III IAA Latin American CubeSat Workshop


3 to 7 December 2018


Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL

Following up its successful 2014 and 2016 editions held in Brasilia and Florianopolis, respectively, the 3rd IAA-LACW will keep the focus on topics related to CubeSat technology, providing a forum for scientists and engineers to discuss their achievements and cutting edge findings. Considering the increasing interest in CubeSat activities, and the recent successful Cubesat missions in Latin America, the International Academy of Astronautics is organizing in 2018 a workshop where participants from industry and academia will have the opportunity to share their professional knowledge, enlarging their networks in the subject. Some of the most outstanding professionals in CubeSat missions and applications will attend the workshop giving special talks and lectures.

The city of Ubatuba, located in the state of Sao Paulo, is a trend summer destination. With a population of around 90,000 people, the city is known for having a very high quality of life.

Ubatuba is a home to the Ubatuba-Sat initiative. During the symposium, the temperature is expected to be in the range between 25 °C and 35 °C (77 °F and 95 °F).


Director of the Space Science Center

Morehead State University, USA


Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies

University of Beira Interior, Portugal








Director of the Attitude Control and Guidance Department

Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russia

Fernando Aguado


University of Vigo, Spain


Sapienza University of Rome








Important Dates


3-7 December 2018

Tutorial proposal

31 August 2018

Extended abstract submission

01 August 2018

30 September 2018

Full paper submission deadline

30 October 2018

05 November 2018

Acceptance notification

12 November 2018

Camera ready

01 November 2018

20 November 2018

Call for Papers

The workshop will cover technical novelties and tutorial overviews on small satellites related topics including but not limited to:
- CubeSat innovative missions and applications
- Space environment
- Remote sensing and Earth observation
- Innovative solutions for university satellite subsystems
- Launch opportunities
- Space debris
- University platform for biomedical research in space
- Ground segment and stations network
- New perspectives for university satellites
- CubeSats future payloads and experiments
- Micro-propulsion subsystems
- CubeSat in-orbit experience
- Technical novelties on PocketQubeSat, BallonSat, TubeSat, CanSat and other standards

Authors are invited to submit a one-page extended abstract (max 400 words), in English, by 30 September 2018.

Manuscripts will be accepted based on the quality of the extended abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject. Submissions that are based on experimental results, current data, or reports on ongoing missions are especially encouraged. During the reviewing process, the works will be selected for presentation in oral or poster sessions, according to their relevance.

All papers must be submitted online thtough https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iaalacw2018. It is recommended to proof read the paper before submission.

The deadline for the complete manuscript submission is by 30 October 2018.

The complete manuscript must be written in English, and must contain the paper title, the author names, their corresponding affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses. The paper shall be prepared using the following format:

- Paper: standard A4 paper (21.0 × 29.7 cm), one column format
- Page limit: 10 pages.
- Margins: 2.54 cm (all sides)
- Title: 12 pt bold, Arial, centered, all capital letters
- Author names: 12 pt bold, Arial, centered
- Affiliation: 12 pt italic, Arial, centered
- Abstract body: 12 pt, Arial, justified with single line spacing
- Equations, figures, literature may be included with references in the body text
- Paper body: 12 pt, Arial, justified with single line spacing
- Page numbers must not be added to the manuscript

Please note that the presenting author of each accepted paper has to register to the conference.

Available templates:

Extended abstract
deadline: 30 September 2018
Full manuscript
(for all accepted papers, including oral and poster presentations!)
Please, submit your 400 words abstract using easychair's on-line form. MS-Word [docx file]
LaTeX - overleaf [see driver.tex]
Manuscript - PDF [PDF file generated by overleaf]

Poster presentations
Template for MS-Office - Power Point [PosterTemplate-91CMx122CM.pptx]

Please, follow the Easy Chair link next to submit your paper (click on the Easy Chair logo):

Easychair will accept paper submissions only in the PDF format.

The workshop's working language is English.

Presentation guidelines

- Each presenter will have up to 15 minutes to present their work, and to answer questions from the audience. It means around 10 to 12 minutes for presenting the work, and the remaining couple of minutes for discussion with the audience.
- Presentation of IAA-LACW papers must be in English.
- Projector, microphone and computer will be available in the room.
- Please bring your presentation on USB flash drive, as we cannot guarantee software compatibility, you are kindly requested to bring your presentation in your desired format but also please in PDF format.
- Files can be uploaded to the local computer in the lecture room during the breaks between the sessions.

The call for papers full version is avaliable at: https://easychair.org/cfp/iaa-lacw2018

Call for Tutorials

The IAA-LACW 2018 Organizing Committee invites proposals for half-day tutorials to be conducted on December 3, 2018, the first day of IAA-LACW 2018, held at Ubatuba, Brazil.

Tutorials are an integral function of IAA-LACW where instructors have the opportunity to share their expertise on a specific field/research with fellow researchers and those who wish to discover said field/research. We are soliciting proposals for topics of academic and industrial/application(s) interests. These topics may be established or it may be emerging – and with profound and/or new insights thereto, that is best articulated by means of an oral presentation. Most importantly, tutorials should be interesting with lively interaction with the attendees.

Proposals, prepared in an one-column PDF file, should include the following:
- Title of the tutorial
- Area of the tutorial (please, follow this link for the workshop's topics of interest)
- 300 Word abstract (for inclusion in registration materials)
- Keywords
- Instructor(s) and their credentials (2-page CV for each instructor)
- Previous offerings of tutorials, if any
- Learning objectives
- Target audience and prerequisite knowledge of audience
- Full description (1-2 pages to be used for evaluation)

Important Dates:

Tutorial proposals due: August 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2018
Complete Set of Tutorial Slides: November 1st, 2018

Please submit proposals by e-mail to tutorial AT eel.ufsc.br by August 31, 2018 (deadline).
Please see LACW'2018 CFT.


The workshop proceedings will be published in the "IAA Proceedings Series" book

Pricing & Registration

For registration fee receipts, please send an e-mail message to Candido: candidomoura3 AT gmail.com. In the subject field, please use "Nota Fiscal - IAA-LACW - your name". In the e-mail message, please provide all the information you need to be printed, including your name and your CPF (in case you have a Brazilian CPF).

The Registration must be accomplished with payment of the corresponding registration fee. All prices are shown in Brazilian Real (BRL). Please, use the following table as a reference for the exchange rate of your preferred currency:


For payment and registration please use the following links:

Organizing Committee

General chairs

Jean Michel Contant, IAA secretary
Chantal Cappelletti, PhD, University of Nottingham, IAA Member
Eduardo Augusto Bezerra, PhD, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
Simone Battistini, PhD, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)

Program chair

Leonardo Kessler Slongo, Dr., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)

Local arrangements

Cândido Osvaldo de Moura, E. M. Presidente Tancredo de Almeida Neves
Nataliia Kuriacha
Vladimir Taftay

Scientific Committee

Anna Guerman, Universidade Beira Interior, Portugal

Benjamin K. Malphrus, Morehead State University, USA

Carlos A. Gurgel Veras, Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Brazil

Chantal Cappelletti, University of Nottingham,UK

Cristiano Fiorilo de Melo, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

David Klumpar, Montana State University, USA

Eber Huanca Cayo, Universidad Catolica San Pablo, Peru

Ediz Cetin, Macquarie University, Australia

Eduardo Augusto Bezerra, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Fernando Aguado Agelet, Universidad de Vigo, Spain

Filippo Graziani, IAA/GAUSS, Italy

Geilson Loureiro, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Brazil

Hank Voss, Taylor University, NearSpace Launch, USA

James Cutler, University of Michigan, USA

James Spann­, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA

Jean Michel Contant, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), France

Jordi Puig-Suari, Cal Poly, USA

Kleber Vieira de Paiva, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Livio Gratton, Colomb Institute (CONAE­-UNSAM), Argentina

Luigi Dilillo, CNRS / Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM), France

Luis Zea, University of Colorado, Guatemala

Mengu Cho, Kyushu Institute of Technology - Kyutech, Japan

Mike Swartout, St. Louis University, USA

Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russia

Rainer Sandau, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Renato Alves Borges, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brazil

Riccardo Bevilacqua, University of Florida, USA

Robert J. Twiggs, Morehead State University, USA

Ronnie Nader, Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA), Ecuador

Shinichi Nakasuka, University of Tokyo, Japan

Simone Battistini, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brazil

Vladislav Solovey, Kosmotras/GAUSS, Russia

Walter Abrahão Dos Santos, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Brazil

Steering Committee

Chantal Cappelletti

Eduardo Augusto Bezerra

Location and Venue

Teatro Municipal, Ubatuba, Brazil


The workshop will take place at the Teatro Municipal de Ubatuba (Ubatuba's Theatre)

Address: Praça Exaltação à Santa Cruz, 22, Centro, 11680-000, Ubatuba, SP, Brazil

+55 12 3833-1191


This is the accomodation list provided by the Ubatuba's Convention and Visitor's Bureau: UbatubaAccomodation.pdf (English version coming soom).

As the number of available rooms at reduced prices is limited, please make your reservation as soon as possible, in your hotel of choice, using the contact details provided in the accomodation list. In the reservation request or e-mail message, please use the following subject: IAA-LACW2018.

Social Activities

Besides the technical program, a very entertaining social program is planned. Special tours to tourist attractions will be available to the Workshop attendees and their guests.

Getting there

driving - the driving distance from Sao Paulo to Ubatuba is 200 km (about 3 hours) by car. From Rio de Janeiro to Ubatuba, the driving distance is 400 km (about 5 hours) by car.

flying - the closest airport is Guarulhos International Airport https://www.gru.com.br/en

by bus - there is a coach service from Guarulhos (airport) to Ubatuba 3 times a day. GRU/Ubatuba: 01/12, 02/12, 03/12. Ubatuba/GRU: 07/12, 08/12, 09/12. Please, follow this link to book your tickets: http://www.litoranea.com.br

Ubatuba, a town with a great offer of hotels and restaurants.