2nd IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites

2nd International Academy of Astronautics
Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites:
Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems

November 2019, 11th to 16th

Hosted by the Colomb Institute
Auditorio del Centro Cultural de la Ciencia (C3) - Buenos Aires, Argentina
INVAP - Bariloche, Argentina

Preliminary Papers


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Important information


The event has 2 parts

Centro Cultural de la Ciencia (C3) - Buenos Aires

The oral presentations and poster sessions from Monday November 11th, to Thursday 14th, with workshops on Friday 15th (for people not traveling to Bariloche).

INVAP – Bariloche

Requires to travel by plane on Thursday afternoon.

It includes a workshop on Concurrent Engineering, an international panel about commercial aspects of space activity, and a visit to INVAP.


THERE IS NO NEED TO CHECK ‘Travel arrangements to Bariloche by Colomb Institute’ TO PARTICIPATE. The ‘Travel arrangements to Bariloche by Colomb Institute’ option box (U$ 800) allows including the travel costs (plane ticket, transportation to and from Bariloche airport and hotel in Bariloche from 14th to the 17th) and a social event as part of the registration costs. If you decide to arrange travel and hotel by yourself, THERE IS NO EXTRA COST FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE BARILOCHE ACTIVITIES OF THE EVENT.

For downloading the Buenos Aires schedule, go to the following link

For downloading the Bariloche schedule, go to the following link






The 2nd IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems is A 6-days scientific event hosted by the Colomb Institute, of The Argentine Space Agency (CONAE), and San Martín National University (UNSAM), at the Ministry of Science And Technology Center (Buenos Aires)and INVAP (Bariloche), Argentina .

The main objective of the event is to offer opportunities for exchanging information, exploring new concepts, and developing new collaborative relationships among individuals and institutions, industry and academia.

The 2nd IAALASSS will count with the participation of scientists, engineers, managers, and students from many Latin American countries and the rest of the world interested in the use of small satellites in the Region. They will have the opportunity to present papers orally and as a poster.

All contributions (oral and poster contributions) will be published in their electronic version of the symposium proceedings.

Call for papers


You are invited to contribute with a paper for presentation at the Symposium.

A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 350 and no more than 600 words is needed. The abstract must be in English. Student papers are encouraged.

Advanced Technologies and Distributed Platforms and/or Payloads themes are recommended, but all topics related to Small Satellite Missions will be considered. The symposium will have a worldwide vision, with some focus on the needs and developments of Latin America.

For an abstract example please enter here

In this example, an abstract identifier was included (IAA-LA-03-01) please omit this in your abstract, it will be assigned later if accepted.

Presentations during the Symposium will preferably be in English, however, presentations in Spanish will be considered.

Abstracts due: September 16th, 2019
Acceptance notification: September 19th, 2019 *
Papers due: November 15th, 2019
*For early notification, needed for authorization to travel or trip planning, please contact us, and it will be evaluated case by case.

For abstract submission please send it to
Make sure to include your full name and affiliation.

For any questions please send an e-mail to, or call +54-11-4724-1500 ext. 1389.




For downloading the Buenos Aires schedule, go to the following link

For downloading the Bariloche schedule, go to the following link

Scientific committee


Honorary Chairman
C. F. Varotto; CONAE, Argentina

R. Sandau; IAA, Germany
L. R. Gratton; Colomb Institute, Argentina

I. Belokonov; Samara University, Russia
A. Bonnema; ISISPACE, Netherlands
W. R. Cabañas; IAA, Guatemala
S. Camacho; CRECTEALC, Mexico
C. Cappelletti; UnB, Brazil
M. Cho; Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
J. M. Contant; IAA, France
A. da Silva Curiel; SSTL, UK
J. S. de Almeida; INPE, Brazil
F. Graziani; IAA, Italy
A. Guerman; UBI, Portugal
M. Hetscher; DLR, Germany
R. Kawashima; UNISEC GLOBAL, Japan
R. Laufer; Baylor Univ., USA
G. Loureiro; INPE, Brazil
F. J. Mendieta; AEM, Mexico
S. Mostert; SCS, South Africa
R. Nader; EXA, Ecuador
S. Nakasuka; UoT, Japan
S. Neeck; NASA, USA
F. Ongaro; ESA, Italy
M. Ovchinnikov; KIAM, Russia
M. Saandar; MSPRS, Mongolia
R. Sanchez Peña; ITBA, Argentina
A  Valenzuela; IAA, Argentina
G. Wiman; INVAP, Argentina

Rene Laufer; Baylor Univ., USA

Pablo Servidia; CONAE., Argentina
Adrián Unger; VENG, S.A., Argentina

Pablo Bernadí
Norval Chenu
Patricio Fluxá
Mónica Lapiana
Camila Mucanna
Claus  Rosito




For registration, you must fill in a registration form that you can access by pressing the REGISTER button below. Immediately after submitting your form, different means of payment will be shown and you will receive a registration confirmation by email.

IAA members: US$ 60
Non IAA members: US$ 80
Students US$ 15
CONAE or UNSAM (employee, faculty or student): US$ 5
Stands US$ 300
Gala dinner: US$ 70




Recommendations for abstracts, papers, posters, presentations and stands

Instructions to authors for the preparation of full paper (max eight pages)

Martin Buscher (1), Second Author (2)
(1) Technische Universität Berlin
Marchstr. 12, 10587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 314 75872, Mail:
(2)  Company
Address 12, 10587 City, Country
Phone: +54 9 XXX XXX, Mail:

Abstract: A one paragraph abstract of not more than 200 words must be included at the beginning of the paper. It should be a summary (not an introduction) and complete in itself. The abstract should indicate the subject dealt with in the paper and should state the objections of the investigation. Newly observed facts and conclusions of the experiment or the argument discussed in the paper must be stated in summary form. Readers should not have to read the whole paper to understand the abstract. This instruction is written according to the Instructions to authors for the preparation of a full paper (max eight pages).

1. Introduction

The full paper of all accepted contributions (including those to be presented in the Poster Session) will be published in the Symposium Digest to be distributed after the symposium. For that purpose, they should be handed in before March 8th.
Submit your manuscript as a WORD file to Only English language will be accepted. To ensure the appropriate appearance of the manuscripts, authors should observe the following instructions.

2. Length Of Manuscript

Manuscripts are limited to eight single-spaced pages, including the abstract, references, tables and figures.

3. Typing Instructions

The size of the manuscript part of the page is 15.0 cm by 24.0 cm. If possible, the font Times New Roman, 12 pt., or similar looking fonts should be used.
The manuscript should be divided into sections, subsections and subsubsections with clearly marked subtitles and numbered numerically (e.g. 2.1.3). Type the main body of the text single-spaced and full justified. Leave one blank line between paragraphs and between paragraphs and headings/ subheadings.

3.1 Paper Title

The title of the paper is typed 16 pt., bold, the initial capitalized only and centered at the top of the page. The name of the author(s) is typed 12 pt. bold centered in upper and lower case letters. Affiliation(s) and complete address(es) are typed 10 pt. centered in upper and lower case letters. If you are a member of the IAA, please mark within parenthesis your member grade and section right after your name, that is, name of author (M3, for example).

3.2 Headings

Headings of the sections are typed 12 pt. in capital letters, placed flush left. Subheadings and sub-subheadings are typed 12 pt. in upper and lower case letters placed flush left.

3.3 Footnotes

Footnotes should appear only if absolutely necessary. Footnotes are typed 10 pt.

3.4 Illustrations and Captions

Please keep in mind that all figures and graphs will be reproduced exactly as you submit them. Therefore, make sure to provide them in an adequate quality. Place captions, numbered in their respective order, beneath the figures/tables.

3.5 Symbols and Abbreviations

Use only standard symbols in text and illustrations. Unusual units and abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used.

3.6 Equations

The numbers identifying equations should be placed in parentheses on the right. Please, make sure that no ambiguities arise.

4. Page Numbers

Do not apply page numbering.

5. References

References to published literature should be quoted in the text in brackets and grouped at the end of the paper in numerical order, typed 10 pt. and presented as follows:
 [1] J. K. Knowles and E. Reissner, Note on stress-strain relations for thin, elastic shells. J. Math. Phys.37,269-282 (1958)
 [2] H. S. Carslaw and J. C. Jaeger, Operational Methods in Applied Mathematics, 2nd edn. p. 121. Oxford University Press, London (1953)


Instructions to authors for the preparation of poster

For the presentation of the poster you will be provided with a poster board and necessary pins or tape.

The poster must be printed by the authors and should have the following dimensions: 120 cm (height) x 90 cm (length). If you need assistance with the printing, please ask via an email to

At least one author needs to be available during the poster session to present the poster. The presenter must register for the event.

The poster presents a paper, which has the same characteristics of a Presentation Session paper, and it must be provided to be included in the proceedings.

Prepare a title for the top of your poster, including author(s) and affiliation(s).

Keep in mind that the poster will be viewed from a distance. Use an appropriate size of letters.

The poster should describe the content of the illustration and the conclusions to be drawn from it.

Each illustration should have a heading or caption of one or two lines in large type stating the essential message. Detailed information in a legend in smaller type below may be provided.

You may prepare a hand-out on your poster so that conference participants who view it will have information for reference.

Instructions for stands

Stand holders will be provided with a table (1.4x0.9 m), 2 chairs and some space for banners / posters.

Banners might be hanged behind the table. The structure for this banners will be provided. The front of the table can be used to hang a paper/fabric with advertisement or information from your company. Pins for that effect will be provided.
Printouts and memorabilia from the company can be distributed at the stand.

The fee for a stand includes registration for up to three people to the Symposium. Please provide the information for registration via e-mail at before registration closes.

If stand-holders require additional assistance please ask at

Stands will be available for installation on Monday November 11th from 8:30 to 13:00 hs.


Advise for accommodation and travel to the venue


The event takes place in Buenos Aires from Monday November 11th to Thursday 14th early afternoon.

There is an additional optional activity in Bariloche on Friday November 15th and Saturday 16th. It includes a visit to INVAP S.E.

This will require to travel by plane on Thursday afternoon.


For traveling to Bariloche, you can do your travel arrangements yourself or ask Instituto Colomb to do it for a final cost of US$ 800, which includes plane tickets, all local transportation, accomodation and the activities of Saturday 16th. (This option is available until October 21st).

If you are doing Bariloche arrangements by yourself, we suggest booking the Aerolineas Argentinas 18:00 flight AR1692 on Thursday 14th ASAP. Other flight options might be available by low-cost airlines such as Flybondi or Andes.

Accommodation in BUENOS AIRES

Buenos Aires has an ample accommodation offer, and you should not have a problem finding a room in a hotel near Retiro, or Recoleta, even if you book last minute. We suggest doing it through www., or a similar site, and you can ask us before confirming the reservation to have 'local' advice.

You might also find a hotel further from downtown and closer to the venue.

Hotels with an agreed fee for the event are:
Dolmen Hotel   (from U$ 90 per night)
El Conquistador Hotel (from U$ 62 per night)

Accommodation in BARILOCHE

Bariloche also has an ample accommodation offer, and you should not have a problem finding a room in a hotel downtown or further along the lake at www., or a similar site, and you can ask us before confirming the reservation to have 'local' advice.

The Hotel with an agreed fee for the event is:
Hotel Edelweiss (superior)
(U$ 123 per night)

For further information on airlines, currency, transport from and to airports and how to make it to the venue in Buenos Aires, please check the following information.
Suggested links for Bariloche arrangements:

Domestic flights airlines

Aerolineas Argentinas





Travel agencies or online tools for searching flights







(to sell, to buy) approximate, as of September 30th.
1 Dólar: 55.50         59.00 pesos
1 Euro: 63.00          66.00 pesos
1 Real: 1280           1480 pesos

It is easy to change money in banks or currency exchange places (‘Casas de Cambio’), however, you might occasionally have some trouble getting money from an ATM machine with a foreign credit card. Usually changing money at the hotel will give you a worse exchange rate. We do not recommend changing money on the street.

Some shops and restaurants will give you a fair price for your cash foreign currency, others will not. Look at the signs, or ask before your purchase. With credit cards, it will be the nominal rate.

From Ezeiza airport (Pistarini) to Downtown Buenos Aires.

You can take a remis or a Bus service. The best-known company is Tienda León. We do not recommend taking a taxi from the airport.
We recommend you take a Tienda León bus that will take you to their base CORREGIR. If your hotel is a few kilometers from CORREGIR, you can also pay for their ‘extended trip’ service, and when you get off at their base in CORREGIR, they will take you to your hotel in a car or van shared with other passengers. (You have to tell them when purchasing the bus ticket at Ezeiza, you cannot hire that service once you get to CORREGIR.)

Tickets can be bought right after you get out of customs and immigration, they have a booth.

The values are IN PESOS (you can purchase your ticket online before the trip, you can also pay with a credit card or cash on arrival):

Bus Service:
Travel time to Retiro: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Cost: $440
Cost (with extended trip): $500 - $550 pesos

Tienda León Remis Service:  
(up to 4 people per vehicle)
Travel time: 35 minutes - 1 hour
Cost:  $1830 - $1900 pesos depending on the amount of luggage.


From Aeroparque Airport to Downtown Buenos Aires.

The same suggestions apply. But time and cost are different:

Bus Service:
Cost: $200 pesos
Cost (with extended trip): $230 - $250 pesos
If your hotel is not near Retiro, then you should take a taxi from Retiro to your hotel.

Remis Service:
(up to 4 people per vehicle):
Travel time: 15 to 40 minutes
Cost : $450 to $600 pesos (depending on luggage)
Travel time: 25 to 40 minutes

The Venue

C3 Auditorium
The event will take place in the C3 Auditorium at the ´Polo Tecnológico’, located in Palermo, in the city of Buenos Aires.


Godoy Cruz 2270, Buenos Aires

How to make it to the venue
Travel time: From Retiro
30 - 40 mins
Cost: $400 - 500  pesos

From Recoleta        
20 -30 min
Cost: $300 pesos

Take the San Martín train line at Retiro Station to the first stop “Palermo”. You can use the SUBE card, or buy a ticket at the station.

You need the SUBE card.
You can look for options with the interactive planner:
Also, the Google Maps application will give you many bus alternatives from your hotel to the venue.

Take the D line, and get off at PALERMO station. You need the SUBE card.

If you need more recommendations, don´t hesitate to ask for advice!

How to get a SUBE card
There are many places in Buenos Aires where you can get a SUBE card. Please check the service official web site to find the nearest place to your hotel:



The last part of the event is optional and will take place in INVAP in Bariloche, Rio Negro.
Av. Cmte. Luis Piedrabuena 4950, Bariloche, Rio Negro.

About Bariloche
Located in Patagonia Argentina in Río Negro province, Bariloche is a city surrounded by thousand-year-old forests, mountains covered in snow and crystal clear lakes.
You can find more information about accommodation and  activities here:


Keynote Speakers


Massimo Bandecchi
Small(er) missions at the European Space Agency


Alex Da Silva Curiel
The small satellite market and the ever-shrinking satellites


Raul Kulichevsky
Space Developments at CONAE


Rodrigo Leonardi
Overview of small satellite initiatives at the Brazilian Space Agency


Benjamin K. Malphrus
Lunar IceCube and Artemis 1: the First Generation of Interplanetary CubeSats


Pamela Millar
NASA’s Strategies and Accomplishments in Demonstrating Earth and Space Science Measurements from Small Satellites


Charles D. Norton
NASA’s Strategies and Accomplishments in Demonstrating Earth and Space Science Measurements from Small Satellites


Gerardo Richarte
Satellogic: From prototype to insights


Rainer Sandau
The International Academy of Astronautics at the forefront of small satellite activities


Technical Sessions


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To download the Abstracts please enter the following link


During Friday morning there will be a workshop with limited spots and in Spanish:
- Friday morning: software SOPI

Durante el viernes por la mañana habrá un taller con vacantes reducidas y en castellano:
- Viernes por la mañana:  software SOPI

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No es necesario estar inscripto en el evento para participar del workshop.



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