4 September 2009

United Nations to Hold Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development

VIENNA, 4 September (UN Information Service) - A four-day Symposium on "Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development" will be held in Graz, Austria, at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, from 8 to 11 September. The Symposium is aimed to review the utility of small satellites and to harness accumulated experience in small satellite development for the purpose of contributing to indigenous capabilities in small satellite technology in the participants' institutions. It is organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in cooperation with the Government of Austria and the European Space Agency (ESA)

The Symposium is the first one in a series of three annual consecutive symposia that address the role of space technology and its applications through building capacity in basic space technology that contribute to carry out the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002.

The current Symposium will focus on small satellite mission design, and presentations will include case studies of successful applications of small satellite technology that provide cost-effective solutions and essential information for planning and implementing programmes or projects related to sustainable development.

The detailed programme of the Symposium and related information are available at http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/SAP/act2009/graz/index.html


Press briefing

Date and time: 8 September 2009 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Institute for Space Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Schmiedlstrasse 6, Graz, Austria

For further information, please contact:

Hans-Peter Weingand
Public Relations, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Telephone: (+43-316) 876-1150
Mobile: (+43-699) 18 76 11 50
Email: hans-peter.weingand@joanneum.at or pr@joanneum.at

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For further information on the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), please visit the website: www.unoosa.org.