Outline of the Symposium

The Symposium will have sessions on the following topics:

General Topics

  • National Reports (EASP member states and invited reports)
  • New Techniques and Instrumentation (incl. Range Facilities)
  • New trends and latest developments in the use of sounding rockets and balloons for scientific research
  • Space-related Education
  • Combined In-situ, Ground-based and Satellite Projects related to Sounding Rocket and Balloon activities.

Scientific Topics

  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • Ionosphere and Magnetosphere
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Applications in Space
  • Astrophysics, Astronomy and Cosmology


  • Ranges
  • Agencies
  • Companies


During the symposium there will be an exhibition area available to display and demonstrate hardware and software, service systems for balloons and sounding rockets, experiment hardware, new technologies/ diagnostic tools/measurement systems etc.

Facilities for holding small meetings and working group discussions outside the main symposium programme will be available.  Please contact the ESA/PAC secretariat in advance to make the necessary reservations.

Intended Symposium Lectures / Invited Speakers

S. Barabash – Institute of Space Physics (S)
Long Duration Balloon Flights to Support Solar System Exploration and Astronomical Studies

M. Dreyer – ZARM Bremen (D)
The Benefit of Fluid Physics Experiments Under Microgravity

A. Engel – University of Frankfurt (D)
Regular Balloon Observations to Study Ozone Climate Interactions

V. Guidard – Meteo France (F)
Balloons Applications for Meteorology

P. Kintner – Cornell University (USA)
Understanding Currents and Waves by Measuring Electric and Magnetic Fields with Sounding Rockets

M. Rapp – IAP Kühlungsborn (D)
The Importance of Aerosols for the Physics of the Mesosphere