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Workshop Location and Dates

Short Course: June 13 – June 14, 2015
Workshop: June 15 – June 19, 2015
Hyatt Regency, Cologne, Germany

Purpose and Scope

Sending space vehicles to other worlds is one of humankind’s most challenging and rewarding ventures. The 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-12) will bring together engineers, technologists, scientists, mission designers, space agency leaders, and students from around the world for a compelling, week-long collaboration focused on exploring solar system destinations via in situ missions.

IPPW-12 will build upon the IPPW tradition by encouraging international cooperation in planetary probe missions, new technologies, and scientific discoveries. In addition, scholarships are available to support students from around the world with a unique opportunity to present their work and interact with the leaders in their discipline areas.

Workshop Goals

The long-standing goals of the IPPWs are to:

  • Review the state-of-the-art in science, mission design, engineering implementation and technologies for the in situ robotic exploration of solar system bodies. Share ideas, mission opportunities, and emerging technologies to enable future mission success.
  • Serve as a forum for discussions on innovative methodologies and techniques for upcoming probe and surface science missions.
  • Attract early career scientists and engineers to the field of entry, descent, and flight in planetary atmospheres, as well as surface science and exploration on other worlds, enabling them to learn from experienced researchers and practitioners.
  • Foster international collaboration among the communities of scientists, engineers, and mission designers with an interest in planetary probes and landers.

Workshop Format

The program will include invited talks, contributed presentations, posters, and opportunities for networking with colleagues from academia, aerospace industry, and international space agencies.

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