Call for Papers

Due to the extension of priority measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the 33rd ISTS  will be held online, so this program will also be canceled. That would be unfortunate but please use it by all means when you come to Beppu.

Joint Conference: 33rd ISTS , 10th NSAT&14th LCPM

ISTS: International Symposium on Space Technology and Science
NSAT: Nano-SATellite Symposium
LCPM: IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference
Place: B-Con Plaza, Beppu Oita, Japan
Time:  February 26-March 4,2022

Call for Papers

Main Theme:
“Beppu in Oita: Beautiful Harmony of Earth and Space for Sustainable Future”


The 33rd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) will be held at B-Con Plaza from Feb.26(Sat)-Mar.4(Fri),2022.
The ISTS Organizing Committee and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) would like to invite individuals of all nations interested in space-related activities to participate in this event.

The 33rd ISTS will be held under the main theme of “Beppu in Oita: Beautiful Harmony of Earth and Space for Sustainable Future”

Beppu in Oita Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region of Japan,and boasts the number one source of hot springs and the largest amount of spring water in Japan. Beppu is considered a paradise hot springs famous for its high therapeutic effects, and it is a tourist city visited by more than 8 million tourists every year. In April 2020, Oita Airport (Kunisaki City) was selected for the first time in Asia as a space port for small satellite launch.

We will welcome you with a variety of programs, including keynote speeches, World-Space Highlights,special lectures, and poster sessions in plenary format and, in parallel format, general and organized technical sessions, student sessions, as well as a control contest, Gemstone project of young people and social programs to help you experience and enjoy Beppu.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 33rd ISTS, 10th NSAT and 14th LCPM in the beautiful city of Beppu, with a lot of great Japanese Onsen (natural hot springs), many recreational facilities and local cuisine and crafts.


Beppu is the city of Oita Prefecture which is in the island of Kyushu, one of the four major islands of Japan,and about 100-minute flight from Tokyo. Beppu is the second largest city on Oita with a population of over 110,000 and is surrounded by Beppu Bay and the volcanic belt. Blessed with more than 2,000 hot springs, the climate of the city is mild with an average annual temperature of 15.8°C, and you can enjoy fresh farm and marine food from the nature around.
Beppu also possesses a unique culture and atmosphere. A city rich in nature and culture, overflowing with the energy of the Earth.The ISTS Conference in Beppu, to be held in 2022,  will offer excellent opportunities to discuss the exploration in Beautiful Harmony of Earth and Space. People in Beppu will warmly welcome you all in hope of deepening our understanding about Space just like the hospitable waters of Beppu’s abundant hot springs.
We sincerely hope that all those participating in ISTS will truly enjoy their time in the city of Beppu Oita

Abstract Submission Instructions

Submission of abstract for the Symposium will be accepted electronically through ISTS’s web site at
address Each abstract must be written in English in One Page of PDF format
including figures and file size is limited to be less than 1 MB. Instructions on  electronic submissions are
available on the web.The web site will be open for submittals of abstracts on August 3, 2020 .
For preparation of the abstract,you may use our template,which will be available on ISTS’s web site in
the near future. For further information, please refer to the web site, which will be updated timely.

Papers will be selected by the program committee according to:

– Scientific merits
– Relevance to space technologies and sciences
– Quality
– Originality

The paper submitted for the oral presentation may be included in the poster session, or vice versa, if the content of the paper is judged to be more suitable for the alternate presentation style. The notification
of acceptance will be sent electronically through e-mail by Mid of Sep.2021 for all authors. Author’s
kit for preparing papers for On-Site Digital Medium and ISTS Web Paper Archives will be posted on this web site around that time.


Special Sessions

The Symposium will address various fields of space-related technology and science.It will include Special Programs, Organized Sessions, Panel Discussions, and 20 Technical Sessions of contributed papers and a Student Session.

Special Sessions after the Opening Ceremony (February 28th 2022)

– “TBD : Spacetide’s CEO Masayasu ISHIDA  ”

Plenary Lecture: Mr. Masayasu Ishida, CEO of Spacetide  (10:00-10:35) Keynote speech: 1) Mr. Mike Safyan, VP of Launch, Planet  (10:35-)
2) Mr. Sandy Tirtey, Commercial Launch service Director, Rocket Lab (11:10-)

Organized Sessions (Tentative Plans)

・OS-1 – “World Space Highlight”
・OS-2 – “ISTS2021@OITA Creation of new space industry and innovation from Kyushu”
・OS-3 – “Geothermal Energy
・OS-4 – “Sustainable Habitation on moon”
・OS-5 – “Sustainable Space Development Visions 2040 (tentative)”

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions will be categorized into the following 20 areas. The key words for each Technical
Session are as follows:

a)Chemical Propulsion and Air-breathing Engines:
Solid, Liquid, Hybrid Rockets, Air-breathing Engines, Reusable Rockets

b)Electric and Advanced Propulsion:
Electric Propulsion, Laser/Microwave Propulsion, Solar-thermal/Sailing Propulsion, Electrodynamics Tether, Nuclear Propulsion, Magneto-hydrodynamics, Microthrusters,Thrust-er Plume and Spacecraft Interactions, Plasma Technologies, Non-propulsive Applications, Powered Flight Mission

c)Materials and Structures:
Structures of Spacecrafts and Space Vehicles, Structural Dynamics and Control, Structural Analysis,Tests and Nondestructive Inspections,Material Characterizations,New-materials,Smart materials and structures, Composite materials, Space Environment Interactions, Composite Materials

d)Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Control:
Attitude Dynamics, Attitude Determination & Control, Attitude & Payload Sensor Calibration, Orbital
Dynamics, Orbit Determination & Control,Trajectory Design and Optimization, Mission Design,Spacecraft Navigation, Entry/Landing/Ascent Guidance, Navigation & Control, Orbital Rendezvous & Proximity
Operations, Formation Flying & Satellite Constellations, Space Robotics & Rover, Spacecraft Autonomy & Intelligence,Guidance, Navigation&Control Components, Recent Experiences & Lessons Learned

e)Fluid Dynamics and Aerothermodynamics:
High Enthalpy Flow, Atmospheric-entry, Aero-thermodynamics, Aerodynamic Design, Rarefied Gas,
Radiation, Thermal Protection System, Plasma, Magneto-gasdynamics, Low Speed Aerodynamics,
Aerodynamics at Takeoff and Landing, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flow, Gas Dynamics, Wind Tunnel

f)Small Satellite : Joint session with NSAT:
Innovative Small Satellite Mission, Small Satellite Utilization, Small Satellite Design and Development,
Advanced Small Satellite Technology, Small Satellite Lessons Learned, Small Satellite Launch
Note : Same as the previous 32nd ISTS in 2019, papers presented at the session of f) Small Satellite
are automatically registered as the technical papers of the Nano-Satellite Symposium at the same time.

g)Space Transportation:
Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs), Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs), Reentry Vehicles, Orbital Transfer Vehicles (OTVs), Human Space Transportation, Sub-orbital Space Transportation

h) Micro-gravity Sciences and Technology:
Micro-gravity Science, Physical Science, Fluid Physics, Combustion Science, Fundamental Physics,
Material Science, Micro-gravity Experiments, Facilities for Micro-gravity Experiments, Opportunities for
Micro-gravity Experiments, Operation and Utilization of the IS

i)Thermal Control:
Thermal and Environmental Control, System and Instrument Thermal Design, Thermal Management, Heat Transfer, Thermophysical Property, Thermal Testing and Analysis, Passive and Active Thermal Control, Technologies, Two-phase Technology, Advanced Thermal Control Materials

j)Satellite Communications, Broadcasting and Navigation:
Satellite System Architectures, Networks and Protocols, Experimental Projects and Results, Subsystems, Components and Devices, Propagation, Regulation, Financing and Marketing, Space Navigation Systems, Fixed and Broadcast Satellite Systems, Mobile Satellite Systems

k)Science and Technology for Human and Robotic Space Exploration:
Scientific Objectives, Results, and Instruments for Exploration of the Moon, Planets and Solar System
Small Bodies; Mission Analysis,Mission Design and Key Technologies of Human and Robotic Explorations; Commercial and Private Initiatives of Space Explorations; Road-map and Strategies for National and
International Space Exploration Programs

L) IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions : Joint session as The 14th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference:
Agency Programs for Low-Cost Planetary Missions, Science and Engineering Results from Past and On-Going Missions, Low-Cost Planetary Missions Under Development, Science Instruments and Enabling Technologies for Future Low-Cost Planetary Exploration, Advanced Concepts for Future Low-Cost Planetary Missions by Small Sats,Cube-sats, Nano-Sats, Rovers,

m)Sounding Rocket, Balloon and Flight Experiment using Small Flight Vehicle:
Promotion of Sounding Rocket or Balloon Programs , Suborbital, Scientific Results ,  Range Facility &
Operation , Engineering Demonstration, Upper Atmosphere , Ionosphere,  Flight Experiment using Small Flight Vehicle , Instrumentation ,Parabolic Flights Test

n)Earth Observation:
Earth Observation, Earth Environment,Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing Sensors, Application of Remote Sensing, Data and Signal Processing, Data Analysis, Ground System, Data Assimilation, Global Change
Prediction, Earth System Science, Disaster Monitoring, Geographic Information Systems

p)Space Life Science:
Space Medicine and Physiology,Countermeasures,Metabolism, Neurophysiology,Environmental Medicine, Behavior and Performance, Psycho-social Issue,  Mental Health Care,  Remote Medical Care and
Tele-medicine, Biomedical Technology, Space Radiation(Measurement, Biological effect, Protection),
Space Biology, Gravitational, Physiology and Biology, Artificial Gravity, Analogue Environments and
Simulations, Public Outreach and Education in Life Science, Space Life Science for Human Exploration,
Space Habitat

q)Space Power Systems:
Solar Power Satellite, Solar Cells, Power Resources, Power Management and Distribution, Power Storage System, Wireless Power Transmission

r)Space Environment and Debris:
Space Environment, Space Debris, Meteoroid, Space Situational Awareness, Debris Observation and
Measurement, Debris Population and Evolution Model, Debris Risk Assessment and Management, Orbital Dynamics on Debris, Reentry Safety, Hypervelocity Impact, Protection Design, Debris Mitigation, Debris Removal, Debris Environment Remediation,Space Weather,Space Weather Forecast,Spacecraft Charging, Environment Model, Solar and Geomagnetic Activity, Environment Data Management, International
Cooperation on Debris and Space Environment, Near Earth Objects, Space Traffic Management

t)Systems Engineering and Information Technology:
Systems Engineering – Methodologies, Systems Engineering – System Design, Systems Engineering –
Process and Tools, Model Based Systems Engineering, Verification and Validation, IT Application for
Systems Engineering, Project Management and Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Software
Engineering, Requirement Engineering, Knowledge Management

u)Space Education and Outreach for the Benefit of All People: (一版公開
Space Education, Public Outreach, Public Relations, Capacity Building, Citizen Science, International Collaborative Projects, Students Activity, Space Tourism, Effect of Space Activities on Culture and Humanity, Journalism, Art, Space Events,NanoSat and CanSat for Education,Model Rocket,Amateur Radio Satellite

v) Space Law, Policy and History :
International Space Law, Domestic Law & Regulations over Space Activities, Foreign & Domestic Space
Policy, Space History, Legal History, Policy History, History of Science & Technology,Industrial History,
Humanities & Social Sciences, Space Business, Commercialization, Space Resource Exploitation,
Environmental Protection,Space Debris,Space Diplomacy, Space Security, Disarmament & Arms Control, International Cooperation (Bilateral, Multilateral, Regional & Global), etc.

w)Safety and Mission Assurance:
Safety, Reliability, Quality, Software Product Assurance, EEE & Mechanical Parts, Standardization

Student Session

The purpose of this session is to encourage students to present their original research results.Submitted papers shall be authored by graduate students,undergraduate students, or students in technical colleges or in senior high schools .
In a paper based on  the achievements of group works, it is highly Recommended that the contributions of author should be clearly stated. A full length paper must be submitted when a student would wish to entry this session. The finalists are selected through peer review of the paper considering technological and scientific quality in around **, and have oral presentations in the student session. As for the other papers, opportunities of presentations will be provided in general oral / or poster sessions
depending on the decision of each session. Special prizes will be awarded to excellent papers presented
in the student session based on the jury’s evaluation of both the manuscripts and the presentations.

Poster Session

The Poster Session is planned to be held at specified hours during the Symposium. The authors will be
requested to stay in the allocated session room during this Session for explanations and discussions.

Cultural Night(Cancelled)

– ” Jigoku Mushi Kobo “
Date: March 1st (Tue)
①17:00~ (Up to 30 people)  ②18:00~ (Up to 30 people)
Place: Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa
Admission Fee : Free
(*)You can share the “Jigoku Mushi dish” with 3 people

Another Program

1)Spacecraft Control System Design Contest
The Astrodynamics,Navigation,Guidance and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all ISTS attendants and university students to participate in the 10th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest.” Several
prizes will be given to participants who designed excellent control algorithms.

2)New Space Night (Cancelled)
From March 2, New Space’s venture companies will sponsor the event, which will include local communities and companies.

3) A debate on space transportation systems and artificial satellites.
Discussions will be held with the aim of collecting opinions and information from the academic community regarding the technologies needed in the future. It is scheduled for March 4.

Scholarship Program

33rd Not performed
The 33rd ISTS will offer scholarship for limited number of students who are not Japanese citizens and live outside of Japan at the time of application. Please note that selected students in the past ISTS did not have eligibility for this scholarship program.

Registration Fee

Regular and Student Participant (Including On-site Digital Medium)

  Early Registration  Dead line Extended:Feb.14,2022 55,000 yen
On-site Registration 70,000 yen
Attend Online Registration *Overseas resident 35,000 yen
Early Student (ID Required) Dead line:Feb.14,2022 10,000 yen
On-site Student (ID Required) 20,000 yen
Attend Online Student (ID Required) *Overseas resident 8,000 yen
Accompanying Person 5,000 yen

Notice :As a general rule, domestic residents shall take part in the conference onsite in Beppu, Oita. Oversea residents shall be allowed to take part in the conference online in the COVID-19 situation.
*Online information will be given for only online participants.

Online participation shall also be allowed for domestic residents who are not permitted to take part in the local meeting by a rule of the affiliation organization.

Pre-registration will be available on the web. Instruction and further information for electronic and
on-site registration will be given in the second announcement. Participants who are not pre-registered
will be unable to give a presentation. Fees for regular and student participants include On-site
Digital Medium, which will include all the papers presented at the Symposium. Please be aware that only the regular and the student participants will be allowed to present a paper at the Symposium.
Accompanying persons cannot attend any technical sessions.

Paper Distribution

All the papers presented at the 33rd ISTS will be distributed either by an on-site digital medium or on a paper download web site for convenience of all the regular and student participants.Authors of accepted papers will be requested to upload the paper along with “Copyright Release Form” and “Speaker’s
Information” by the deadline of December 25 , 2021. Further information on manuscript submission will be
announced on the ISTS web site.

They are also will be open to public through the ISTS web site after the symposium.
ISTS Web Paper Archives

Journal Publication

The ISTS issue will be published in on-line journals. After the symposium, the editorial committee will
review the presented papers whose authors have declared their submitting to the Journal.

For more

Important Dates

Online Abstract Submission Open
Aug.3, 2020
Deadline for Abstract Aug.262021
Deadline for Student Session Full paper Aug.23、2021
Notification of Acceptance (for All authors) Mid of Sep.2021
Tentative Program Issue, End of Oct.2021
Online Pre-registration Open, End of Oct.2021
Online Paper Submission Open End of Oct.2021
Notification of Presentation Schedule (for All Authors) End of Oct.2021
Deadline for Paper Upload Jan 11, 2022