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Small Satellites Conference 2017

International Academy of Astronautics
11th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation

April 24-28, 2017
Berlin, Germany

Conference report is available.

Final program
is now available.

In memory of Dr. Hans-Peter Roeser.

For more detailed information, please visit the Conference website at

Organized by

International Academy of



Supported and hosted by

Technische Universitat Berlin

Institute of Optical Sensor Systems


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
    Results and Lessons learned

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 and systems

Distributed Space Systems

    Constellation and Formation
    Rendezvous and Docking

Space Debris issues

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)

IAA SSEO 2017 in Berlin Germany


May 30, 2016 Call for Papers
November 07, 2016 Abstracts Due
November 30, 2016 Notification to authors
December 15, 2016 Final Announcement
January 31, 2017 Extended abstract due (4 pages)
April 24, 2017 Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
April 24 - 28, 2015 11th Symposium
July 2017 Proceedings


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


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium, there will be a registration fee in the order of € 600 for participants registering by
January 31, 2017.
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 is available at

Symposium and Program Co-ordinator

Matthias Hetscher (DLR, Berlin, Germany)
Phone/Fax: +49 30 67055-646/-532
E-mail: iaa.symp (at)

Local Organizing Agency

Dietmar Hennig (CMT ConTour GmbH, Berlin)
Phone/Fax: +49 30 20962-131/133
E-mail: (at)


Stephanie Kaufhold, M. Sc.
Contact public relations
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems, Sensor Concepts and Applications
Tel.: +49 30 67055-636
Fax: +49 30 67055-532




Rainer Sandau
IAA Technical Director
Satellite and Space Applications (Germany)

Klaus Brieß
Head of Space Technology
Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
Eberhard Gill
Head of Space System Engineering
Technical University of delft (The Netherlands)


W. Balogh (UN-OOSA)
L. Boloh (CNES, France)
J.-M. Contant (IAA, France)
C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA)
A. Ginati (ESA)
S. Hardhienata (LAPAN, Indonesia)
P. Lier (CNES, France)
Y.-A. Liou (CSRSR, China Taiwan)
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)
M. Sweeting (SSTL, UK)
C. F. Varotto (CONAE, Argentina)
Y. Zhu (CAST, Beijing, China)

For more detailed information, please visit the Conference website at

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Call for papers (pdf format version).

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 07 November, 2016.

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 2016.
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:  iaa.symp (at)

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