September 22, 2016
Hotel reservations deadline
     Attendees are advised to book as early      as possible to secure the best rates

September 29, 2016
Early registration deadline

October 24-27, 2016
3rd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions


3rd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions

Final Announcement

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.

Desired outcomes:

  1. Participants gain knowledge of current activities in the planetary instrument-building arena, and help construct a planetary instruments database.
  1. Planetary scientists and future mission designers learn from instrument builders about upcoming instruments and communicate their specific interests and priorities.
  1. Participants have the opportunity to communicate with program managers regarding needs, priorities, and gaps.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Camaraderie is developed among participants, instilling a sense of common purpose and community, and encouraging collaboration.
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