Final Announcement


It is a pleasure for the three General Chairmen to invite the international community to the 10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. The success of the preceding IAA Symposia reflected 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. In all of these IAA symposia, the authors from about 30 countries confirmed in their oral and poster contributions that these types of missions 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 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 10th symposium also provides a panel discussion. Furthermore, in our 10th symposium 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.

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 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, 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 2015.

Hans-Peter Röser        Arnoldo Valenzuela              Rainer Sandau






Rainer Sandau
IAA Technical Director, Satellite and Space Applications (Germany)


Hans-Peter Röser
Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart (Germany)


Arnoldo Valenzuela
IAA Commission Space System Operation & Utilisation (Italy)



W. Balogh (UN-OOSA) L. Alkalai (NASA/JPL, USA)
L. Boloh (CNES, France) J. Esper (NASA/GSFC, USA)
K. Brieß (TU Berlin, Germany) L. Fröbel (ASTRIUM, Germany)
J.-M. Contant (IAA, France) W. Halle (DLR, Germany)
C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA) H. Jahn (DLR, Germany)
E. Gill (TU Delft, The Netherlands) H. Kuiper (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
A. Ginati (ESA) H. Müller (DLR, Germany)
S. Hardhienata (LAPAN, Indonesia) T. Segert (BST, Germany)
P. Lier (CNES, France) A. da Silva Curiel (SSTL, UK)
Y.-A. Liou (CSRSR, Taiwan, China) S. Roemer (Astrofein, Germany)
L. Maresi (ESA/ESTEC) A. Rogers (JHU, USA)
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)  



Matthias Hetscher Henriette Urban/Dietmar Hennig
Symposium and Program Co-ordinator, Symposium  Organizer
DLR, Berlin, Germany ConTour GmbH,  Berlin, Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 30 67055-646/-532 Phone/Fax: +49 30 20962-131/133
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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, a panel discussion, in-depth paper and poster sessions, and a Symposium summary are planned. Sessions will be held from Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23. On Friday, April 24, a visit is offered to the Historically Technical Museum Peenemuende.


Critical Dates  
May 15, 2014 Call for Papers
October 30, 2014 Abstracts Due
November 30, 2014 Notification to authors
December 15, 2014 Final Announcement
January 25, 2015 Extended abstract due (4 pages)
April 20, 2015 Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
April 20 - 24, 2015 10th Symposium
June 2015 Proceedings




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 21, 2015).

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.


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