November 17~19, 2014 in Kitakyushu, Japan

 There is an increasing demand of small/micro/nano/pico satellite development and utilization worldwide. Yet there is no clear definition of “small”, “micro”, “nano”, “pico” satellites agreeable worldwide. But those satellites are often built with emphasis on low-cost and fast-delivery rather than reliability. They are characterized by extensive use of non-space-qualified commercial-off-the-shelf units and simple but risk-taking design philosophy. In that context, we refer to those satellites as “small-scale” satellites. The purposes of small-scale satellites range from education, science, technology demonstration, commercial application, and others. The use of small-scale satellites for commercial purposes will open a new market of space applications, leading to a paradigm shift of space utilization.

Various statistics indicate very poor success rate of small-scale satellites. To promote the commercial application of small-scale satellites, there is an urgent need to improve their reliability in orbit while keeping their advantages, i.e. low-cost and fast-delivery. The increased number of recent small-satellites launched has raised concern over the issues of safety and space debris. There is a growing need of clarifying the difference and the sameness of small-scale satellites from traditional large/medium satellites to lay concrete basis for further growth of small-scale satellite developments and applications.

 In 2011, an international initiative to standardize test requirements and test methods to qualify the design and manufacturing method of small-scale satellites and their units was initiated. Every year since 2011, an international workshop has been held to discuss the testing standard. Collaboration among the worldwide experts on small-scale satellites passed an important mile stone in April 2014, when a new work item “Space systems ?Design Qualification and Acceptance Tests of Small-scale Satellite and Units Seeking Low-cost and Fast-Delivery” was registered by ISO/TC20/SC14. During the 2013 workshop held in Tokyo, the needs to make a top standard to define what is a small-scale satellite were discussed.

The purpose of the two-day workshop in November 2014 is to promote the standardization project further based on the success of the previous workshops. The workshop intends to serve as an open forum for people interested in standardization in the area of small-scale satellites. It consists of the following activities

Presentations are solicited in the area of small-scale satellite standards with emphasis on reliability, safety and debris.

 The workshop is organized by The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and Kyushu Institute of Technology, under the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry through “Asia Standard and Certification Promotion Project”. The registration is free of charge.

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Nakamura Centenary Memorial Hall, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan

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Tentative Schedule

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The following associated events are held at the same venue.

November 15 & 16, Satellite Testing Tutorial (with fee)

November 18, 19 & 20, 2nd UNISEC-Global Meeting (

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Important dates



Shigekatsu Horii, The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Mengu Cho, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Nanosatellite Testing, Kyushu Institute of Technology