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4S Symposium in Malta

The 4S Symposium (Small Satellites Systems & Services),
30 May-03 June, 2016,
Valletta, Malta

The history of the 4S goes back to 1992 and has had an ever increasing international participation over the years. The maturity of the event is marked by the close cooperation with two other prominent Small Satellite conferences: The Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA and DLR) and The Small Satellites Conference (AIAA and USU). The information synergies and idea exchange originating from these close links ensure high standard of contributions and a very wide attendance.


4S Symposium co-sponsors


The special topic of 2016, Small Satellites Go Viral!, will be addressed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event.  Contributions addressing this topic are highly welcome.

As in previous years, the programme will also cover technical sessions: Mission and System Analysis; Applications such as Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunication and Navigation; New Technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

Calendar of Events

Abstract Submission      14 January 2016
Notification to Authors      1 March 2016
Programme Published      1 March 2016 
Full Paper Submission          25 April 2016
Symposium Dates       30 May - 3 June 2016

Symposium Chairmen

Loïc Boloh / CNES
Tel: +33 5 6128 1401
Email: loic.boloh(at)

Luca Maresi / ESA
Tel: +31 71 565 4968
Email: luca.maresi(at)  
Technical Programme
Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi / ESA
Tel: +31 71 565 8254
Email: alessandro.zuccaro.marchi(at)

CubeSat Technical Chair
Roger Walker / ESA
Tel: +31 71 565 3349
Email: roger.walker(at)

Exhibit Technical Chair
Elena Tremolizzo / ESA
Tel: +31 71 565 5022
Email: elena.tremolizzo(at)

Technical Committee Chairmen 

Frederic Teston / ESA
Tel: +31 71 56 5088
Email: frederic.teston(at)

Philippe Landiech / CNES
Tel: +33 5 6128 1958
Email: philippe.landiech(at)
External Communication 
Laurence Amen / CNES
Tel: +33 5 6127 4462
Email: laurence.amen(at) 
Logistics / Registration / Abstract Submission 
ESA Conference Bureau
PO Box 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk-NL
Tel: +31 71 5655005
Fax: +31 71 5655658
Email: esa.conference.bureau(at)

 Technical Committee

The Symposium is jointly organized by ESA and CNES in cooperation with AFRL, DLR, IAA and the Utah State University and is supported by AIAA, NRL, USAF, JAXA, and CSA.

Gianluigi Baldesi, ESA
Philip Bangert, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Marcos Bavdaz, ESA
Jean-Loup Bezy, ESA
William J.  Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jasper Bouwmeester, Delft University of Technology
Jean-Noël Bricout, CNES
Fabio Caramelli, ESA
Luigi Carrino, CIRA
Misty Crown
Marco D’Errico, Seconda Università di Napoli
Alex Da Silva-Curiel, SSTL
Thom Davis, Air Force Space and Missiles Center in lieu of AFRL
Hubert Diez, CNES
Laurent Dusseau, University of Montpellier
William Edmonson, NIA Langley
Jaime Esper, NASA GSFC
Roberto Formaro, ASI
Piero Galeone, ESA/ESTEC
José Gavira Izquierdo, ESA/ESTEC
Jian Guo, Delft University of Technology
Flemming Hansen, DSRI
Emmanuel Hinglais, CNES
Keiichi Hirako, IHI Corporation
Kyle Kemble, AFRL
Stanley Kennedy, AIAA/SSTC
Johan Kohler, SNSB
Bob Meurer
David Mimoun, Supaero
Jean Muylaert, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Sreeja Nag, NASA Ames Research Center
Shinichi Nakasuka, University of Tokyo
Josh Newman, Space Flight Laboratory
Darius Nikanpur, CSA
Kristof Ostir, ZRC SAZU
Pat Patterson, USU/SDL
Francesco Ratti, ESA
Amanda Regan, ESA
Udo Renner, Technical University of Berlin
Tomaz Rodic, Director SPACE-SI
Aaron Rogers, JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory
Rainer Sandau, DLR
Gurpartap Sandhoo, US Naval Research Laboratory
Giorgio Savini, University College London Observatory
Upendra N. Singh, NASA
Costantinos Stavrinidis, ESA
Klaus Steinberg, DLR
Jerome Thiery, Arianespace
Paolo Tortora, Università di Bologna
Demosthenes Tsairides, NASA 
Frank Udnæs, Norwegian Space Centre
Tanja van Achteren, VITO
Hendrik Verbeelen, BELSPO
David Voss, AFRL/RVEP
Peter Wegner, BLACK SKY


Authors are kindly invited the submit abstracts on the following topics:

- Small Satellites go Viral! (Special Topic of the 2016 edition)
- Distributed Mission Concepts
- Mission & System Analysis
- In-flight Experience
- Earth Observation
- Science
- Telecommunication
- Navigation
- Launchers
- New Technologies
- Academic Projects
- Users
- Ground Segment
- CubeSat (for the parallel Workshop)


The standard Symposium registration fee is Euro 750 per person. This fee includes access to the sessions, the CubeSat Workshop, the proceedings, a conference kit and entrance to all social events.

The student registration fee is Euro 375 per person. This fee includes access to the sessions, the CubeSat Workshop, the proceedings, a conference kit and entrance to all social events.

On-line registration is made available here.


As the premier destination among 5-star Valletta hotels, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is ideally located on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Capital City of Valletta, with all its major attractions, culture, art treasures, and historical architectural gems.
Malta is strategically located and well connected to the many European gateways, with short flight times (maximum 3 hours). It has a warm mediterranean climate with 295 days of sunshine. Transfer times within the island are very short, making it easy to get around.

4S Symposium venue

CubeSat Workshop

In the last five years, the CubeSat world has dramatically evolved and developed. The CubeSat story started about 10 years ago with local initiatives, mainly from universities, where almost every piece of the CubeSat hardware and software had to be specifically designed and developed for each mission. Nowadays, many players offer off-the-shelf solutions for most of CubeSat subsystems, software and ground stations,  up to launch services. Many subsystems can even be purchased on the web. At the same time, CubeSats maximum size has grown from about 1kg to more than 6kg that allow for accommodation of reasonably high performance payloads. This fast evolution has greatly improved both the accessibility and the performance of CubeSats for the benefit of end users.
Given the succes of the workshop during the previous editions, this year again a specific parallel session and a workshop will be dedicated to CubeSats.

Aims and Scope
The aims of the Workshop are:

- to foster a dialogue between CubeSat actors (developers, end users) on the design, development, testing, production and in-flight experience of CubeSats and related activities (ground stations, launchers, ...). 
- to provide a networking opportunity as well as a presentation platform for companies and organisations and to encourage the transfer of technology to and from space applications. 
- to promote awareness that CubeSats can contribute to new space opportunities, as a single spacecraft, a constellation or in combination with larger space infrastructures. 

The areas listed below are expected to be the main scope of the CubeSat workshop.

- CubeSat development & Flight Experiences (recent past or ongoing missions, lessons learned, education/engineering best practices) 
- CubeSat Kits & Deployment Systems (e.g. commercially available mechanical,electrical, radio, solar panel kits & deployers) 
- Scientific Missions & Instruments 
- Technology Demonstration using CubeSats 
- CubeSat Ground Segment & Operations (e.g. GENSO network, new ground station technologies & operational methods/techniques/software) 
- CubeSat Networks & Applications (e.g, distributed sensor networks such as Space weather & atmospheric constellations, radio astronomy interferometry swarm, and applications such as low-cost communications relay/asset tracking, disaster monitoring etc.) 
- Planned CubeSat Missions 
- Future Flight Opportunities for CubeSats (e.g. upcoming launch opportunities and launch services.)

For more detailed information, please visit the conference website at

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