WAM) and Ionosphere Plasmasphere electrodynamics (IPE) model that is transitioned into operation in NOAA/SWPC. In this talk, she will briefly introduce her recent research and talk about possible applications on Space Weather research & forecasting and implementation of a space weather forecasting model for Singapore and the South East Asia region.

Assistant Professor Amal Chandran

 5_What s the big deal about small satellites_Prof_Amal.pdf
Amal Chandran holds an M.S and PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado. His PhD thesis involved working on NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Satellite mission to analyse wave propagation and dynamics in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. E has worked as a Research scientist at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in USA. Since 2015 he has been working as program manager for the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) at the University of Colroado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Amal continues to serve as Principal Investigator for the first INSPIRESat, a 6U cubesat scheduled for flight in 2019 and being built collaboratively in the United States, India and Taiwan. Amal is the Associate Director for Space Technology at the Satellite Research Centre under the School of EEE at Nanyang Technological University. Amal’s research interests are in the field of instrumentation for Earth remote sensing and space weather monitoring on small satellite platforms, small satellite technology development, atmospheric dynamics and whole atmosphere climate modelling. As Assistant Professor in the School of EEE, he is developing an undergraduate and graduate curriculum to teach spacecraft design and instrumentation to train the next generation of Singaporean space scientists and engineers. In this presentation, Amal will talk about the capability of small satellite and cubesat platforms to perform scientific missions of economic and societal importance. He will present about changing paradigms of space research and space industry and the democratization of space brought about by ongoing small satellite technology revolution.

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