January 22~24, 2018 in Kitakyushu, Japan

 A “lean satellite” is a satellite that utilizes non-traditional, risk-taking development and management approaches ? with the aim to provide value of some kind to the customer at low-cost and without taking much time to realize the satellite mission. These approaches differ significantly from traditional approaches to satellite development. The term “lean satellite” was born during the activities related to the international standardization of small/micro/nano/pico satellite testing starting from 2011. There was no clear definition of the terms “small”, “micro”, “nano”, “pico” that was agreeable to all concerned. So to capture the essence of development and management philosophy -- rather than categorizing based on mass or size -- the term “lean satellite” was adopted.

 Every year since 2011, an international workshop to discuss various aspects of lean satellites, especially testing and standards, has been held. This international effort has led to the publication of ISO-19683 “Space systems ? Design qualification and acceptance tests of small spacecraft and units” in July, 2017, and also to the publication of IAA study group 4.18 report “Definition and Requirements of Small Satellites Seeking Low-Cost and Fast-Delivery” where the definition of lean satellite is discussed extensively.

 The purpose of this three-day workshop in January 2018 is to further promote the study on lean satellites. Lean satellites provide new research opportunities. The proliferation of lean satellites is changing the landscape of the space sector. Nowadays, universities, small businesses, and developing countries are emerging as new stakeholders. To deliver value to those stakeholders as well as to traditional stakeholders with affordable cost and permissible waiting time, there are various issues to be examined further, such as standards, testing, operation, manufacturing, interface, project management, etc.

 This workshop intends to serve as an open forum for people interested in making and using satellites differently from the traditional ways. The workshop consists of the following activities

Presentations are solicited with emphasis on the following but not limited to,

The workshop is organized by Kyushu Institute of Technology with the support of the City of Kitakyushu.