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Small Satellite Berlin 2011 Print
8th IAA Symposium on Small Satellite for Earth Observation
04-08 April 2011
Berlin, Germany


The great number of scientists, engineers, and manag-ers who participated in the hitherto existing symposia reflects the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to earth observation, from scientific earth observation missions to technol-ogy demonstration missions.

These types of missions can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively and provide increased op-portunity for access to space.

The spacecraft bus and instruments can be based ei-ther 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 may be created, opening new fields of application for scientific purposes as well as operational, public and commercial services.

The symposium will provide a forum for scientists, engineers and managers to exchange information about planned and on-going programs and missions, and present new ideas, covering small satellite mission objectives as well as technology and management aspects for dedicated earth observation satellites. Ar-eas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Small Satellite Mission Programs

    * International and national programs
    * University programs
    * Planned and on-going programs
    * Integrated applications

Small Satellite Technologies

    * Sensors and instrumentation
    * Spacecraft concepts and sub-systems
    * Ground stations and communication
    * Mission operation and facilities
    * Launch systems

Distributed Space Systems

    * Constellations and formations

Low-Cost Management Aspects

Results of Small Satellite Missions

User Requirements and Expectations

Student Prize Paper Competition (Call for Student paper)

The symposium will consist of

    * Lectures by invited speakers
    * Contributed papers selected from abstracts received in response to the call for papers
    * Poster sessions
    * Panel discussions

The official language will be English.


May 31, 2010             Call for Papers
October 15, 2010        Abstracts Due
November 15, 2010     Notification to authors
November 30, 2010     Final Announcement
January 15, 2011        Extended abstracts due (4 pages)
April 4, 2011              Final Paper due (max. 8 pages)
April 4 - 8, 2011         7th Symposium
November 2011          Selected Proceedings


You are invited to contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. The one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words*) must be received by

15 October, 2010.

Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions so as to al-low the Scientific Program Committee to make an in-formed decision regarding their suitability for inclusion into the symposium.

Notification of your paper's acceptance and author's instructions will be sent by 15 November 2010.
One copy of the symposium digest comprising the ex-tended abstracts (four pages) will be part of the registra-tion package handed over when registering on-site.

Final papers for the symposium proceedings are limited to eight pages, including tables and illustrations. The symposium proceedings will provide a record of selected contributed papers and interactive poster session papers presented at the symposium. One copy of these proceedings will be distributed to the participants after the conference.

Outstanding presentations of papers and posters will be awarded.

Send your abstract by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or fax (+49) (0)30 67055-532 or mail to DLR, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Optical Information Systems, Rutherfordstr. 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany.

Please note: Students, who want to submit their abstract for the Students Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)


    * L. Alkalai (NASA/JPL, USA)
    * K. Brieß (TU Berlin, Germany)
    * J. Esper (NASA/GSFC, USA)
    * L. Fröbel (ASTRIUM, Germany)
    * E. Gill (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
    * H. Jahn (DLR, Germany)
    * B. Meurer (USU/AIAA, USA)
    * P. Mühlbauer (DLR, Germany)
    * T. Segert (RIBB, Germany)
    * A. da Silva Curiel (SSTL, UK)
    * S. Theil (DLR, Germany)


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium, there will be a registration fee in the order of € 500 for participants registering by January 15, 2011.

After that date, the registration fee will raise to € 550. The registration fee for students amounts to € 190.

The fee will cover admission to the sessions, the symposium digest, a copy of the proceedings published after the symposium, coffee breaks and lunch. A social program for accompanying persons will be organized.

Registration forms will be placed onto the symposium webpage as part of the Final Announcement.

To assure your name is included into the mailing list, please complete and return the online form at

Local Organizing Agency

Dietmar Hennig
CMT ConTour GmbH, Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30-20962-131
Fax: +49 (0) 30-20962-133
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    * Johann-Dietrich Wörner

      Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)


    * Rainer Sandau
      IAA Technical Director, Satellite and Space Applications (Germany)
    * Hans Peter Röser
      Director Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
    * Arnoldo Valenzuela
      IAA Commission Space System Operation & Utilisation ( Italy)


    * M. N. Barbosa (UNESCO, IAF)
    * J.-M. Contant (IAA, France)
    * C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA)
    * A. Ginati (ESA)
    * R. Hornstein (NASA/HQ, USA)
    * F. B. Hsiao (NCKU, Taiwan, China)
    * A. de Leffe (CNES, France)
    * L. Maresi (ESA/ESTEC)
    * O. Marsal (CNES, France)
    * S. Nakasuka (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
    * S. Neeck (NASA/HQ, USA)
    * M. Ovchinnikov (KIAM, Russia)
    * P. Patterson (USU/SDL, USA)
    * L. Paxton (JHU/APL, USA)
    * H. Reile (DLR, Germany)
    * U. Renner (TU Berlin, Germany)
    * Sir Martin Sweeting (SSTL, UK)
    * K. Thyagarajan (ISRO, India)
    * C. F. Varotto (CONAE, Argentina)
    * Y. Zhu (CAST, Beijing, China)

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