April 12 - 16, 1999, Berlin, Germany
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR), German Aerospace Center
INSTITUTE OF SPACE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION,
Berlin Hilton Hotel, Germany
Final Announcement (PDF / 217KB)
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE
F. Ongaro (ESA/ESTEC)
FROM THE CHAIRMEN
It is a pleasure for the three General Chairmen to invite the international community to the 2 nd IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. The success of the 1 st IAA Symposium in November 1996 reflected the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to Earth observation, from both scientific Earth observation and technology demonstration missions. In the 14 oral and 2 poster sessions the authors from 29 countries confirmed in the first symposium that these types of mission can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively and provide increased opportunity for access to space. The spacecraft bus and the 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 can be created, opening new fields of application for science and for the public.
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. This second symposium also includes some special sessions which, among others, deal with the results of small satellite missions and the lessons learned. 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 Institute of Space Sensor Technology and Planetary Exploration (WP) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to be the host of this symposium. The institute has been successfully involved in space research for many years. Together with other relevant institutes of the DLR, it is now preparing the launches of microsatellites (DLR-TUBSAT, BIRD) and the interpretation of the multi-sensor data obtained from them.
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 really a bridge between the West and East as well as the North and South. As in the first symposium, 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, more general mission design approaches and the smaller and smaller satellite approaches for dedicated objectives.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin in April 1999.