Microsatellites in planetary and atmospheric research

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Microsatellites in planetary and atmospheric research

Time: August 6, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Location: Biokeskus, Tartu, Estonia
Street: Riia 26b
City/Town: Tartu
Website or Map: http://www.nordicastrobiology…
Phone: 0046855378649
Event Type: workshop, /, summer, school
Organized By: Wolf D. Geppert
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2018

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The use of micro- and nanosatellites in space missions have been one of the hot topics in space research and space technology during the last years. As opposed to traditional spacecraft missions which can take decades to prepare and may cost up to billions of Euros, microsatellites (<100 kg) and nanosatellites (<10 kg) offer a quick, low-cost alternative for atmospheric and space research, which is ideal for early career people. Fleets of micro-and nanosatellites could also be used to perform multi-point measurements of targets (e.g. asteroids and comets). Possible applications of micro- and nanosatellites include:

  • Comet and asteroid research
  • Investigations into the terrestrial atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Meteorite research and tracking
  • Planetary plasma and magnetospheric research
  • Remote sensing of other planets and satellites


However, in order to plan missions involving such small satellites successfully, intensive interaction and cooperation between scientists and space technologists are necessary, which is still lacking in some potential key applications.The early career scientist workshop/summer school aims to:

  • Give participant an overview into the most pivotal research questions in planetary and atmospheric sciences
  • Highlight the possible potential of microsatellites in those areas
  • Explore novel applications of microsatellites in a multitude of different fields including astronomy, planetary and atmospheric sciences, geosciences and astrobiology
  • Foster the interaction between space researchers and technologists
  • Allow participants to start the design and planning of new space missions

The Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, the University of Tartu, the European Astrobiology Campus, and the Nordic Network of Astrobiology will function as co-organisers of the course. The course will consist of lectures by leading scientists, planning of a micro- or nanosatellite project in small groupps as well as open discusssions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session. Furthermore, a half-day excursion to interesting sites in the area (Ice Age Museum, Lake Peipus) and a walk in Tartu are included as a social programme.

The event is aimed for graduate (masters and Ph. D.) students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. The event is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 May 2018 can be found at the website of the event.

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