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The 3 rd International Workshop on LunarCubes

(LCW 3) will bring together scientists, engineers, investors and entrepreneurs who want to get started now and fly as soon as possible. This workshop is about raising capital, building teams, creating technologies and making discoveries now, not a decade from now. If you want to know what technologies are available today or what opportunities will be available tomorrow, you need to attend LCW 3 in person or via the Internet.

3 rd International Workshop on LunarCubes

Palo Alto, CA ~ November 13 - 15, 2013

A new space age is upon us and the next steps are clear:

  • Extend the highly successful CubeSat model into Cislunar space
  • Use "learn by flying" rapid development techniques to perfect technologies.
  • Make discoveries that will pave the flexible path back to the moon and unlock the entire solar system.

In this decade, there will be many ride share and secondary payload opportunities to get tens of LunarCube missions into Cislunar space. In the years that follow, hundreds of missions will be flown, paving a path for more comprehensive explorations leading up to manned flights to the moon and beyond.

V.I.P.P. Evening

(Tues. November 12)

This special evening session for Vendors, Investors, Presenters, and Partners will provide information and training on how you can become a technical partner, participate in the LunarCube Initiative, and use the workshop to dramatically accelerate achievement of your science, engineering, and business goals.

If you are a V.I.P.P. you need to attend this bonus event.

The Lunar Challenges

Workshop participants will help define The Lunar Challenges. Cash prize competitions will be used to advance technologies, teams and skills while attracting public interest and investor and sponsor funding for LunarCube technology development. You may participate in person or via the Internet.

Exploration Architectures

The following are examples of how LunarCubes may be used in future missions:

  • Lander Architectures : A robust lander augmented by LunarCubes released in orbit, dropped to the ground, or attached to rovers, will dramatically increase the capabilities of a single lander.
  • Orbital Architectures : A robust orbiter will support LunarCubes for a swarm science mission. The platform is placed in a stable orbit to provide computing and communication services for future missions.
  • Swarm Architectures : A swarm of semi-autonomous LunarCubes will collect data distributed in space and time.

LunarCube Open Source Software Community

Open Source Software for LunarCubes is a key objective of The LunarCube Initiative.

The workshop will explore the creation of an open source software community to accelerate the development and provide support for the many complex software systems that are required to develop and fly LunarCube missions.

Addressing Today's Financial Challenges

Due to the international nature of the workshops and tight travel budgets, both presenters and attendees may participate in person or via the Internet. If you would like to become a technical partner in The Lunar Cube Initiative, attending the V.I.P.P. Evening and LunarCubes Workshop in person is strongly recommended.

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LunarCubes will be more expensive and complex than typical CubeSats but much cheaper than typical interplanetary sats. Since Lunar mission opportunities are more rare and costly than LEO opportunities, it will be common to combine multiple LunarCube-based payloads into one package for launch and operations. This will lead to complications not seen in a typical CubeSat mission and the LunarCube standard will have to address three new areas:
  1. Payload integration - Launch
    Multiple LunarCubes on one ride-along opportunity
  2. Payload integration - Operations
    Multiple LunarCubes on one lander or mother ship
  3. Mission Management
    Multiple LunarCubes operating simultaneously
The purpose of the November LunarCubes workshop and the working group will be to create an open discussion about these issues and more to advance Lunar science and mission opportunities for teams around the world.

I hope you can join us.

Russell Cox
Flexure Engineering, CEO

Previous Workshops

2 nd International Workshop on LunarCubes

Cocoa Beach, FL ~ April 11, 2013

1 st International Workshop on LunarCubes

Palo Alto, CA ~ November 13, 2012