Nov 12 – 13, 2015
Europe/Amsterdam timezone
"Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Exploration Missions"

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The ESA International Workshop on GNC for Interplanetary and Small-Body Missions (GNCISB) is an event organized by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The workshop will be held at ESTEC – the European Space Research and Technology Centre of ESA on 12-13 of November 2015.

The main objective of the workshop is that of gathering world-wide experts in all Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) related disciplines to review the challenges and achievements from past successful interplanetary and small body activities (missions, mission studies, research and development work, hardware developments, etc.), discuss the current needs raised by the upcoming missions to interplanetary and small body destinations, and establish shared priorities and roadmaps for future endeavours.

Based on the 1st workshop held in 2009, participation of most European space industries and other space agencies is expected.

Other key objectives of the workshop are:

  • To bring together engineers, scientists, researchers from the industry, Research Institutes, Universities, Space Agencies working on the development or the use of GNC systems for interplanetary and small body missions and to share experience obtained in development, implementation and operational use.
  • To provide an international forum to discuss GNC techniques and technology involved in missions to planets, asteroids or comets.
  • To identify common approaches and/or differences between techniques and technologies employed in different industries or agencies and to understand the rationale lying behind the potential differences.
  • To identify technological gaps where new solutions need to be developed – or where existing ones need to be extended – and to bring together the people to foster such initiatives.
  • To pave the way for the success of future interplanetary and small-body missions.


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Keplerlaan 1 Postbus 299 2200 AG Noordwijk The Netherlands