CubeSat Astronomy in the 2020s

Room 301B, Hawaii Convention Center Workshop during the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Room 301B, Hawaii Convention Center Organizers Russell Genet, California Polytechnic State University, 805.438.3305, rgenet@calpoly.edu Mary Knapp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 617.715.5563, mkanpp@mit.edu Workshop Synopsis Thanks to NASA’s support, an increasing number of CubeSat […]

posted February 11, 2020

History of Robotic and Remotely Operated Telescopes The Fairborn Observatory 1979-1989

By Russell M. Genet Abstract Automated instrument sequencers were employed on solar eclipse expeditions in the late 1800s. However, it was not until the 1960s that Art Code and associates at Wisconsin used a PDP-8 minicomputer with 4 K of RAM to automate an 8-inch photometric telescope. It took reliable microcomputers to initiate the modern […]

posted March 21, 2019

A New Perspective on Orbital Debris

The US DoD is testing a new S-band radar space fence at Kwajalein. It should find and track most new objects during their first pass, rather than needing days to months using hit-or-miss “pencil-beam” radars. This fence may find many objects down to 2-5 cm that were not found before. This may catalog ~20X more […]

posted November 30, 2018

The Student Space Telescope Network At the forefront of CubeSat technology

Officially launching last June, the Student Space Telescope Network (or SSTN) is the brainchild of Ralph Emerson, PlaneWave Instruments’ Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Russell Genet, research scholar and resident at California Polytechnic State University; and PlaneWave Instruments advisor and co-founder of the fiber optic communication company Sierra Monolithics, David Rowe. Basically, PlaneWave partnered […]

posted November 30, 2018

Space Situational Awareness

SSA Seeks To Prevent Orbital Collisions, Malicious Attacks In our highly interconnected, tech-dependent, early-21st century world, little everyday thought is given to the massive conglomeration of hardware circling the Earth, which makes our modern lives possible. Countries with active space programs (and in recent years, commercial entities like Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture) have been sending […]

posted February 26, 2018

Russ Genet: Robotic Telescope Advances Knowledge Of The Sky

Contemporary investigation of the heavens is getting a boost from recent advances in the use of robotic telescope technology, an expert in the field observes. Russ Genet, a pioneer in the field, says the evolution of robotic telescopes has led to “radical new discoveries in astronomy”. Genet, who started out forty years ago, as a […]

posted February 26, 2018