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1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA)

November 13-15, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area, Orlando, Florida, USA

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ICSSA 2017 - Orlando - Space Situational Awareness
Due to the generous sponsorship from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Florida (UF) invites you to attend the first International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA). The ICSSA will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area, in Orlando, Florida, USA, from November 13th to November 15th 2017. In addition to UF and IAA, we are supported by the University of Arizona, the Ohio State University, Texas A&M, and the University of Central Florida (UCF).

We created a unique collaboration between the local hosting institutions, UF and UCF, leading universities in the state of Florida and in the nation. Florida is experiencing a fast growth in space activities and the proliferation of several private companies in the sector. The ICSSA will be held at a 1-hour drive to Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle Atlantis. In addition, Orlando is the amusement parks’ World capital, both for adults and children. Beautiful Florida Beaches are also at a short distance. Be prepared to take your family and explore Florida.

The foremost purpose of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is to provide decision-making processes with a quantifiable and timely body of evidence (predictive/imminent/forensic) of behavior(s) attributable to specific space domain threats and hazards. The conference will cover broad-ranging technical and policy related aspects associated with the topic of SSA. Over the past two decades, SSA has evolved into a high-impact, multidisciplinary field of research. The magnitude and complexity of its constituent lines of inquiry are growing at rapid pace, driven by the increasing number of objects of interest, including resident space objects: RSOs (a collective term for active spacecraft and space debris) as well as near Earth objects: NEOs (comets and asteroids in Earth’s vicinity). Combining its various “notions”, SSA today spans research in areas of RSO/NEO sensing, identification, forecasting, tracking, association, risk assessment, resource allocation, spacecraft control, information & communication, proximity operations, debris removal, space weather, drag-controlled re-entry, alternative (non-propulsive) deorbiting technologies, and a host of other related topics. Continued sustainable access and utilization of space relies on the awareness of its environment, both from the perspective of human operators on the ground and autonomous spacecraft during flight. Moreover, as the nature and number of participants utilizing the space environment grows, there is critical need for steadfast governance driven by a coherent space policy.


Program Committee:

Riccardo Bevilacqua, University of Florida
Mrinal Kumar, Ohio State University
Terry Alfriend, Texas A&M

Chantal Cappelletti, Brazil
Michèle Lavagna, Italy
Paolo Teofilatto, Italy
Arun Misra, Canada
Jeng-Shing (Rock) Chern, Canada
Dave Finkleman, USA
Ali Al-Mashat, France
William Ailor, USA
Luciano Anselmo, Italy
Carmen Pardini, Italy
Thomas Schildknecht, Switzerland

Local Organizing Committee:

Tarek Elgohary, University of Central Florida
Yunjun Xu, University of Central Florida
Troy Henderson, Embry Riddle

For questions regarding registration and logistics, please contact:

Jenn Walker, University of Florida Conference Department
jwalker (at)

1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness participants, Orlando, FL, USA, 13 November 2017

1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness participants, Orlando, FL, USA, 13 November 2017

Important Dates:

Deadline to submit abstract: extended abstract deadline : July 28, 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance: July 20, 2017

Paper Deadline: October 15, 2017

Abstract Submission:

Abstract Guidelines:
Please use the ICSSA Abstract Microsoft Word Template for your abstract submission.
Submitting your Abstract:
Please create a username and password on the Abstract Submission website. Once logged in, select ICSSA and submit your abstract using the template provided above.

Best Student Paper Awards:
Students are invited to participate to the Best Student Paper Award competition at the ICSSA 2017. Session Chairs will select one student (if applicable) to recommend to the conference co-Chairs, who will make the final determinations. The selection will be based on the paper quality and the clarity and professionalism of the presenter. Each category (when applicable) will be assigned a Best Student Paper Award. The Awardees will receive recognition at the Closing Session and a Certificate signed by the IAA Secretary General.
If you are submitting for a "Best Student Paper Award", please indicate that when you submit your paper on the abstract submission website.
Acta Astronautica Special Issue for ICSSA 2017:
Each session Chair will report to the conference co-Chairs highlighting the best paper/s in his/her session. These papers will be evaluated by the co-Chairs and those found worthy of further consideration will be invited for submission to IAA’s Acta Astronautica published by Elsevier, on a special issue for the ICSSA 2017 after being accepted through peer review processes.
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Conference Location:

The 1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA) will be held November 13-15, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area in Orlando, Florida.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area
12125 High Tech Avenue
Orlando, Florida, 32817, USA
TEL: +1-407-275-9000
FAX: +1-407-381-0019 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando ICSSA

Hotel Accommodations:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area  (Host hotel)
A block of rooms have been reserved at the DoubleTree (host hotel) for ICSSA attendees for $129/night with complimentary self-parking. Please note that the block of rooms is limited and your reservation must be made no later than October 13, 2017.

For Online Reservations:
Click HERE

For Call-in Reservations:
Please call their toll-free number at +1-407-275-9000 to make reservations and tell the hotel you are with the ICSSA room block.

Maps and Directions:
For Maps and Directions to the hotel, please click HERE.

Please note that if you are not staying at the host hotel (DoubleTree), you will be responsbile for your own transportation to and from the conference.


Meeting Content
Riccardo Bevilacqua  bevilr(at)
tel: +1-352-392-6230

Registration & Logistics
Katie MacWilkinson  kmacwilkinson(at)
tel: 352-294-0833

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Keynotes Presenters:

Moriba K. Jah
Director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences
Aerospace Engineer and Astrodynamicist

Moriba K. Jah

Moriba Jah, director of the UA Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, brings to bear his experience -- navigating for NASA Mars missions and working for the Air Force in situational awareness -- as he steers the UA to being a world center of research and discovery on how objects behave in outer space.
Jah has led research programs in space object behavior assessment and prediction for the Air Force Research Laboratory since 2007. He directed the Air Force’s Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics, or ASTRIA, on Maui, Hawaii, for eight years, and for the last two years has headed the space situational awareness program at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As a spacecraft navigator (a title he shares with few people) for the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1999 to 2006, Jah charted courses for the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He also has participated in missions to the red planet for the European Space Agency, or ESA, and to asteroid Itokawa with the Japanese space agency, JAXA.
Jah, UA associate research scientist of engineering and associate research professor of engineering, received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, in 1999 and his master’s and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2001 and 2005.
He is a fellow in the American Astronautical Society, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Royal Astronomical Society, an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a senior member and journal associate editor with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers journal Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.  He has authored or co-authored more than 75 articles in astrodynamics, engineering and other professional peer-reviewed journals and is a popular speaker on the topic of spacecraft debris, which he calls "the unknown iceberg equivalent in space."


John M. Horack
Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy
Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering & John Glenn College of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University

John M. Horack

Dr. John Horack is The Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy and holds a joint appointment in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. The Armstrong Chair supports intellectual thought and political leadership in the area of aerospace policy, and pioneers preeminent research and student learning in this field.
Dr. Horack currently serves as a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation, which is the largest global society of space professionals. During 2012-2015, he served as vice president of Teledyne Brown Engineering’s Space Systems group. At TBE he had responsibility for overseeing all government and commercial space programs, including science, International Space Station payload operations, test support, flight hardware, launch vehicle and component development and Earth imaging. Between 2009-2012, he was vice president for research at the University of Alabama in Huntsvillewhere he had fiscal oversight for the entire University’s research enterprise, including 14 research centers and laboratories and an annual budget of nearly $100 million. From 2005-2009, Dr. Horack had an impressive career at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) having achieved the level of Senior Executive Service. His last position at NASA was as manager of the Science and Mission Systems Office, where he was responsible for advanced, complex science and exploration research and nearly 400 civil service personnel and contractors. He held several titles while at MSFC, including assistant manager of the Science and Mission Systems Office, assistant director of the Space Transportation Programs and Projects Office, assistant director for science communications in the Space Sciences Laboratory, and assistant mission scientist for the Astro-2 payload that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Dr. Horack earned a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Northwestern University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from UA-Huntsville in 1992 and 1993, respectively. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and conference presentations.  He has spoken at numerous universities, research institutes, and industrial organizations. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and serves as Co-Chair of the International Astronautical Federation’s Space Transportation Congress. In addition, Dr. Horack is an FAA licensed private pilot with instrument and commercial pilot ratings, and an FAA flight instructor.


Dr. George C. Nield
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

George C. Nield

Dr. George C. Nield serves as the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA. He has over 30 years of aerospace experience with the Air Force, at NASA, and in private industry.  Dr. Nield came to the FAA from the Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he served as Senior Scientist for the Advanced Programs Group. His previous assignments include working as an Astronautical Engineer at the Space and Missile Systems Organization, a Flight Test Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, and an Assistant Professor and Research Director at the USAF Academy.  He was the Manager of the Flight Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir Program and the International Space Station Program. He is currently a member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, which provides support and advice to the NASA Administrator.  A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from George Washington University.  He is also a Flight Test Engineering graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.  Dr. Nield is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Dr. Holger Krag
Head, Space Debris Office, European Space Agency, ESA/ESOC

Holger Krag

Dr. Holger Krag has been a Space Debris Analyst in the Space Debris Office of ESA/ESOC located in Darmstadt, Germany, since 2006. He has worked on the operational conjunction event analysis for various ESA missions, debris risk assessment, mitigation analysis and the Surveillance and Tracking Segment of the European SSA system. Since 2014, he is head of the Space Debris Office. He represents ESA in the IADC (Inter Agency Debris Coordination Committee) and is co-leading the SST segment of ESA’s SSA program. He has also become ESA’s lead engineer for the implementation of the telescope network for the Spanish Surveillance System that will form part of the EU SST system. 

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