14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation


Intro SSEO 2023

Call for Papers is now available (pdf print version)

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.

More Information

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Small Satellite Mission and University Programs
– International and national programs
– Planned and on-going programs
– Integrated applications

Objectives for Small Satellite Missions
– Scientific Earth and Moon observation missions
– Systems for disaster and climate monitoring
– Technology demonstration missions
– Commercial services and applications
– Results and lessons learned

System Aspects
– Sensors and instrumentation
– Spacecraft concepts and sub-systems
– Software and IT safety
– Ground stations and communication
– Mission operation and facilities

Mission Architectures
– Distributed Space Systems
– Constellation and formation
– Rendezvous and docking
– Launch systems

Space Situational Awareness
– Space Weather
– Near-Earth objects
– Space surveillance and tracking

Student Prize Paper Competition
Students who want to submit their abstract for the Stu-dents Conference need to prepare an extended abstract (4 pages)

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, 2022Call for Papers
November 28, 2022Abstracts due
January 16, 2023Notification to Authors
January 26, 2023Final Announcement
March 03, 2023Extended Abstract due (4 pages)
May 07, 2023Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
May 07-12, 202314th Symposium
September 2023Proceedings