28 – 29 June 2021
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 aimed 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 current and future applications in the market. It provided speaking and networking opportunities to discuss synergies, opportunities for collaboration, and the development of both technology and business roadmaps for VLEO Missions and Technologies.
We would like to thank all participants for contributing to our 1st International Symposium on Very Low Earth Orbit Missions and Technologies held on the 28th & 29th June 2021 and making the event such a success. We had nearly 200 registered attendees, with a peak attendance figure just under 100, with participants from all around the world.
The line-up of speakers and co-authors affiliations included 39 experts from 12 different countries. To view and download the programme, click here.
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