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ICSO 2018 is the 12th edition of the largest meeting worldwide of experts working in all disciplines of Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Technologies for Space Applications.

Plenary Talks

A number of invited Plenary Talks will provide an overview of the global activity on Space Optics.  Confirmed Talks include:

Optics in ESA’s Earth Observation program,
by Jean-Loup Bezy, ESA

Innovative Optics in ESA’s Space Science Program
by Marcos Bavdaz, ESA

Optics in Japan’s Space Missions
by Kimura Toshiyoshi, JAXA

Optics in Russia’s Space Missions
by Oleg Korablev, IKI - Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Science

Optics in NASA’s Earth Science Program,
by Steven P. Neeck, NASA HQ

Recent CNES developments in Optronics (Earth Observation, Science, Telecom) 
by Bruno Cugny, CNES

Optics in NASA's Astrophysics Missions
by Lee Feinberg, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

See here for more information.

Special Guest Plenary Talks

“The Voyager mission 41 years after: Limits of the Solar System and Echoes from the Galaxy”
by Tom Krimigis, Emeritus Head of the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL),  Chair of Science of
Space at the Academy of Athens

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"The Antikythera Mechanism:
Decoding an astonishing 2000 years old astronomical computer”
by John H. Seiradakis, Professor Emeritus of the Aristotle University

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Round Tables 

Small Optics in Earth Observation
moderated by Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, ESA’s Optics Section

Small Optics in Space Science,
moderated by Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, ESA’s Optics Section

The challenge of Photonics components space qualification, is there a better way? 
moderated by Mustapha Zahir, ESA’s Optoelectronics section                                  

Integrated Microwave Photonics,
moderated by Chris Roeloffzen of LIONIX International and Paul van Loock of ESA's Telecommunications Department

Round Table on ‘Constellations, optical feeder-links and beyond’,
moderated by Zoran Sodnik,  Head of ESA’s Optoelectronics Section

See here for more information.

Calendar of Events

Abstract submission
1 May 2018
Notification to authors  22 June 2018
Final papers due 20 August 2018   
ICSO 2018 9-12 October 2018

The purpose of ICSO is to bring together the Space Optics Community and exchange information and ideas on the Research, Development, Qualification and Flight Experience of using optical technologies
for space missions. Technology experts meet Mission experts to address the lessons learnt from past developments and identify the next significant developments in employing lightwave technologies and techniques used in all types of Space Missions.

ICSO 2018 will be held on Crete, Greece and is the 12th conference of the series co-organised by ESA and CNES and follows the ones held in:
- Biarritz, France in 2016
- Tenerife, Spain in 2014
- Ajaccio, France in 2012
- Rhodes, Greece in 2010
- Toulouse, France  in 2008
- Noordwijk, The Netherlands  in 2006
- Toulouse, France in 2004
- Toulouse, France in 2000
- Toulouse, France in 1997
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1994
- Toulouse, France in 1991

ICSO 2018 will be held in the village of Platanias. Platanias Village is situated on the western part of Crete just 10 kilometers from the City of Chania. It is an attractive holiday resort with quality hotels, excellent services and breathtaking sceneries and of course soft sandy beaches.

Chania is known for it's Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants. The city is surrounded by numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Mountain villages provide a view into the "inner Crete". The Samaria and many other gorges can be hiked, archaeological sites abound.

Chania has an international airport with scheduled flights year round and abundant charter flights serving
much of Europe during the season - April to October.



Now, the ICSO Proceedings in the SPIE Digital Library! 
In order to enhance the dissemination of the papers published in ICSO the conference organisers decided to collaborate with the SPIE and publish all the ICSO papers in the SPIE Digital Library. A dedicated webpage https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/icso files all the ICSO proceedings. Now, all ICSO papers acquire a "Digital Object Identifier" and will be scanned by all the big academic search engines in a far more elaborated way. Furthermore, the papers will be published in "open access" which means that the visibility will be increased markedly. This will maintain the basic value of our conference in providing easy and free access to its contents to the Space Optics Community.  

CEAS Space Journal
The CEAS Space Journal includes a distinct field on “Optical, Optoelectronics and Photonics” and welcomes papers of ICSO in an extended version of the conference paper including theoretical analysis. Consider an electronic submission through the Journal website.

The International School on Space Optics-ISSO is the sister event of ICSO targeting to offer a comprehensive overview of the Science and Engineering of Space Optics to young scientists and engineers interested in the field. It is held biannually alternating with ICSO. For more information, see the ISSO-2019 website.

ICSO is a collaborating event with the International Conference on Space Optics Systems and Applications - ICSOS, a conference that focuses exclusively on Free Space Optical Communications.  ICSOS takes place on the odd-numbered years and alternates between Japan and the USA. The next ICSOS meeting is planned to take place 14-16 October 2019 in Portland, Oregon, US.