Call for Papers

Joint Conference: 31st ISTS , 26th ISSFD & 8th NSAT

ISTS : International Symposium on Space Technology and Science
ISSFD : International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
NSAT : Nano-Satellite Symposium

3-9 June, 2017, Himegin Hall, Matsuyama-Ehime, Japan

Main Theme

Open up a New Age of Space Discovery
~Space Cuckoo Flies to New Space Frontier from Matsuyama~

Abstract Deadline: November 7, 2016


The 31st International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held at Matsuyama Himegin Hall from June 3 (Sat) to 9 (Fri), 2017. 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 31st ISTS will be held under the main theme of ” Open up a New Age of Space Discovery ” ~Space Cuckoo Flies to New Space Frontier from Matsuyama.~

The historical city of Matsuyama on beautiful Shikoku island is the birthplace of the great Japanese poet Shiki Masaoka is known for introducing modern versions of the ancient Japanese‘Tanka’ and ‘Haiku’, short poems . ”Shiki” is his nom de plume meaning “a little cuckoo”. In Tanka and Haiku, the poet expresses his emotion in simple but beautiful words and enables us to imagine even the infinite universe. As Tanka and Haiku stir the poetic imagination and enrich our hearts, Space also stimulates our intellectual curiosity which drives the progress of science, technology and culture.

Matsuyama is one of the best places of imaging and discussing the New Age of Space Discovery and New Space Frontier.

We will welcome you with a variety of programs, including plenary lectures, panel discussions, a Control System Design Contest, Student Sessions, Exhibitions as well as social programs to help you experience and enjoy Matsuyama. We are also very glad to hold the 26th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics and the 8th Nano-satellite Symposium jointly with ISTS, which is expected to generate additional synergies.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 31st ISTS, 26th ISSFD and 8th NSAT in the beautiful city of Matsuyama, with its rich history of temples, Matsuyama castle, and literature, blessed with natural hot springs and fresh food.


Matsuyama is the capital of Ehime Prefecture which is in the island of Shikoku, one of the four major island of Japan, and about 7 longitudes west(about 80 minutes flight)from Tokyo. Matsuyama is the largest city on Shikoku with a population of over 500,000 and is surrounded by the calm Seto Inland Sea which is likened to the Aegean Sea of Japan in the north, the Uwa Sea in the west and Shikoku Mountains in the south. Blessed with a naturally beautiful terrain, the climate of the city is mild with an average annual temperature of 16.1°C, and you can enjoy fresh farm and marine food from the nature around. Especially, oranges and citrus of Ehime prefecture are so delicious that the annual shipping amount of them is a top level in Japan.

Matsuyama is also abundant in historical, literary and cultural resources such as the famous Matsuyama Castle, literary work by Soseki Natsume, and the Dogo Hot Spring Spa, the oldest in Japan.

The ISTS Conference in Matsuyama, to be held in 2017, will offer both impressive experiences of historic culture in Japan and excellent opportunities to discuss the exploration in Space. People in Matsuyama will welcome you all in hope of deepening our understanding about Space and introducing you to the world of Tanka and Haiku poetry.

We sincerely hope that all those participating in ISTS will truly enjoy their time in the city of Matsuyama.

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 One Page of PDF format including figures and file size is limited to be less than 1MB. Instructions on electronic submissions are available on the web. The web site will be open for submittals of abstracts on September 5, 2016. For preparation of the abstract, you may use our template, 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
  • Quality
  • Originality

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 January 6, 2017 for all authors. Author’s kit for preparing papers 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 of space-related technology and science. It will include Special Programs, Organized Sessions, Panel Discussions, and 20 Technical Sessions of contributed papers and a Student Session.

Special Sessions after the Opening Ceremony (June 5th)

– “World Space Activities”
– “Open Innovation from Collaborative R&D between Space Agencies and Private Sectors”

Organized Sessions

– “Interorbital and Interplanetary Transportation with Electric Propulsion”
– “Launch Vehicle for Small Spacecrafts”
– “Future Space Transportation System”
NEW “Hybrid Rocket ~ Essentially Non-Explosive Propulsion for Future Fail-Safe Space
Transportation Systems ~”
NEW “Oxygen/Methane Rocket Combustion and Heat Transfer”

Panel Discussions

– “Private Sector Development of Rocket”
– “Space Exploration Program and Japan’s Role”

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions will be categorized into the following 20 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

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, Smart materials and structures, Composite materials, Space Environment Interactions

d)Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Control: Joint session with 26th ISSFD
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

Note : Papers presented at the session of d) Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Contorl are automatically registerd as the technical papers of the 26th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics at the same time.

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 8th NSAT
Innovative Small Satellite Mission, Small Satellite Utilization, Small Satellite Design and Development, Advanced Small Satellite Technology, Small Satellite Lessons Learned, Small Satellite Launch

Note : Same as the previous 30th ISTS in 2015, papers presented at the session of f) Small Satellite are automatically registered as the technical papers of the 8th Nano-Satellite Symposium at the same time.

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

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

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, 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 Management and Distribution, Power Storage System, Wireless Power Transmission

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, Near Earth Objects

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, Public Relations, Capacity Building, Citizen Science, International Collaborative Projects, Students Activity, Space Tourism, Effect of Space Activities on Culture and Humanity, Journalism, Art, Space Events, NanoSat and CanSat for Education, Model Rocket, Amateur Radio Satellite

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 in senior high schools. In a paper based on the achievements of group works, it is highly recommended that the contributions of author should be clearly stated. The submissions are preliminarily screened for technological and scientific quality by March 1st 2017, and selected papers are to be presented by the authors as finalists in the student oral session. As for the other papers, opportunities of presentations will be provided in general oral / poster sessions and the authors who wish to it can propose to the session chairman. Current Ph.D. students may submit a paper to the student session only if the content is based on their Master’s or undergraduate senior research. 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

The 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


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 9th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest.” Several prizes will be given to participants who designed excellent control algorithms.

Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC)

The Global Trajectory Optimization Competition is an event taking place every one-two years over roughly one month during which the best aerospace engineers and mathematicians world wide challenge themselves to solve a “nearly-impossible” problem of interplanetary trajectory design. This session presents the results of GTOC9 competition.

Scholarship Program

The 31st ISTS will offer scholarship for limited number of students who are not Japanese citizens and live outside of Japan at the time of application. Please note that selected students in the past ISTS did not have eligibility for this scholarship program.
Detailed information will be posted as it becomes available at

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 available 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 give a presentation. 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 31st 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 April 17, 2017. 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 Special 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.

For more

Important Dates

 Online Abstract Submission Open Sep.5, 2016
 Deadline for Abstract Nov. 7, 2016
 Notification of Acceptance (for All authors) Jan. 6, 2017
 Deadline for Paper Upload (for Student Session only) Feb. 1, 2017
 Notification of Presentation Schedule (for All Authors) March. 1, 2017
 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 April17, 2017

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.