IPPW Technical Program

The program being developed for IPPW-13 has been chosen and the agenda is shown below. Suggestions and queries to the program committee can be directed to IPPW2016@jhuapl.edu.

Block agenda and Program for IPPW-13

The purpose of the session is to focus on typical/planned science and engineering instrumentation for probe missions. The session will review current projects and studies and explore science and engineering instrument concepts and designs as well as associated goals and results. Lessons learned from science and engineering instrumentation on earlier missions will also be included.

This session is focused on present and future probe missions. It will explore current mission results, the progress and status of missions in development, and the science goals and architectures for future probe and small lander missions. This might include probe and small lander missions to the atmosphere or surface of Venus, Mars, or Titan; to gas or icy giants such as Jupiter, Saturn, or Uranus; and other smaller bodies. General topics might include science drivers and mission designs, analyses of atmospheric trajectories or thermodynamic conditions, and lessons learned from prior missions. Engineering aspects could include analysis or design work involved with any phase of an entry probe mission, such as (but not limited to) trajectories, system engineering and design, entry conditions, entry and deceleration systems, descent module systems, communications, probe and small lander designs, engineering instrumentation, operations, mission timelines and descent profiles, and strategies for accommodating the science measurements.

This session focuses on techniques used to characterize landing environments toward the effort of selecting a safe landing site and lander design requirements. This involves planets with a wealth of information such as Mars where lander scale (slopes, rocks, etc) are available and planets with limited data (Venus, Titan, Enceladus, etc). The reasoning/assumptions that led to past lander design requirements and hazard-types with their associated lessons learned would be of particular interest.

This session will focus on the important role of modeling, simulation, and testing of planetary science missions. The advancement and application of this discipline will be highlighted. The aspects covered by this session include advanced simulation techniques, plasma simulations, heterogeneous chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, chemistry, radiation, rarified gas dynamics, material response, trajectory, and vehicle dynamics, as well as testing in arc jets, wind tunnels, ballistics ranges, shock tubes, etc.

This session includes recent and ongoing missions, studies, and tests related to atmospheric deceleration technologies and their applications. Specific systems such as inflatable decelerators and rigid heatshield technologies are included, as well as the unique opportunities for science and exploration that are enabled by these systems. Technology gaps, issues and challenges, and roadmaps associated with future mission opportunities are also welcomed.

This session reviews current projects, concepts, and studies for in-situ missions of airless bodies in the solar system. Lander, penetrator, and impactor missions will be discussed including mission concepts, key mission elements (descent, communications, power, thermal control, etc.) operations strategies, and payload capabilities. Lessons learned from earlier missions, developments, and studies will be included. Technology gaps and associated roadmaps associated with future mission opportunities will also be covered

The Cross Cutting Technologies session seeks papers on broadly capable technologies, both engineering systems and science instrumentation solutions, with applicability to multiple destinations, probe platforms, and/or a variety of mission objectives. This session includes those technologies that would apply to a range of atmospheric missions such as those requiring aerocapture, aerobraking, and planetary and Earth return probes and landers. Specific technologies of interest include TPS, EDL engineering instrumentation, multifunctional and high-temperature structures, extreme environment technologies, and ground and flight tests and/or capabilities.

This session is focused on the engineering and technology of end-to-end EDL architectures, including landers, probes, and deployment of flight vehicles. Papers are solicited in the fields of GN&C, supersonic retropropulsion, architecture transitions, landing structures (e.g. airbags), and instrumentation. (e.g. aerothermodynamic sensor systems, hazard detection and avoidance, pinpoint landing, etc.)

Featured Items

IPPW-13 Abstracts are available (PDF format)

Student Registration (Undergrad or Grad registrants)

Workshop: $275 (Early) | $295 (After May 20)
Short Course: $100
Both: $375 (Early) | $420 (After May 20)


Workshop: $595 (Early) | $695 (After May 20)
Short Course: $125
Both: $720 (Early) | $820 (After May 20)

One Day only

Workshop: $300 (Early) | $350 (After May 20)
Short Course: N/A
Both: NA, but can be purchased individually.