The Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability (SSSS) Program at The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Cockrell School of Engineering in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), will hold the 10th annual Space Traffic Management conference, “Inflection Points of Change: Civil, Commercial & Security” for space operations. The conference will take place on February 27-28, 2024, hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Experts from all over the world will gather to discuss and exchange knowledge on Space Traffic Management. Technical sessions will be devoted to several topics like Changing Legal and Regulatory Frameworks, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety and Sustainability, Security, and Related Issues.
The Call for Papers is now available (print version is available here).
Papers were solicited, aligned with this year’s theme, in the areas listed below:
● Civil: The growing number of civil spaceports, the increasing number of countries pursuing participation in space situational awareness or sustainability efforts and the U.S. transition of space traffic management to the Department of Commerce and its implications for space operators worldwide.
● Commercial: The effects of high-profile events on the commercial space market and the emergence of novel space activities including efforts for satellite servicing and deorbiting, along with policies and regulations governing their operations.
● Security: The issues and role of commercial space assets and the intersection of space diplomacy with the security landscape.
Furthermore, we encourage authors to explore the interplay between these inflection points and other relevant topics, such as space environmentalism, sustainability, economics, and the integration of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into effective space traffic management.
Authors are invited to submit papers that contribute to the advancement of the field by offering new insights, research findings, and innovative ideas. Selected papers will have the opportunity to be featured in a special edition of Acta Astronautica, a prestigious journal in the aerospace domain.
● 30 June 2023 Call for papers
● 30 September 2023 extended Abstracts deadline (student papers with faculty recommendations accepted until 1 November/authors notified Nov 15)
● 15 October 2023 Authors notified
● 15 October 2023 Registration opens (registration fee €100 /members, €110 non-members, student discount will be available)
● 30 October 2023 Preliminary Program Published
● 28 January 2024 Final Papers Due
● 27-28 February 2024 10th STM Conference
We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you to the 10th Annual STM Conference in Austin, Texas. Together, we will explore the inflection points of change and shape the future of space traffic management in the civil, commercial, and security domains.
Abstracts of up to 500 words are invited and must include the precise title of the paper, the topic 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. All abstracts must follow the STM Conference paper guidelines and the abstract template is available here. Papers must be submitted online through the conference website upload link beginning 30 June 2023. Please be sure to designate the topic area your paper addresses (see topics listed above). In person attendance is required to present a paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 30 September 2023.
For those whose abstracts are selected:
Session presenters should be available to do the following:
1. Submit a final academic quality paper by 28 January 2024.
2. Be available for a live Q&A panel one of the days of the conference
3. Finalize papers as applicable for publication.
Selected papers will be submitted for a special STM edition of Acta Astronautica.
For more detailed information, please contact Ali Prince at email@example.com