FROM THE CHAIRMEN
It is a pleasure for the three General Chairmen to invite the international community to the 11th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. The symposium will be hosted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Technical University of Berlin and be held in Berlin from April 24 - 28, 2017. The successes of preceding IAA Symposia were shown by the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to Earth observation, from scientific Earth observation to technology demonstration missions. In all of these IAA symposia, authors from about 35 countries, representing space agencies, industries, knowledge institutes, and academia confirmed in their oral and poster contributions that these types of missions can be conducted efficiently, provide increased opportunity for access to space and even realize new functionalities and services. The spacecraft bus and its payloads 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 can be created, opening new fields of application for science and the public. Distributed Space Systems, such as constellations and formations, based on small satellites lead to a new economy in space.
This symposium again offers many opportunities for exchanging information, exploring new concepts, encouraging international cooperation in mission planning, and developing new collaborative relationships among individuals and institutions. We included again the Student Prize Paper Competition. The student papers have been evaluated by distinguished judges selected from academia, industry and government, coming from different continents. The prizes are funded by different organizations (industry and institutions). The IAA is pleased to serve as the principal sponsor of this symposium because its objectives complement and reinforce the purpose of the Academy.
It is a pleasure for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof to be the host of this symposium. DLR's site Berlin-Adlershof has been successfully involved in space research for many years. Together with other relevant institutes of the DLR, it is now involved in many international and national projects for Earth observations, planetary sciences, technology development and in-orbit verification. The Technische Universität Berlin is pleased to be the co-host of the 11th symposium. The TU Berlin has already brought into orbit 11 own satellites for Earth observation and satellite communication. They are designed, built and operated with students.
Last but not least, Berlin provides a good environment because this city continuously pursues new architectural approaches in urban development after the reunification of Germany. We believe that Berlin is a bridge between the West and East as well as the North and South. As in the previous symposia, Berlin may serve symbolically as a meeting place for information exchange and collaborative development between the two hemispheres, as well as a bridge between the classical space missions and innovative approaches using smaller and smaller satellites for dedicated objectives.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin in April 2017.
Rainer Sandau Klaus Brieß Eberhard Gill
Chair of the Executive Board of DLR
IAA Technical Director, Satellite and Space Applications (Germany)
Head of Space Technology
Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
Head of Space System Engineering
Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands)
Phone/Fax: +49 30 314 -75872/-21306
Objective of the Symposium
The Symposium will provide a forum for scientists, engineers and managers to exchange information and present new ideas, covering small satellite mission objectives as well as technology and management aspects for dedicated Earth observation satellites. Distinguished speakers, in-depth paper and poster sessions, and a Symposium summary are planned. Sessions will be held from Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27. On Friday, April 28, a visit is offered to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof.
The authors / presenters of the best student papers will be awarded prizes funded by various organizations (industry and institutions) at the IAA Dinner on Tuesday night (April 25, 2017).
The presenters of the two best paper contributions and the two best interactive poster contributions will receive awards at the end of the Symposium.
The Symposium Venue:
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)
The Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, founded by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz in 1700, stands for 300 years of support for research activities. It attained worldwide reputation and recognition as the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Its members have included the Brothers Grimm, Alexander von Humboldt, Max Planck, Lise Meitner and Albert Einstein. Throughout its history the Society could rank 78 Nobel Laureates among its members. There are bilateral agreements on scientific co-operation with about 20 Academies from around the world.
For further information please visit BBAW.