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13th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation

April 26 - April 29

SSEO Symposium goes virtual

Given the international pandemic situation, we have decided to replace the physical get-together for the IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth system observation by a virtual edition. This is with great regret, since our Symposium had been a place to meet for more than 20 years.

However, activities in the Earth observation sector continue. Latest developments and future trends still need to be shared amongst our community. We therefore call for contributions to the virtual edition of our symposium with a focus on flight experience, new technologies and young scientists.

Contributions from 4S

Our highly regarded partner symposium 4S had to be cancelled and authors of submitted abstracts have been informed. We therefore want to encourage all 4S presenters to resubmit their abstracts for the virtual edition of our conference in order to get their valuable content presented online and published.

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 “intelligent” satellites may be created, opening new fields of application for scientific purposes as well as operational, public and commercial services.

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 earth observation satellites.


December 18, 2020 Registration opens
January 26, 2021 Abstract submission deadline
February 09, 2021 Student & young scientist competition deadline
February 26, 2021 Preliminary program available, Notification to authors
April 26, 2021 Deadline for full paper submission
April 26-29, 2021 Conference


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