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12th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference 2017 Print
International Academy of Astronautics
12th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference
August 15-17, 2017
Pasadena, USA


Conference report is available.

Conference program is available.

Conference book of abstracts is available.

International Program Committee

    Michael Mischna, Caltech/JPL

    Hajime Yano, JAXA
    Pierre Bousquet, CNES
    Tilman Spohn, DLR
    Sabrina Feldman, Caltech/JPL
    Craig Underwood, Surrey Space Centre
    Ryu Funase, U. Tokyo
    Julie Castillo-Rogez, Caltech/JPL
    Carolyn Ernst, APL
    Stephan Ulamec, DLR
    Nicolas Andre, IRAP
    Barbara Cohen, GSFC
    Craig Hardgrove, ASU
    Rob Ebert, SwRI
    Tony Colaprete, Ames

Local Organizing Committee

    Michael Mischna, Chair
    Gregg Vane
    Sabrina Feldman
    John Baker
    Julie Castillo-Rogez
    Christophe Sotin
    David Lehman

Conference Venue

Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
1216 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA
91125, United States

The Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference (LCPM 2017) will take place at the Hameetman Auditorium of the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena California from August 15-17, 2017.

The Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in the center of Caltech’s campus, opened in 2009; on the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The Cahill Center brings together 26 astrophysics faculties into one building, providing a richer experience and interactive space that makes it the ideal location for LCPM 2017.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission                              April 3, 2017
Registration & Accommodation Opens     April 3, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline                May 26, 2017 at 17h00 PDT
Author Notification of Acceptance            TBD
Early Registration Deadline                    June 9, 2017
Conference Dates                                 August 15-17, 2017


To register, please click the link below:

Registration Rates
                            Early                     Regular/ Onsite
           On or before 21 June, 2017          After 21 June, 2017
Delegate         USD 475                           USD 525
Student*         USD 325                           USD 350

*Proof of status needs to be provided during the online registration process. Please provide a student card or an official letter on your institution/organization’s letterhead which indicates proof of your status as a Student.

Consent of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in LCPM-12 constitutes an agreement by the registrant to use and distribute (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations received in writing at the Conference Secretariat’s address by July 17, 2017 will be accepted and all fees refunded, less a $50.00 USD administrative fee (as per Committee policy). Cancellations received after July 17, 2017 will not be refunded; however, transfer of your registration to another person is permitted by re-accessing the original delegate’s registration and replacing with the new delegate’s email and information. No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Conference.

In the unlikely event that the Conference is cancelled, travel and accommodation costs will not be refunded.

Contact for Registration

For any inquiries regarding Registration and Accommodation for the 12th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, please contact our Registration Team at LCPM2017-Registration(at)


– The Westin Pasadena ****

Book your accommodation during registration.

The Conference Secretariat (International Conference Services) is the official housing bureau for the 12th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference and will offer assistance with the coordination of housing requirements for the Conference. Special room rates will be negotiated and will be available to Conference delegates only.


This four-star hotel is a 5 minute drive from California Institute of Technology, a 4-minute walk from the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 9 minutes’ walk from Pasadena Civic Auditorium and 2.7 miles from Rose Bowl stadium. Classy rooms feature contemporary furnishings, work desks, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool and an exercise room. There’s a lobby bar serving snacks, plus Californian cuisine in the Spanish-style restaurant with a shaded patio. Business facilities include 29 meeting/events rooms and a business center.

Booking Terms & Conditions

A credit card is required to book your accommodation; however, it will not be charged at this time. The credit card provided must have an expiration date on or after August 2017. The hotel will charge a non-refundable deposit of one night room & tax 30 days prior to the Conference. The remainder of your stay will be charged, by the hotel, to the credit card provided at check-in and is non-refundable. Cancellations can be made free of charge up to July 12, 2017. After this date, one night room and tax will be charged and is non-refundable.

For more detailed information, please visit the conference website at:

Call for Papers

To submit your abstract please click the link below

Abstract Submission Categories

Five areas of special interest for abstract submission have been identified. Attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts relating to these areas:

    Agency Programs and Plans for Low-Cost Planetary Missions
    Latest Science Results from Ongoing Missions
    Missions Currently Under Development for Launch in the Near Future
    Science Instruments Enabling the Next Generation of Low-Cost Planetary Exploration
    Advanced Concepts for the Next Generation of Low-Cost Missions, Including CubeSats, NanoSats and Others

Abstract Submission Guidelines

    Maximum title limit: 50 words
    Maximum word limit: 500
    Abstracts accepted in English only
    Indicate which of the five areas of special interest it best aligns with
    No tables and figures are allowed
    No references
    There is no fee to submit an abstract
    There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit
    There is no limit to the number of authors per abstract


For any inquiries, please contact LCPM2017 at

For more detailed information, please visit the conference website at:
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