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Space Traffic Management Conference 2020

IAA-UT Space Traffic Management Conference

IAA-UT Space Traffic Management Conference

19-20 February 2020
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX, USA

The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center, and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Lockheed Martin, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics(AIAA), are excited to announce the dates for the 6th annual Space Traffic Management conference, "Facing the Security Challenge." The conference will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and Thursday, February 20 at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference will be organized by Daniel Porras (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Space Security Fellow), SSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah, and non-resident SSS scholar Diane Howard.

Experts from all over the world will gather to discuss and exchange on space traffic management. Technical sessions will be devoted to several topics like Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts and Related Issues.

Conference materials:

The final program can be found here (updated Feb. 13).

Papers referenced on the agenda can be found here.

Participant biographies can be found here.

Livestreaming the day of will be found here.

Conference Venue:
University of Texas at Austin
James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Conference Center (0.904)
Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)
2501 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

Parking is available at one of the garages around campus, with the San Jacinto Garage being the closest.

Conference topics:

1.    Range Management
a.    Commercial, Civil, and Military Range Safety Continuity
b.    Security issues including cyber
c.    Range Technology Modernization

2.    Airspace/Orbital Space Integration
a.    High Altitude Balloon impact upon the Airspace
b.    Impacts of Microsatellites upon the Airspace
c.    Integration of Air Traffic and Space Traffic Control Systems
d.    Communication Standards for Space Traffic

3.    Space Safety and Sustainability
a.    Resident Space Object Taxonomy and Classification to Aid Regulation and Space Traffic Management
b.    Space debris remediation, mitigation, and SSA technologies
c.    Unique Resident Space Object Identification (URSOI) and how to achieve it
d.    Space Object and Event Data Curation, Sharing, and Exploitation
e.    Multi-Source Information Fusion, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine/Deep Learning
f.    Spacecraft Anomalies, Mission Assurance, and Causal Relationships
g.    Impacts upon spectrum management and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)
h.    Monitoring Space Object and Event Behaviors (including assessing compliance)
i.    Decision-making with incomplete and biased information
j.    International initiatives

4.    Security
a.     UN Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) and the Conference on Disarmament
b.     Military Uses of Outer Space
c.     Dual-Use and Multi-Use Technology Challenges
d.     Commercialisation of military space services
e.     Defining “attack” or “use of force” in space
f.     Counterspace capabilities
g.     Verification in space
h.     Anti-satellite testing and demonstrations
i.     Electronic warfare in space
j.     Cyber and space security challenges
k.     Dedicated military space agencies (space force, space corps)
l.     International initiatives
m.     National space defence policies
n.     International humanitarian law in space

5.    Space Environment Effects and Impacts
a.    Resultant Resident Space Object Behavior and Discovering These from Big Data
b.    Launch and Space Flight Meteorology
c.    Space Weather forecasting

6.    Related Issues
a.    Role of human factors in STM
b.    Industry’s role
c.    Industry requirements
d.    International initiatives and concerns


Jah Moriba

Howard Diane
Porras Daniel

Agapov Vladimir M
Jorgenson Corinne M.
Kundstadter Chris
McKnight Darren S
Newman Christopher J
Peldszus Regina
Robinson Jana
Schildknecht Thomas


The University of Texas at Austin (UT)
James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Conference Center
EER building 2501 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Tel 1 512-471-0717


October 1st, 2019:              Save the Date announcement
October 11th, 2019:            Call for Papers & 1st Announcement
January 1st, 2020               Opening of Registration
January 15, 2020:               Abstract submission deadline
January 29th, 2020:            2nd Announcement & Preliminary Program
February 19-20, 2020:         Conference


Registration is now open. You may register at early bird rate until February 7th, 2020.
Please visit the IAA online shop to register: 

Registration for students is free but you need to please register in advance with the following link:


For authors with an accepted abstract: Presentations and full-length manuscripts or two-page extended abstracts are due by February 16, 2020 deadline. Revisions and corrections will be accepted within two weeks after the end of the conference. Paper template is available.  Accepted papers will be published on the conference website. Full-length manuscripts may be considered for publication in a special edition of Acta Astronautica.

pdf print version of the call for papers

Abstracts of up to 250 words are invited and must indicate the precise title of the paper, the area of interest, the author’s full name and affiliation, and complete contact information including an email address. The language of the conference is English. Technical paper abstracts in the areas described above or related to Space Traffic Management will be accepted electronically through the conference email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   beginning October 15, 2019. Please be sure to designate the topic area your paper addresses (see topics listed above). The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 15, 2020. Abstract template is available.


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