United Nations/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development:
"Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes"

21-24 September 2010, Graz, Austria



The United Nations, with the support of the Government of Austria and the European Space Agency, organized the second in a series of three UN/Austria/ESA Symposiums on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development, held in Graz, Austria, from 21-24 September 2010.

The series of Symposiums is part of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI), a new initiative in the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications aiming to support capacity building in basic space technology and to promote the use of space technology and its applications for sustainable development. The first Symposium in the series was held from 8-11 September 2009.

The Symposium in 2010 focused on "Payloads for Small Satellite Programmes" and addressed the following objectives:

  • Review the status of world-wide small satellite activities, with a particular focus on regional cooperation;
  • Examine the potential of using small satellites for education, research and operational applications;
  • Discuss the technical and programmatic issues of developing payloads for small satellites; and
  • Consider the relevant regulatory issues (such as frequency allocations, space debris mitigation, registration) specific to small satellite programmes.

The Symposium consisted of a series of invited technical presentations with sufficient time set aside for presentations by participants on their relevant activities. The participants discussed the following topics in dedicated sessions:

  • Review and Status of Small Satellite Programmes World-Wide: Among other issues this session will discuss experiences with and challenges of establishing small satellite programmes and opportunities for international and regional cooperation.
  • Payloads for Small Satellites - State of the Art, Integration, Challenges: This session will include presentations on the basic technical and managerial considerations for the development of payloads for small satellite missions.
  • Payloads for Small Satellites - Examples: This session will discuss examples of payloads for small satellites for various applications, such as science, telecommunications or Earth Observations. Examples may include experiences with already flown payloads as well as payloads still under development.
  • Standardization and Regulatory Issues: This session will address issues of standardization (such as systems engineering standards, communication protocols, ground stations) and regulatory issues (such as frequency allocation, registration of space objects, space debris mitigation guidelines) relevant for small satellites.

The Symposium targeted participants that are involved in the planning or implementation of small satellite programmes in relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations, international or national agencies, academic institutions and industry. Applications from qualified female applicants were particularly encouraged.

Final Programme, Presentations and Report


Information Note and Application Form (the application period has ended)

  • Information Note
  • Application Form (.pdf), Application Form (.doc) (for applicants from developing countries seeking financial support)
    Note: The deadline for submission of applications from applicants seeking financial support is 18 June 2010.
  • Registration Form (.pdf), Registration Form (.doc) (for other applicants)
  • Hotel Reservation Form (.doc) (for self-funded participants, deadline 24 August 2010)

Note: The Symposium will be held at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Schmiedlstra├če 6, 8042 Graz, Austria. Registration of participants will start from 8AM on Tuesday, 21 September 2010.

Draft Programme

  • Draft Programme (as of 19 September 2010)
    Please note that in addition to the invited presentations listed in the preliminary Draft Programme there will be limited opportunities for short 5 min presentations by Symposium participants. Participants will be able to sign up for those presentation slots at the Symposium. Within the limitations of the available speaking time , we will strive to offer all participants wishing to deliver a short presentation an opportunity to do so. However, due to the large number of expected participants, we may not be able to accommodate every presentation. If you bring along a .pdf of your paper/report we will include it in the Symposium Proceedings (CD/DVD). Participants considering to bring along posters, information materials or exhibits (e.g. hardware) are encouraged to do so. Kindly let us know, so that we can make any necessary arrangements. For questions regarding the programme, please contact Mr. Werner Balogh (werner.balogh(at)unoosa.org).

Reference Materials

External Links of Participating Entities and Activities to be Presented at the Symposium

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