21st Announcement and call for papers


The 21st ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research is organised and sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), and the Swiss Federal State as the hosting country. The symposium programme will be defined by the Programme Committee, which is composed of representatives of ESA and of all five member states of the Esrange Andøya Special Project (EASP) for the launching of sounding rockets and balloons.


Purpose of this Symposium

This Symposium will be the 21st in a series of conferences started in 1973 by the member states of EASP, in order to provide a discussion forum for scientists and engineers using sounding rockets and balloons for their research, and to advance progress in related scientific disciplines. The programme of the Symposium also includes related ground-based, aircraft and satellite research, new developments in technology, and improvements of launching range facilities.
The symposium participants will be given the opportunity for reporting both on their latest achievements and on plans for the future in the various scientific and technical fields. These symposia are widely recognised meetings for efficient communication amongst scientists, engineers from industry, project managers, range personnel and administrators, and thereby have become the starting point for intensified collaboration.
New trends and latest developments in the use of sounding rockets and balloons for scientific research will be highlighted in this symposium. This will facilitate the establishment of a strategic and lasting roadmap towards the future progress of these activities.
In recent years the symposium has also covered new topics, such as space education, which have attracted an ever increasing and young audience.
Invited review papers will present the state of scientific and technical knowledge in fields of specific interests. Oral contributions are solicited too. There will be opportunities for special project meetings and working group discussions.
Roundtable talks and debates on sounding rocket- or balloon-related topics can also be arranged upon request.
The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by ESA’s Publications Office and distributed to all participants approximately three months after the Symposium.
Follow the link to the involved organisations:

France - CNES - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
Sweden - SSC - Swedish Space Corporation
Sweden - Rymdstyrelsen - Swedish National Space Board
Germany - DLR - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Norway - ARR - Andøya Rocket Range
Switzerland - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hochschule Luzern (HSLU)

Lucerne University


Mrs. Marie-Pierre Havinga
EASP Office
Postbus 299
NL-2200 AG Noordwijk
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 71 565 3365
Mobile: +31 6 55 87 30 79
Fax : +31 71 565 3042

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This symposium is made possible with the support of the following organisation:

Business Development Nidwalden