1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness

Nov. 13-15, 2017

Orlando, FL



1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA)


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November 13-15, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area, Orlando, Florida, USA

Due to the generous sponsorship from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Florida (UF) invites you to attend the first International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA). The ICSSA will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area, in Orlando, Florida, USA, from November 13th to November 15th 2017. In addition to UF and IAA, we are supported by the University of Arizona, the Ohio State University, Texas A&M, and the University of Central Florida (UCF).

We created a unique collaboration between the local hosting institutions, UF and UCF, leading universities in the state of Florida and in the nation. Florida is experiencing a fast growth in space activities and the proliferation of several private companies in the sector. The ICSSA will be held at a 1-hour drive to Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle Atlantis. In addition, Orlando is the amusement parks’ World capital, both for adults and children. Beautiful Florida Beaches are also at a short distance. Be prepared to take your family and explore Florida.

The foremost purpose of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) is to provide decision-making processes with a quantifiable and timely body of evidence (predictive/imminent/forensic) of behavior(s) attributable to specific space domain threats and hazards. The conference will cover broad-ranging technical and policy related aspects associated with the topic of SSA. Over the past two decades, SSA has evolved into a high-impact, multidisciplinary field of research. The magnitude and complexity of its constituent lines of inquiry are growing at rapid pace, driven by the increasing number of objects of interest, including resident space objects: RSOs (a collective term for active spacecraft and space debris) as well as near Earth objects: NEOs (comets and asteroids in Earth’s vicinity). Combining its various “notions”, SSA today spans research in areas of RSO/NEO sensing, identification, forecasting, tracking, association, risk assessment, resource allocation, spacecraft control, information & communication, proximity operations, debris removal, space weather, drag-controlled re-entry, alternative (non-propulsive) deorbiting technologies, and a host of other related topics. Continued sustainable access and utilization of space relies on the awareness of its environment, both from the perspective of human operators on the ground and autonomous spacecraft during flight. Moreover, as the nature and number of participants utilizing the space environment grows, there is critical need for steadfast governance driven by a coherent space policy.

Conference Co-Chairs: 

Riccardo Bevilacqua, University of Florida
Mrinal Kumar, Ohio State University
Terry Alfriend, Texas A&M


Chantal Cappelletti, Brazil
Michèle Lavagna, Italy
Paolo Teofilatto, Italy
Arun Misra, Canada
Jeng-Shing (Rock) Chern, Canada
Dave Finkleman, USA
Ali Al-Mashat, France 
William Ailor, USA
Luciano Anselmo, Italy
Carmen Pardini, Italy
Thomas Schildknecht, Switzerland

Local Organizing Committee: 

Tarek Elgohary, University of Central Florida
Yunjun Xu, University of Central Florida
Troy Henderson, Embry Riddle

For questions regarding registration and logistics, please contact:
Katie MacWilkinson, University of Florida Conference Department


Important Dates:

Paper Deadline: November 1, 2017