KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

October 31
- November 3

Workshop: Cryogenic Comet (and Centaur) Sample Return - Part II

This workshop will determine the effect of surface hardness, constrained especially by new interpretations of the Rosetta data, on sampling and drilling technology; identify case scenarios and engineering models to address the extremes; and determine whether re-entry acceleration and/or vibration poses an insurmountable threat to some or all of the science objectives and whether or not in-situ or in-orbit analyses are therefore required.

November
3

2018 Study Program Proposal Concepts Due (noon)

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) will be soliciting proposals for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2018 calendar year. Study program proposals are solicited in the areas of space engineering, planetary science, remote sensing and earth system science, astrobiology, and astronomy and physics from space.


November
6

Lecture: Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments - Steampunk Meets Spacecraft

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C, and 92 times the surface pressure of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments would replace vulnerable electronic systems with a mechanical design. To implement AREE, “steampunk” science fiction meets spacecraft technology, in a unique rover that must be robust and able to operate during its entire mission without human intervention.

November 28
- December 1

Workshop: Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits - Part II

This workshop will develop viable concepts for orbital and surface implementations of a PLD mission and identify key technology gaps that could be addressed with near-term and long-term investments



December
20

2018 Study Program Proposals Due (noon)

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) will be soliciting proposals for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2018 calendar year. We intend to select and support 4-5 Study Programs for the 2017 calendar year.



March
19 - 23

Workshop: Designing Future CMB Experiments

This workshop will will address the design and concept of future Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiments and in particular a future CMB satellite to extract cosmological information from the polarized CMB photons.