Call for papers

7. August 2008


The great number of scientists, engineers, and managers who participated in the hitherto existing symposia reflects the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to earth observation, from scientific earth observation missions to technology demonstration missions.

These types of missions can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively and provide increased opportunity for access to space.

The spacecraft bus and instruments can be based either on optimized off-the-shelf systems, with little or no requirements for new technology, or on new high-technology systems. Thus a new class of advanced small satellites, including autonomously operating "intelligent" satellites may be created, opening new fields of application for scientific purposes as well as operational, public and commercial services.

The symposium will provide a forum for scientists, engineers and managers to exchange information about planned and on-going programs and missions, and present new ideas, covering small satellite mission objectives as well as technology and management aspects for dedicated earth observation satellites. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Small Satellite Mission Programs

  • International and national programs
  • University programs
  • Planned and on-going programs
  • Integrated applications


Objectives for Small Satellite Missions

  • Scientific earth observation missions
  • Systems for disaster and climate monitoring
  • Technology demonstration missions
  • Commercial services and applications


Mature (off the Shelf) Systems

  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Spacecraft concepts and sub-systems
  • Ground stations and communication
  • Mission operation and facilities
  • Launch systems


Distributed Space Systems


Results of Small Satellite Missions & Lessons Learned


Operationally Responsive Space


International Collaboration in Climate Change


and Disaster Monitoring


Student Prize Paper Competition*)

The symposium will consist of

  • Lectures by invited speakers
  • Contributed papers selected from abstracts received in response to the call for papers
  • Poster sessions
  • Panel discussions and will include a technical exhibition to showcase hardware and posters

The official language will be English.


*) Please note: Students, who want to submit their abstract for the Students Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)

(see Call for Student Papers,



May 31, 2012Call for Papers

October 15, 2012Abstracts Due

November 15, 2012Notification to authors

November 30, 2012Final Announcement

January 15, 2012Extended abstract due (4 pages)

April 8, 2013Final paper due (max. 8 pages)

April 8 - 12, 20139th Symposium

June 2013Proceedings



You are invited to contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words*) must be received by

15 October, 2012.

Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions so as to allow the Scientific Program Committee to make an informed decision regarding their suitability for inclusion into the symposium.

Notification of your paper's acceptance and author's instructions will be sent by 15 November 2012.

One copy of the symposium digest comprising the extended abstracts (four pages) will be part of the registration package handed over when registering on-site.

Final papers for the symposium proceedings are limited to eight pages, including tables and illustrations. The symposium proceedings will provide the contributed papers and interactive poster session papers presented during the symposium. They will be distributed on CD/DVD to the participants after the conference.

Outstanding presentations of papers and posters will be awarded.

Send your abstract by e-mail to:



L. Alkalai (NASA/JPL, USA)

A. Eckardt (DLR, Germany)


L. Fröbel (ASTRIUM, Germany)

E. Gill (TU Delft, The Netherlands)

H. Jahn (DLR, Germany)

B. Meurer (USU/AIAA, USA)

H. Müller (DLR, Germany)

T. Segert (BST, Germany)

A. da Silva Curiel (SSTL, UK)

S. Roemer (Astrofein, Germany)



To partially offset the cost of the Symposium,

there will be a registration fee in the order of
€ 550 for participants registering by
January 15, 2013.
After that date, the registration fee will raise to
€ 700. The registration fee for students amounts to € 190.

The fee will cover admission to the sessions, the symposium digest, a copy of the proceedings published after the symposium, coffee breaks and lunch. A social program for accompanying persons will be organized.

Registration forms will be placed end of November onto the symposium webpage as part of the Final Announcement:


Symposium and Program Co-ordinator

Matthias Hetscher (DLR, Berlin, Germany)

Phone/Fax: +49 30 67055-646/-532



Local Organizing Agency

Dietmar Hennig (CMT ConTour GmbH, Berlin)

Phone/Fax: +49 30 20962-131/133





Rainer Sandau

IAA Technical Director

Satellite and Space Applications (Germany)

Hans-Peter Röser

Director Institute of Space Systems

University of Stuttgart (Germany)

Arnoldo Valenzuela

IAA Commission Space System

Operation & Utilisation (Italy)



W. Balogh (UN-OOSA)

K. Brieß (TU Berlin, Germany)

J.-M. Contant (IAA, France)

C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA)

A. Ginati (ESA)

S. Hardhienata (LAPAN, Indonesia)

R. Hornstein (NASA/HQ, USA)

A. de Leffe (CNES, France)

P. Lier (CNES, France)

Y.-A. Liou (CSRSR, Taiwan)

L. Maresi (ESA/ESTEC)

S. Nakasuka (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)

R. Navalgund (ISRO, India)

S. Neeck (NASA/HQ, USA)

M. Ovchinnikov (KIAM, Russia)

P. Patterson (USU/SDL, USA)

L. Paxton (JHU/APL, USA)

H. Reile (DLR, Germany)

Sir Martin Sweeting (SSTL, UK)

C. F. Varotto (CONAE, Argentina)

Y. Zhu (CAST, Beijing, China)

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