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IAA SSEO Berlin 2019


International Academy of Astronautics

12th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation

May 06 - 10, 2019

Berlin, Germany

The conference report is now available

Final announcement is available


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 satellites or constellations/formations 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
-    Software and IT safety
-    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.


May 30, 2018                 Call for Papers
November 11, 2018        Abstracts Due
December 05, 2018        Notification to authors
December 15, 2018        Final Announcement   
January 31, 2019            Extended abstract due (4 pages)
May 06, 2019                 Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
May 06 - 10, 2019          12th Symposium
July 2019                       Proceedings


L. Alkalai (NASA/JPL, USA)
M. Buscher (TU Berlin, Germany)
W. Halle (DLR, Germany)
H. Kuiper (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
R. Laufer (Baylor University, USA)
H. Müller (DLR, Germany)
S. Roemer (AntwerpSpace, Belgium)
A. Rogers (SSL, USA)
T. Segert (BST, Germany)
A. da Silva Curiel (SSTL, UK)


Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board of DLR

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

Klaus Brieß
Head Chair of Space Technology
Technical University of Berlin (Germany)

Eberhard Gill
Head Department of Space Engineering
Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

J.-N. Bricout (CNES, France)
J.-M. Contant (IAA, France)
C. Elachi (NASA/JPL, USA)
L. Gratton (UNSAM, Argentina)
S. Hardhienata (LAPAN, Indonesia)
M. Hetscher (DLR, Germany)
P. Lier (CNES, France)
Y.-A. Liou (CSRSR, China Taiwan)
L. Maresi (ESA/ESTEC)
S. Mostert (SCSH, South Africa)
S. Nakasuka (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
R. Navalgund (ISRO, India)
S. Neeck (NASA/HQ, USA)
F. Ongaro (ESA/ESTEC)
M. Ovchinnikov (KIAM, Russia)
P. Patterson (USU/SDL, USA)
L. Paxton (JHU/APL, USA)
H. Reile (DLR, Germany)
M. Saandar (MSPRS, Mongolia)
Sir Martin Sweeting (SSTL, UK)
C. F. Varotto (CONAE, Argentina)
Y. Zhu (CAST, Beijing, China)

Symposium                                    Program
Matthias Hetscher                       Martin Buscher
DLR, Berlin, Germany             TU Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 30 67055646         +49 30 31475872
iaa.symp(at)         iaa.symp(at)

Local Agency                                 Exhibition
Dietmar Hennig                          Tom Segert
ConTour GmbH, Berlin                 BST, Berlin
Phone  +49 30 20962131       +49 30 609812420    Segert(at)


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium, there will be a registration fee in the order of € 600 for participants registering by January 31st , 2019.
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, the proceedings published after the symposium, the symposium reception, 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.


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
November 11, 2018.

Abstracts should be in English and shall 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 December 05, 2018.
The symposium digest comprising the extended ab-stracts (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 available for the participants after the conference.

Outstanding presentations of papers and posters will be awarded.

Send your abstract by e-mail to:  iaa.symp(at)

*) Please note: Students, who want to submit their abstract for the Students Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)

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

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