Objectives and Scope



Preamble: RAST (Recent Advances in Space Technologies) Conferences have now become a traditional biennial event with worldwide participation. The fourth RAST Conference or RAST 2009 will be held again in Istanbul on 11-13 June 2009. As before, it is the mission of the organizers to make RAST 2009 a premier event in space technology developments especially those on the way to near future deployment. RAST Conferences are open to all areas of space, but each conference has a different theme. RAST 2009 will carry the theme: SPACE FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

Objectives: RAST2009 has the main objective of providing a forum for the presentation and review of recent developments in space technologies especially emphasizing the developing world.


Participants: The conference should be attractive for participants coming both from technical and management/policy backgrounds, including engineers, academicians, government officials, space company managers, businessmen, educators, and students.

Topics: In general, contributions regarding all aspects of recent developments in space technologies are welcome. In particular presentations addressing the specific theme of RAST2009 are welcome. Papers may fall under, but not be limited to the following topics:

Space technology utilization for development and societal well being.
How non-space-faring nations can reap the benefits of space.
International cooperation, especially among space-faring and developing countries.
Space technologies that contribute to security, considering all aspects and threats, natural, man-made, humanitarian etc.
Earth observation projects and programs geared especially toward prediction, mitigation monitoring of natural disasters, (earthquakes, floods, forest fires, etc.)
New remote sensing technologies and applications, i.e. hyperspectral sensing, SAR, applications in meteorology, environment, agriculture, etc
Developments in global positioning, interoperability, new applications
Developments in new space communication techniques, higher frequencies and bandwidths
Small satellites, micro, nano and pico satellites, cubesat developments
New launch systems and ventures, especially for small spacecraft
Design and construction of space structures, materials
Energy from Space
New and novel instrumentation for various spacecraft functions, including attitude determination and control, power management, communication etc.
Scientific applications, near Earth space, deep space, microgravity sciences
Social, educational and other benefits of space
Space Law
Space Medicine