12–14 September 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Call for Papers


Dates to Remember:

Abstract Submission Opens: 6 December 2016
Abstract Submission Closes: 23 February 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Author Notification: 4 May 2017
Manuscript Deadline: 16 August 2017 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA.

Policies Procedures Requirements

Go to: Green Engineering
Go to: Human Habitation and Development of Space
Go to: Information Systems and Software
Go to: ITAR
Go to: National Security Space
Go to: Reinventing Space
Go to: Small Satellites
Go to: Space and Earth Science
Go to: Space Exploration
Go to: Space History, Society, and Policy
Go to: Space Logistics and Supportability
Go to: Space Operations
Go to: Space Robotics and Automation
Go to: Space Systems
Go to: Space Systems Engineering and Space Economics
Go to: Space Transportation and Launch Systems
Go to: Student Paper Competitions

Green Engineering

This track includes topics related to green engineering for space missions (including both in-space activities and activities on the surface of other planets, asteroids and other bodies) as well as the terrestrial facilities, equipment and other mechanisms required to design, develop and support these missions.

Prospective topic areas include (but are not constrained to):

  • Green engineering for space missions
  • Green space / spacecraft technologies
  • Environmentally friendly energy for space exploration
  • Green propellants
  • Energy efficient mission design and operations
  • Energy efficient hardware / craft
  • Space solar power / wireless power transmission

Please direct questions to:
Jeremy Straub

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Human Habitation and Development of Space

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

We race into a future rich with inspiring and historic visions: for human exploration of space; for tourism and settlement; and for development of space resources. Mission concepts, system architecture, and habitation technologies lie at the heart of all these visions. The Human Habitation and Development of Space Track, sponsored by AIAA's Space Architecture, and Space Colonization Technical Committees, welcomes detailed and interdisciplinary papers about all aspects of the human adventure in space. Accepted papers will be organized by the TCs into thematic sessions in areas such as:

  • Exploration mission concepts
  • Goals, purpose, vision, and plans for human space flight
  • Space architecture: habitats, infrastructure, and construction
  • Space flight analogs and simulators
  • Human factors at all scales
  • System-level integration of advanced technologies
  • Economic viability and growth
  • Colonies and settlements
  • Professional education and opportunities in human space flight

Please direct questions to:
Matthew Simon
Anita Gale
Michael Snyder

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Information Systems and Software

Supported by Information Systems Group

The scope of the Information Systems and Software track broadly includes all aspects of architecture, design, development, operations and maintenance of information systems for space applications. In particular, papers are solicited on the following topics:

Communications Systems
Design, development and operation of communications systems for space applications, and associated technologies.

Computer Systems
Theoretical and practical considerations involving the applications of computers and information processing techniques to space systems.

Digital Avionics
Design, development and operation of digital avionics systems and technology for space applications.

Information and Command and Control Systems
Integrated application of data acquisition, data assessment, and data dissemination functions required for timely and efficient command and control of space systems.

Intelligent Systems
Application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to space systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and technologies which enable effective, reliable and highly autonomous operation of complex space systems or sub-systems with minimal or no human intervention.

Planning and Scheduling
Automated planning and scheduling for large and complex space systems, architecture development and validation for both software and hardware, integration with human-machine interfaces for supporting advanced mission operations, with special emphasis on planning and scheduling for crewed, dormant, and robotic autonomous systems.

Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
All aspects of space sensor systems and distributed sensor networks for detection, collection, information fusion, storage, retrieval, distribution, and reception of information at the local sensing node and at the distributed sensor network level.

Innovative software architectures and software engineering issues for complex space systems, across the software engineering lifecycle, including requirements, design, code, test, evaluation, operation and maintenance.

Model-Based Systems and Software Engineering 
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) applications to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities, including innovative space-related applications, and methodologies, tools, and analysis techniques.

Please direct questions to:
Sean Swei

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In the ongoing effort to improve the impact of AIAA events for members, ITAR sessions will continue to be organized with the intent of expanding the breadth of topics and emphasizing sessions with relevance to Forum 360 events and major elements of the open technical sessions. Submission of groups of presentations representing major accomplishments or status updates of significant system development programs are encouraged. Specific topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged.

  • National Security Space
  • Space Transportation
  • Space Operations
  • Other topics

All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. Guidelines regarding the definition of technical topics subject to ITAR restrictions may be found at this link:

Please direct questions to:
Randy Kendall

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National Security Space

Supported by the Space and Missile Systems Center and The Aerospace Corporation

The National Security Space 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

Please direct questions to:

Joseph Betser
Roberta Ewart

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Reinventing Space

Supported by the AIAA Los Angeles- Las Vegas Section, and the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee

Detailed technical papers are solicited on topics that will show how to Dramatically Reducing Space Mission Cost and Schedule. 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 for military missions, the needs of emergency responders, for civilian missions, and the needs of the end user for commercial missions?
  • 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?

 Please direct questions to:

Anthony Shao
Russell Joyner
James R. Wertz

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Small Satellites

Supported by the AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee

This track covers all aspects of small satellites and their missions. Topics include small satellite design, development and systems engineering, mission operations and spacecraft subsystems. We are also interested in papers discussing launch capabilities for small spacecraft and policy considerations related to small spacecraft and their use. Papers are also welcome that discuss success factors for small spacecraft missions, as are those regarding education related to small spacecraft development or the use of small spacecraft in other educational activities (formal or informal).

  • Small satellites
  • Rideshare capabilities
  • Dedicated launch capabilities for small satellites
  • CubeSats
  • Board / Chip Sats
  • ESPA-class spacecraft
  • Other small satellites
  • Use of small spacecraft beyond Earth orbit
  • Control (including autonomy) for small spacecraft
  • Use of small spacecraft in clusters or federated systems
  • Subsystems for small spacecraft
  • Small spacecraft communications
  • Educational activities (informal and formal) related to or using small spacecraft
  • Small spacecraft missions (including flown and planned)

Please direct questions to:
Jeremy Straub

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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 direct questions to:
Virendra Sarohia

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Space Exploration

Supported by 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, and space infrastructure. 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.
  • In-Space Infrastructure: Propellant depots, staging points for deep space missions, reusable in-space transportation systems, satellite servicing, space power utilities, space communications architectures, and in-space manufacturing.

Please direct questions to:
Chris Moore
Surendra P. Sharma

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Space History, Society and Policy

Supported by the AIAA Society and Aerospace Technology Technical Committee

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 and creative approaches to bridging the gaps
  • 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: Interactions with Society: Impact of space systems on communication, trade, and worldwide access to information and related privacy issues, particularly in light of the growing small satellite industry; 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; benefits of small bodies (asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, and Trans-Neptunian Objects) exploration and planetary protection strategies
  • 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

Please direct questions to:
R. Steven Justice
Scott West

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Space Logistics and Supportability

Supported by the AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee

Space logistics is the theory and practice of driving space system design for operability, and of managing the flow of material, 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 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. Topics 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

Please direct questions to:
Kandyce Goodliff

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Space Operations

Supported by the AIAA Space Operations and Support 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. Commercial space, with remote sensing, crew and cargo to low earth orbit, on-orbit satellite servicing and re-purposing, space tourism and space prospecting/mining is a growing sector for operations. To enhance commercial and scientific growth in space and inspire the next generation of operators/explorers/entrepreneurs, the bottom line is a need to reduce risk and lower costs as well as to grow STEM education in an exciting manner through the application of best practices, new techniques, new technologies, and new paradigms.

  • Operating in Space Using Game-Changing Approaches
    • Planetary CubeSats and beyond
    • Emerging launch vehicles
    • Automated operations
  • Avoiding Risk and Other Perils of Space Operations
    • Getting out of the way of flying objects (space debris, etc)
    • Novel approaches to avoid polluting someone else’s planet
    • Law and policy issues in space
  • Teaching them to reach for the stars
    • The International Space Station as a classroom
    • Discovering STEM through innovative design, build & operate space flight competitions

Please direct questions to:
Shirley Tseng

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Space Robotics and Automation

Supported by the AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Technical Committee

This track explores space robotic and automation technologies for orbital and planetary surface missions. This includes both robotic precursor activities as well as human interaction with space robotics and automation systems. Abstracts are being solicited in the following technical topics:

  • Current Space Robotics Applications Missions and Projects
  • Advanced Technologies for Space Robotics and Automation
  • Verification and Validation Techniques for Space Robotic and Automation Systems
  • Spacecraft Automation
  • Robotic Services
  • Human/Robotic Systems Interaction and Integration, including Augmented/Hybrid Reality Systems
  • Novel Applications of Space Robotics and Automation Technology

Please direct questions to:
Steven E. Fredrickson
Ou Ma

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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, educational, and international applications. Papers by students are especially encouraged.

  • Space System Architectures and Concepts of Operation
  • Emerging Technologies and Applications for Global Benefit
  • Remote Sensing for Climate and Weather
  • Space and Planetary Science Mission Science and Technologies
  • Enabling Technologies for Distributed or Fractionated Space
  • Proximity Sensing of Space Objects and Orbital Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
  • Space Sensor Technologies
  • Laser Communication
  • Additive Manufacturing of Space Systems
  • Workforce Development for Space Systems and Sensors Engineering
  • Citizen Space Systems (public participation in funding, mission direction, media)
  • Space Systems Analysis
  • Education Outreach in Space Systems, Space Science, and sensors

Please direct questions to:
William Tomek
Erica Rodgers

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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
  • Systems engineering maturity models for space applications
  • Systems-of-systems research
  • Space systems risk analysis and management
  • Economic Challenges facing today's Commercial Space Companies
  • Economics of "Newspace": crowdsourcing, income streams and 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

Please direct questions to:
Sherry Stukes
Michelle Bailey
Daniel Nigg

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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 at reasonable costs. Commercial companies have offered the promise of low-cost space access, and some are currently developing, testing, and operating their systems. NASA has begun operation of low-cost, reliable commercial cargo delivery, and is developing crew delivery, to the International Space Station (ISS). The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will provide the Orion crewed spacecraft a capability to reach deep space destinations. Launch capabilities are also emerging on several fronts to transport the increasing number of small satellite payloads to orbit.

  • Emerging launch system designs, concepts, and developments
  • Space transportation technology design, and integration challenges
  • In-space transportation systems and architectures, including propellant depots
  • Launch vehicles and systems (including suborbital)
  • RLV development, programmatic (including economics), and industry-related strategies
  • Lessons learned from previous programs and design studies
  • Space transportation for space tourism
  • Space transportation analytical tools, materials, and technologies
  • Operations of spaceports and ranges

Please direct questions to:
Brian Pomeroy
Steve Bauer
Dave Masten

Student Paper Competitions

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student author must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition
  • A student author must be a full-time student in good academic standing at his or her university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content must represent the work of the student author.
  • A student must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student.
  • A student author must be able to attend the Forum to present the work should it be selected for presentation.

Submission Requirements

  • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline noted in the Call for Papers.

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