1st International Symposium on VLEO Missions and Technologies

28 – 29 June 2021

Virtual event

Many satellite applications benefit from operating closer to the Earth, from improved resolution for remote sensing, to reduced latency and greater frequency reuse for communications, and all with improved link budgets. However at altitudes below 450 km the effects of the residual atmosphere, in terms of drag and atomic oxygen erosion, become significant and define the upper limit for Very Low Earth Orbits (VLEO).  These atmospheric interactions offer benefits as well as challenges: space debris is short lived, as are the platforms that operate in VLEO once orbit maintenance is ceased. Nevertheless, satellites that operate there must contend with the challenges, and can be optimised through the use of low drag configurations, materials, propulsion and control to maximise performance.

This symposium aims to bring together the industrial, academic, and policy-making community involved in, or with aspirations for, VLEO missions to share operational experience, relevant technology development, and and current and future applications in the market.  It will provide speaking and networking opportunities to discuss synergies, opportunities for collaboration, and the development of both technology and business roadmaps for VLEO Missions and Technologies.


Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, we have had to make the difficult decision to move the event to be 100% online. We are hugely disappointed to have to make this decision.

Online participation will be free of charge!

Join us for this symposium from the convenience of your desk and register now! Registration will close on Friday, June 25, 12.00 p.m. CEST.


This line-up includes over 30 experts from 11 different countries – all of whom are eager to share their knowledge with you. To view and download the programme, click here.

POSTER SESSION on June 28th, 04.05 p.m. BST. Click here to enter the poster area.

Sponsorship opportunities:

The lead sponsor for the symposium is the DISCOVERER project (, an EU funded Horizon 2020 programme developing technologies to enable commercially viable, sustained operation for satellites in VLEO.  Other sponsorship opportunities will be available.

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