ISTS and NSAT ISTS: 32nd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science NSAT: Nano-satellite Symposium

Call for Papers


The 32nd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held in Fukui City from June 15 (Sat) to 21 (Fri), 2019. 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 32nd ISTS will be held under the main theme of “Fly like a Phoenix to Space.”

Visitors of Fukui City will be impressed by the calm and relaxing atmosphere there. It is truly a nice place for the symposium and its participants to exchange knowledge, experiences and opinions, being surrounded by gifts of nature, that is, delicious foods, high quality sake (Japanese rice wine) and so on. Fukui City is the capital of Fukui prefecture bounded by the Nihonkai sea, which is well-known for delicious sea foods, in the north and by the beautiful mountains including the valley of dinosaur fossils in the south. In the south east of Fukui City, the world's famous Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum can be found. The land of Fukui is rich in high quality rice and other excellent agricultural products. The many castle ruins in and around Fukui City must be the evidence that it has been a place blessed by nature. Though the atmosphere in Fukui City may make us feel that it has been continuously calm since ancient ages, its citizens are highly proud of their history, in which the city has continuously overcome many disasters in the past. That is why the phoenix, which repeatedly rises from the ashes, is the emblem of the citizens' charter. Recently, Fukui prefecture has become famous for being the most happiest prefecture.

Fukui and the people in Fukui will give us and/or make us remind the spirit of the phoenix, without which we could not continuously proceed the space development.

We will welcome you with a variety of programs, including plenary lectures on the highlights of the world space activities, technical sessions, the Control System Design Contest, a Student Session, Exhibitions as well as cultural programs to help you enjoy Fukui's tradition. Jointly with ISTS, the Nano-satellite Symposium (NSAT) will be also held.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 32nd ISTS, 9th NSAT in the capital city of Fukui prefecture, which is a place that has been closely related to space since the age of the dinosaurs until the present days, on which the challenging nano-satellite project is ongoing for and by the citizens of Fukui.


The symposium will be held at AOSSA, which is just in “a couple of minutes” walk from JR Fukui station in Fukui City. Fukui is located in the central west coast of the Japanese archipelago. It is connected to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto and other cities with JR express and super-express railways.

In June, Fukui has an average temperature of 22 degrees, and due to the rainy season, some rain and high humidity are to be expected.

Fukui prefecture is blessed with a rich and beautiful nature. Culture and traditional industries were developed throughout Fukui's long history and have been passed down even until today. Fukui also provides the best environment to live a long healthy life. The prefecture has stable jobs and children's academic ability and physical ability remain the highest nationwide. According to a private-sector research, Fukui is “the happiest prefecture” in Japan. Fukui city has faced a number of calamities including damages from war, earthquakes, and flooding. Nonetheless, the city rose from the ashes like a phoenix, and is continuously developing. Fukui City is abundant in nature preserved by our ancestors, delicious food, a nurturing environment for children, and a respectful community. Additionally, starting with the Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins, Fukui City proudly maintains historical sites and has produced historical figures. Fukui's traditions, which have evolved throughout its long history, still exist today.

We are hoping all the participants of ISTS will truly have a satisfying time in Fukui.

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 will become available on the web soon. The web site will be open for submittals of abstracts on September 3, 2018. For preparation of the abstract, you may use our template, which will be available on ISTS's web site. 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 the end of December 2018 for all the authors. The author's kit for preparing papers for 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, 20 Technical Sessions of contributed papers, the Student Session and so on.

Plenary Special Programs after the Opening Ceremony (June 17th, 2019)

- Special Program 1 :  “World Space Activities”
- Special Program 2 :  “Summary of the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum
  (ISEF2), 2018”

Organized Sessions (Tentative Plans)

  - OS-1: Launch Vehicles Today and Tomorrow from Nano to Heavy
  - OS-2: Active Private Sectors in Space Development
  - OS-3: Big Discoveries and Future Prospects by Small Bodies Exploration
  - OS-4: Young-ISEF Follow-on

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

Note: The special session on LUMEN (Liquid Upper stage deMonstrator ENgine) project in DLR will be held in a) session.

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, Composite 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, Aerodynamics at Takeoff and Landing, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flow, Gas Dynamics, Wind Tunnel

f) Small Satellite: Joint session with 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 31th ISTS in 2017, papers presented at the session of f) Small Satellite are automatically registered as the technical papers of the 9th 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, Balloon and Flight Experiment using Small Flight Vehicle: Promotion of Sounding Rocket or Balloon Programs, Suborbitals, Scientific Results, Engineering Demonstration, Range Facility & Operation, Instrumentation, Upper Atmosphere, Ionosphere, Flight Experiment using Small Flight Vehicle, Parabolic Flights Test

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, Space Habitat

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, Space Traffic Management

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. Single authored papers by graduate students, undergraduate students, or students in technical colleges or in senior high schools are welcome. Co-authored papers can be submitted, only when a student in the above categories has made a principal contribution to the paper and is registered as the first author to make a presentation at the symposium. Note that the deadline for paper upload is February 1st, 2019 for Student Session. The submissions are preliminary screened for technological and scientific quality by March 1st 2019, 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

Please see the Social Programs Page.

Spacecraft Control System Design Contest (Cancelled)

Due to serious delay in the preparation, the program committee has decided to cancel "Spacecraft Control System Design Contest" in this symposium. We sincerely ask all the people, who had been looking forward to participate in this event, to accept our apology for the cancellation of the contest.

Scholarship Program

The 32nd 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

Early Registration 55,000 yen
On-site Registration 70,000 yen
Early Student (ID Required) 10,000 yen
On-site Student (ID Required) 20,000 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. Please be aware that only the regular and the student participants will be allowed to present a technical paper at the Symposium. Accompanying persons cannot attend any technical sessions.

Paper Distribution

All the papers presented at the 32nd ISTS will be distributed on a paper download web site application for convenience of all the regular and student participants. Authors of accepted papers will be requested to upload the paper along with “Paper Archives Permission Form" and “Speaker's Information" by the deadline of April 15, 2019. 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

After the symposium, the authors can submit their papers to (1) “Transactions of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) ” or (2) “Transactions of JSASS, Aerospace Technology Japan.” If the authors wish to submit their papers to “Transactions of JSASS, Aerospace Technology Japan,” the authors must declare their submittals to the Journal at submission of the papers to this symposium. The editorial committee will review the papers submitted to “Transactions of JSASS, Aerospace Technology Japan.”

For more

Important Dates

Online Abstract Submission Open Sep.3, 2018
Deadline for Abstract Oct. 31, 2018 Nov. 7, 2018 24:00 (JST)
Notification of Acceptance for All authors End of Dec. 2018
Special Deadline for Paper Upload only for Student Session Feb. 1, 2019
Notification of Presentation Schedule for All Authors Mar. 1, 2019
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 Apr. 15, 2019
Deadline for Pre-Registration Apr. 15, 2019

Note: The authors of the technical papers, who have not uploaded the paper by the deadline, are NOT allowed to make a presentation under the “No Paper, No Presentation“ , “No Presentation, No Paper“ policy.