Fifth Federated and Fractionated Satellite Systems Workshop

ISAE-SUPAERO – November 2-3, 2017

Toulouse, France

 Call for Papers

Out of the concept phase into realization – bringing it all together

 Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: August 30th, 2017 (deadline extended)

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Fifth Federated and Fractionated Satellite Systems Workshop to be held on 2-3 November 2017 at ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France. Federated and Fractionated satellite systems are new concepts in space systems design aiming at creating a commercial cloud-computing environment to enable sharing and trading of in-space resources between spacecraft. Federated satellites exchange resources such as link capacity, processing capability and storage capacity. This exchange improves the efficiency utilization of spacecraft resources and makes use of unallocated resource margins of participating missions. In a commercial perspective, the federated satellite systems concept allows the creation of new markets of in-space resources, among other benefits in spacecraft cost, performance, and reliability. Researchers started to explore benefits and costs of a federated approach to spacecraft design, and several research avenues have just started opening in this field.

This workshop aims to forge links to create a multidisciplinary and international research and industrial community that will follow novel approaches to innovate the way in which spacecraft missions are conceived, designed, implemented, and operated. It is through this process that we will create transformational new space science and technology.

Information concerning the fee for attending this event, as well as links for hotel information, etc. will be made available shortly.

Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Heterogeneous spacecraft networks
  • Distributed space systems,
  • Distributed decision making and spacecraft cooperation
  • Satellite Distributed processing
  • Inter-satellite-link payloads
  • Optical space communications
  • Small satellite distributed and collaborative networks
  • Space communication protocols development and standardization
  • Free-space wireless power transmission
  • Fractionated spacecraft
  • Plug and play space hardware
  • Emerging space network concepts.
  • Space internet.
  • Cloud computing concept transfer
  • Resource management under uncertainty and network scheduling
  • Advanced space system concepts and architectures
  • Business case studies based on space infrastructures
  • Small satellite distributed and collaborative networks
  • Concurrent engineering approaches to federated systems design

Call for papers:

  • Papers of up to ten pages describing research and concepts related to the mentioned topics, template to be used available belo.
  • Submission online at or by email to
  • Deadline for extended abstracts (2000 words maximum): August 18th, 2017.
  • Submission of full papers (up to ten pages): October 20th, 2017.


Registration information:

  • You can already register for the workshop, following the link on this page.
  • Registration ends on 20 October 2017.


Hotel Information:

Some hotels that ISAE-SUPAERO works with:

Other hotel information :


Submission of extended abstracts: 30 August 2017
Notification on acceptance based on the extended abstracts: 1 October 2017
Submission of final versions of the papers: 20 October 2017
Workshop: 2-3 November 2017


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ISAE-SUPAERO, Point of Contact: Odile Riteau,


Organizing Committee:
Bénédicte Escudier ISAE-SUPAERO Toulouse (France)
Paolo Gaudenzi Università di Roma “La Sapienza” Rome (Italy)
Alessandro Golkar Skoltech Moscow (Russia)
Daniel Selva Cornell University Ithaca NY (USA)
Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez ISAE-SUPAERO Toulouse (France)
Rob Vingerhoeds ISAE-SUPAERO Toulouse (France)
Olivier de Weck MIT Cambridge MA (USA)