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Delivering on the Dream
Organized by AIAA  
and Hosted by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
25 - 30 Apr 2010
Von Braun Center
Huntsville, Alabama

Technical Program
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Technical Program

The SpaceOps 2010 Conference will bring together space operations professionals from around the world to discuss the current status of and future direction of space operations. For 2010, we are introducing two new tracks to our already successful track disciplines, in keeping with the theme Delivering on the Dream.

Conference Topics:

Mission Design and Mission Management

Mission Execution: Plan, Train, and Fly

Data and Communications Systems and Facilities

Supporting Operations

Cross Support, Interoperability, Standards

Launch Operations NEW FOR 2010!

Commercial Space Operations NEW FOR 2010!


Oral Sessions

The oral sessions in each track will supply in-depth insight into other organizations’ experiences, developments, lessons, and techniques across the spectrum of Space Operations.


Mission Design and Mission Management

Covering the foundational cornerstones of our missions, this track details the up-front advance effort of operations from concept through development. Planned sessions include:

  • Manned Missions
  • Mission Design
  • Mission Management
  • Mission Operations
  • Mission Planning
  • Multi-Mission Operations
  • New Technology
  • Orbit and Attitude
  • Simulations
  • Space Debris
  • Space Environment Protection


Mission Execution: Plan, Train and Fly

The rubber hits the road when the real-time mission is in full swing. This track is all about the people and processes of Mission Operations; flight controllers, planners and trainers will expound on making the mission happen with these sessions:

  • End of Life Operations, Space Debris, Collision Avoidance
  • Fault Management and Recovery
  • Flight Dynamics and Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • ISS Operations
  • Mission Planning and Scheduling Process
  • Network Operations and Management
  • Operational Concepts and Methods
  • Operations Training


Data and Communications Systems and Facilities Supporting Operations

This track is traditionally the most popular at SpaceOps, and it covers the data and communications infrastructure that allows our missions to succeed. Planned sessions include:

  • Advanced Technologies for Space Operations
  • Data Management and Archiving
  • Flight Control Systems
  • Ground Network and Antenna Concepts
  • Ground Network Implementation
  • Ground System Architectures
  • Ground System Development and Maintenance
  • Integrating Communications Networks
  • Operations Automation
  • Planning and Scheduling Systems
  • Test, Validation, and Simulation


Cross Support, Interoperability, and Standards

The SpaceOps Community is an international community of mutual support, and this track spells out the tools and techniques of that cross support:

  • Cross Support Tools
  • Interoperability
  • Space Internetworking and Delay Tolerant Networking
  • Spacecraft Monitoring and Control Standardization
  • The Space Link
  • Validation of Standards


Launch Operations

New for SpaceOps in 2010 – Since NASA’s center of excellence for Propulsion is here at Marshall Space Flight Center, we are creating a new SpaceOps focus area in this Launch Operations Track. Launch teams, come participate in:

  • Engines Testing & Facilities
  • Launch Availability, Reliability and Risk Management
  • Launch Facilities and Range
  • Launch Support Systems and Processes
  • Launch Systems
  • Launcher Propellant Delivery Systems
  • Pre-Launch Processing and Launch

Commercial Space Operations

New for SpaceOps in 2010 – The Commercial Spaceflight industry is a small but rapidly growing sector of Space Operations. SpaceOps sought out private industry participation, and commercial industry leaders signed up to discuss experiences and emerging operations plans in these sessions:

  • Commercial Space Operations Technologies
  • NewSpace
  • Spaceport Design and Operations


Poster Sessions

Our poster sessions will cover many topics under the “umbrella” of the tracks and sessions above, but with a more long-term and interactive format that allows more one-on-one between presenters and the audience. This is the home for interaction and innovation:

  • Traditional posters – Available for three days of the conference (Tuesday–Thursday)
  • Electronic posters – (ePosters) This is a new innovative forum that enables animated graphical and video presentations in the exhibit area over a special two-hour period on Tuesday evening (see Special Events).

These will highlight animated graphical and video presentations as well as software demonstrations. Innovation presents innovation!

Additional Publication Opportunity
The SpaceOps committee also plans to produce a book in cooperation with the AIAA's Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series, entitled "Space Operations: Exploration, Scientific Utilization & Technology Development." This book will be compiled from a specially selected set of SpaceOps 2010 conference papers, that have been updated and enhanced by the authors, in collaboration with the SpaceOps editorial board, with a planned release in early 2011. As a contributing author in the conference, this may be an opportunity for you to get your message in an additional, highly respected publication. As an attendee, you may see the most valuable topics in the conference expanded further for your benefit.


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