November 19, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan

 There is increasing demand of small/micro/nano/pico satellite development and utilization worldwide.

 There is no clear definition of "small", "micro", "nano", "pico" satellites agreeable worldwide. But those satellites are often built with emphasis on low-cost and fast-delivery rather than reliability. They are characterized by extensive use of non-space-qualified commercial-off-the-shelf units and simple but risk-taking design philosophy. In that context, we refer those satellites as "small-scale" satellites.

 The purposes of small-scale satellites range from education, demonstration of new technology and commercial application, and others. The use of small-scale satellites for commercial purposes will open a new market of space applications, leading to the paradigm shift of space utilization. Various statistics, however, indicate very poor success rate of small-scale satellites. To promote the commercial application of small-scale satellites, there is an urgent need to improve their reliability in orbit while keeping their advantages, i.e. low-cost and fast-delivery.

 In December 2011, First International Workshop on Standardization of Nanosatellite Technologies was held in Japan with participation of 90 experts. The international initiative to standardize test requirements and test methods to qualify the design and manufacturing method of small-scale satellites and their units were initiated. Following another workshop in December 2012, a new work item proposal, "Space systems -Design Qualification and Acceptance Tests of Small-scale Satellite and Units Seeking Low-cost and Fast-Delivery" was submitted to ISO/TC20/SC14 in June 2013, along with the second version of the working draft, which is available at

 The purpose of the one-day workshop in November 2013 is to promote the standardization project further based on the success of the previous workshops. It consists of the following activities

The workshop intends to serve as an open forum for people interested in, but not limited to, the standardization of small-scale satellite testing. The registration is free of charge.

 The workshop is organized by The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and Kyushu Institute of Technology, under the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry through "Asia Standard and Certification Promotion Project".

Venue: Takeda Hall, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Note: 5th Nanosatellite Symposium and 1st UNISEC-Global Meeting will follow at the same venue between Nov.20 and 24.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00~11:00 Introduction & Keynote presentations

11:00~17:00 Discussion on the working draft (including lunch and coffee break)

Those who wish to participate should contact the e-mail address below by November 11, 2013



Shigekatsu Horii, The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Mengu Cho, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Nanosatellite Testing, Kyushu Institute of Technology