1st International Symposium on VLEO Missions and Technologies

28 – 29 June 2021

The University of Manchester

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.

Given the continuing impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and resulting restrictions, the symposium is planned to be a hybrid event.

Registration fees:

Online participation will be free of charge!

Early-bird tickets:
The early booking price is only available until the 30th April 2021 after this date the price will increase to £350 Standard Rate and £250 Student Rate. All prices incl. VAT.

Standard: £250.00
Student: £150.00

As this event will be ran both onsite & virtually, in the event of the cancellation of the onsite event due to possible ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we will offer you the opportunity to attend the virtual event only and refund the registration fee.

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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.

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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An in-person meeting is our first choice, of course – we hope that the situation will allow us to welcome everyone to an inspiring symposium!

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The University of Manchester, University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom

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