In order to reflect the increasing importance and interest of the microsatellites in high technology and scientific applications in space, the Colloquium on Microsatellites as Research Tools was organized to promote its usage and technology development and to foster the international cooperation, especially in the area of the Asia pacific region.

Attended by 150 participants from 18 countries the colloquium was organized into five major themes: regional development, lessons learned, innovations, scientific applications, and education. A special session was organized as well by the organizing committee and supported by the National Space Program Office to present its development of the Taiwan's satellite program and the current status of ROCSAT-1 which is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of 1999.

Two main conclusions were drawn from the material presented: microsatellite in general is a very good means for doing space research and technology development, and a suitable vehicle to promote international collaborations.

Table of Contents

Keynote address (G. Haerendel). Session I: Regional Developments (I). ROCSAT program and some related research topics (J.M.Shyu). An introduction to the KITSAT program and the activities at the Satrec in Korea (S.-D. Choi, B.J. Kim and E.-E. Kim). Microsatellite's R&D activity in Japan (A. Nakajima). Session II: Regional Developments (II). Russian small satellites and means to launch (M.Y. Ovchinnikov). The Irish and other European space initiatives (S.M.P. McKenna-Lawlor). Outline of the whale ecology observation satellite system (T. Hayashi, S. Hosokawa, H. Tomita). Session III: Lesson Learned (I). ASTRID-2: An advanced auroral microprobe (L.G. Blomberg et al.). An overview of the Korea multi-purpose satellite (KOMPSAT) (B.K. Kim). Space radiation experiments on KITSAT-1 and KITSAT-2 (K.W. Min et al.). Space at Surrey: Microsatellites & minisatellites for affordable access to space (M.N. Sweeting). Session IV: Lesson Learned (II). Microsatellite experiences from the United Kingdom (D.S. Hall). ØRSTED - A Danish microsatellite with a high scientific profile (E. Friis-Christensen). New technologies for miniaturized spacecraft and multi-point cluster missions (E.L. Reynolds, M.K. Flaherty). Lessons learned? (W.H. Ip). Session V: Innovations (I). Advanced microsat technology (Y. Matsumura, T. Iwata). The conceptual system design of the users spacecraft (K. Ijichi et al.). An attitude control system design based on the Turksat-1b geostationary satellite (O. Tekinalp, Ö. Uslu, Y. Tulunay). Microsatellites power supply systems, peculiarities and methodology of designing (Y.N. Agafonov et al.). Microaccelerometric satellite MIMOSA (Micro-Measurement of Satellite Accelerations) (L. Sehnal, R. Peresty, P. Dostál). Poster Session I: ROCSAT-1 Program, NSPO, Taiwan. An overview of ROCSAT-1 electrical ground support


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About the editor

F.-B. Hsiao

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan