Event Details


Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 - Thursday, Feb 20, 2020




EER, James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Conference Center (0.904)

6th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference

6th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 - Thursday, Feb 20, 2020  |  ALL DAY   |  EER, James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Conference Center (0.904)

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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.


Registration is now open. Please visit the IAA online shop to register: Registration for students is free, but you need to please register in advance with the student registration form found here:


The final agenda can be found here (updated Feb. 18).

Papers and most presentations referenced on the agenda can be found here.

Participant biographies can be found here (updated Feb. 18).

Videos of the event can be found here. Videos via YouTube will be updated here ASAP.

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.


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 email address is being protected from spambots. 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.

For authors with an accepted abstract: Presentations and full-length manuscripts or two-page extended abstracts are due by a February 16, 2020 deadline. Revisions and corrections will be accepted within two weeks after the end of the conference. A 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.


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

Papers are 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


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


For video and audio of last year’s conference, see hereFor more information, or questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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