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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)



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)

Instructions for authors:

Extended abstracts

Full Paper

Poster presentation


Call for student paper


Student Prize Paper Competition

Submission requirements

To be considered for the Student Prize Paper Competition, the author must submit

  1. An extended abstract of four single-sided pages,
  2. Proof that the candidate meets the following eligibility requirements at the paper-submission date (certification by an ineligible co-author, or an advisor on university or institute letterhead):
  3. the candidate is a student under 33 years of age,
  4. the candidate is affiliated with an institute of higher learning, in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate level degree,
  5. the candidate is personally presenting the paper,
  6. the candidate will register (student rate) and participate in the IAA Symposium.

      Multiple eligible authors are allowed.



Submitted student papers are evaluated by Student Paper Evaluation Committee (SPEC) with members coming from Africa, Amerika, Asia, and Europe.

Six best papers out of this evaluation process are to be presented at the symposium in a special session (Students Conference).

First, second and third presentations with honoraria are selected by the SPEC and the prizes awarded to the presenters during the IAA dinner (free of costs for those students).



Submit your extended abstract by: 07 November 2016

The extended abstract shall be prepared according to the styleguides available on the website  and sent to: iaa.symp (at)


There is a limited amount of funding available for student travel.



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