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IPPW 2021



Program Organizing Chairs

Gilles Bailet, Jörn Helbert, Som Dutta, and Todd White

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Key Dates

Disclaimer: Times are subject to change

Instructions for Oral and Poster Presenters

  • Abstracts: Click Here to submit Abstracts. Submissions are due May 7, 2021.

  • Abstracts: Click here to download the IPPW 2021 Abstract Template. 


Description of Program

IPPW 2021 will consist of 6 virtual workshops focused on specific topics. Each workshop will be only 2-3 hours long and will consist of keynote and other selected speakers, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions for Q&A with virtual poster presenters. Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Some selected authors will be included in the program for the 5 virtual workshops, while selected poster presenters will participate in the virtual poster sessions. The details of the virtual poster session will be provided when the final program is posted.



Sample Return to Earth

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This session will contain concepts and projects that have a sample return to Earth element to the mission architecture. The focus will be on the entry, descent, and landing aspect of the sample return phase, especially how the spacecraft and science instrumentations are designed to handle the planetary protection requirements and the high reliability expected of sample return to Earth. Contributions discussing sample acquisition systems and sample curation on Earth are also welcome.

Mars Exploration

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This session will concentrate on current and proposed missions to Mars. Topics may include missions, science, technology, and systems dealing with the in-situ exploration of Mars, such as landers, aerobraking, or entry probes. Contributions to this session can address aspects such as atmospheric science and environment characterization, robotic and human EDL, and sample return.

Innovative Concepts for Exploration

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This session invites submission of abstracts that propose novel and highly innovative future mission concepts, scientific measurement instruments, as well as technologies for solar system exploration. This includes, but is not limited to, non-traditional entry, descent, and landing concepts, multi-sensor/multi-probe and swarm approaches for in-situ exploration of solar system bodies, innovative solutions for reducing mission risk and/or life cycle costs. Preference will be given to visionary and outside-the-box ideas that have a potential to significantly advance state of the art in current exploration approaches, capabilities or technologies.

EDL Technology and Science and Instrumentation

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Science instruments and the underlying entry system technologies work together to make planetary explorations missions succeed. Scientific experiments in space exploration typically involve the development of instrument concepts and ideas through experiments and field campaigns. Probe missions to a planetary body with an atmosphere involve aerodynamically decelerating the probe using entry technologies, while descent and landing technologies are used to dissipate the remaining kinetic energy after the entry phase and to reach the final target. Probe and lander missions to planetary bodies without atmospheres require propulsion and autonomous landing technologies. This session is focused on the technologies of these EDL phases and discussions of instrument concepts, hardware, and field experiments aimed at demonstrating and developing scientific investigations for planetary exploration. Priority will be given to technologies or instrumentation geared towards in-situ measurements such as landers, probes, or aerial platforms.

Venus Exploration

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A renaissance in in situ Venus exploration is underway with concepts for classic probe missions, aerial platforms, lander and rover missions all being actively considered. This session includes both the scientific platform technologies and the experiments that will be conducted from them. Of particular interest are innovative techniques for exploring Venus that employ methods for coping with and/or exploiting its severe environment. With the intriguing question of whether phosphine exists in the cloud layer of Venus still being debated, platforms and techniques that can explore the “cloud habitability zone” will be of great interest.  

Future Missions

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The planetary science community is in the midst of planning proposals and missions for the next decade and beyond. Through organizations like the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as well as the European Space Agency, white papers and proposals have been submitted to the “Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032” and “Voyage 2050”. This session will concentrate on new opportunities that pertain to planetary probes and landers.


Virtual Poster Presentation

Authors are invited to submit abstract for posters related to the five virtual workshop sessions. Poster presenters will be selected by the session committees from the submitted abstracts. Posters will be divided by sessions. The presentation will be pre-recorded and provided to session attendees ahead of the session. Poster presenters will be provided Q&A time within the virtual workshop session.

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