1st International Symposium on Very Low Earth Orbit Missions and Technologies

organised by

University of Manchester

in Manchester, UK


Many satellite applications benefit from operating closer to the Earth, from improved resolution for remote sensing, to reduced latency and greater frequency reuse for communications, and all with improved link budgets. However at altitudes below 450 km the effects of the residual atmosphere, in terms of drag and atomic oxygen erosion, become significant and define the upper limit for Very Low Earth Orbits (VLEO).  These atmospheric interactions offer benefits as well as challenges: space debris is short lived, as are the platforms that operate in VLEO once orbit maintenance is ceased. Nevertheless, satellites that operate there must contend with the challenges, and can be optimised through the use of low drag configurations, materials, propulsion and control to maximise performance.

This symposium aims to bring together the industrial, academic, and policy-making community involved in, or with aspirations for, VLEO missions to share operational experience, relevant technology development, and and current and future applications in the market.  It will provide speaking and networking opportunities to discuss synergies, opportunities for collaboration, and the development of both technology and business roadmaps for VLEO Missions and Technologies.

Given the continuing impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and resulting restrictions, we decided to transition the 1st International Symposium on Very Low Earth Orbit Missions and Technologies to a hybrid event.

As this event will be ran both onsite & virtually, in the event of the cancellation of the onsite event due to possible ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we will offer you the opportunity to attend the virtual event only and refund the difference in the cost.