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


PDF version of the call for papers

The Strauss Center and Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), in association with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), held the Space Traffic Management Conference on February 19-20, 2020 in Austin TX, USA. Experts from all over the world gathered to discuss and exchange on Space Traffic Management. Technical sessions were devoted to several topics like Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts and Related Issues.

Papers were solicited in the areas listed below:

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


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  iaastm@iaamail.org  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 December 15, 2019. Abstract template is available online.


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
December 15, 2019:          Abstract submission deadline
January 1st, 2020               Opening of Registration
January 20th, 2020:            2nd Announcement & Preliminary Program
February 19-20, 2020:       Conference