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SSEO 2015

International Academy of Astronautics
10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
April 20-24, 2015
Berlin, Germany

Conference Program is available.

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Symposium summary with Eberhard Gill (General rapporteur), Rainer Sandau and Arnoldo Valenzuela


The great number of scientists, engineers, and managers 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 technology demonstration missions.

These types of missions can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively and provide increased opportunity for access to space

The spacecraft bus and 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 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. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Small Satellite Mission Programs
    International and national programs
    Planned and on-going programs
    Integrated applications
Objectives for Small Satellite Missions
    Scientific earth observation missions
    Systems for disaster and climate monitoring
    Technology demonstration missions
    Commercial services and applications
Mature (off the Shelf) Systems
    Sensors and instrumentation
    Spacecraft concepts and sub-systems
    Ground stations and communication
    Mission operation and facilities
    Launch systems
University programs
Distributed Space Systems
Results of Small Satellite Missions & Lessons Learned
Student Prize Paper Competition*)

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 and will include a technical exhibition to showcase hardware and posters

The official language will be English.

*) Please note: Students, who want to submit their abstract for the Students Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)
(see Call for Student Papers,
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Rene Laufer, Arnoldo Valenzuela, Jaime Esper, Ramon da Silva Curiel and Rainer Sandau


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
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Conference reception in Naturkundemuseum


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium, there will be a registration fee in the order of € 600 for participants registering by January 25, 2015.
After that date, the registration fee will raise to € 700. 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 end of November onto the symposium webpage as part of the Final Announcement:

Symposium and Program Co-ordinator

Matthias Hetscher (DLR, Berlin, Germany)
Phone/Fax: +49 30 67055-646/-532
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Local Organizing Agency

Dietmar Hennig (CMT ConTour GmbH, Berlin)
Phone/Fax: +49 30 20962-131/133
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The 6 finalists of the Student Prize Paper Competition, together with Sias Mostert and Rainer Sandau

Scientific Program Committee

Rainer Sandau, Chairman, 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)
W. Balogh (UN-OOSA)
L. Boloh (CNES, France)
K. Brieß (TU Berlin, Germany)
J.-M. Contant (IAA, France)
C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA)
E. Gill (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
A. Ginati (ESA)
S. Hardhienata (LAPAN, Indonesia)
P. Lier (CNES, France)
Y.-A. Liou (CSRSR, Taiwan, China)
L. Maresi (ESA/ESTEC)
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)

Program Committee

L. Alkalai (NASA/JPL, USA)
L. Fröbel (DLR, Germany)
W. Halle (DLR, Germany)
H. Jahn (DLR, Germany)
H. Kuiper (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
H. Müller (DLR, Germany)
S. Roemer (Astrofein, Germany)
A. Rogers (JHU, USA)
T. Segert (BST, Germany)
A. da Silva Curiel (SSTL, UK)

Call for papers

Call for papers is available.

You are invited to contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words*) must be received by 30 October, 2014.

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

Notification of your paper's acceptance and author's instructions will be sent by 30 November 2014.

One copy of the symposium digest comprising the extended abstracts (four pages) will be part of the registration 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 the contributed papers and interactive poster session papers presented during the symposium. They will be distributed on CD/DVD to the participants after the conference.

Outstanding presentations of papers and posters will be awarded.

Send your abstract by e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Awarding the best paper and poster presenters
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