Organized by:

National Defence University (NDU) / Hezârfen

Aeronautics and Space Technologies Institute (ASTIN)

Turkish Air Force Academy (TurAFA)

Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ)

Boğaziçi University (BOUN)

Middle East Technical University (METU)

MEF University (MEF)

In Technical Co-operation with:

IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society AIAA-American Inst. for Aeronautics & Astronautics EARSeL-Euro. Assoc. of Remote Sensing Lab. ISPRS-Int. Soc. for Photogrammetry & Remote Sens. URSI-International Union of Radio Science

Honorary Chair:

Prof.Dr.Erhan Afyoncu (Rector, National Defence University)

General Chair:

Serdar Menekay

(Director, Hezârfen ASTIN)

General Vice Chairs:

Erdoğan GÜR (TurAFA)

Hasan Hüseyin Balık (TurAFA)

Ersin Göse (NDU)



9th International Conference on

Recent Advances in Space Technologies

Space for the Sustainable Development Goals”

RAST 2019

11-14 June 2019, İstanbul, Türkiye


At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference in June 2012, the world’s governments agreed to produce a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which should reach all societies on the globe. They will apply to developed and developing countries alike and will concern the Earth system as well as people. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015 by the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrated its seventieth anniversary, have decided on new global SDG. The new list has 17 different SDGs each clearly defined and including several tasks. These Goals and targets lay out a supremely ambitious and transformational vision and they require that all stakeholders and their networks implement concrete policies, plans, programs, projects and actions to promote sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

Objectives: RAST 2019 has the main objective of providing a forum for the presentation and review of developments in space, as well as all aspects of recent developments in space technologies. A focus is desired on a historical and current evaluation of the economic aspects of space technology and how it can further contribute to development in its aspects with specific emphasis on how to reach the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Presentations are encouraged from government and international space agencies as well as the private sector.

Participants: As in previous RAST Conferences, RAST 2019 is intended to be a forum for the exchange of recent research results and ideas in space technologies and applications; this time with specific reference to space economy. It should be of interest to a wide range of participants from government agencies, relevant international institutions, universities, research organizations, space companies, as well as media and the general public. The conference should serve as an opportunity for networking and fruitful exchange with fellow participants on topics of mutual interest.

Topics: In general, contributions regarding all aspects of recent developments in space technologies are welcome. Presentations addressing the specific theme of RAST 2019 are especially encouraged. Papers may fall under, but not be limited to the following topics:

International Program Committee:

Rei Kawashima (UNISEC GLOBAL)

Selim Aksoy (IEEE GRSS)

Orhan Altan (İTÜ, ISPRS)

İzzet KALE (UoW)

Fred Hadaegh (NASA-JPL)

Ali Sayır (AFOSR)

Sir Martin Sweeting (SSTL)

Yevgeny Somov(SSAU)

Rustam B.Rustamov(ESTEC)

Rainer Sandau (IAA)



Organization Committee

Technical Program Co-chairs:

Ömer Çetin (Hezârfen ASTIN) Arsev Eraslan (BOUN, Hezârfen ASTIN)

Fuat İnce (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Okyay Kaynak (BOUN, Hezârfen ASTIN)

M.Fevzi Ünal (MEF Univ.)

International Relations Co-chairs:

Önder ALPARSLAN (Hezârfen ASTIN) Cengiz Hacızade (ITÜ)

Gökhan İnalhan (ITÜ) Arif Karabeyoğlu (Koç Univ.)

Special Sessions Co-chairs:

Nazlı Can (IBA)

Derya Maktav (İTÜ)

Tackling poverty and unequalities from space

Space to fight against climate change and global warming

Renewable energy from space

Space technologies to achieve zero hunger

Space technologies for water purification

Economic aspects of space, review and prospects

Softwares and software techonologies for space vehicles and ground systems

Putting the block chain in space

Interplanetary Contamination and Extraterrestrial Life

Launch and Re-entry

New and emerging private space initiatives and startups

Space tourism including legal physiological and other aspects

New human habitable spacecraft, space capsules

Space technologies that contribute to public safety, and humanitarian efforts in the face of both natural, man-made threats

Earth observation projects and programs geared especially toward prediction, mitigation, monitoring of natural disasters

Computational modeling for design, development and control of space vehicles

Development of new and affordable launch capabilities

Small satellites, micro, nano and pico satellites, cubesats

New and novel instrumentation for various spacecraft functions, including ADCS, power, vehicle control, space robotics, etc.

Design and construction of space structures, space systems, materials, simulation and testing

Additive manufacturing technologies for space applications

Applications of nanotechnology in space

New remote sensing technologies and applications, i.e. hyperspectral sensing, SAR, applications in environment, agriculture, etc.

Big Data from Space: Exploration of different types and huge amounts of data generated by space assets

Asteroid mining, legal and technological aspects

Developments in GNSS, interoperability, new applications, including regional positioning systems

Satellite time and frequency transfer systems

Advanced technologies for satellite communications

Scientific applications, deep space, near-earth space, space weather, microgravity

Computational modeling of material processing and other flow physics associated processes under microgravity conditions

International cooperation, especially among spacefaring and developing countries

Space law, space medicine, and benefits of information available from space (social, educational, politics, health and others)

Visions of the future of space science, multiverses, black holes, etc.

Elif Sertel (İTÜ)

Publications and Media Co-chairs:

H. Buket Başarır (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Emrah Köksalmış (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Tutorial/Workshop Co-chairs:

A. Rüstem Aslan (İTÜ) Şenol ERGİN (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Advisory Committee:

Tayfun Günel (İTÜ)

Zerefşan Kaymaz (İTÜ)

Hakan Kuntman (İTÜ)

Ozan Tekinalp (METU)

Celal Sami Tüfekçi (UDI)

Yavuz Yaman (METU)

Mehmet Yörükoğlu (TurAFA)

Egemen ÖZALP

Local Organization Committee:

Tolga Akçay (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Ramazan Erkek (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Web Committee:

Ahmet Ertuğrul (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Ramazan Yetiş (Hezârfen ASTIN)

Special Sessions: Participants of the conference are encouraged to organize special sessions (4-6 papers) in a particular area within the conference theme. For details, please visit the web site.

Call for Tutorial/Workshop: Participants of the conference are encouraged to organize tutorials or workshops in a particular area within the conference theme. For details, please visit the web site.

Exhibition: Exhibitiors are welcomed during the conference.

Student Paper Competition: Student paper competition is planned. The winner will be rewarded with a certificate of honour and honorarium. For details, please visit the web site.

Paper Submission: Prospective participants are invited to submit electronically full papers of their work, following the instructions available on the web page. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be available at the time of the conference. Presented papers will be recommended for publication in IEEE Xplore, Scopus and Web of Science (THOMSON REUTERS Conference Proceedings Citation Index). As the previous RASTs, after the conference, the extended and enhanced versions of the selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Aeronautics and Space Technologies (

Important Dates:

Special session proposals


February 2019


Submission of full papers


April 2019


Notification of acceptance

06 May 2019


Submission of camera-ready full papers

27 May 2019


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