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Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2012.


The 29th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held at Nagoya Congress Center, in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture from June 2 (Sun) to June 9 (Sun), 2013. The 29th 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 memorial 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 29th ISTS will be held under the main theme of “WISH IT, DREAM IT, DO IT !”
The symposium will include Keynote Speeches, Special Programs, Organized Sessions and Panel Discussions by invited papers or speakers and the Technical Sessions and Student Session of contributed papers.


One of Japan’s three major metropolises, Nagoya is located in the center of Japan, and is the nation’s core of car and aerospace manufacturing. The foundation of Nagoya was laid in 1610 with the construction of Nagoya castle. Since then, craftsmanship has bloomed and commerce and industry have thrived. With the persisting fragrance of samurai tradition, Nagoya has developed and grown as a city with balanced industry and culture. Now Nagoya offers a great deal for ISTS participants to enjoy, from historical and industrial tourism, to shopping districts lined with world class brands, to a wide variety of unique cuisines.

Abstract Submission Instructions

The website for on-line abstract submission will be open in this homepage on September 5, 2012. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit an abstract of maximum 200 words. For further information, please visit this homepage occasionally. Each abstract must be written in English in One Page of PDF format including figures and file size is limitted to be less than 5MB.

Papers will be reviewed and selected by the program committee according to:

  • – Scientific merits
  • – Relevance to space technologies and sciences
  • – Quality
  • – Originality

The paper submitted to oral presentations may be moved to poster sessions, or vice versa, if the paper content is more adequate for the alternate presentation style. The notification of acceptance will be sent electronically through e-mails on March 1, 2013.


The Symposium will address various fields in space-related technologies and sciences. It will include Keynote Speeches, Special Programs, Panel Discussions, Organized Sessions, 19 Technical Sessions of contributed papers, and the student session.

Special Programs (Plenary, Invited Papers, Invited Panel Discussions)

  • -Future of Space Tourism
  • -Space Science Missions : Discoveries and Challenges
  • -Special Presentations by the Representatives of Each National Agency

Panel Discussions (Parallel, Invited speakers)

  • -Role of Computational Mechanics and Science for Space Development
  • -Benefit of Space Life Science for Humanity

Organized Sessions (Parallel)

  • -In-Space Propulsion for Large-Scale Transportation
  • -Planetary Atmospheric Entry Physics
  • -Flight Test for Space Transportation Technologies
  • -Advanced Thermal Contorl Technology for Future Mission New

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions will be categorized into the following 19 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, Nuclear Propulsion, Magnetohydrodynamics, Microthrusters, Thruster Plume and Spacecraft Interactions, Plasma Technologies, Non-propulsive Applications, Powered Flight Mission

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) Small Satellite New

Innovative Small Satellite Mission, Small Satellite Utilization, Small Satellite Design and Development, Advanced Small Satellite Technology, Small Satellite Lessons Learned, Small Satellite Launch Opportunity

g) Space Transportation

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

h) Microgravity Science and Technology

Microgravity Science, Physical Science, Fluid physics, Combustion Science, Fundamental Physics, Material Science, Microgravity Experiments, Facilities for Microgravity Experiments, Opportunities for Microgravity Experiments, Operation and Utilization of the ISS

j) Satellite Communications, Broadcasting and Navigation

Satellite System Architectures, Networks and Protocols, Experimental Projects and Results, Subsystems, Components and Devices, Propagation, Regulation, Financing and Marketing, Space Navigation Systems, Fixed and Broadcast Satellite Systems, Mobile Satellite Systems

k) Science and Technology for Human and Robotic Space Exploration

Lunar & Planetary and Small Celestial Bodies Exploration, Scientific Objective and Achievement, Onboard Instrument, Technology of Robotic Spacecraft and Human Spacecraft, Mission Analysis and Mission Design, Roadmap and Strategy for Programmatic Explorations

m) Sounding Rocket and Balloon

Promotion of Sounding Rocket or Balloon Programs, Suborbitals, Scientific Results, Engineering Demonstration, Range Facility & Operation, Instrumentation, Upper Atmosphere, Ionosphere

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, Disaster Monitoring, Geographic Information Systems

p) Space Life Science

Space Medicine and Physiology, Countermeasures, Metabolism, Neurophysiology, Environmental Medicine, Behavior and Performance, Psychsocial Issue, Mental Health Care, Remote Medical Care and Tele-medicine, Biomedical Technology, Space Radiation(Measurment, Biological effect, Protection), Space Biology, Gravitational, Physiology and Biology, Airtificial Gravity, Analogue Environments and Simulations, Publich Outreach and Education in Life Science, Space Life Science for Human Exploration

q) Space Power Systems

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

r) Space Environment and Debris

Space Environment, Space Debris, Meteoroid, Space Situational Awareness, Debris Observation and Measurement, Debris Population and Evolution Model, Debris Risk Assessment and Management, Orbital Dynamics on Debris, Reentry Safety, Hypervelocity Impact, Protection Design, Debris Mitigation, Debris Removal, Debris Environment Remediation, Space Weather, Space Weather Forecast, Spacecraft Charging, Environment Model, Solar and Geomagnetic Activity, Environment Data Management, International Cooperation on Debris and Space Environment

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

w) Safety and Mission Assurance New

Safety, Reliability, Quality, Software Product Assurance, EEE & Mechanical Parts, Standardization

Student Session

The purpose of this session is to encourage students to present their own results. Papers should be single-authored by master course students, undergraduate students or students in technical colleges, or senior high schools. The authors are requested to present their own work in the regular technical session in each field. Doctor course students may submit their papers only when the paper is based on their master course study. The themes from on-going Ph.D. thesis research are advised to be presented in general sessions. Special prizes will be awarded to the meritorious papers based on the jury’s evaluation both for the manuscripts and the presentations.

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. Several excellent posters presented at the poster session will be awarded with a prize.

Important Dates

Online Abstract Submission Open Sep.5, 2012
Deadline for Abstract Nov. 15, 2012
Notification of Acceptance Mar. 1, 2013
Second Announcement and Tentative Program Issue
Online Pre-registration Open
Online Paper Submission Open
Deadline for Paper Upload Apr. 15, 2013

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.

Registration Fee

Regular Participant (Including On-site Digital Medium) Early Registration 50,000 yen
On-site Registration 60,000 yen
Student (Student ID Required, Including On-site Digital Medium) 5,000 yen
Accompanying Person 5,000 yen

Pre-registration will be electronically made on the ISTS web. Instruction and further information for electronic and on-site registration will appear in the second announcement. Participants planing to make a presentation are requested to be pre-registered. Fees for regular and student participants include the On-site Digital Medium for all the papers being presented at the Symposim. Accompanying persons are not supposed to attend any technical session.

ISTS Web Paper Archives and On-Site Digital Medium

All the papers presented at the 29th ISTS will be open to public through the ISTS web site (ISTS Web Paper Archives).

They are also included in On-Site Digital Medium which will be distributed at the conference site for convenience of all the regular and student participants. 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 15, 2013. Further information on manuscript submission will be announced on the ISTS web site.

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.

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