The biennial SpaceOps conference, which brought together space operators from around the world to discuss the current status of and future direction of space operations, concluded successfully on 30 April 2010 at the von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
This event was hosted by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The conference was sponsored by:
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- United Space Alliance
- University of Alabama in Huntsville
- Jacobs Technology
- COLSA Corporation
- Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
- ASTRA TechCom Services
- General Dynamics C4 Systems
In addition, LG and Southern Digital Products, Inc. were conference supporters. Twenty-eight organizations participated in the exhibition organized in conjunction with the conference. This conference set attendance records, as over 800 delegates participated in the conference and its social activities.
During the five-day event, a total 306 technical papers were presented in 96 sessions. In addition, there were 48 traditional posters and 25 electronic posters, a new, innovative feature for this conference. Also, the event included a special NASA-hosted exhibit on 21st Century Technologies for Control Centers and Communications.
Conference topics included:
- Mission Design and Mission Management
- Mission Execution: Plan, Train, and Fly
- Data and Communications Systems and Facilities
- Cross Support, Interoperability, Standards
- Launch Operations
- Commercial Space Operations
The Launch Operations and Commercial Space Operations topics were new to the conference this year and sessions covering these topics were heavily attended.
Plenary topics were:
- Space Navigation – Recent Advancements & Emerging Trends
- International Space Station at Assembly Complete
- Space Operations Contribution to Climate Change Monitoring
The opening session of the conference featured a welcome from International Space Station flight crew via video and real time status updates from control centers around the world via videoconference. Gene Kranz, retired NASA Flight Control Director, was the keynote speaker during the conference Gala dinner. The closing ceremony featured a keynote address by Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic and closing comments from Chris Singer, Deputy Director of Engineering, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
A book titled “Space Operations: Exploration, Scientific Utilization & Technology Development” will be published by AIAA on behalf of the SpaceOps Organization in 2011. The book will contain selected and expanded papers from this conference.
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