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September 2020

NASA OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG), Sept 1-3, 2020, virtual

NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) will meet virtually September 1-3, 2020.

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SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP, Sept 1, 2020, virtual, 10:00 am-4:00 pm ET

The Aerospace Corporation and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety will hold a virtual workshop on September 1, 2020 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET (7:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific Time) to discuss Space Traffic Management.

Participants include:

Dr. Darren McKnight, Centauri
Dr. T.S. Kelso, AGI
Dr. Diane Howard, DOC Office of Space Commerce
Prof. Moriba Jah, UT-Austin
Dr. Islam Hussein, Thornton Tomasetti
Mr. Ted J. Muelhaupt, The Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Marlon E. Sorge, The Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Christophe Bonnal, CNES
Dr. Ruth Stilwell, Aerospace Policy Solutions
Dr. Francesca Letizia, ESA
Dr. Josef S. Koller, The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. David Murakami, NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. Regina Peldszus, DLR
Dr. Peter Martinez, Secure World Foundation

Space Traffic Management Chair:
Mark A. Skinner, The Aerospace Corporation

 

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SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP (AEROSPACE CORP.), Sept 1, 2020, virtual, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET

The Aerospace Corporation will hold a virtual workshop on September 1, 2020 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific Time (10:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern) on Space Traffic Management.

Speakers include:
Dr. Darren McKnight, Centauri
Dr. T.S. Kelso, AGI
Dr. Diane Howard, DOC Office of Space Commerce
Prof. Moriba Jah, UT-Austin
Dr. Islam Hussein, Thornton Tomasetti
Mr. Ted J. Muelhaupt, The Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Marlon E. Sorge, The Aerospace Corporation
Mr. Christophe Bonnal, CNES
Dr. Ruth Stilwell, Aerospace Policy Solutions
Dr. Francesca Letizia, ESA
Dr. Josef S. Koller, The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. David Murakami, NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. Regina Peldszus, DLR Space Administration
Dr. Peter Martinez, Secure World Foundation

 

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NAC TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & ENGINEERING COMMITTEE, Sept 1, 2020, virtual, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET

The Technology, Innovation & Engineering Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) will meet virtually on September 1, 2020 from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET.

More information, including instructions on dialing in to listen to the meeting, is in in the Federal Register notice, reproduced below.

 

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as 
amended, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
announces a meeting of the Technology, Innovation, and Engineering 
Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to 
the NAC.

DATES: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

ADDRESSES: Meeting will be virtual only; see WebEx and dial-in 
information below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Green, Designated Federal 
Officer, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, 
Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4710, or g.m.green@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As noted above, this meeting will be 
available by WebEx or telephonically only. If dialing in via toll 
number, you must use a touch-tone phone to participate in this meeting. 
Any interested person may join via WebEx at https://nasaenterprise.webex.com,
the meeting number is 199 738 5680, and the 
password is n@cTIE090120. The toll number to listen by phone is +1-415-
527-5035. To avoid using the toll number, after joining the WebEx 
meeting, select the audio connection option that says, ``Call Me'' and 
enter your phone number. If using the desktop or web app, check 
``Connect to audio without pressing 1 on my phone box'' to connect 
directly to the meeting. Note: If dialing in, please ``mute'' your 
telephone. The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics:

--Space Technology Mission Directorate Update
--Nuclear Technology Portfolio Update
--Science Mission Directorate Technology Portfolio Update
--TechPort Demonstration

    It is imperative that this meeting be held on this day to 
accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.
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LABOR DAY,

September 7, 2020 (Federal Holiday)

September 7, 2020 is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Government offices and many businesses will be closed.

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NEW DATES/VIRTUAL

2ND SUMMIT FOR SPACE SUSTAINABILITY, Sept 9-11, 2020, virtual

Update, June 5:  The decision was made to conduct this meeting virtually instead of in-person.  The new dates are September 9-11, 2020.   More information is on the event’s website.

Update, March 13:  The summit has been postponed to September 10-11, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak.  The location is the same.

Original Entry: The Secure World Foundation will host the 2nd Summit for Space Sustainability from June 2-3, 2020 at the FHI360 Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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POSTPONED TO 2021

SCIENCE WITH HUBBLE AND JWST VI, Sept 14-17, 2020, Stockholm, Sweden

Update, July 2:  The conference has been postponed to 2021 because of continuing disruptions caused by the pandemic.  It will still take place at the Hotel Hasselbacken, Stockholm, Sweden.  The new date will be announced in October 2020.  The conference website states:

Original Entry: The new dates for the “Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VI: Entering a Golden Age for US-Optical-IR Space Astronomy” are September 14-17, 2020.  It still will be held at the Hotel Hasselbacken, Stockholm, Sweden.

The meeting was postponed from March 30-April 2 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

More information is on the event’s website.

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NOW VIRTUAL

AFA AIR, SPACE & CYBER CONFERENCE, Sept 14-16, 2020, virtual

Update, July 6:  AFA announced today that this conference now will take place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Plans are still unfolding. More information is on the event’s website, where this  message was posted today.

The Air Force Association will hold its 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the association announced July 6.

The online event will take place beginning Sept. 14 and will last at least three days, featuring a mix of live and on-demand conference sessions focusing on air, space, and cyber operations and issues. Sessions will include live addresses from senior leaders, support question-and-answer interaction, and provide unique opportunities to engage with Air Force, Space Force, and industry leadership.

The event will include a virtual exhibit hall highlighting cutting-edge industry developments and demonstrations, online meetings, and interactive presentations.

AFA’s president, retired USAF Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, said the decision to shift from the traditional in-person event to an online experience was “extremely arduous,” but under current circumstances, it would be impossible to host “a safe, high-caliber, in-person” conference for 12,000 attendees.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, state and county directives, and “feedback from prospective speakers, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, Airmen, and Space Professionals” all factored into AFA’s decision, Wright said.

“Our goal is to continue AFA’s long tradition of hosting the premier event for defense and aerospace professionals around the world,” Wright said. “Our virtual Air, Space and Cyber conference will offer the same exceptional line-up of speakers, world-class exhibits, professional development opportunities, and networking opportunities for industry, government, media, academia, and the public.”

Details will emerge in the coming days and weeks as AFA posts updated information on the agenda, registration, exhibition, sponsorship, and participation details on its website.

 

Original entry: The Air Force Association (AFA) will hold its 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD (outside Washington, DC) from September 14-16, 2020.

More information is on the event’s website.

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NASA LUNAR EXPLORATION ANALYSIS GROUP (LEAG), Sept 14-16, 2020, virtual

NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) will hold its annual meeting virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  It will take place September 14-16, 2020.  More information is on the LEAG website.

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2020 AMOS CONFERENCE, Sept 15-18, 2020, virtual

The 2020 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) conference will take place September 15-18, 2020.  The conference will be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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MANAGING RISK IN SPACE (IAASS/JAXA), Sept 17-19, 2020, Osaka, Japan

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will host the 11th IAASS conference at the Osaka International Convention Center in Osaka, Japan from September 17-19, 2020.

More information is on the event’s website, which says that in additional its usual sessions, there will be special sessions on “four topics which need to get better attention in space programs: Space Debris Reentry SafetySpace Traffic Management, Safety Regulations of Commercial Human Spaceflight, and Human Performance and Safety on Long Duration missions.”

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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION R&D CONFERENCE 2020 (ISSRDC 2020): PLENARY 2, Sept 17, 2020, virtual, 9:45 am-4:00 pm ET

The International Space Station R&D Conference will take place virtually in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) for NASA and the ISS National Lab (also known as CASIS).

The conference will have three days of plenary sessions (August 27, September 17, and October 22), plus seven days of technical workshops (July 28, July 29, August 4, August 6, September 22-24.)

The complete agenda is on the event’s website.

The agenda for the September 17 plenary includes the following:

  • Investing in Space: Trends, Opportunities, and Risks (panel)
  • The R&D Continuum: How the ISS is Closing the Gap Toward Commercial Applications (Michael Roberts, Interim Chief Scientist, CASIS)
  • Maximizing Spaceflight Biological Data with Omics Analytics: The NASA GeneLab Database (panel)
  • An Overview of the Cold Atom Lab in Orbit (panel)
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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION R&D CONFERENCE 2020 (ISSRDC 2020): TECHNICAL SESSIONS 5-7, Sept 22-24, 2020, virtual, 2:00-4:00 pm ET

The International Space Station R&D Conference will take place virtually in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) for NASA and the ISS National Lab (also known as CASIS).

The conference will have three days of plenary sessions (August 27, September 17, and October 22), plus seven days of technical workshops (July 28-29, August 4, August 6, September 22-24.)

The complete agenda for all the sessions is on the event’s website.

The technical sessions on September 22-24, from 2:00-4:00 pm ET each day, will feature live Q&A sessions with presentation authors.  The presentations will be online for on-demand viewing beginning September 15.

Details are forthcoming.

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2020 DINNER CANCELLED

2020 GODDARD MEMORIAL DINNER (NATIONAL SPACE CLUB)

Update, June 24:  The dinner now has been cancelled.

Update, April 9:  The dinner has been rescheduled for September 25, 2020.  Same location.

Update, March 10:  The dinner has been postponed (no new date yet) because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Original Entry: The National Space Club’s 2020 Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner will take place on March 20, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm ET at the Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

The Club’s most prestigious award, the Goddard Trophy, will be presented to William H. Gerstenmaier, former NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

 

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POST-2030 EUROPEAN SPACE AGENDA (ESPI), Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020, virtual

The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) will hold its 14th Autumn Conference from September 28-October 2, 2020.  It will take place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEBRASKA SPACE LAW WEEK, Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020, virtual

The University of Nebraska will hold its 13th annual space law conference virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Instead of one day in Washington, DC, it will be one session per day throughout the week of September 28-October 2, 2020.

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Natl Acad SPACE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE (STIGUR), Sept 30, 2020, virtual, 12:00-4:00 pm ET

The Space Technology Industry, Government, University Roundtable (STIGUR) of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will meet virtually on September 30, 2020 from 12:00-4:00 pm ET.

More information will be posted on the ASEB website.

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October 2020

COLUMBUS DAY, 

October 12, 2010 (Federal Holiday)

October 12, 2020 is a federal holiday, Columbus Day.  Government offices and some businesses will be closed.

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NOW VIRTUAL ONLY

INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS 2020 (IAC 2020), Oct 12-14, 2020, virtual

Update, April 27, 2020:  The IAF announced today that the conference will take place October 12-14, 2020 VIRTUALLY.  Details of the “71st International Astronautical Congress 2020 — The Cyberspace Edition” are forthcoming.  The next in-person IAC will be October 25-29, 2021 in Dubai.

Update, April 10, 2020:  The IAF announced today that this conference is postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.  It is “re-assessing the overall schedule of the IACs” and will decide new dates in coming weeks.  The IAF also postponed two other conferences, GLEX and GLOC.  The full statement is as follows:

IAF EVENTS 2020 POSTPONED

Dear IAF Community,

Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the International Astronautical Congress – IAC in Dubai will not be taking place this year, but will be postponed. We are in the process of re-assessing the overall schedule of IACs and will inform you within the coming weeks about the new dates. As a consequence, the Call for Applications to Host the IAC in 2023 is suspended and a new Call for Hosting IAC 2024 will be opened in November 2020.

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to IAF. This is a very challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your understanding and support.

Also, the Global Space Exploration Conference – GLEX 2020 in St. Petersburg, and the Global Space Conference on Climate Change – GLOC 2021 in Oslo will be postponed by a year to 2021 and 2022 respectively. New dates will be communicated in the coming months.

Having worked so intensively with our International Programme Committees, volunteers, speakers, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners preparing these events over the past years, we are genuinely disappointed to be forced to postpone, and we would like to thank all our partners for their contributions, support and strong engagement. The IAF will continue to serve our community with manifold events and activities in the future and live up to our motto “Connecting @ll Space People”, even if only virtually during these challenging times. As the past IAF Virtual Spring Meetings have been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at the IAF.

#StaySafe!
Kind regards,
IAF Secretariat

 

Original Entry: The 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from October 12-16, 2020.

IAC is the annual conference that brings together the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) for a week of individual and joint sessions.

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FIRST SAMPLE COLLECTION ATTEMPT BY OSIRIS-REX AT BENNU, Oct 20, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return spacecraft will make its first attempt to collect a sample of the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020.  If successful, no further attempts will be made.   The spacecraft will depart Bennu in mid-2021 and return the sample to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023.

More information about the mission is on its website.

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