Program Description

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Session descriptions


Policy & Leadership:

We bring together internationally renowned specialists and policymakers to analyze, discuss, and debate key policy objectives and issues of over-arching importance to the needs and interests of NewSpace. Leaders from national and European space agencies, the military, business, and academia share privileged information, insights, and recommendations that are vitally important to the definition of issues, the ordering of priorities, and the direction of policy formulation and implementation.



Miniaturization of complex instrumentation has an enormous impact on the capabilities of small satellites, to the extent that recent developments have shown that nanosatellites can be competitive and in some case even surpass the performance of large satellites currently in orbit. This session seeks to showcase some of these developments in the areas of, among others, general COTS components, optical instrumentation, pointing, acquisition, and tracking. 


Internet of Things:

While the majority of IoT networks is terrestrial, IoT applications also provide various opportunities for satellite operators, notably in connecting remote areas that lack terrestrial infrastructure. This session provides examples of, and discusses the roadmap for, transformation made possible by the successful combination of networked devices and NewSpace technology. 

Artificial Intelligence:

Artificial intelligence and machine learning promise to simplify operations of satellites and to increase their performance. An example of the latter is the use of AI for the on-board data reduction or the analysis of complex and large data sets that cannot be simply transmitted to ground due to lack of bandwidth.


Satellite Communications:

Miniaturized and low-power communication technologies combined with the high spatial and temporal coverage provided by relatively cheap nanosatellite constellations promise a paradigm change in satellite communications. Here we focus on the technological aspects as well as the conceptual changes.


Planetology and Astrophysics:

Increasing capabilities as well as fast development time and lower cost have propelled nanaosatellites into the realm of astro-physical experiments, as well as planetary and deep space exploration.


Space Weather:

Solar conditions are driving changes in the solar wind and therewith conditions within Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere, which in turn can have profound effects on space-based and terrestrial technological systems and life. Its accurate prediction requires both modeling and measurements of relevant parameters. Satellites provide a unique platform for such measurements whereas nanosatellites in particular can increase both spatial and temporal coverage at an acceptable cost.



Experiments on biological matter have been performed on the ISS in order to investigate the effects of microgravity or radiation exposure, but such experiments are very costly and subject to severe scheduling constraints. Nanosatellites have the potential to enable much cheaper and easier to program experiments. 


Science Projects with Students:

CubeSats were initially conceived solely as a novel way to teach systems engineering. Recently, however, such student missions have made inroads into serious science of which we intend to highlight some examples.


Earth Observation and Climate:

Ever more compact and powerful sensors are finding their ways into nanosatellites with the aim of observing activities and the state of the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, surface and inner structure. Data generated in this way is expected to provide ever greater detail, higher temporal resolution, and better spatial coverage according to the specification of the nanosatellite mission. Also, no longer confined to the conventional actors of large national space agencies a true democratization is taking place, where data is empowering governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Earth Observation and Climate sessions are organized in collaboration with, and sponsored by, the French National Space-borne Remote Sensing Program (PNTS).



Conferences d'Exception Grand Public :

Le Climat et l’Espace

"Changement climatique : chaque demi-degré, chaque année et chaque choix comptent" 

Le video de la conference grand public par Valerie Masson-Delmotte est disponible ici.


Dr. Valerie Masson-Delmotte

Co-présidente du groupe de travail no 1 du GIEC-IPCC, qui travaille sur les bases physiques du climat et membre du haut conseil pour le Climat, créé en 2018 et placé auprès du Premier Ministre. Elle est sélectionnée également par la revue Nature dans les dix scientifiques dont les contributions ont particulièrement comptées en 2018.

Cette conference sera animé par :

Dr. Patrick Criqui

Directeur de recherche émérite CNRS au Laboratoire d’Économie Appliquée de Grenoble, expert de l’économie de la transition énergétique et des politiques climatiques, il a été l’auteur principal du Groupe de Travail n° 3 du GIEC-IPCC. Membre du Conseil économique pour le développement durable auprès du Ministre de l’écologie depuis 2008, il a été expert en charge des scénarios dans le Débat National sur la Transition Énergétique (2013) et pour l’élaboration de la Stratégie Nationale de Recherche, dans l’atelier énergie (2014). Depuis 2015 il est membre du Comité d’Experts pour la Transition Énergétique, qui assure le suivi de la Stratégie Nationale Bas Carbone et de la Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Énergie. Membre également du conseil scientifique de l’IFP Énergie Nouvelle et de la Fondation pour la Nature et l'Homme, il a enseigné ou enseigne dans différentes universités en France et à l’étranger.

Inscription gratuite obligatoire

Date: Vendredi 17 mai, 18:00

Lieu : Auditorium Grenoble INP, 3 Parvis Louis Neel, arret tram Cité Internationale.

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