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General Topics

  • National Reports (EASP Member States and invited reports).
  • Technology and Infrastructure for Balloons: This topic addresses the recent advantages and innovations in technology, techniques and performances regarding the balloon systems and their operations; that includes the vehicles, the flight trains, the gondolas, the on-board housekeeping instrumentation and the related ground segment, as well as the improvements of range facilities and the new services available.
  • Technology and Infrastructure for Rockets: The symposium serves to bring together scientists and engineers for discussions and exploration of recent and future developments in research technology as well as focus. This direct exchange enables the quick introduction of new technologies and approaches into use for sicence as well as the focusing of engineering solutions towards the requiments of scientific research.
  • Rockets & Balloons in Space Education: The topic will cover educational activities, programmes and projects utilising rockets and balloons and/or related platforms.
  • Utilisation of Balloons for Research Applications: This session will cover new techniques, new trends and latest developments in the use of balloons for scientific research. It will encompass scientific instrumentation, future projects and new missions.
  • Utilisation of Rockets for Research Applications: Sounding rockets have been utilised for scientific research since the late 1950s and were originally implemented in Meteorological and Upper Atmosphere studies, owing their name to the nautical term “ to sound” , which means to take measurements. Sounding rockets are suborbital carriers, which means that they do not go into orbit around the Earth. The rockets follow a parabolic trajectory from launch to landing, offering a free floating laboratory for measurements not only in the upper of the atmosphere but also towards farther space objects and, as a kind of bonus, within the weightlessness boundaries of life and physical science experiments accommodated on board.
  • Ranges facilities: This session will cover new and updated facilities for sounding rockets- balloon missions. It also covers ground based instrumentation and infrastructure at the ranges.

Scientific Topics:

  • Astrophysics, Astronomy and Cosmology: This topic addresses the scientific missions in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology recently achieved and the related results, or new missions in progress of conception or development, that use balloons or sounding rockets or related research.
  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry: This topic concentrates on observation by in-situ (e.g. sounding rockets, balloons) and remote sensing (e.g. radar, lidar, satellites) instruments as well as related modeling relevant for improving our understanding of fundamental physical and chemical processes in the middle atmosphere, more precisely in the stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere.
  • Ionosphere and Magnetosphere: Solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling; reconnection, acceleration, heating, waves, instabilities, turbulence, irregularities, radio scintillations; fundamental physics and space-weather applications.
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Applications in space: The session on “ Life and Physical Sciences” provide an ideal setting for researcher who would like to present their latest scientific achievements originating from sounding rocket flights, stratospheric balloon missions or from related experimental platforms. There are no particular restrictions on the topic. They only have to fall under either life or physical science and are taking advantage of the environmental conditions the experimental platforms mentioned are offering.