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

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.


Aerosol Earth System Earth observation Orbit Space science Spaceborne systems Technology demonstration astronautics control digital elevation model navigation remote sensing satellite satellites space

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6942-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6943-7
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