Call for Papers


The 28th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held at Okinawa Convention Center, in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture from June 5 (Sun) to June 12 (Sun), 2011. The 28th ISTS Organizing Committee and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) invite individuals of all nations interested in space-related activities to participate in this event.

The Symposium will offer opportunities for all the participants to exchange information and views on a variety of technical and scientific topics as well as on the general status of national and international space programs. The 28th ISTS will be held under the main theme of “Exploring Humans, Earth and Space”~the quest begins in the island of peace Okinawa~. The symposium will include Keynote Speeches, National Space Program Session, Organized Sessions and Panel Discussions by invited speakers, and the Technical Sessions and Student Session of contributed papers.


Once known as the Kingdom of the Ryukyus, Okinawa has long been capitalizing on its geographical situation between mainland Japan and the rest of Asia through active trade with China and Southeast Asia. Okinawa is the only region in Japan with a subtropical oceanic climate, and the island is warm all year round. Visitors to Okinawa are impressed by its unique exoticism, comprising a mixture of local and other Asian cultures. Okinawa’s attractive environment and hospitality will make ISTS participants stand out from all others.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Submission of abstract for the Symposium will be accepted electronically through ISTS’s web site at address Each abstract must be written in English in approximately 200 words. The web site will be open for submittals of abstracts on September 1, 2010. For further information, please refer to the web site, which will be updated timely.

Papers will be selected by the program committee according to

  • Scientific interest
  • Relevance to space technologies and sciences

The paper submitted for the oral presentation may be included in the poster session, or vice versa, if the content of the paper is judged to be more suitable for the alternate presentation style. The notification of acceptance will be sent electronically through e-mail by March 1, 2011. Author’s kit for preparing paper for On-Site CD-ROM and ISTS Web Paper Archives will be posted on this web site around this time.


The Symposium will address various fields in space-related technologies and sciences. It will include Keynote Speeches, National Space Program Session, Organized Sessions, Panel Discussions, Student and 17 Technical Sessions of contributed papers.

Each oral presentation will be assigned 20 minutes (Technical Sessions) or 30 minutes (NSP Session and Organized Sessions), inclusive of time for questions and discussions.

National Space Program (NSP) Session (Plenary, invited papers)

Overview of the highlight activities of space-faring nations will be given.

Organized Sessions (invited papers)

  • -o-1) Hybrid Rocket: A Safe and Green Space Propulsion Evolution
  • -o-2) Global Progress toward Solar Power Satellites(SPS)
  • -o-3) Venus Explorer “AKATSUKI”
  • -o-4) Solar Sail “IKAROS”
  • New -o-5) Education Using Stratospheric Balloons    Cancelled

Panel Discussions (Plenary, invited speakers)

Three panel discussions on the following topics will be held in plenary style. The details (panelists and discussion items) will be posted as it becomes available.

  • -Panel 1) Human Exploration in Space
  • -Panel 2) Oceanic Environment around Okinawa as seen from Space
  • -Panel 3) Lessons Learned : Return to Flight of Space Transportation Systems
  • New -Panel 4) Evaluation and Characterization of Space Debris for Orbital Safety

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions will be categorized into the following 17 sessions. The key words for each Technical Session are as follows:

a) Chemical Propulsion and Air-breathing Engines

Solid, Liquid, Hybrid Rockets, Air-breathing Engines, Reusable Rockets

b) Electric and Advanced Propulsion

Electric Propulsion, Laser/Microwave Propulsion, Solar-thermal/Sailing Propulsion, Electrodynamic Tether System, Nuclear Propulsion, Magnetohydrodynamics, Microthrusters, Thruster Plume and Spacecraft Interactions

c) Materials and Structures

Structures of Spacecrafts and Space Vehicles, Structural Dynamics and Control, Structural Analysis, Tests and Nondestructive Inspections, Material Characterizations, New Materials

d) Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Control

Attitude Dynamics, Attitude Determination & Control, Attitude & Payload Sensor Calibration, Orbital Dynamics, Orbit Determination & Control, Trajectory Design and Optimization, Mission Design, Spacecraft Navigation, Entry/Landing/Ascent Guidance, Navigation & Control, Orbital Rendezvous & Proximity Operations, Formation Flying & Satellite Constellations, Space Robotics & Rover, Spacecraft Autonomy & Intelligence, Guidance, Navigation & Control Components, Recent Experiences & Lessons Learned

e) Fluid Dynamics and Aerothermodynamics

High Enthalpy Flow, Atmospheric-entry, Aero-thermodynamics, Aerodynamic Design, Rarefied Gas, Radiation, Thermal Protection System, Plasma, Magneto-Gasdynamics, Low Speed Aerodynamics, Low-speed Aerodynamics at Takeoff and Landing, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flow, Gas Dynamics, Wind Tunnel

f) On-Orbit and Ground Support Systems

On-Orbit Missions, Spacecraft/Space Station and Their Subsystems, Spacecraft/Space Station Ground Support Systems, Ground Testing and Simulation, Telescience, Small Satellites, Spacecraft Constellations, New Approach to Satellite Development

g) Space Transportation

Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs), Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs), Reentry Vehicles, Orbital Transfer Vehicles (OTVs), Human Space Transportation

h) Space Utilization Science and Technology

Microgravity Science, Physical Science, Fluid physics, Combustion Science, Fundamental Physics, Microgravity Experiments, Hardware development, Space Life Science, Materials Processing on Moon, Atomic Reactor on Moon, Technology Developments for Human Exploration, Space Science on ISS

j) Satellite Communications and Broadcasting

System Architectures, Networks and Protocols, Experimental Projects and Results, Subsystems, Components and Devices, Propagation, Regulation, Financing and Marketing

k) Solar System Exploration and Scientific Research

Mission Analysis and Scientific Research for Lunar, Planets and Small Celestial Bodies Exploration, System Description of Spacecraft

n) Earth Observation

Earth Observation, Earth Environment, Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing Sensors, Application of Remote Sensing, Data and Signal Processing, Data Analysis, Ground System, Data Assimilation, Global Change Prediction, Earth System Science, Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning System

p) Space Life Science

Space Medicine and Physiology, Countermeasures, Metabolism, Neurophysiology, Environmental Medicine, Behavior and Performance, Psychosocial Issue, Mental Health Care, Remote Medical Care and Tele-medicine, Biomedical Technology, Space Radiation(Measurement, Biological effect, Protection), Space Biology, Gravitational Physiology and Biology, Artificial Gravity, Analogue Environments and Simulations, Public Outreach and Education in Life Science, Human Exploration of moon and mars

q) Space Power Systems

Solar Power Satellite, Solar Cells, Power Sources, Power and Heat Management

r) Space Environment and Debris

Space Environment, Space Weather, Space Debris, Impact Test, Spacecraft–Environment Interaction

t) Systems Engineering and Information Technology

Systems Engineering – Methodologies, Systems Engineering – System Design, Systems Engineering – Process and Tools, Model Based Systems Engineering, Verification and Validation, IT Application for Systems Engineering, Project Management and Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Software Engineering, Requirement Engineering, Knowledge Management

u) Space Education and Outreach for the Benefit of All People

Space Education, Public Outreach

v) Space Law, Policy and International Cooperation

International Law of Outer Space, Regulations and Domestic Laws of Use of Outer Space, Commercialization of Outer Space, Property Right of Outer Space, Exploitation of Natural Resources of Outer Space, Protection of Environment of Outer Space, Space Debris, International Peace and Security, National Security, Regional/International Stability using Outer Space, Weaponization of Outer Space, International Cooperation

Student Session

The purpose of this session is to encourage students to present the results of their research. The author must be a master’s candidate or a doctoral candidate student. The paper should be based on the student’s graduation thesis or master’s thesis and be presented by the student. The results from on-going Ph.D. thesis research of doctoral candidates are advised to be presented in the professional sessions other than this student session. The supervisors are not allowed to be co-authors. The jury evaluates the papers and the presentations. Special prizes will be awarded for meritorious papers.

Poster Session

Poster Session is planned to be held at specified hours during the Symposium. The authors will be requested to stay in the allocated session room during this Session for explanations and discussions.

Registration Fee

 Early Registration (before April 20, 2011)
 On-site Registration (after April 20, 2011)
50,000 yen
60,000 yen
Retired Person 10,000 yen
Student (Student ID Required) 5,000 yen
Accompanying Person 5,000 yen

Pre-registration will be electronically made on the web : Instruction and further information will be given in the second announcement. Participants who are not pre-registered will be unable to make a presentation in principle. Fees for regular, retired and student participants include On-site CD-ROM. Accompanying persons cannot attend any technical sessions.

ISTS Web Paper Archives and On-Site CD-ROM

All the papers presented at the 28th ISTS will be open to public through the ISTS web site (ISTS Web Paper Archives).

They are also included in On-Site CD-ROM which will be distributed at the conference site. Authors of accepted papers will be requested to upload the paper along with “Copyright Release Form” and “Speaker’s Information” by the deadline of April 20, 2011. Further information on manuscript submission will be announced on the ISTS web site around March 1, 2011.

Journal Publication

The ISTS issue will be published in JSASS on-line journal “Aerospace Technology Japan.” After the symposium, the editorial committee will review the presented papers whose authors have declared their submittals to the Journal.

Important Dates

Online Abstract Submission Open Sep.1, 2010
Deadline for Abstract Nov. 15, 2010
Notification of Acceptance Mar. 1, 2011
Second Announcement / Tentative Program
Online Pre-registration Open
Online Paper Submission Open
Deadline for Paper Upload Apr. 20, 2011

Note: The author, who has not uploaded the paper by the deadline, is NOT allowed to make a presentation under the “No Paper, No Presentation” policy.