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3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies Space for a More Secure World

By SpaceRef Editor
August 22, 2006
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3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies Space for a More Secure World
RAST 2007
14-16 June 2007, Istanbul, TURKEY

Preamble: RAST (Recent Advances in Space Technologies) Conferences have now become a traditional biennial event with worldwide participation. The third RAST Conference or RAST 2007 will be held again in Istanbul on 14-16 June 2007. As before, it is the mission of the organizers to make RAST 2007 a premier event in space technology developments especially those on the way to near future deployment. RAST Conferences are open to all areas of space, but each conference has a different theme. RAST 2007 will carry the theme: SPACE FOR A MORE SECURE WORLD.

Objectives: Space has played a significant role in national defense and security, since the first days of the space age half a century ago. However the dramatic changes in geopolitics in the 1990s and lately, together with developments in the capabilities afforded by space assets, have necessitated a fresh new look at space and security. Policy studies and reports on the subject have been coming out in major space faring nations and organizations including the US and European Union. The new security concepts incorporate threats not only from traditional armed forces of an adversary, but also from such sources as organized crime or natural disasters. Space technologies offer ways and means of predicting, mitigating and handling of security issues regardless of the primary reason. RAST2007 has the main objective of providing a forum for the presentation and review of recent developments in space technologies especially emphasizing the security dimension. Coverage of the conference should be attractive for participants coming both from technical and management / policy backgrounds, including engineers, academicians, government officials, space company managers, businessmen, educators, and students. Techniques, technologies, projects and policy papers in navigation, communication and observation, including surveillance and early warning, which all make contributions to security, are welcome.

Topics: Papers are encouraged addressing especially how space may enhance security. Specific presentations may fall under, but not be limited to the following:

  • Space technologies that contribute to security, considering all aspects and threats
  • Developments in global positioning, especially regarding GALILEO, but also GPS, GLONAS
  • Earth observation projects and programs geared especially toward prediction, mitigation monitoring of natural disasters, (earthquakes, floods, forest fires, etc.)
  • New remote sensing technologies and applications, i.e. hyperspectral sensing, SAR, applications in meteorology, environment, agriculture, etc
  • Developments in new space communication techniques, higher frequencies and bandwidths
  • Small satellites, micro, nano and pico satellites, cubesat developments
  • Novel techniques in space propulsion, hybrid, electric, microwave laser, ion, solar wind etc.
  • New launch systems and ventures, especially for small spacecraft
  • Design and construction of space structures
  • Energy from Space
  • New and novel instrumentation for various spacecraft functions, including attitude determination and control, power management, communication etc.
  • New computer systems an applications regarding space missions.
  • Scientific applications, near Earth space, deep space, microgravity sciences
  • International cooperation in space activities
  • Social, educational and other benefits of space
  • Space Law
  • Space Medicine

Special Sessions: The participants of the conference are encouraged to organize special sessions (5-6 papers) on a particular area within the conference theme. For details, the special sessions chair Seyhan Onbaþýoðlu ( is to be contacted.

Exhibition: An exhibition is planned during the conference. Please contact the Exhibition Committee Chair for details (

Paper submission: Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit an extended summary (minimum 500 words) of their work, following the instructions available on the web page. Accepted papers will be published in an IEEE proceedings volume (EI indexed) that will be available at the time of the conference. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for possible publications in archival journals.

Important Dates:

Submission of summaries and special session proposals 01 December 2006

Notification of acceptance 19 February 2007

Camera-ready submission of full papers 30 March 2007

Please refer to the official website for further information

Best regards

RAST2007 Secretariat

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