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03-09 February 2013

Roma, Italy

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The Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale of Sapienza University of Roma is honoured to host the 2st IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and the 2stCubesat Winter Workshop, dedicated to the new generation of university satellites: micro, pico, femtosatellites, from cubesats to pocketsats. In particular the 1stCubesat Winter Workshop will provide the opportunity to students to have an overview of the current status of the university microsatellites, as well as to exchange different points of view through a variety of sessions, laboratories and forums.

We are also very proud to recall that the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale itself initiated the university satellite program, exactly fifty years ago.

In fact, the year 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Astronautical Era:  on April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth! However, another important event occurred on that very same day.

During the COSPAR session, held in Florence that year, where the Russian space representatives announced the  breaking news:”The first human in outer space”, our very own Professor Luigi Broglio, Dean of the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale for over thirty five years, invited some of his dear American colleagues and friends to dinner .  And while having dinner that night, he proposed a joint program to investigate upper-air density and associated ionosphere phenomena related to the solar activity in the equatorial region, using small satellites.

“You are brave” said the Americans, and then readily continued”we will support you”. The idea of the San Marco Project was hence born!

The activity on small satellite design, manufacture and integration involving Professors and Researchers of the Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale of the University of Roma therefore began, based on the suggestions and supervision of the Nasa people. An important operational objective was to establish since 1967 a mobile launch capability in a equatorial region (Kenya) to carry out mainly direct low equatorial orbits by using efficiently a mid-size vehicle.

Small satellites at that time meant 150 kilos of weight, but compared to today’s miniaturized components can be easily scaled at least to one order of magnitude less!

The Conference and the Workshop are directed also to both past and present students already skilled and experienced in satellite design and manufacture, as well as to beginner students for which special laboratories will be organized during the workshop, and last but not least to future students  (high school students) for which a full half-day meeting is specially dedicated.

Professors and Industry Representatives are warmly invited to offer their experience and valuable support to the young people attending this workshop.

Moreover, since Conference and the Workshop are inserted in the memorial week dedicated to the memory of Professor Luigi Broglio (1911-2001), all participants are invited to see the films on the San Marco Project (San Marco satellites and San Marco Equatorial Range in Kenya).

Also, off the beaten track tourist walks in the streets of Ancient Roma will be organized, as we wish that the glorious past history of Roma and the prestigious future projects of the Astronautical Era can mix together in the present Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesat Workshop!

We invite you to participate and we are looking forward to meeting you in Roma

Filippo Graziani,
Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale

Local organizing committee:

    F. Graziani, IAA Member, Senior Professor, GAUSS Srl President
    P. Teofilatto, IAA Member, Sapienza University ofRoma Professor
    C. Cappelletti, PhD, IAA Corresponding Member, GAUSS Srl CEO
    S. Battistini, PhD Candidate, Sapienza University of Rome
    C. Massimiani, PhD Student

Scientific Committee:

Jean-Michel Contant, Robert J. Twiggs, Jordi Puig-Suarl, Vladimir Andreev, Rainer Sandau, Filippo, Graziani, Jean Muylaert, Manlio Carboni, Enrico Tomao, Michael Ovchinnikov, Laura Tassinari, Piero Galeone, Benjamin K. Malphrus, Amalia Ercoli Finzi, Paolo Teofilatto, Marcello Spagnulo, Sergio Chiesa, Carlo Ulivieri, Fernando Aguado Agelet, Chantal Cappelletti.

Goal and Topics of the Conference:

     The Conference sponsored by International Academy of Astronautics has the goal to provide to the international space community a forum for presentation and discussion in the area of University Satellites.
    Inside the Conference two days are completely dedicated to Cubesat community.The main topics are related to the theme: “Innovative aspects of the field related to science and engineering for university satellites.”Proposed topics:- Space Environment- Remote sensing and Earth observation- Innovative solutions for university satellite subsystems- Launch opportunities- Space Debris- University Platform for biomedicai research in Space- Ground Segment and Stations Network- New Perspectives for Cubesats- Cubesats Future Payloads and Experiments- Micro-propulsion Subsystems, Formation Flying- Cubesat In-Orbit Experience- Cubesats Scientific Missions and “applications” activities


Selected Papers will be published on the “Proceedings of the 2nd IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and CubeSat Winter Workshop” by International Academy of Astronautics and GA.U.S.S. Srl

Important Dates:

    Abstract Submission Deadline: December 17th 2012

    Acceptance Notification: December 22nd 2012

    Paper Submission Deadline: January 25th 2013


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