14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
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 observation of the Earth System, from technology demonstration to scientific observation or exploration 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 ser-vices.
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 satellites for Earth and Moon observation.