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7th Symposium on Realistic Advanced Scientific Space Missions - Missions to the Outer Solar System and Beyond
Aosta, Italy
11-14 July 2011

Call for Papers

Submission of abstract  May 15, 2011

Dr. Leslie Shepherd

Dr. Giovanni Vulpetti

Prof. Giancarlo Genta


After the success of the previous six Symposiums on Realistic Near-term Advanced Scientific Space Missions, organized by the International Academy of Astronautics and Politecnico di Torino which were held in Torino in June 1996 and in Aosta in July 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2009, a new four-days International Symposium on Outer- and Extra-Solar Missions will be organized in Aosta in July 2011. Local supporting organization will be the Department of Mechanics of the Politecnico (Engineering School) of Turin. The Symposium will be held in Aosta, from 11 to 14 July 2011.

The goals of this new symposium on deep space missions are more ambitious than ever. Thanks to a renewed commitment of the International Academy of Astronautics, the areas of interest have been widened and a larger attendance is expected. To allow all authors to present their papers at ease the symposium will be longer, with the possibility of presenting some papers in parallel sessions, if needed.
The aim is to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences among those interested in the various scientific and technological aspects of outer solar system and interstellar exploration and to propose new missions.
Papers regarding the motivations and human aspect of deep space exploration are welcome, and papers dealing with advanced concepts and new ideas are encouraged.
Special results from this sixth symposium are intended to be submitted to the leading Space Agencies as Proposals for space missions to the outer Solar System and beyond which are feasible within near term technology.


The International Academy of Astronautics will provide a number of scholarships, covering mainly registration fees and luncheons for participants and speakers who have financial difficulties in attending such as for instance from African countries.

Scientific objectives and payload requirements
Present outgoing missions (Cassini, Rosetta, Voyager, etc.)
Precursor interstellar missions
Propulsion systems
Power generation
Trajectory design
Attitude dynamics
Navigation, guidance and control
Very deep space telecommunications
Sensors, detectors and lens systems
SETI and biosignatures from space
Medical problems of very long range spaceflight
Policy and international cooperation
Motivations and human aspects
Innovative concepts

Two dedicated sessions will be held on the following topics
Nanotechnology and robotics
Hybernation and long-range spaceflight

Abstracts of Papers intended for Presentation at the Symposium must be written in English on a single A4 page with the title, Author's name affiliation and complete address. Authors are encouraged to send abstracts by e-mail.
Abstracts must be mailed to:
Prof. Giancarlo Genta
Dept. of Mechanics, Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24
I-10129 Torino (TO), ITALY
Phone: ++39 011 564 6922
Fax: ++39 011 564 6999
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All intended Papers will be examined by an International Scientific Committee

Submission of abstract  May 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance  May 30, 2011
Submission of camera-ready texts June 15, 2011


July 10    Preregistration and welcome party

July 11    Scientific sessions
               Symposium dinner

July 12    Scientific sessions

July 13   (morning) Scientific sessions
              (afternoon) Half-day sightseeing tour
              (evening) Traditional dinner

July 14   Scientific sessions
              Farwell party

July 15  Technical tours

The Symposium Fee is 450 €, entitling to receive a copy of the Symposium Proceedings (expected to be available at the symposium), and to attend the Symposium Dinner. For payments received by April 30, 2011 a discount of € 50 will apply.

Official language of the Symposium will be English.

A Program for Accompanying Parties will be arranged, if the number of participants will be sufficient.


Politecnico di Torino,
C. Duca degli Abruzzi 24
Ms. Giusy Spinasanta
Tel: (++39) 011 564 5103
Fax: (++39) 011 564 5199
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