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10th LCPM Pasadena 2013

10th LCPM, Pasadena

International Academy of Astronautics
10th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference
June 18-20, 2013
Pasadena, USA



Program is available.


Location: Dabney Hall, California Institute of Technology Campus


Tuesday, 18 June 2013: Morning


7:30-8:30am: Registration

8:30-8:45am: Welcome and Workshop Overview

Gregg Vane, JPL and IAA: LCPM-10 Wecome
Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General, IAA: IAA Welcome
Firouz Naderi, JPL Director for Solar System Exploration: JPL Welcome
Keith Grogan, JPL: Workshop Overview and Logistics

8:45am-12:00pm - Session 1: Agency Programs and Plans for Low-Cost Planetary Missions

Co-Chairs: Marcello Coradini, ESA and Gregg Vane, Caltech/JPL

10:00-10:20am: Coffee Break


12:00-1:30pm: Lunch at the Caltech Athenaeum

Tuesday, 18 June 2013: Afternoon


1:30-3:30pm - Session 2: Latest Science Results from On-Going Missions

Co-chairs: Christophe Sotin, Caltech/JPL and Louise Prockter, JHU/APL


3:30-3:50pm: Coffee Break

3:50-5:50pm - Session 3: Missions Currently Under Development for Launch in the Near Future, and the Challenges They Face in Maintaining Their Proposed Low Cost

Co-Chairs: David Lehman, Caltech/JPL and Hajime Yano, JAXA/ISAS


6:00pm - Welcome Reception and Posters at Dabney Patio

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, 19 June 2013: Morning


8:30am-12:00pm - Session 4: Science Instruments: Breakthroughs Achieved, Breakthroughs Required to Enable the Next Generation of Low-Cost Planetary Exploration

Co-Chairs: Tilman Spohn, DLR and Chris Webster, Caltech/JPL

10:05-10:25am: Coffee Break


12:00-1:30pm: Lunch at the Caltech Athenaeum


Wednesday, 19 June 2013: Afternoon


1:30-5:50pm - Session 5: Advanced Concepts for the Next Generation of Low-Cost Missions

Co-Chairs: Luigi Colangeli, ESA/ESTEC and Kim Reh, Caltech/JPL


3:30-3:50pm: Coffee Break


6:00pm - LCPM-10 Banquet at the Caltech Athenaeum


Thursday, 20 June 2013: Morning


9:00am-12:00pm - Session 6 Part 1: Cubesats and SmallSats: A New Paradigm for Conducting Planetary Exploration

Co-Chairs: John Baker, Caltech/JPL and Pierre Bousquet, CNES


12:00-1:30pm: Lunch at the Caltech Athenaeum


Thursday, 20 June 2013: Afternoon


1:30-2:30pm - Session 6 Part 2: Cubesats and SmallSats: A New Paradigm for Conducting Planetary Exploration

Co-Chairs: John Baker, Caltech/JPL and Pierre Bousquet, CNES


2:30-2:50pm: Coffee Break

2:50-4:00pm - Session 7: Robotic/Human Exploration Link

Co-Chairs and moderators: Enrico Flamini (ASI), Brent Sherwood (JPL)
Panelists: Cassie Conley (NASA HQ), Chair, IAA Study Group on Robotic Exploration, Victoria Friedensen (NASA HQ), Lead, Joint Robotic Precursor Activity, Patrick Michel, CNRS/France, International Space Exploration Coordination Group, International panelists, invitations and commitments in work

How can low-cost robotic missions support human exploration goals? What are some novel options - and practical limitations - for robotic precursors to retire human-spaceflight’s Strategic Knowledge Gaps? What roles could robotic "adjunct" systems play during and between human missions, and what are the driving issues for safe and productive combined operations? Finally, when SLS, Orion, Commercial Crew, and other private human systems are operational, how might those capabilities fundamentally change low-cost robotic missions of the future?

This session about anticipated and undiscovered synergies between robotic and human exploration will be conducted as a panel discussion among experts active in this interface today.

4:00pm Conference Wrap-Up

4:30pm - Adjourn



We are pleased to announce the 10th International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, LCPM-10, to be held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the heart of beautiful Pasadena, California, on June 18-20, 2013.

The focus of the 10th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference is on missions characterized by those of NASA’s Discovery program and ESA’s Cosmic Visions Medium-Class program.  These missions of scientific exploration are conducted at a fixed cost that includes spacecraft and science payload development, launch, operations, science data analysis, and all relevant mission-specific technology development.  Other relevant examples of low-cost planetary missions include JAXA’s Hayabusa-1 mission and ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 mission.

The conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials to gather for the exchange of information and ideas for making this class of robotic mission richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.  The conference will be conducted fully in sequential plenary sessions, augmented by one or more poster sessions. Please follow the links to the left for further information.


Honorary Chairmen

Edward C. Stone, Vice Provost, Caltech; Past President, IAA
G. Madhavan Nair, President, IAA; Past Chairman, ISRO

International Program Committee

Gregg Vane, Caltech/JPL; IAA (Chairman)
John Baker, Caltech/JPL
Anil Bhardwaj, ISRO/VSSC
Pierre Bousquet, CNES
Luigi Colangeli, ESA/ESTEC
Jean-Michel Contant, IAA
Marcello Coradini, ESA/ESTEC; IAA
Sabrina Feldman, Caltech/JPL
Enrico Flamini, ASI
Keith Grogan, Caltech/JPL
Junichiro Kawaguchi, JAXA/ISAS; IAA
Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, JAXA/ISAS
Louise Prockter, JHU/APL
Kim Reh, Caltech/JPL
Brent Sherwood, Caltech/JPL
Christophe Sotin, Caltech/JPL; IAA
Tilman Spohn, DLR; IAA
Lev Zelenyi, IKI; IAA


Keith Grogan, Caltech/JPL (Chairman)
Donna Bonorris, Caltech/JPL
Tim Brice, Caltech/JPL
Oti Liepack, Caltech/JPL
Kim Reh, Caltech/JPL
Karen Sampley, Caltech/JPL
Aline Zimmer, Caltech/JPL


LCPM-10 will be followed on June 21, 2013, by an IAA-sponsored symposium celebrating the life and many accomplishments of Theodore von Kármán. The von Kármán symposium will also be held on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena.


LCPM Conference

von Kármán Symposium


Poster Session

Last Name First Name Affiliation Country Session Abstract Title
Allwood Abigail Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 4 MicroXRF spatially resolved elemental chemistry for in situ exploration of rocky bodies
Bhartia Rohit Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 4 Low Cost, In-Situ Organic and Chemical Analysis of Planetary Surfaces
Chaudhary Ashish SRI International USA Session 4 Micromachined Mass Spectrometer for Low-cost Space Missions
Helbert Jorn German Aerospace Center (DLR) Germany Session 4 Miniaturized Asteroid Infrared imager and Radiometer (MAIR)
Hodyss Robert Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 4 Fiber Optic Probes for Chemical Characterization of Titan’s Lakes
Johnson Paul Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 4 Mars Atmospheric Pressure Ionization (MAPI): Sampling with reduced complexity and cost.
Li Xiang University of Maryland, Baltimore County USA Session 4 In Situ Analysis of Mars Analog Samples by the MOMA Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer
Raymond Carol Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 4 Compact Vector Helium Magnetometer for INSPIRE CubeSat mission
Wang Alian Washington University in St. Louis USA Session 4 WIR, a Near IR Reflectance Spectrometer for in situ Identification of Hydrous salts, Other H2O/OH-bearing Species, and Biomarkers During Planetary Surface Explorations
Zacny Kris Honeybee Robotics USA Session 4 Mobile In Situ Water Extraction System for Asteroids and Comets
Ambrosi Richard University of Leicester UK Session 5 Small Scale Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator and Heater Units Based on Americium-241
Bills Bruce Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 5 Callisto Geophysics Orbiter: Testing accretion and differentiation scenarios of icy satellites
Elsperman Michael The Boeing Company USA Session 5 Trojan Tour Enabled by Solar Electric Propulsion
Frazier William Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. USA Session 5 Surface Pods for Low-Cost Geophysical Measurements
Klaus Kurt The Boeing Company USA Session 5 Low Cost Solar Electric Mars Mission
Mal Arindam Lab. For Electro-Optics Systems, Indian Space Research Organisation India Session 5 VISION BASED NAVIGATION FOR SAFE LANDING IN INTERPLANETARY MISSIONS
Nesnas Issa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology USA Session 5 Affordable Surface Mobility for Microgravity Bodies  Using Hopping/Tumbling Robots
Pencil Eric NASA Glenn Research Center
 USA Session 5 NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technology Program Applicability to Low-Cost Planetary Missions
Ridenoure Rex IZUP LLC USA Session 5 Commercial and Private Deep-Space Mission Concepts: 1970 to 2013
Surovik David University of Colorado at Boulder USA Session 5 Autonomous Trajectory Planning at Small Bodies



To submit an abstract for the LCPM-10 Conference, please fill out the form.

The Call for Papers is now open. We encourage the broad international community of planetary explorers to submit abstracts under the following topics:

    Latest science results from on-going low-cost planetary missions – poster session only: Session 2
    Science instruments for low-cost planetary missions – oral and poster sessions: Session 4
    Advanced concepts for the next generation of low-cost planetary missions – oral and poster sessions: Session 5
    CubeSats and SmallSats for a new paradigm in planetary exploration – oral and poster sessions: Session 6

Key dates to keep in mind:

1. Abstract submission closes on 19 April 2013
2. Authors will be notified of the disposition of their submissions on 1 May 2013
3. The final program for LCPM-10 will be posted on 1 May 2013
4. On-Line Registration closes at 1700 PM US Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT) on 3 June 2013
5. LCPM-10 opens at 0800 PDT on 18 June 2013

Pasadena 2013 Print

von Kármán Symposium

Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, 101 Guggenheim, Caltech

Celebrating von Kármán, Aerospace Pioneer
A one-day symposium will be held at Caltech on June 21, 2013 to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. The symposium will honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. von Kármán's death on May 6, 1963. Dr. von Kármán was a key figure in aerodynamics and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with many international contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions, notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and was the first Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT).

This event is sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics and GALCIT. The symposium will consist of presentations by invited speakers. In addition, you are cordially invited to submit abstracts for a 30 minute presentation or a poster, which will be presented on the day of the symposium. Submissions should be emailed by May 15, 2013 to

Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, 101 Guggenheim, Caltech


12:30 Luncheon
1:30 Theodore von Kármán and Caltech in the History of American Rocketry
Erik Conway, JPL Historian, Pasadena
2:15 Theodore von Kármán and GALCIT: Coming and being here.
Wolfgang Knauss, T. v. Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus
2:40 Budapest - Marengo, Pasadena: Karman's Life Spanned an Enormous Range
Fred Culick, Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus
3:00 Afternoon Break
3:15 Knee High in July: The Growth of Karman's Seed Corn...
Dik Daso, University of South Carolina
4:00 Roundtable with Presenters & Share your von Karman stories
4:30 Closing Remarks
Otfrid Liepack, IAA, Pasadena
Reception to follow in the Guggenheim Lobby
  Moderator: Blaine Baggett, Director for Communication and Education, JPL
9:00 Opening Remarks
Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
9:30 A Paradoxical Life, Pursued at the Right Time: Theodore von Karman, 1881-1963
Michael H. Gorn, Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
10:15 Morning Break
10:30 Theodore von Kármán and the IAA
Jean-Michel Contant, IAA General Secretary, Paris
11:15 Theodore von Kármán, the First Space Entrepreneur
Brian E. Sweeney, Esq., Vice President, Legal, Aerojet-General Corporation
12:00 Tour of GALCIT's von Karman Archives


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