Small Satellites for Earth Observation

  • Rainer Sandau
  • Hans-Peter Röser
  • Arnoldo Valenzuela

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Programmatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven P. Neeck, Theodore F. Hammer
      Pages 3-12
    3. Jeng-Shing Chern, Arthur Huang, Lance Wu
      Pages 13-25
    4. Rainer Sandau, Larry Paxton, Jaime Esper
      Pages 27-39
    5. Manuel Angulo, Juan Maria Mi, Pedro de Vicente, Manuel Prieto, Oscar Rodriguez, Enrique de la Fuente et al.
      Pages 41-54
  3. Missions (1)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Jo Bermyn, Chris Dorn
      Pages 67-76
  4. Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Young-Wan Choi, Seung-Uk Yang, Myung-Seok Kang, Ee-Eul Kim
      Pages 89-99
    3. J. Leijtens, B. de Goeij, E. van der Meché, M. Eschen, A. Court
      Pages 111-120
  5. Constellations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Michael Thomsen, José M. G. Merayo, Peter Brauer, Susanne Vennerstrøm, Nils Olsen, Lars Tøffner-Clausen
      Pages 123-132
    3. Jos é M. G. Merayo, John L. Jørgensen, Eigil Friis-Christensen, Peter Brauer, Fritz Primdahl, Peter S. Jørgensen et al.
      Pages 143-151
    4. Tony Sephton, Alex Wishart, Karsten Strauch, Frederic Teston
      Pages 153-162
  6. Subsystems (1)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Oliver Montenbruck, Markus Markgraf, Miquel Garcia-Fernandez, Achim Helm
      Pages 165-174
    3. Peter S. Jørgensen, John L. Jørgensen, Troelz Denver
      Pages 175-183
    4. Shin-Ichiro Sakai, Yosuke Fukushima, Hirobumi Saito
      Pages 185-197
    5. Nasrin Bourghani Farahani, Nader Pouryaie
      Pages 199-208
  7. Students Session

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. André Hauschild, Georg Grillmayer, Oliver Montenbruck, Markus Markgraf, Peter Vörsmann
      Pages 211-220
    3. Daniel W. Kwon
      Pages 221-229
    4. Alexander Brandt, Ivan Kossev, Albert Falke, Jens Eickhoff, Hans-Peter Roeser
      Pages 231-243
    5. Martin Herfort, Marco Berlin, Hans-Peter Geile, Zizung Yoon
      Pages 255-264
  8. Special Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Alvar Saenz-Otero, David W. Miller
      Pages 267-276
    3. F. Lura, B. Biering, H.G. Lötzke, H. Studemund, V. Baturkin
      Pages 277-284
    4. Jyh-Ching Juang, Chiu-Teng Tsai, Jiun-Jih Miau
      Pages 293-298
  9. Missions (2)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. A. Graziani, N. Melega, P. Tortora
      Pages 309-318
    3. R.J. Hamann, C.J.M. Verhoeven, A.A. Vaartjes, A.R. Bonnema
      Pages 319-330
  10. Spacecraft Bus

  11. Lessons Learned

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Alex da Silva Curiel, Luis Gomes, Dave Purl, Dave Hodgson, Martin Sweeting
      Pages 357-364
    3. Jeng-Shing Chern, An-Ming Wu, Yung-Nien Liu, Lance Wu
      Pages 365-375
    4. Elaine Baxter, Bill Levett
      Pages 377-384
  12. Subsystems (2)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Hacer K. Sunay, Neslin smailoglu, Tunahan Kirilmaz, Celal Dudak, Ozlem A. Sen
      Pages 387-394
    3. Sergio Montenegro, Raffaele Vitulli
      Pages 395-401
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 403-406

About this book


This book deals with different aspects of small satellites for Earth observation

- programmatics
- current and planned Earth observation missions
- spacebased instruments
- satellite constellations
- satellite subsystems
- spacecraft bus systems
- lessons learned
- special aspects (e.g. thermal control, integration and test, launch services, ground station).

The material provided is collected from the 6th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, initiated by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and hosted by DLR, the German Aerospace Center. The participation of scientists, engineers, and managers from 24 countries reflected the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to Earth observation.

As in the previous symposia, the contributions showed that dedicated Earth observation missions cover a wide range of very different tasks. These missions provide increased opportunities for access to space and can be conducted relatively quickly and inexpensively. The spacecraft bus, the instruments, and the ground systems can be based either on optimized off-the-shelf systems with little or no requirements for new technology, or on new high-technology designs.

This book will be of interest to practitioners and professionals in the remote sensing field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Sandau
    • 1
  • Hans-Peter Röser
    • 2
  • Arnoldo Valenzuela
    • 3
  1. 1.DLRGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Space Systems, University of StuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Media Lario International SABosisio PariniItaly

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