Meeting Location and Date
The 3rd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions will be held on
October 24–27, 2016, at the Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena, California.
Who Should Attend
Scientists, technologists, engineers, and managers with interest/knowledge in any aspect of the supply of or the future demand for planetary instruments.
Purpose and Scope
The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for collaboration, exchange of ideas and information, and discussions in the area of the instruments, subsystems, and other payload-related technologies needed to address planetary science questions. The agenda will compose a broad survey of the current state-of-the-art and emerging capabilities in instrumentation available for future planetary missions.
- Participants gain knowledge of current activities in the planetary instrument-building arena, and help construct a planetary instruments database.
- Planetary scientists and future mission designers learn from instrument builders about upcoming instruments and communicate their specific interests and priorities.
- Participants have the opportunity to communicate with program managers regarding needs, priorities, and gaps.
- Instrument builders learn from program managers about space agencies’ approaches to funding and maturing planetary instruments for upcoming mission opportunities, and from planetary scientists about what instruments are needed to address high-priority science goals for the coming decades.
- The next generation of instrument-builders gain knowledge of “lessons learned” from instrument teams who have successfully navigated the instrument development lifecycle from TRL 1 to 9.
- Camaraderie is developed among participants, instilling a sense of common purpose and community, and encouraging collaboration.