Pasadena 2013

10th LCPM, Pasadena

International Academy of Astronautics
10th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference
June 18-20, 2013
Pasadena, USA



Program is available.


We are pleased to announce the 10th International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, LCPM-10, to be held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the heart of beautiful Pasadena, California, on June 18-20, 2013.

The focus of the 10th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference is on missions characterized by those of NASA’s Discovery program and ESA’s Cosmic Visions Medium-Class program.  These missions of scientific exploration are conducted at a fixed cost that includes spacecraft and science payload development, launch, operations, science data analysis, and all relevant mission-specific technology development.  Other relevant examples of low-cost planetary missions include JAXA’s Hayabusa-1 mission and ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 mission.

The conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials to gather for the exchange of information and ideas for making this class of robotic mission richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.  The conference will be conducted fully in sequential plenary sessions, augmented by one or more poster sessions. Please follow the links to the left for further information.


Honorary Chairmen

Edward C. Stone, Vice Provost, Caltech; Past President, IAA
G. Madhavan Nair, President, IAA; Past Chairman, ISRO

International Program Committee

Gregg Vane, Caltech/JPL; IAA (Chairman)
John Baker, Caltech/JPL
Anil Bhardwaj, ISRO/VSSC
Pierre Bousquet, CNES
Luigi Colangeli, ESA/ESTEC
Jean-Michel Contant, IAA
Marcello Coradini, ESA/ESTEC; IAA
Sabrina Feldman, Caltech/JPL
Enrico Flamini, ASI
Keith Grogan, Caltech/JPL
Junichiro Kawaguchi, JAXA/ISAS; IAA
Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, JAXA/ISAS
Louise Prockter, JHU/APL
Kim Reh, Caltech/JPL
Brent Sherwood, Caltech/JPL
Christophe Sotin, Caltech/JPL; IAA
Tilman Spohn, DLR; IAA
Lev Zelenyi, IKI; IAA


Keith Grogan, Caltech/JPL (Chairman)
Donna Bonorris, Caltech/JPL
Tim Brice, Caltech/JPL
Oti Liepack, Caltech/JPL
Kim Reh, Caltech/JPL
Karen Sampley, Caltech/JPL
Aline Zimmer, Caltech/JPL


LCPM-10 will be followed on June 21, 2013, by an IAA-sponsored symposium celebrating the life and many accomplishments of Theodore von Kármán. The von Kármán symposium will also be held on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena.


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For more detailed information, please visit the conference website at


To submit an abstract for the LCPM-10 Conference, please fill out the form on the conference website at

The Call for Papers is now open. We encourage the broad international community of planetary explorers to submit abstracts under the following topics:

    Latest science results from on-going low-cost planetary missions – poster session only: Session 2
    Science instruments for low-cost planetary missions – oral and poster sessions: Session 4
    Advanced concepts for the next generation of low-cost planetary missions – oral and poster sessions: Session 5
    CubeSats and SmallSats for a new paradigm in planetary exploration – oral and poster sessions: Session 6

Key dates to keep in mind:

1. Abstract submission closes on 19 April 2013
2. Authors will be notified of the disposition of their submissions on 1 May 2013
3. The final program for LCPM-10 will be posted on 1 May 2013
4. On-Line Registration closes at 1700 PM US Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT) on 3 June 2013
5. LCPM-10 opens at 0800 PDT on 18 June 2013