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12th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
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.