2nd IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites

2nd International Academy of Astronautics
Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites:
Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems

November 2019, 11th to 15th

Hosted by the Colomb Institute
Auditorio del Centro Cultural de la Ciencia (C3) - Buenos Aires, Argentina
INVAP - Bariloche, Argentina

Call for papers


You are invited to contribute with a paper for presentation at the Symposium.

A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 350 and no more than 600 words is needed. The abstract must be in English. Student papers are encouraged.

Advanced Technologies and Distributed Platforms and/or Payloads themes are recommended, but all topic related to Small Satellite Missions will be considered. The symposium will have a worldwide vision, with some focus on the needs and developments of Latin America.

For an abstract example please enter here
In this example an abstract identifier was included (IAA-LA-03-01) please omit this in your abstract, it will be assigned later if accepted.

Presentations during the Symposium will preferably be in English, however, presentations in Spanish will be considered.

Abstracts due: September 16th 2019
Acceptance notification: September 19th 2019 *
Papers due: November 15th 2019

*For early notification, needed for authorization to travel or trip planning, please contact us, and it will be evaluated case by case.

For any questions please send an e-mail to [email protected], or call +54-11-4724-1500 ext. 1389.


Tentative Schedule









Technical Sessions

Social activity (TBC)

Stands’ assembly


Keynotes + Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions + Posters

IAA Rock Band Concert (TBC)


Keynotes + Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions + Posters

Gala Dinner (TBC)


Technical Sessions

Closing Ceremony

Flight to Bariloche (Optional)

Stands disassembly


Visit to INVAP + Technical Session
Bariloche (Optional)


Scientific committee


Honorary Chairman
C. F. Varotto; CONAE, Argentina

R. Sandau; IAA, Germany
L. R. Gratton; Colomb Institute, Argentina

I. Belokonov; Samara University, Russia
A. Bonnema; ISISPACE, Netherlands
W. R. Cabañas; IAA, Guatemala
S. Camacho; CRECTEALC, Mexico
C. Cappelletti; UnB, Brazil
M. Cho; Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
J. M. Contant; IAA, France
A. da Silva Curiel; SSTL, UK
J. S. de Almeida; INPE, Brazil
F. Graziani; IAA, Italy
A. Guerman; UBI, Portugal
M. Hetscher; DLR, Germany
R. Kawashima; UNISEC GLOBAL, Japan
R. Laufer; Baylor Univ., USA
G. Loureiro; INPE, Brazil
F. J. Mendieta; AEM, Mexico
S. Mostert; SCS, South Africa
R. Nader; EXA, Ecuador
S. Nakasuka; UoT, Japan
S. Neeck; NASA, USA
F. Ongaro; ESA, Italy
M. Ovchinnikov; KIAM, Russia
M. Saandar; MSPRS, Mongolia
R. Sanchez Peña; ITBA, Argentina
A  Valenzuela; IAA, Argentina
G. Wiman; INVAP, Argentina




IAA members: US$ 60
Non IAA members: US$ 80
Students US$ 15
CONAE or UNSAM (employee, faculty or student): US$ 5
Stands US$ 300
Gala dinner: US$ 70




Recommendations for abstracts, papers, posters, presentations and stands

Instructions to authors for the preparation of full paper (max eight pages)

Martin Buscher (1), Second Author (2)
(1) Technische Universität Berlin
Marchstr. 12, 10587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 314 75872, Mail: [email protected]
(2)  Company
Address 12, 10587 City, Country
Phone: +54 9 XXX XXX, Mail: [email protected]

Abstract: A one paragraph abstract of not more than 200 words must be included at the beginning of the paper. It should be a summary (not an introduction) and complete in itself. The abstract should indicate the subject dealt with in the paper and should state the objections of the investigation. Newly observed facts and conclusions of the experiment or the argument discussed in the paper must be stated in summary form. Readers should not have to read the whole paper to understand the abstract. This instruction is written according to the Instructions to authors for the preparation of a full paper (max eight pages).

1. Introduction

The full paper of all accepted contributions (including those to be presented in the Poster Session) will be published in the Symposium Digest to be distributed after the symposium. For that purpose, they should be handed in before March 8th.
Submit your manuscript as a WORD file to [email protected]. Only English language will be accepted. To ensure the appropriate appearance of the manuscripts, authors should observe the following instructions.

2. Length Of Manuscript

Manuscripts are limited to eight single-spaced pages, including the abstract, references, tables and figures.

3. Typing Instructions

The size of the manuscript part of the page is 15.0 cm by 24.0 cm. If possible, the font Times New Roman, 12 pt., or similar looking fonts should be used.
The manuscript should be divided into sections, subsections and subsubsections with clearly marked subtitles and numbered numerically (e.g. 2.1.3). Type the main body of the text single-spaced and full justified. Leave one blank line between paragraphs and between paragraphs and headings/ subheadings.

3.1 Paper Title

The title of the paper is typed 16 pt., bold, the initial capitalized only and centered at the top of the page. The name of the author(s) is typed 12 pt. bold centered in upper and lower case letters. Affiliation(s) and complete address(es) are typed 10 pt. centered in upper and lower case letters. If you are a member of the IAA, please mark within parenthesis your member grade and section right after your name, that is, name of author (M3, for example).

3.2 Headings

Headings of the sections are typed 12 pt. in capital letters, placed flush left. Subheadings and sub-subheadings are typed 12 pt. in upper and lower case letters placed flush left.

3.3 Footnotes

Footnotes should appear only if absolutely necessary. Footnotes are typed 10 pt.

3.4 Illustrations and Captions

Please keep in mind that all figures and graphs will be reproduced exactly as you submit them. Therefore, make sure to provide them in an adequate quality. Place captions, numbered in their respective order, beneath the figures/tables.

3.5 Symbols and Abbreviations

Use only standard symbols in text and illustrations. Unusual units and abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used.

3.6 Equations

The numbers identifying equations should be placed in parentheses on the right. Please, make sure that no ambiguities arise.

4. Page Numbers

Do not apply page numbering.

5. References

References to published literature should be quoted in the text in brackets and grouped at the end of the paper in numerical order, typed 10 pt. and presented as follows:
 [1] J. K. Knowles and E. Reissner, Note on stress-strain relations for thin, elastic shells. J. Math. Phys.37,269-282 (1958)
 [2] H. S. Carslaw and J. C. Jaeger, Operational Methods in Applied Mathematics, 2nd edn. p. 121. Oxford University Press, London (1953)


Instructions to authors for the preparation of poster

For the presentation of the poster, you will be provided with a poster board of 0.92 m (width) x 1.46 m (length) and necessary means of attaching (pins).

The poster must be printed by the authors. If you need assistance with the printing, please ask via an email to [email protected]

At least one author needs to be available during the poster session to present the poster. The presenter must register for the event.

The poster presents a paper, which has the same characteristics of a Presentation Session paper, and it must be provided to be included in the proceedings.

Prepare a title for the top of your poster, including author(s) and affiliation(s).

Keep in mind that the poster will be viewed from a distance. Use an appropriate size of letters.

The poster should describe the content of the illustration and the conclusions to be drawn from it.

Each illustration should have a heading or caption of one or two lines in large type stating the essential message. Detailed information in a legend in smaller type below may be provided.

You may prepare a hand-out on your poster so that conference participants who view it will have information for reference.

Instructions for stands

Stand holders will be provided with a table (1.4x0.9 m), 2 chairs and some space for banners / posters.

Banners might be hanged behind the table. The structure for this banners will be provided. The front of the table can be used to hang a paper/fabric with advertisement or information from your company. Pins for that effect will be provided.
Printouts and memorabilia from the company can be distributed at the stand.

The fee for a stand includes registration for up to three people to the Symposium. Please provide the information for registration via e-mail at [email protected] before registration closes.

If stand-holders require additional assistance please ask at [email protected]

Stands will be available for installation on Monday November 11th from 8:30 to 13:00 hs.


Advise for accommodation and travel to the venue


The event takes place in Buenos Aires from Monday November 11th to Thursday 14th early afternoon.

There is an additional optional day in Bariloche on Friday November 15th. It includes a visit to INVAP S.E.

For people flying to Bariloche, we suggest booking the Aerolineas Argentinas 18:00 flight AR1692 on Thursday 14th ASAP. Other flight options might be available by low cost airlines such as  Flybondi or Andes.

Suggested links:

Domestic flights airlines
Aerolineas Argentinas






Travel agencies or online tools for searching flights





(to sell, to buy) as of February 25th.

1 Dólar: 39.37    41.23  pesos
1 Euro: 45.22    47.74  pesos
1 Real: 9.96       11.20 pesos

It is easy to change money on banks or currency exchange places (‘Casas de Cambio’), however, you might occasionally have some trouble getting money from an ATM machine with a foreign credit card. Usually changing money at the hotel will give you a worse exchange rate. We do not recommend you changing money on the street.
Some shops and restaurants will give you a fair price for your cash foreign currency, others will not. Look at the signs, or ask before your purchase. With credit card, it will be the nominal rate.

From Ezeiza airport to Downtown Buenos Aires.

You can take a remis, or a Bus service. The best known company is Tienda León. We do not recommend taking a taxi from the airport.
We recommend you take a Tienda León bus that will take you to their base at Retiro Station. If your hotel is a few kilometers from Retiro, you can also pay for their ‘extended trip’ service, and when you get off at their base in Retiro, they will take you to your hotel in a car or van shared with other passengers. (You have to tell them when purchasing the bus ticket at Ezeiza, you cannot hire that service once you get to Retiro.)
Tickets can be bought right after you get out of customs and immigration, they have a booth.
The values are IN PESOS (you can purchase your ticket online before the trip, you can also pay with credit card or cash on arrival):

Bus Service:
Travel time to Retiro: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Cost: $370
Cost (with extended trip): $400 - $420 pesos

Tienda Leon Remis Service:  
(up to 4 people per vehicle)
Travel time: 35 minutes - 1 hour
Cost:  $1000 - $1400 pesos  depending on amount of luggage.

From Aeroparque Airport to Downtown Buenos Aires.

The same suggestions apply. But time and cost are different:

Bus Service:
Cost: $190 pesos
Cost (with extended trip): $230 - $250 pesos
If your hotel is not near Retiro, then you should take a taxi from Retiro to your hotel.

Remis Service:
(up to 4 people per vehicle):
Travel time: 15 to 40 minutes
Cost : $400 to $500 pesos (depending on luggage)
Travel time: 25 to 40 minutes

The Venue

C3 Auditorium
The event will take place in the C3 Auditorium at the ´Polo Tecnológico’, located in Palermo, in the city of Buenos Aires.


Godoy Cruz 2270, Buenos Aires

How to make it to the venue
From Retiro:
Travel time:  40 mins   Cost: $300  pesos

Take the San Martín train line at Retiro Station (It is the station further away from Libertador Av., and closest to the Retiro Bus terminal). You can use the SUBE card, or buy a ticket at the station.

You get off the train at the 1st stop (PALERMO).
You get out off the station (you will be at Santa Fé Av.) and turn right, walk half a block, and turn right again into Godoy Cruz St. You walk 3 blocks and reach the venue.

You need the SUBE card.
You can look for options with the interactive planner:
Also Google Maps application will give you many bus alternatives from your hotel to the venue.

From Recoleta:
Travel time: 20 -30 min
Cost: $200 pesos

Several options you can look at with the interactive planner:
Also Google Maps application will give you many bus options from your hotel to the venue.
You need the SUBE card.

The stops are along Santa Fé Av. You take the D line, and get off at PALERMO station. You walk half a block to Godoy Cruz St., then walk 3 blocks to the venue at Godoy Cruz 2320.

If you need  more recommendation, don´t hesitate to ask for advice!
[email protected]

How to get a SUBE card
There are many places in Buenos Aires where you can get a SUBE card. Please check the service official web site to find the nearest place to your hotel:


Buenos Aires has an ample accommodation offer, and you should not have a problem finding a room in a hotel near Retiro, or Recoleta, even if you book last minute. We suggest doing it through www., or a similar site, and you can ask us before confirming the reservation to have a ‘local’ advice.
You might also find a hotel further from downtown and closer to the venue.

The last day of the event is optional and will take place in INVAP in Bariloche, Rio Negro.

Av. Cmte. Luis Piedrabuena 4950, Bariloche, Rio Negro.

About Bariloche
Located in the Patagonia Argentina in Río Negro province, Bariloche is a city surrounded by thousand-year-old forests, mountains covered in snow and crystal clear lakes.
You can find more information about accommodation and  activities here: