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Cube Quest Challenge Summit
December 3, 2014

January 7-8, 2015 • NASA Ames Research Center • Moffett Field, California

The Cube Quest Challenge, sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate Centennial Challenge Program, offers a total of $5 million to teams that meet the challenge objectives of designing, building and delivering flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced operations near and beyond the moon. For more information on Cube Quest Challenge, see www.nasa.gov/cubequest

NASA Ames Research Center hosted the NASA Centennial Challenges Program’s Cube Quest Challenge Summit on January 7-8, 2015 at the NASA Ames Conference Center.

The event brought together NASA Centennial Challenges administrators, invited NASA technical experts and presenters, and the community of interested technical service providers and potential competitor team members for the purposes of:

  • To introduce the Cube Quest operating conditions, rules and constraints
  • To encourage potential competitors to self-organize into teams
  • Support the best possible competition

Summit presentations and a summary of the question and answer sessions are available below.


NASA and other government technical and programmatic experts presented information on a variety of topics relevant to the Cube Quest Challenge.

Summit Q&A (in progress)


Topic Speaker Title, Affiliation, and / or Organization
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Welcome to the NASA Ames Research Center Pete Worden Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center
Introduction to the Centennial Challenge Program and Why a Cube Quest Challenge? Sam Ortega Program Manager, NASA Centennial Challenges, Marshall Space Flight Center
How Cube Quest Relates to Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and NASA Goals Jason Crusan Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
Eligibility and Teaming Requirements and Prizes Eric Eberly Deputy Program Manager, NASA Centennial Challenges, Marshall Space Flight Center
Challenge Rules Overview, Concept of Operations, and Schedule Jim Cockrell Cube Quest Challenge Administrator, NASA Ames Research Center
Space Technology Mission Directorate Interests in CubeSats and the Cube Quest Challenge James Reuther Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate
Space Launch System (SLS) Secondary Payloads Overview George Norris SLS Secondary Payloads Mission Integration Manager, Exploration & Space Transportation Development Office, Marshall Space Flight Center
Ground Tournaments and Judges Score Card Mark Turner Systems Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center
Safety and Mission Assurance for Low Cost Missions Steve Jara Systems Safety and Mission Assurance Division, NASA Ames Research Center
Orbital Debris and End of Mission Policy and Procedures Robert Kelley Lead – Standards and Assessment Group
Jacobs JETS - Orbital Debris Science and Research Operations Supporting the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Meet the Judges Dave Klumpar,
Judge Panel Chair
Research Professor of Physics, Director, Space Science and Engineering Laboratory, Montana State University
Deep Space Network Services for Hire Stefan Waldherr Mission Interface Manager
9021 - Mission Support Definition & Commitments Office, Deep Space Network (DSN)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MGSS Mission Services for Hire Carole Boyles Deputy Program Manager,
MultiMission Ground Systems and Services Office,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Federal Communications Commission Radio Licensing Tony Serafini Office of Engineering and Technology,
Federal Communications Commission
Planetary Protection Policy and Procedures Cassie Conley Planetary Protection Officer,
NASA Headquarters
Systems Engineering for Low Cost Missions James Chartres Systems Engineer, Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, NASA Ames Research Center
Distance and Orbit Determination Method Ryan Park Navigation Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Time and Data Encoding Algorithm Steve Horan Space Technology Mission Directorate, Principal Investigator for Avionics
Summary and Concluding Remarks Jim Cockrell Cube Quest Challenge Administrator, NASA Ames Research Center

CubeQuest CHALLENGE Summit a NASA Centennial Challenges Competition
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