ISTS 30th

Call for Papers

Joint Conference : 30th ISTS , 34th IEPC & 6th NSAT

ISTS : International Symposium on Space Technology and Science
IEPC :International Electric Propulsion Conference
NSAT : Nano-Satellite Symposium

July 4-10, 2015, Kobe Convention Center, Kobe-Hyogo, Japan

Main Theme

“ Space Voyage – Frontier for Better Life on Earth ”
Abstract Deadline : November 20 28, 2014


The 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held at Kobe Convention Center from July 4 (Sat) to 10 (Fri), 2015. The ISTS Organizing Committee and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) would like to invite individuals of all nations interested in space-related activities to participate in this event.

The memorial 30th ISTS will be held under the main theme of “Space Voyage – Frontier for Better Life on Earth.” Space is of course “a frontier,” and exploring such frontier (space voyage) is itself an important objective. But in addition, such space activities should and surely will also contribute to the better life on Earth. Coincidentally, year of 2015 will be the 20th anniversary of the Hanshin-Awaji Big Earthquake in Kobe area. How about making the most of this opportunity to re-consider and discuss the possibilities of space activities in much wider areas, of course including disaster mitigations ?

We will wait for you with variety of programs, including plenary lectures, panel discussions, Control System Design Contest, Student Sessions, Exhibitions as well as social programs to help you feel and enjoy Kobe. We are also very glad to hold together the 34th IEPC (International Electric Propulsion Conference) and 6th Nano-satellite Symposium jointly with ISTS, which is expected to generate additional synergy effects.

Please join us at this 30th memorial ISTS, 34th IEPC and 6th NSAT in the beautiful port city of Kobe !!


Kobe has been designated by the Japanese Government as one of the special MICE destination cities. Kobe is surrounded by a panorama of sea or greenery, in the form of the Rokko Mountain Range and the Seto Inland Sea, both of which contribute to the city’s mild climate.

The local economy has prospered around the Port of Kobe since the city opened to international trade in 1868. As such, several major heavy industries (including steel and shipbuilding) have flourished and with them nurtured a pool of expertise developed across numerous small-to-medium-sized companies around Hyogo Prefecture, including aerospace manufacturing.

Kobe is also known as “a city of cuisine” and boasts the world-famous Kobe beef and Nada Sake rice wine as signature specialties.

Recognizing that the ISTS Conference, to be held in 2015, offers an excellent set of opportunities, the city of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture has pursued various local projects since 2013 aimed at the people of both Kobe and Hyogo, with the intention of deepening their understanding about Space and Space-related technologies.

We sincerely hope that all those participating in ISTS will truly enjoy their time in the attractive city that is Kobe.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Submission of abstract for the Symposium will be accepted electronically through this web site. Each abstract must be written in English in One Page of PDF format including figures and file size is limited to be less than 1MB. Instruction of electronic submission is available on the web. The web site will be open for submittals of abstracts on September 5, 2014. For preparation of the abstract, you may use the template for paper, which will be available on ISTS’s web site in the near future. 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 merits
-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 April 1, 2015 except for Student Session (see below). Author’s kit for preparing paper for On-Site Digital Medium and ISTS Web Paper Archives will be posted on this web site around that time.


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

Special Programs after the Opening Ceremony (July 6th)
  • World Space Highlight 1: “National Space Activities”
    Overview of the highlight activities in 2013-2015 of space-faring nations will be given.
  • World Space Highlight 2 : “Easy Access to Space”
    In order to grasp the perspective of “easy access to space” in near future, we will invite several speakers from rising entrepreneurs and/or venture companies involved in Micro/Nano-satellites and launch vehicles specialized for such small payloads.
Organized Sessions (Tentative Plans)
  • World Space Highlight 3: “What can Electric Propulsion do?”
    Selected topics on future powered flights from nano-satellites to planetary OTVs.
  • Space Port
  • Next Flagship Launch System
  • Future Space Transportation System
  • Socio-cultural Approaches for Space Exploration
  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System
  • (New) Launch Vehicle Acoustics
Panel Discussions (Tentative plans)
  • Space Technology and Disaster Management (Disaster Mitigation from Space)
  • Human Voyage : Exploring Our Body and Outer World
  • Space Innovations and Applications
Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions will be categorized into the following 19 areas. 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, Sounding Rockets

b)Electric and Advanced Propulsion : Joint session with 34th IEPC

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, Balloon Technology

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 : Joint session with 6th NSAT

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

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 Sciences 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, Sounding Rocket and Balloon

New i)Thermal Control

Thermal and Environmental Control, System and Instrument Thermal Design, Thermal Management, Heat Transfer, Thermophysical Property, Thermal Testing and Analysis, Passive and Active Thermal Control, Technologies, Two-phase Technology, Advanced Thermal Control Materials

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

Scientific Objectives, Results, and Instruments for Exploration of the Moon, Planets and Solar System Small Bodies; Mission Analysis, Mission Design and Key Technologies of Human and Robotic Explorations; Commercial and Private Initiatives of Space Explorations; Roadmap and Strategies for National and International Space Exploration Programs; Science and Technology of Sounding Rocket and Balloon Experiments

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, 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, 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, Domestic Laws & Regulations, Space Policy, Commercialization, Property Right, Exploitation of Resources, Environmental Protection, Space Debris, Sustainable Use, International and National Security, Disarmament & Arms Control, International Cooperation (Bilateral, Multilateral, Regional and Global)

w)Safety and Mission Assurance

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

Student Session

The purpose of this session is to encourage students to present their original research results. Submitted papers shall be single authored by graduate students, undergraduate students, or students in technical colleges or senior high schools. The submissions are preliminarily screened for technological and scientific qualities, and selected papers are to be presented by the authors as finalists in the oral student session, whereas the other papers will be included for presentation in general oral / poster sessions. Current Ph.D. students may submit a paper to the student session only if the content is based on their Master’s course study. Ongoing Ph.D. thesis research shall be presented in general sessions. Special prizes will be awarded to excellent papers presented in the student session based on the jury’s evaluation of both 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.

Cultural Night

“Future Life with Neuron-like Computer – Year 2045 Problem and beyond” – Emeritus professor of Kobe University, Takuya Matsuda, PhD. of Astrophysics, will introduce us to the ”Problem of Technological Singularity in 2045″ and will discuss with science fiction writers over this very interesting topic. This event is open to public audiences and Japanese language will be used.

Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

The Astrodynamics, Navigation, Guidance and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all ISTS attendants and university students to participate in the 8th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest”. Several prizes will be given to participants who designed excellent control algorithms.

Previous Contest Winner’s Package

Scholarship Program

The 30th ISTS will offer scholarship for limited number of students who have foreign citizenship and live in abroad at the time of application.
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Registration Fee

Regular and Student Participant (Including On-site Digital Medium)

Early Registration 50,000 yen
On-site Registration 60,000 yen
Early Student (ID Required) 5,000 yen
On-site Student (ID Required) 10,000 yen
Accompanying Person 5,000 yen

Pre-registration will be electronically made on the web. Instruction and further information for electronic and on-site registration 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 and student participants include On-site Digital Medium, which will include all the papers presented at the Symposium. Please be aware that only the regular and the student participants will be allowed to present a paper at the Symposium. Accompanying persons cannot attend any technical sessions.

Paper Distribution

All the papers presented at the 30th ISTS will be distributed either by an on-site digital medium or on a paper download web 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 May 15, 2015. Further information on manuscript submission will be announced on the ISTS web site.

They are also will be open to public through the ISTS web site after the symposium. ISTS Web Paper Archives

Journal Publication

The ISTS issue will be published in JSASS on-line journals. After the symposium, the editorial committee will review the presented papers whose authors have declared their submittals to the Journal.
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Important Dates

Online Abstract Submission Open Sep. 5, 2014
Deadline for Abstract Nov. 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance (for Student Session only) Jan. 31, 2015
Deadline for Paper Upload (for Student Session only) Feb. 28, 2015
Notification of Acceptance Apr. 1, 2015
Notification of Selection Results (for Student Session)
Second Announcement and Tentative Program Issue
Online Pre-registration Open
Online Paper Submission Open
Deadline for Paper Upload May 15, 2015

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.

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