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“Anthropogenic Environmental Impact on Space Traffic” 2022 Space Traffic Management Conference

March 2 - 3, 2022 |  TBD  |  Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School

The Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability (SSSS) 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) and Lockheed Martin, will hold the 8th annual Space Traffic Management conference, “Anthropogenic Environmental Impact and Assessment of Space Traffic on Space Operations and Implications for Climate Change Monitoring”. The conference will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 3rd, 2022. The conference is being organized by SSSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah,  non-resident SSSS scholar Dr. Diane Howard, and the IAA Space Traffic Management Committee.

Details are forthcoming on abstract submittal, registration, scheduling, etc.

For more information, or questions, please contact Ali Prince.


Experts from all over the world will virtually gather to discuss and exchange ideas on space traffic management. Technical sessions will range from topics including: Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts, and Related Issues (see the list at the bottom of the page for the areas breakdown).

For video and materials from last year’s conference, please visit here.

Paper Topics

Papers are solicited, aligned with this year’s theme, 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.    Anthropogenic Space Object Taxonomy and Classification to Aid Regulation and Space Traffic Management
b.    Space debris remediation, mitigation, and SSA technologies
c.    Unique Anthropogenic 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 Anthropogenic 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
e.    Standards inflection points and development

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