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SPACE 2014 Call for Papers
Abstract Submission Close: 21 January 2014
Author Notification Letters Sent: 26 March 2014
Manuscript Deadline: 14 July 2014

The technical program will feature technical paper and poster presentations structured and 13 technical tracks. Nowhere else will you get the depth and breadth of sessions and information-sharing on space systems, technologies, and programs! AIAA is soliciting abstracts for paper or poster presentations on the following technical topics:

  • Communications Systems (ICSSC)

  • Astrodynamics Specialist

  • National Security Space

  • Space and Earth Science

  • Space Exploration

  • Space Operations & Logistics

  • Space Resources & Colonization

  • Space History, Society, and Policy

  • Space Systems

  • Space Transportation and Launch

  • Space Robotics and Space Architecture

  • Space Systems Engineering and Economics

  • Reinventing Space

Questions pertaining to the technical program may be referred to the SPACE Forum 2014 Technical Program Chair, Tony Williams, at antony.williams@jacobs.com, or to the appropriate Track Chair listed below.

Papers are solicited this year in both Poster and Traditional formats. Please indicate your preferred format in your abstract submission. The technical planning committee may re-allocate abstracts based on our abstract assessment process.

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Proposals for Specials Sessions

Individuals who wish to organize special sessions within the technical program (e.g., invited oral presentations, panels, or demonstrations) should submit a short proposal describing the nature of the session as it relates to a specified technical track. Be sure to include the names of the organizers and proposed participants. Please email your proposal by 21 January 2014 to Tony Williams SPACE Forum 2014 Technical Program Chair.

Communications Systems (ICSSC)

The theme of the 32nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), “Game-Changing Technologies and Services for Commercial, Civil and Military/Intelligence Satellite Systems,” emphasizes the common interests in technology and services areas for the Space arena that will serve the needs for next generation communications systems.

Within the commercial Satellite Communications (SATCOM) market, today’s satellites continue to serve us in ways we could not possibly have imagined at the time they were designed. Likewise, civil and military/Intelligence satellite systems routinely outlive their design lives and force government agencies to innovatively apply aging technology to emerging mission challenges. The next generation SATCOM systems will likely face the same daunting tasks but in an increasingly dynamic geo- political and commercial market place. Flexible technologies that can rapidly be re-applied and morphed to meet new requirements will be critical to future needs and successful ventures.

The ICSSC will seek those emerging technologies that can retain flexibility as terrestrial and extraterrestrial communications needs change and grow for future applications. This conference will explore these challenges, propose and discuss solutions, and provide a forum for the exploration of the economic, marketing, technical and regulatory issues affecting these new and planned services.

Events of the Conference to support the above goals are:

  • The Colloquium on “Next Generation Broadband SATCOM” (4 August 2014)

  • A stimulating Plenary Opening Session with leaders from the communications and navigation satellite systems fields

Technical Topics

Papers are solicited for both Conferences in the following areas:

  • Advanced communication techniques

  • Advances in spacecraft subsystems and technologies

  • Antenna technologies

  • Communications and network protocols and interoperability

  • Communications for unmanned aerial vehicles

  • Communications Network Management

  • Earth terminal systems

  • Integrated services for disaster relief

  • Integrated services for remote medicine and remote access to medical records

  • Integration of air and space – Challenges and opportunities

  • Interactivity via satellite

  • Launch vehicles

  • Maritime surveillance

  • Mobile broadband communications – Land, sea and air

  • Military applications and architectures

  • Novel Satellite Enabled Services

  • Rapid response payloads

  • Regulatory and spectrum sharing issues

  • Space communications for exploration missions

For questions please contact:
Rabindra (Rob) Singh
AIAA Communications Systems Technical Committee

32nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) Best Paper Competition for both Students and Professional Categories

ICSSC best papers will be selected for both student and professional categories. Awards consist of a certificate for each author, and the student award includes a monetary prize of $500. Student authors must identify themselves at abstract submission.


Astrodynamics Specialist

Supported by the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee and the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee

Detailed technical papers are solicited on topics in the field of astrodynamics. Manuscripts will be accepted based on the quality of the submitted abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Interplanetary and Earth-orbital mission design and analysis; asteroid missions; satellite constellation design; optimization methods for trajectories, maneuvers, and mission performance

  • Space, launch and re-entry vehicle dynamics, guidance, and control; attitude dynamics, determination, control, attitude-sensor and payload-sensor calibration; dynamics and control of large space structures and tethers

  • Dynamical systems theory applied to space flight problems; orbital dynamics, perturbations, and stability

  • Orbit determination and space-surveillance tracking; orbital debris, collision avoidance, and space situational awareness

  • Rendezvous, relative motion, proximity missions, and formation flying; flight dynamics operations and spacecraft autonomy

For questions, please contact:
Alan B. Jenkin
AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee
The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Marcus J. Holzinger

AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee
School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


National Security Space

The National Security Space (NSS) track invites papers in the following areas:

  • Advanced Concepts: Including NSS CONOPS, material solutions, and architectures

  • Technology Transition: Including updates on existing programs working on technology transition from any partner toward the NSS missions

  • Enterprise Architecting Analysis: Including NSS requirements, military utility, multi-mission and one-on-one engagement, acquisition simulation, and procurement

  • Emerging Trends: Including descriptions of the trends affecting the NSS space applications and systems development

  • Prototypes and Demonstrations: Including updates on prototypes and demonstrations in the NSS pipeline

  • Science and Technology Efforts: Including those aimed at key science and technologies for revolutionary applications

For questions, please contact:
Roberta Ewart
Space and Missile Systems Center

Joseph Betser

The Aerospace Corporation


Space and Earth Science

Supported by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Sessions for the Space and Earth Science track are by invitation only. If interested in participating, please contact:

Virendra Sarohia

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Space Exploration

Supported by NASA Headquarters and the AIAA Space Exploration Program Committee

The Space Exploration track spans mission architectures, advanced technologies, and flight systems to enable robotic precursor and human exploration missions to the moon, Lagrange points, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and Mars and its moons. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

  • Mission Architectures: Studies, systems analysis, and operational scenarios for human exploration missions beyond Earth orbit

  • Enabling Technologies: The development of critical technologies to enable human exploration missions, including advanced propulsion; cryogenic propellant storage and transfer; high-efficiency space power systems; life support and habitation systems; radiation shielding; entry, descent, and landing technology; EVA technology; advanced robotics; autonomous systems and avionics; high-data-rate communications; in-situ resource utilization; and lightweight structures and materials

  • Robotic Precursor Missions: Mission concepts and plans for robotic precursor missions to characterize space environments and scout potential destinations for future human activity

  • Flight Systems: Flight experiments to demonstrate critical capabilities, and development of crew exploration vehicles and in-space transportation systems

  • Using ISS for Exploration: Using ISS as an analog for long-duration missions, and as a test bed for demonstrating technologies and operational concepts for exploration.

  • Space Infrastructure: Space communications, Waypoints for repair, servicing, and staging points for deep space launch, propellant depot, spaceports, and others.

For questions, please contact:
Chris Moore
AIAA Space Exploration Program Committee
NASA Headquarters

Surendra P. Sharma

AIAA Space Exploration Program Committee
NASA Ames Research Center


Space Operations & Logistics

Supported by the AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee and the AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee

The cost and safety of space operations has long been a major factor in decisions of where and when we proceed with the exploration of space. To enhance commercial and scientific growth in space and inspire the next generation of explorers/ entrepreneurs, we must reduce risk and lower costs through use of best practices, new techniques, new technologies, and new paradigms and foster the growth of STEM education in an exciting manner.

Space logistics is the theory and practice of driving space system design for operability, and of managing the flow of materiel, services, and information needed throughout a space system lifecycle. It includes management of the logistics supply chain from Earth and on to destinations throughout the solar system. Supportability considers system architecture strategies to minimize both logistics requirements and operational costs of human and robotic operations. Supportability strategies include processes and technologies to minimize maintenance complexity, exploit in-situ resources, scavenge and reuse flight hardware, and recycle consumables. Representative areas include the servicing and sustainment of the International Space Station and of lunar and planetary outposts, the optimization of logistics launch vehicles for responsiveness and serviceability, and modeling of the supply chain in space for human and robotic mission campaigns.

Technical topics related to Space Operations include:

  • Advanced technology and operations concepts for reduced mission cost and greater mission success

  • Using the challenges of space operations to inspire and invigorate for STEM education

  • Best practices and new paradigms for increased mission success

  • Leveraging commercial space advancement to lower cost and risk for exploration of near Earth and deep space

  • Innovative risk management and reduction throughout operations

Technical topics related to Space Logistics include:

  • International Space Station on-orbit resources management

  • In-space spacecraft and satellite servicing

  • Advanced Supportability Concepts: in-situ repair, in-situ fabrication, flight hardware scavenging and reuse, resource pre-positioning, consumables recycling

  • Advanced Destination Logistics: outpost management and provisioning, in-situ resource logistics, EVA logistics

  • Advanced Space Logistics Infrastructures: solar power stations, on-orbit fuel depots, refueling in space, planetary or asteroid resource infrastructures

  • Logistics of NASA, DoD, and Commercial Programs: space operations affordability, design for commonality, integrated logistics concepts

  • Space Logistics Campaign Planning: methods, modeling, simulation, and cost analysis tools

  • Automated spaceflight supply chain asset tracking and monitoring

  • Spaceport ground processing and launch logistics

  • Commercial space logistics opportunities

For questions, please contact:
Shirley Tseng
AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee
MorganFranklin Corporation

Larry Bryant

AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee

Kandyce E. Goodliff

AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee
NASA Langley Research Center


Space Resources and Colonization

Supported by the AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee and the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee

Responsible use of the natural resources of space, or ISRU (in situ resource utilization), is key to sustaining human economic activity off the Earth. This is a field of rapid growth where both government and industry are changing long-standing paradigms. This track focuses on the intersection of astronautics with mining, construction, materials processing, and manufacturing. These traditionally terrestrial disciplines are being expanded into non-terrestrial locations, which will benefit terrestrial economies as well as the robotic and human exploration and eventually settlement of space.

Papers are invited that address the following topics related to space resource utilization and human settlement of space:

  • Mission plans with ISRU aspects

  • Space policy and strategies with ISRU components, or affecting ISRU development

  • Technical aspects of ISRU: Prospecting and geological exploration

  • Technical aspects of ISRU: Mining and construction

  • Technical aspects of ISRU: Processing and manufacturing, including large-scale 3-D printing in space

  • Infrastructure required to support large-scale human habitation and economic activity in space

  • Construction and timelines for on-orbit and extraterrestrial surface development of space settlements

  • Social aspects of life in extraterrestrial communities, e.g., Astrosociology

  • Economics of human settlements in space

For questions, please contact:
Leslie Gertsch
AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Larry Clark

AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee

Anita Gale

AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee
Aerospace Education Competitions

Ron Kohl
AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee

R.J. Kohl and Associates


Space History, Society, and Policy

Supported by the AIAA Technical Committees on History, Legal Aspects of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society and Aerospace Technology, and the AIAA Standing Committees on Public Policy and International Activities

The Space History, Society, and Policy Track examines the history of our time in space, space law and policy, international cooperation, the societal impacts of aerospace technologies and an educated and trained workforce, and the evolution of our space-faring society. Topics addressed include:

  • The History of Aerospace – Legacy and Lessons Learned: Collection, preservation, and analysis of historical materials related to spaceflight and space, technology, manned space programs, launch systems, unmanned programs – emphasizing the significance of people and organizations, programs, facilities, and infrastructure

  • Space Law and Policy: Policy and legal issues affecting space systems acquisition, operations, sustainment, and the future of space activities; legal obligations associated with space debris and orbital operations; space warfare; insurance and contracting; telecommunications regulation, and legal institutions

  • International Cooperation: Risks and opportunities of cooperative engagement; export control regimes; international approaches to acquiring, organizing, operating, and sustaining space systems; international institutions

  • Space Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) perspectives: Shortfalls in the space workforce's education and training, and the solutions

  • Spinoffs and Technology Transfer: Space technologies and discoveries transferred or commercialized outside of the industry; policies enabling technology transfer; analyses of the societal impacts of space technology spinoffs

  • Interactions with Society: Impact of space systems on communication, trade, and access to information; the impact of space systems and technology on global emergency response to disasters or acts of terrorism; space stakeholder risk tolerance and perceptions; analyses of the intangible benefits of spaceflight and of space themes in media and literature

  • Astrosociology: Social, cultural, psychological, ethical dimensions, and the institutional responses associated with space medicine and isolated long-duration space missions; psychological, sociological, and anthropological perspectives on space-based natural disasters

For questions, please contact:
Jarret Lafleur
AIAA Society and Aerospace Technology Technical Committee
Sandia National Laboratories

Cam Martin

AIAA History Technical Committee
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

James D. Rendleman

AIAA Legal Aspects of Aeronautics and Astronautics Technical Committee
AIAA Public Policy Committee
AIAA International Activities Committee


Space Systems

Supported by the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee

The Space Systems and Sensors track seeks to present important findings from recent work on emerging space systems, space science, and sensor technologies. In particular, papers are sought that address technical, operational, and economic feasibility of current and future space systems that address the full range of civil, military, and international applications. Papers by students are especially encouraged.

Technical topics include:

  • Architectures and Concepts of Operation

  • New and Emerging Technologies and Applications

  • Remote Sensing for Climate and Weather

  • Space and Planetary Science Missions and Technologies

  • Rapid and Responsive Space Systems

  • Enabling Technologies for Distributed or Fractionated Space

  • Proximity Sensing of Space Objects and Orbital Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

  • Space Sensor Technologies

  • Laser Communication

  • Cubesats

  • Workforce Development for Space Systems and Sensors Engineering (Panel)

  • Space Systems Lessons Learned (Panel)

For questions, please contact:
Jim Baker
AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee
Arrow Science and Technology

Jeremy Straub

AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee
University of North Dakota


Space Transportation and Launch Systems

Supported by the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee and the AIAA Reusable Launch Vehicle Program Committee

The commercial, military, scientific, and human exploration of space depends upon highly reliable access to space at reasonable costs. Commercial companies have offered the promise of low-cost space access, and some are currently developing and testing their systems. NASA has begun demonstration of low-cost, reliable commercial cargo delivery, and potential crew delivery, to the International Space Station (ISS). The US Air Force's technology development activities have included a reusable first stage and operation responsiveness. Papers are invited that address the issues and challenges associated with space transportation. Papers may be submitted within, but are not limited to, the following categories:

  • Space transportation technology design, and integration challenges

  • In-space transportation systems and architectures, including propellant depots

  • Advanced concept vehicles and systems

  • Launch vehicles and systems (including suborbital)

  • Launch system designs, concepts, and developments

  • RLV development, programmatic (including economics), and industry-related strategies

  • Lessons learned from previous programs and design studies

  • Operationally responsive space

  • Operations of spaceports and ranges

  • Space transportation for space tourism

  • Space transportation analytical tools, materials, and technologies

For questions, please contact:
Clinton Plaisted
AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee
a.i. solutions, Inc.

Miroslav Sir

AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee
The Aerospace Corporation


Space Robotics and Space Architecture

Supported by the AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee and the AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Technical Committee

This track will explore robotic technologies for orbital and planetary surface applications and space architectures. This includes: robotic construction techniques, human interaction with space systems, and application of architectural design principles to facilities beyond Earth for crew accommodation. Abstracts are being solicited on the following technical topics:

  • Advanced Technologies for Space Robotics

  • Novel Applications of Space Robotics

  • Self-Sustaining and Self-Repairing Systems

  • Robotic EVA or IVA Servicing

  • Robot and Spacecraft Automation

  • Human Systems Interaction and Integration

  • Human Factors for Space Exploration

  • Orbital and Planetary Surface Construction

  • Space Habitat Structural Systems

  • Space Habitat Environmental Systems

  • Visionary Space Architecture Design

  • Earth Applications of Space Architecture Technology

For questions, please contact:
Steven E. Fredrickson
AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Technical Committee
NASA Johnson Space Center

Jackelynne Silva

AIAA Space Architecture Technical Committee
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.


Space Systems Engineering and Space Economics

Supported by the AIAA Economics Technical Committee and the AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee

The role of systems engineering in space programs has become more important as systems have become increasingly complex, architectures have become expansive, and integration across architectures has become commonplace and essential. As the utilization of space increases, driven by technological advances and commercial opportunities, the economics of space have become a dominant challenge. These challenges can be met by analyzing data and developing models to clarify the best value and key economic insights for decision makers. A goal of the systems engineering and space economics community is to understand trends, develop and apply capabilities to facilitate economically robust future space systems.

Aspects of systems engineering and space economics that may be included in this track are:

  • Definition and application of space system architectures

  • Concurrent engineering and advances in systems engineering processes and tools applied to space systems

  • Systems engineering lessons learned from current and previous space programs

  • Space systems requirements generation, integration , verification, and validation

  • Space systems risk analysis and management

  • Economic Challenges facing today's Commercial Space Companies

  • Economics of "Newspace": crowdsourcing, income streams & payback analyses

  • The Business Case for Space: Analyses of commercial space enterprises, public private space partnerships, spaceports.

  • Advances in trade studies or modeling for economic analysis, affordability, or value engineering

  • Space systems engineering efficiencies and cost control in a constrained budget environment

For questions, please contact:
Michelle Bailey
AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee
University of Maryland University College

Sherry Stukes

AIAA Economics Technical Committee
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Daniel Nigg

AIAA Economics Technical Committee
Aerospace Corporation


Reinventing Space

Supported by the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas and Orange County Sections, and the Space Systems Technical Committee

Detailed technical papers are solicited on topics that will show how to Dramatically Reducing Space Mission Cost. Manuscripts will be accepted based on the quality of the submitted abstract, the originality of the work and/or ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Tactical space systems—how do we best serve the needs of the warfighter or, for civilian missions, the needs of emergency responders?

  • Low-cost interplanetary missions—can we use the new technology to create dramatically lower cost Interplanetary missions?

  • Ways to dramatically reduce space system and launch cost and schedule—what are the Methods.

  • Processes and Technologies that we can use to achieve major reductions in space mission cost?

  • New application areas for low-cost space systems—what are the new applications that can take advantage of newer, much-lower-cost systems?

Topics include:

  • Economics

  • Law and Regulations

  • Mission Design

  • Orbital Operations

  • Payloads and Sensors

  • Plug-and-Play

  • Responsive Launch and Operations

  • Responsive Missions

  • On-orbit Maintenance & Repair

  • Technology Demonstration

  • Responsive Operations

  • Responsive Spacecraft (Cubesats, Tacsats, Minisats, Microsats , Nanosats, Picosats, Femtosats)

For questions, please contact:
Charles Kilmer
Phone: 310-676-5381
AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Section


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