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IAA Permanent Committee on Small Satellites

Honorary Chair:
Arnoldo Valenzuela

Rainer Sandau
Rhoda Hornstein
Rene Laufer

Marco D’Errico

Table of Contents

Terms of Reference

It is the intention of the IAA Permanent Committee on Small Satellite Missions to support any activities
in connection with small satellite missions, and to bring within the reach of every country the opportunity
to operate small satellite missions and utilize the data effectively at low costs, as well as to develop and
build application-driven missions. In this context the Committee supports all activities to develop and
promote concepts and processes by various user communities to conduct or participate in small satellite
missions using small, economical satellites, and associated launches, ground stations, data distributions
structures, and space system management approaches.
For instance, small satellite missions for Earth observation can easily be tailored to the particular
solutions of a country or a group of countries concerning the geography, economical and environmental
needs. Novel types of constellations of small satellites are currently being designed that could serve the
application needs and economic possibilities of countries and user communities by sharing the
contributions and the costs. The use of low-cost satellite missions for planetary exploration will also be
considered as well as the use of low-cost satellite missions for educational purposes and for technology

The IAA Committee on Small Satellite Missions has the following general goals:

General Goals

1) Organizing symposia at the International Astronautical Congresses, COSPAR and stand-alone
2) Making presentations in countries and organizations throughout the world as appropriate, especially
in developing countries and countries emerging in space activities.
3) Making small satellites an integral part of university science and engineering curricula.
4) Promoting and supporting current and new IAA studies dealing with aspects of small satellite
5) Working together with other professional society groups to expand our knowledge base and contacts,
e. g. COSPAR and IAF.
6) Implementing the cooperation with other international organizations having similar goals, e. g., the
United Nations, the International Space University, and ISPRS.

In order to further the Committee’s objectives it is intended but not limited to pursue also the following
specific goals:

1 Continue the series of Small Satellite Symposia at the International Astronautical Congress
2 Continue the series of bi-annual Symposia on Small Satellites for Earth Observation in Berlin.
3 Continue the series of Symposia on Low-Cost Planetary Missions.

Organization and Membership

The Committee is based on the experiences gained from the IAA Study Group “Small Satellite Missions
for Earth Observation” and the Program Committee “Small Satellites” within IAA Commission IV. The
members of this Permanent Committee are the representatives of the IAA Study Groups and Program
Committees as well as the respective Technical Director dealing with small satellite mission activities,
and the liaison with other international organizations having similar goals. The Committee is also open
for all persons interested in using this platform to exchange ideas and experiences according to the scope
of the Committee. The IAA Permanent Committee on Small Satellite Missions will report to the
respective IAA Commission dealing with small satellite mission subject.

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