Small Satellite Missions for Earth Observation

New Developments and Trends

  • Rainer Sandau
  • Hans-Peter Roeser
  • Arnoldo Valenzuela

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. New Earth Observation Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angelita C. Kelly, Adam Loverro, Warren F. Case, Nadège Quéruel, Chistophe Maréchal, Thérèse Barroso
      Pages 19-28
    3. Manuel Angulo, Laura Seoane, Elisa Molina, Manuel Prieto, Oscar Rodriguez, Segundo Esteban et al.
      Pages 29-45
    4. Philippe Crebassol, Pierric Ferrier, Gérard Dedieu, Olivier Hagolle, Bertrand Fougnie, Francesc Tinto et al.
      Pages 47-65
    5. Carlo Ulivieri, Giovanni Laneve, Emiliano Ortore
      Pages 67-72
    6. Andrea Sacchetti, Andrea Cisbani, Gianni Babini, Claudio Galeazzi
      Pages 73-81
  3. Earth Environment Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stanislav Klimov, Denis Novikov, Valeriy Korepanov, Andriy Marussenkov, Csaba Ferencz, Janos Lichtenberger et al.
      Pages 95-102
    3. Jens Rießelmann, Franziska Arlt, Klaus Brieß, Lars Dornburg, Kay Köhler, Jana Weise
      Pages 103-111
    4. Aaron Q. Rogers, Larry J. Paxton, M. Ann Darrin
      Pages 113-121
  4. Distributed Space Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Stefano Cesare, Sergio Mottini, Fabio Musso, Manlio Parisch, Gianfranco Sechi, Enrico Canuto et al.
      Pages 125-133
    3. Tony Sephton, Alex Wishart, Helmut Rott, Thomas Nagler, Bernhard Grafmueller, David Hall et al.
      Pages 135-144
    4. Marco D’Errico, Giancarmine Fasano
      Pages 145-154
    5. D. Maessen, J. Guo, E. Gill, B. Gunter, Q.P. Chu, G. Bakker et al.
      Pages 155-163
    6. Marleen van Mierlo, Keisuke Yoshihara, Alfred Ng, Linh Ngo Phong, François Châteauneuf
      Pages 165-174
    7. Tippawan Wanwiwake, Craig Underwood
      Pages 175-186

About these proceedings


This book was compiled from those contributions given at the 7th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, May 4-8, 2009, Berlin (IAA – International Academy of Astronautics) which are representative for the new developments and trends in the area of small satellites for Earth observation. They reflect the potentials of a diversity of missions and related technologies. They may be based on national projects or international co-operations, single satellites of constellations, pico-, nano-, micro- or mini-satellites, developed by companies, research institutions or agencies. The main focus is on new missions to monitor our Earth’s resources (chapter 1), and the environment in which our Earth is embedded (chapter 2). Chapter 3 deals with distributed space systems, the unique feature of small satellites. The university satellites chapter (chapter 4) shows the high quality which is already reached by some of the universities worldwide. Chapter 5 gives insight into new developments in the fields of instruments and technologies. The last two chapters (chapters 6, 7) deal with subjects, necessary to make use of the data coming from the satellite systems: attitude and position.


astronautics global navigation satellite system satellite space science space technology spaceborne systems swarm satellites technology demonstration vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Sandau
    • 1
  • Hans-Peter Roeser
    • 2
  • Arnoldo Valenzuela
    • 3
  1. 1.Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Deutsches Zentrum fürBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Inst. RaumfahrtsystemeUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Media Lario International S.A.Bosisio PariniItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-03500-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-03501-2
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