International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions

Date: Sep 12 - 14, 2018


The 4th International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM) will take place at Technische Universität Berlin. The meeting will be held on September 12-14, 2018 in the main building of the University. We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Abstract submission and early registration will close on July 1, 2018.

Please note that the EPSC 2018 (European Planetary Science Congress) will take place at Technische Universität Berlin the week after.

Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
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Purpose and scope:

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for collaboration, exchange of ideas and information, and discussions in the area of the instruments, subsystems, and other payload-related technologies needed to address planetary science questions. The agenda will compose a broad survey of the current state-of-the-art and emerging capabilities in instrumentation available for future planetary missions.

Desired outcomes:

  1. Participants gain knowledge of current activities in the planetary instrument-building arena, and help construct a planetary instruments database.
  2. Planetary scientists and future mission designers learn from instrument builders about upcoming instruments and communicate their specific interests and priorities.
  3. Participants have the opportunity to communicate with program managers regarding needs, priorities, and gaps.
  4. Instrument builders learn from program managers about space agencies’ approaches to funding and maturing planetary instruments for upcoming mission opportunities, and from planetary scientists about what instruments are needed to address high-priority science goals for the coming decades.
  5. The next generation of instrument-builders gain knowledge of “lessons learned” from instrument teams who have successfully navigated the instrument development lifecycle from TRL 1 to 9.