About the School

The 1st Space Science School on How to Design a Space Science Mission is jointly organized by the International Space Science Institute in Beijing (ISSI-BJ) and the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), in cooperation with the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). The School will be held on October 17-26, 2016, at the Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics, located in Space Krenovation Park, Si Racha district, Chon Buri province, Thailand. 

Context and Objectives

This is the first joint space science school organized between the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization and the International Space Science Institute in Beijing. It is intended to promote a biennial School on space sciences and space science missions for master, Ph.D. or Post-doc students or early career scientists or engineers. The School will provide the students with in-depth knowledge on specific space science topics and on space mission engineering. It will also acquaint them with the leading experts in the field and will motivate them to pursue a career in space sciences. The School intends to build links between the students from different countries, where they may have the potential to become leaders in the future by developing their abilities to work in a multidisciplinary international team.

The School will teach the students to develop the connections between scientific objectives and requirements, mission and spacecraft design and mission cost. The aim is to develop a comprehensive approach for designing a space science mission. The students will be provided with the required scientific background relevant to produce a report, outlining a possible space science mission concept in the future.

The School will also facilitate and initiate different discussions in an international and multi-disciplinary way; it will encourage creativity and provide the contacts for the participants to develop a professional network. International collaboration will also be an important theme at the school. This school will make the participants aware that successful space science mission projects always face big challenges, but nevertheless, space sciences and space projects provide exciting and challenging opportunities.

Invited speakers will give lectures, with a substantial amount of time left at the end of each lecture for questions and discussions with the students. The speakers will be chosen among experts and well-recognized scientists, engineers, and space managers with an excellent reputation in teaching and supervising young scientists. At the end of every day a joint dinner is planned where the students, teachers and organizers reflect on the day and interact with each other on a more social level.

The lecturers are expected to cover the following general themes:

  • Past, present and future space science missions for different space agencies
  • Scientific objectives: from the science case to the scientific requirements
  • Payload design: achieving state of the art instruments in space
  • Orbital constraints
  • Spacecraft AOCS (attitude & orbit control system & Service module), Solar panels, thrusters & Sails
  • GNC (Guidance, Navigation, & Control & communications)
  • Spacecraft design and optimization
  • Operations ground segment: spacecraft and payload health monitoring
  • Scientific management: data rights and policy (observatories vs PI missions)
  • Project management: planning and mission cost & risk management
  • Micro-satellite launching and operation
  • Cubesat mission design and integration
  • Designing of space science experiment to be done in China Space Station
  • International collaborations


The lectures are expected to include both scientific and engineering themes and depend on the specific topic of the school. The full program with the lectures will be available very soon on the school webpage.

The School is open to 60 selected young science and engineering students and graduates especially from Asian-pacific member states, Russia, Australia, and from the USA. The working language of the School is English.

Date: October 17-26, 2016




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