Authors of papers presented at 6th Federated and Fractionated Satellite System Workshop may submit a technically extended version to the Special Issue of IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS). The J-MASS is a new technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. These platforms offer new, low-cost ways to accomplish a wide range of sensing functions for applications ranging from agriculture to land use and ocean surveys.


The proposed Special Issue aims at crystallizing the broad spectrum of discussions triggered during the celebrated event into a complete and high quality articles. It encompasses thus a variety of freely-available peer-review articles, focusing on topics as diverse as federated and fractionated architectures, inter-satellite communications, artificial intelligence in satellite systems, autonomous and decentralized operations in satellite systems, among others.

Special Issue at a Glance


Special Issue on Federated Satellite Systems


This Special Issue collects a selection of peer-reviewed papers from the 6th Federated and Fractionated Satellite Systems Workshop (FFSS Workshop). The FFSS Workshop is an international conference held since 2013. 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.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Alessandro Golkar, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Russia -
Prof. Adriano Camps, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC - BarcelonaTech), Spain -
Prof. Rob Vingerhoeds, Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France -


The article submission will be opened in June 2020, until September of the same year.

Preparation for Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts with supporting documents need to be submitted to the portal: Authors will need to register with the manuscript system. Once registered, Author Instructions provide the detailed guidelines for manuscript preparation. Note that all authors of a submitted paper must individually link a valid ORCID ID to their personal page on the web-based submission system. Clear Instructions can be found in the submission section of the system. A summary of submissions requirements includes:

  • A Cover Letter clearly identifying the paper as a submission for the Special Issue that is an extended version of the original conference paper. Any changes to the author list between the original article and the new submission must be explained with all co-authors (original, new, removed) as co-signers.
  • The extended manuscript.
  • Details describing how the paper has been technically extended. This is provided as a separate file to be uploaded as part of the submission process.
  • A PDF copy of the original paper. The original proceedings paper must be one of the references incorporated and listed in the extended paper.
  • The name of the Special Issue should be included in the upper right-hand corner of every document submitted.
  • Additional details will be available on the J-MASS information site,, and the manuscript submission portal,