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The 2022 ASCEND Technical Program invites abstracts focused on advances spanning the art and science of space technology, exploration, economics, and more.

The 2022 ASCEND Technical Program invites abstracts focused on advances spanning the art and science of space technology, exploration, economics, and more. The expansive scope of subjects are represented through the Paper Topic Themes, below, which will each host focused technical sessions and co-host multidisciplinary joint sessions.

Of particular interest are abstracts that clearly connect to ASCEND’s theme of “Building Our Off-World Future”, as well as abstracts that address the utilization of space assets to better understand and combat global climate change. Authors are strongly encouraged to present interpretations on the broader impacts of their work. Impacts that can potentially affect/influence other areas of the space arena additional to the specific paper topic addressed are also strongly encouraged.  Additionally, for work that is ongoing or incomplete, the abstract should clearly describe the work/program results that are anticipated and should be included in your 2022 ASCEND presentation.

By design, the ASCEND 2022 Call for Papers (CFP) is written at a higher level to promote greater diversity and freedom of important content to be offered.  Papers are strongly encouraged to fully explore all aspects of Enduring Space Access, to include Arrival and Sustainability and building towards a permanent off-planet human presence, first on the moon, then onto Mars and beyond. While authors may not see their specific technical area of interest, we want you to submit your paper to the top theme where your work/research will be most applicable.

Paper Topics

If you have questions about submission topics and our interdisciplinary approach, please reach out to one of the 2022 ASCEND Technical Program Chairs listed under each Paper Topic. For general questions, please reach out to Vince Schultz, Technical Program Chair.

Space Traffic Management/Regulatory Frameworks

Ed Stanton | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic explores all elements relating to the management and movement of space objects, space operations, and the regulations necessary or needed to maintain free and open access to the space domain. Subtopics include:

  • Access to space and safe operations from initial launch through mission completion/return
  • Regulatory requirements and methods to manage certification of Commercial Launch Systems
  • Orbital debris identification; notification; management
  • Autonomous space operations
Space Exploration

Laurent Sibille | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic explores wide-ranging applications of technologies in support of space discoveries, to include autonomous spacecraft, ground-based command & control systems and human-machine teams; and the technologies, methods and tools associated with their development and operations. In addition, topic interest includes information system capabilities enabling and supporting space exploration, including computing, avionics, software, sensing, information/data management and communications. Subtopics include:

  • Space Architectures for Moon, Mars and Beyond: Providing integrated topics related to designing and building human environments beyond Earth orbit
  • Robotic precursor activities, with/without human interaction and collaboration
  • Technological needs, gaps, and enablers to close the gaps (e.g., point-to-point telecommunications; navigation; power generation and distribution; propulsion systems; etc.)
  • Life sciences relating to long-term effects of humans in space, and identification of innovative and effective solutions for mitigating human health risks
  • Integrated space system drivers of space system design for operability and supportability, to include managing the flow of material, services, and information needed throughout a space system lifecycle
  • Enablers of economically sustainable off-world settlements utilizing resources (local/imported), to include, but not limited to, ideas relating to agriculture, waste management, and long-term food production, water, oxygen, etc.
  • Approaches for long-term radiation protection, to include short-term emergency protection and subsequent resource requirements/source
  • Realistic solutions to space exploration technology impacted by inconsistent/intermittent funding (government/commercial)
  • Development of propulsion systems and space transportation infrastructure supportive of space exploration expansion
  • Government and commercial roles in space exploration – potential separation; overlap; conflict
  • Aerospace Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) exchange application innovations towards space exploration/expansion programs and projects
Digital Engineering

Daniel (Dani) Selva | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic explores the integration of model-based systems engineering, advanced modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, and visual and data analytics technologies with large and diverse models and databases throughout the enterprise to enable the rapid development and operation of new space capabilities. Sub-topics include:

  • Digital thread and twins
  • Data fusion and integration into the system lifecycle
  • Model-based systems engineering and integration into the system lifecycle
  • Government and commercial applications towards space exploration
  • Systems engineering and program management challenges, including system integration, test, and verification of complex space systems.
Space Security and Protection

Derek Doyle | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic explores security considerations of space operations, security robustness of proposed architecture designs, and the protection of space assets. Sub-topics include:

  • Cybersecurity frameworks and architectures for operational systems, to include command, control, and communications resiliencies and system defense
  • Identification and management of orbital debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) or low lunar orbit (LLO)
  • Preemptive threat vector identification (anomalous activities, asteroids, unidentified traffic phenomena)
  • International cooperation and threat identification/potential
Space Industry and Commercial Space – Expanding Space Commerce

Ken Davidian | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic addresses overarching concerns and interest in all aspects of commercial space and the expansion of a robust commercial space industry.

  • Business plans (and synergistic implementation around exploration and exploitation)
  • Major cost drivers and potential solutions (for establishment and expansion of space commerce)
  • Enabling infrastructure/incentives (governmental or commercial, supporting robust and resilient commercial growth of space business opportunities)
  • LEO industrialization (lessons learned applicable to low lunar orbit and lunar surface expansion – national and multi-national experiences)
Benefits and Impacts of Space Activities on Environmental Change

John Carsten | Deputy Technical Program Chair

This topic addresses the key roles Space Activities can play in identifying and addressing ongoing challenges with the Environment, to include long-term climate trends and lessons learned for application to off-world endeavors.

  • Leveraging space assets to best understand Earth, and ways to combat climate change
  • Assessment of space activity impacts on Earth’s global environment
  • Potential environmental impact considerations/issues regarding planetary exploration

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