Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061

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The Science Partner Journal Space: Science & Technology is now considering submissions for its first special issue, Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061.


This special issue of Space: Science and Technology will present:

  1. A high-level summary of the main conclusions of the “Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061" foresight exercise (e.g., including invited papers presented at the Horizon 2061 event of COSPAR 2021
  2. Articles dealing with specific aspects of each of the four pillars or their interfaces: science questions about the solar system, planetary missions, technologies and infrastructures for planetary exploration, international cooperation projects

Articles addressing long-term perspectives on these different topics are very welcome. 

Programmatic context: the “Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061” foresight exercise

The "Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061" project is a long-term community foresight exercise which aims at drawing a long-term picture of four pillars supporting planetary exploration: 

  1. the major scientific questions concerning planetary systems; 
  2. the different types of planetary missions that aim to address these questions;
  3. the key enabling technologies needed to make these missions possible;
  4. the ground- and space-based infrastructures and services needed to support these missions. 

These four pillars have been built by contributions of space scientists and engineers to three dedicated workshops and to a special event of COSPAR 2021 devoted to the presentation of its conclusions in February 2021. For more information about Horizon 2061, see:

    Quality Control

    This special issue is dedicated to a set of best papers in the related field.

    Full papers will be subject to a strict single-blinded peer review procedure for final selections to the Special Issue based on the following criteria:

    • Quality and originality in theory and methodology;
    • Relevance to the research area;
    • Extended papers must contain at least 40% new material (qualitative) relative to the conference paper;
    • The Special Issue Guest Editors will handle the review process, inviting various global reviewers for papers deemed worthy of a full review

      Guest Editors

      Prof. Michel Blanc is a planetary scientist working at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP), Toulouse, France. His research focuses on Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling at the different solar system planets, particularly Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, and on the comparative study of Planetary Systems. He has been the first coordinator of the Europlanet program of the European Union from 2005 to 2012. He has been an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Cassini-Huygens mission, the initiator of the Laplace mission proposal to ESA which led to the selection of JUICE, and is currently a co-Investigator on NASA’s Juno mission. He has been the Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute Beijing from 2016 to 2018. He has published about 200 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He is a full member of the Air and Space Academy, of the International Academy of Astronautics, and of the Academia Europaea. He currently leads the “Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061” foresight exercise.

      Dr. Pierre Bousquet is a Senior expert on Planetology, Exploration and Microgravity in the Scientific project Directorate at the French space agency, CNES, in Toulouse, France, and the Project manager of the French contribution to ESA’s BepiColombo mission. He leads several design studies on small probes for Deep Space exploration. He is a technical Advisor to the French delegation for ESA’s Program Board on Human Missions and Exploration, a senior member of the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF), a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and a Member of the Space Exploration committee of the International Astronautics Federation (IAF) and of the UN-mandated 'Space Missions Planning Advisory Group' (SMPAG) on the threat represented by near-Earth objects. He is the author of over 50 publications at international conferences or in international peer-reviewed journals, and occasionally lectures at French engineering schools ISAE, EUROSAE and EMAC.

      Prof. Veronique Dehant (Royal Observatory of Belgium) is a planetary scientist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, where she is responsible for the Operational Directorate "Reference Systems and Planetology". She is also Extraordinary Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain. She is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Science Class since 2010, Foreign Member of the Paris Academy of Sciences since 2016 and has been awarded several prizes including the Descartes Prize of the European Union in 2003 and the De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize, Prize in Fundamental Exact Sciences among the five FNRS research excellence prizes. She is author of three books and has participated in more than 540 publications among which almost 200 are peer-reviewed. In 2015, she obtained an ERC Advanced Grant for her project RotaNut: Rotation and Nutation of a wobbly Earth; and in 2019, an ERC Synergy Grant for her project GRACEFUL (GRavimetry, mAgnetism, rotation, and CorE FLow). She is involved in several space missions, in particular the RISE experiment on board the InSight mission currently on the surface of Mars and of the LaRa experiment onboard the ExoMars 2022 mission to Mars.

      Prof. Bernard H. Foing, ESA Senior Scientist, executive director of ILEWG International Lunar Group, SMART-1 Lead scientist, EuroMoonMars manager, Advisor to DG, Prof VU Amsterdam, ISU, ISAE, FloridaTec. He worked at ESA ESTEC since 1989, as President of ESTEC staff committee (2012-2017), Chief scientist, Head of Research Division, study lead (SIMURIS, MORO lunar orbiter, EuroMoon lander), staff, visiting scientist fellow.  He has been Co-Investigator of SOHO, XMM, BIOPAN, SMART-1, Mars Express, COROT, ISS/Expose, ExoMars. He is chair of IAF ITACCUS committee, member of IAF exploration and astronomy committees, full member of IAA Academy of Astronautics, member of COSPAR, MVA MoonVillage Association, EGU European Geoscience Union. Publications: 775 articles, including 221 refereed papers.

      Prof. Manuel Grande is Head of Planetary Physics, formerly Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, UK. He has been a visiting professor at the Open University and at Warwick University, UK, and at IRAP Toulouse. His main scientific interests are energetic particles in planetary magnetospheres, including the Earth, and planetary surfaces, particularly the Moon. He is PI for the X-ray spectrometers C1XS on Chandrayaan-1 and D-CIXS on SMART-1, Co- PI on BepiColombo SIXS and Cluster/Rapid, and has Co-I roles in JUICE, BepiColombo, Cassini, Cluster, POLAR, IMAGE, Venus Express, Mars Express and SELENE. He has been President of the European Geoscience Union for Planetary Science. He is UK representative on COSPAR, and Vice Chair of the COSPAR panel on Space Weather. He was Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). He has some 150 refereed publications and over 7500 citations, has supervised 7 successful PhD students and conducted around 25 PhD vivas.

      Prof. Linli Guo is the vice chief engineer of DFH satellite company, a subsidiary to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) in China. She has authored over 4 books and over 70 scientific articles. and has been an active member of the SOC of the successive Horizon 2061 international workshops. She has a rich experience in system design of launch vehicles, and took part in the launch campaigns of the Long March rocket for many times. She devoted many years as director of the research laboratory of manned Interplanetary exploration mission, mainly engaged in manned lunar exploration mission planning and system design of lunar base and ISRU. At present, she is committed to research on satellite technology in view of its use in the future deep space exploration missions in china. She was also officially recommended as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University (ISU), and has been elected in 2019 to be a member of the IAA astrodynamics professional committee.

      Dr. Jeremie Lasue is a researcher at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP), Toulouse, France. He has authored over 120 scientific articles and has been an active member of the SOC of the successive Horizon 2061 international workshops and was the convener for the Horizon 2061 session at EPSC 2019. He has extensive experience in space instruments design for planetary exploration and is a co-investigator for the Rosetta mission, a co-PI for VeSUV on-board Envision, and a collaborator for the ChemCam and SuperCam instruments on-board the current NASA rover Curiosity and Mars 2020. He received 5 awards for his contributions to these space missions. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union and organized or co-organized 7 international conferences on planetary exploration.

      Dr. Maria Antonietta Perino is Director for Space Economy Exploration and International Network at Thales Alenia Space, Torino, Italy. She received a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In 1988 she attended the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) and became Faculty Member. She is currently a member of the Academic Council. She is involved in different activities promoting the development of young professionals in the space industry. She is the author of several publications, papers, and reports, and Acta Astronautica Co-Editor. She is a Member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former IAF Bureau Vice President. She is President of Explore Mars Europe. She was awarded the distinction of “Woman of Excellence 2010” by AIDDA and “Stella al Merito del Lavoro” by the Italian Republic President. 

        Submission Deadline

        December 31, 2022

          Submission Instructions

          Please select "Special Issue: Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061" as the section/category during the submission process. Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the special issue.