Main Workshop Technical Sessions

Please note that the Titles and Descriptions set out below are placeholders. The session convenors may make a few adjustments to session titles and descriptions over the course of February 2019.

Mars Exploration

Conveners: Ashley Korzun, David Mimoun, Michelle Munk, and Brooke Harper

This session will concentrate on current and proposed missions to Mars. Topics may include missions, science, technology, and systems dealing with the in-situ exploration of Mars, such as landers, aerobraking, or entry probes. Contributions to this session can address aspects such as atmospheric science and environment characterization, robotic and human EDL, and sample return.  The successful 2018 Mars InSight lander mission will be featured in this session.

Sample Return to Earth

Conveners: Scott Perino, Matthias Grott, Marcus Lobbia, Joern Helbert, and Sahadeo Ramjatan

This session will contain concepts and projects that have a sample return to Earth element to the mission architecture. The focus will be on the entry, descent, and landing aspect of the sample return phase, especially how the spacecraft and science instrumentations are designed to handle the planetary protection requirements and the high reliability expected of sample return to Earth. Contributions discussing sample acquisition systems and sample curation on Earth are also welcome.

Solar System Exploration – Airless Planetary Satellites, Asteroids, and Comets

Conveners: Aline Zimmer, Christian Grimm, Michelle Rodio, and Soumyo Dutta

This session focuses on the in-situ exploration of the Earth’s moon, other airless planetary satellites (examples include but are not limited to Europa, Ganymede, Enceladus, and Triton), as well as small solar system bodies characterized by weak gravitational fields such as asteroids and comets. The session covers scientific goals, mission concepts, mission and flight system elements, operations strategies, and payload capabilities for current projects, concepts for future missions, and lessons learned from past missions.

Solar System Exploration – Mercury, Venus, Giant Planets, and Titan

Conveners: Dave Atkinson, Thibault Cavalie, Jacob Izraelevitz, and Olivier Mousis

The focus of the Solar System Exploration Session is on planetary probe/lander exploration of Mercury, Venus, the gas and ice giant planets, and Titan. The giant planets represent time capsules from the epoch of solar system formation, and within the atmospheres and deep interiors of the giant planets, fingerprints can be found of the chemical and physical conditions at the time of solar system formation and the processes by which the giant planets formed and the solar system evolved. Venus and Titan, with dense atmospheres, complex atmospheric processes, and surface-atmosphere interactions, form natural laboratories to study similar phenomena on Earth. Additionally, the prospect of a putative subsurface ocean on Titan presents a potentially habitable environment has exciting implications for astrobiology, and could offer important clues to answer fundamental questions regarding pre-biotic and biotic chemistries, and life. With the discovery on Mercury of surface organics (a building block for life), relatively young water ice in permanently shadowed craters, and abundances of magnesium and sulfur that exceed that of the other terrestrial planets, the surface of Mercury remains a mysterious and intriguing target.

The Solar System Exploration Session solicits papers addressing the science and science drivers, technologies, instrumentation, entry conditions, entry and deceleration systems, descent vehicle systems, and in-situ mission concepts for entry probe, lander, and aerobotic exploration of the extreme environments found at Mercury, Venus, the gas and ice giant planets, and Titan. Papers addressing lessons learned and results from previous missions are also welcomed.

Modeling, Simulation, Flight Testing, and Validation

Conveners: Clara O’Farrell, Michael Wright, Julia Kowalski, and Al Witkowski

This session will focus on modeling and simulation advancements for planetary probes including: entry, descent and landing, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), guidance, navigation and control (GNC), materials and thermal protection systems (TPS) modeling, decelerator systems, surface operations, integrated/optimized capabilities, and related disciplines. Current work in testing and demonstration techniques, model validation, and diagnostics, are also a major component of this session. Work that is advancing the state-of-the-art of the current scientific theories, capabilities or technologies, or comparing or leveraging both testing and computational models including data-driven modeling, is especially relevant. Preference for talks should be regarding the application of models, simulations, ground testing, flight tests, and validation directly related to entry, descent, and landing missions and proposals instead of general model development.

Science Instrumentation, Experiments, and In-Situ Measurements

Conveners: Manuel Dominguez, Rafael Lugo, Ryan Timoney, and Todd White

In-situ planetary science measurements are fundamental to our understanding of the solar system. This session covers the development and implementation of past, present and future science and engineering instrumentation for spacecraft exploring planets, moons and small bodies.  Abstracts for probe and lander instruments for current and proposed missions (e.g. InSight, Mars2020, Exomars 2020, Luna 27, Dragonfly, Europa, CAESAR, MMX/Phobos) as well as future opportunities (e.g. lunar surface instrumentation) are invited.  This session will discuss the fundamental goals and challenges of instrumentation, practical limitations of data collection, and lessons-learned from past efforts.

Entry, Descent, and Landing Technologies

Conveners: Tom West, Rodrigo Haya Ramos, Milad Mahzari, Karl Edquist, and Eric Stern

This session is focused on the engineering, physics, and technology of end-to-end EDL architectures, including landers, probes, and deployment of flight vehicles. Talks are welcome in, but not limited to, the fields of aerodynamic decelerators, parachutes, rigid/inflatable heat shields, aerothermodynamics , thermal protection systems (TPS), GN&C, aerobraking, retro-propulsion, phase transitions, touchdown/landing systems, and EDL instrumentation (e.g., aerothermodynamic sensor systems, sensors, hazard detection and avoidance, pinpoint landing, etc.). Discussion on new developments, cross-cutting, transversal or Earth demonstration is fostered.

Innovative Concepts for Exploration

Conveners: Carrie Rhoades, Dmitriy Shutin, Gilles Bailet, and Siddharth Krishnamoorthy

This session invites abstracts on new and innovative mission concepts, scientific instruments, and technologies for solar system exploration.  Innovative concepts may discuss new techniques of studying solar system bodies or ways to reduce mission risk and/or life cycle costs. Mission concepts may be small probes that augment a primary spacecraft’s mission, missions of opportunity, or standalone missions.

Key Dates

IPPW 2019 Activity Key Date
Registration on Website Opens 05-Apr-19
Abstract Submission Deadline 08-Mar-19
Author Acceptance Notifications 05-Apr-19
Student Scholarship Applications 08-Mar-19
Student Scholarship Announcement 05-Apr-19
Early Registration Deadline 04-May-19
Hotel Reservation Deadline 04-May-19
Final Announcement 21-Jun-19
Short Course 06-Jul – 07-Jul
IPPW 08-Jul – 12-Jul

Programme Organising Committee

If you have any questions relating to the Programme, please contact one of the Committee Members

Todd White

Joern Helbert

Soumyo Dutta