With an ever increasing number of Earth satellites and deep space probes, autonomous methods of spacecraft navigation are getting more and more important.

The 593rd WE-Heraeus Seminar will review in detail and with comprehensive talks the different approaches of autonomous navigation, their development status and their potential for future space applications. The aim ot the Seminar is to bring together scientists from these related but sometimes poorly interconnected areas in an atmosphere that fosters exchange of information and ideas and leaves ample time for reflection and discussion.

The WE-Heraeus Seminar will take place in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef near Bonn (Germany) from June 8 - 11, 2015. The character of the Seminar will be informal, i.e. we would like to encourage the participants, especially young students and post-docs, to contribute and cover a broad range of topics.

The seminar will include:

  • Invited review talks (50 min + 10 min discussion)
  • Contributed talks (25 min + 5 min discussion)
  • Posters: generous space and time will be provided
  • Reporter talks, summarizing the main points of the relevant posters
  • Discussions

All invited review speakers will address the following points:

  1. What have we learned about the subject, and how did we learn it?
  2. What are the most important open questions in this area?
  3. What new tools, technologies, developments and calculations etc. are needed to answer these questions?

Invited review talks and selected papers are planned to be published as refereed proceedings.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

  • Werner Becker (MPE) & Axel Jesner (MPIfR)
Local organizing committee:
  • Mike G. Bernhardt, Patrice Hüsemann

The 593. Heraeus Seminar is funded by the Wilhelm- and Else-Heraeus Foundation.

Last updated: April 8. 2015