International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2012),
Greenbelt, Maryland (near Washington DC)

Dates: Oct 10-12, 2012

Very successful workshop. See you again in Oct 2014.

Full Program (including abstracts) in PDF

Author Index in PDF

Keynote Speakers

Topics for the Workshop:

  • Science questions to be addressed in the next decade and beyond (short keynote type presentations)
  • Reviews of instruments on past missions - lessons learned and vision for what is needed on next generation of instruments (invited papers).
  • Instrumentation for descent probes (Saturn, Uranus, ...)
  • Instrumentation for in-situ analysis missions (Venus in-situ Explorer, Titan, ...)
  • Instrumentation for next generation orbiters (Io, Reformulated Mars program missions, TGO/ExoMars, JEO de-scoped, Enceladus, Trojan Tour and Rendezvous, ESA/JUICE, ...)
  • Technology for in-situ analysis and sample return (Lunar, Mars, Comet surface, NEOs, ...)
  • Instruments on future Mars landers (ExoMars, Mars Sample Return, ...)
  • Imaging, cooling, readout and on-board processing technology for future planetary missions
  • Electronics for extreme environments (temperature and radiation)
  • Human space flight missions to planetary targets (beyond low Earth orbit) with science outcomes (NEO, Mars)


The objective is to have a broad canvas of instrumentation and technology available to 'Decadal Survey' missions and those further out. It is also meant to be a forum of collaboration, exchange and discussions where science questions, and the technology needed to address them, are discussed.