20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

San Diego, California

ABSTRACT DEADLINE:  October 5, 2009


The 20th Space Flight Mechanics Meeting will be held February 14–17, 2010, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.  The conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Mechanics Committee and co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Astrodynamics Technical Committee.  Papers are solicited on topics related to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including, but not limited to:

              Artificial and natural space debris

              Asteroid and non-Earth orbiting missions

              Atmospheric re-entry guidance and control

              Attitude dynamics, determination and control

              Dynamical systems theory as applied to space flight problems

              Dynamics and control of large space structures and tethers

              Earth orbital and planetary mission studies

              Flight dynamics operations and spacecraft autonomy


               Orbit determination and space surveillance tracking

              Orbital dynamics, perturbations, and stability

               Rendezvous, relative motion, proximity missions, and formation flying

               Satellite constellations

              Spacecraft guidance, navigation and control

              Trajectory / mission / maneuver design and optimization

Papers will be accepted based on the quality of an extended abstract (see below), the originality of the work and ideas, and the anticipated interest in the proposed subject.  Papers that contain experimental results or current data, or report on ongoing missions, are especially encouraged.

Final manuscripts are required before the conference.  The working language for the conference is English.



Proposals are solicited for appropriate special sessions, such as panel discussions, invited sessions, workshops, and mini-symposia.  Potential special session organizers should submit a proposal to the Technical Chairs.  For a panel discussion, this proposal should include a title of the discussion, a brief description of the topics to be discussed, and a list of the speakers and their qualifications.  For an invited session, workshop, or mini-symposium, the proposal should consist of the title of the session, a brief description, and a list of proposed activities and/or invited speakers and paper titles.

Updated and additional information on the conference will be posted at the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee website:



The AAS Space Flight Mechanics Technical Committee also announces the John V. Breakwell Student Travel Award.  This award will provide travel expenses for up to three (3) U.S. and Canadian students presenting papers at this conference.  Students wishing to obtain this award are strongly advised to submit their completed paper by the abstract submittal deadline to allow for judging.  The maximum coverage per student is limited to $1000.  Further details and applications may be obtained at



The official conference website is located at:


which is accessible from the AAS website at  Conference information, rules and regulations are maintained and updated via the web; authors should refer to the official website for the most current information.


The abstract submission deadline is October 5, 2009.  Please be aware that this date has been set at the latest possible date for the convenience of contributors and that there are no plans to defer this deadline due to the constraints of the conference planning schedule.  Should the number of submissions exceed the limited number of presentation slots, preference will be given to the earliest submissions.  Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by November 16, 2009.


To submit an abstract, use the web-based submission system accessible from the official conference website.  By submitting an abstract, the author affirms that the papers majority content has not been previously presented or published elsewhere.  Detailed author instructions will be sent by email after the abstract has been submitted. As part of the online submission process, authors are expected to provide:


1.                     A paper title, as well as the name, affiliation, postal address, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author.

2.                     A two page extended abstract of at least 500 words, in the Portable Document File (PDF) format.  The extended abstract should provide a clear and concise statement of the problem to be addressed, an explanation of its significance, the proposed method of solution, the results expected or obtained, and supporting tables and figures as appropriate.  A list of pertinent references should be included.

3.                     A condensed abstract (100 words maximum) to be included in the printed conference program.  The condensed abstract is to be entered into the text box provided on the web page, and must avoid the use of special symbols or characters, such as Greek letters.


Technology Transfer Warning - Technology transfer guidelines substantially extend the time required to review abstracts and papers by private enterprises and government agencies.  These reviews can require four months or more.  Plan accordingly to preclude late submissions and paper withdrawals.  It is the responsibility of the author(s) to determine the extent of necessary approvals prior to submitting an abstract.

Visas – Foreign contributors requiring an official letter of acceptance for a visa application should contact the Technical Chairmen by email at their earliest opportunity.

No Paper / No Podium Policy – Completed manuscripts are to be electronically uploaded to the web site prior to the conference in PDF format, be no more than twenty pages in length, and conform to the AAS paper format. If the completed manuscript is not contributed on time, then it will not be presented at the conference and will not appear in the conference proceedings.  Any paper which is not presented for any reason will be considered to be withdrawn and will not appear in the conference proceedings.  Prior to presentation, the presenting author will provide the session chair with a short biographical sketch and, if requested, a paper copy of the manuscript and presentation.


Questions concerning the submission of papers should be addressed to the technical chairs.



AAS Technical Chair


Dott. Daniele Mortari

Texas A&M University

Department of Aerospace Engineering

H.R. Bright Building, Rm. 611C

Ross Street - TAMU 3141

College Station, TX 77843-3141

(979) 845-0734 (voice)

(979) 845-6051 (fax)

AIAA Technical Chair


Dr. Thomas F. Starchville, Jr.

The Aerospace Corporation

M/S: CH4-500

15049 Conference Center Drive

Chantilly, VA 20151

(571) 307-4203 (voice)

(571) 307-4217 (fax)


For all other questions regarding the conference, please contact the General Chairs:



AAS General Chair


Dr. Aaron Trask

Apogee Integration

11654 Plaza America Drive, #634

Reston, Virginia 20190

(703) 808-0609 (voice)

AIAA General Chair


Mr. James K. Miller

19265 Braemore Road

Northridge, CA 91326

(818) 488-1873 (voice)