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

NASA has approved LCPM-10 for NASA and JPL staff participation. If anyone from a NASA center, including JPL, has questions, please contact LCPM-10 Local Organizing Committee directly at: lcpm10@caltech.edu

The Key Dates are:

  1. On-Line Registration for the Discount Rate of $450US closes at 1700 PM US Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT) on 3 June 2013. Thereafter it increases to $500 and remains open for on-site registration.
  2. LCPM-10 opens at 0800 PDT on 18 June 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 Vision Small Class and Medium 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.

von Kármán Symposium

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 to be held on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena.