AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
August 10-12, 1998
Boston, MA

Abstract Deadline: January 5, 1998

The 1998 Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and cosponsored by the American Astronautical Society (AAS), will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be collocated with the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control; Atmospheric Flight Mechanics; and Modeling & Simulation Technologies conferences. The conference is organized by the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee and the AAS Spaceflight Mechanics Technical Committee.

Papers are sought from all areas of astrodynamics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Papers which contain experimental results or current data are especially encouraged.

In addition, proposals are solicited for appropriate subjects for special sessions from prospective session organizers. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Papers will be accepted on the basis of extended abstracts. The extended abstract should be about 1,000 words and should include a description of the problem addressed and results obtained, as well as a brief summary of the solution procedure and relevance to astrodynamics research. Abstracts should also contain supporting figures and/or tables. The abstract must include paper titles, names, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, and, if possible, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of all authors.

A "no paper, no podium" rule will be in effect for all presentations. An author will not be permitted to give his or her presentation if a written paper has not been prepared and made available at the conference. AIAA will not consider for presentation or publication any paper that has been or will be presented or published elsewhere. Authors will be required to sign a statement to this effect.

Special sessions may be as long as four hours on a selected topic. Their purpose is to invite discussion and the exchange of ideas on "hot topics" in the astrodynamics community and may take a variety of formats, e.g. panel discussion, invited speakers and/or papers, question & answer, or interactive workshop. Prospective special session organizers should submit a proposal consisting of a title, a brief description of the session of less than 500 words, and a list of proposed activities and/or speakers and titles.

Warning--Technology Transfer Considerations
Prospective authors are reminded that technology transfer guidelines have substantially extended the time required for review of abstracts and completed papers by U.S. government agencies. Internal (company) plus external (government) review can consume 16 weeks or more. Government review is the responsibility of the author. Authors should determine the extent of approval necessary early in the paper preparation process to preclude paper withdrawals and late submissions.

Two copies of the extended abstract and the abstract submittal form should be sumitted to each of the Technical Chairs listed below. The deadline for submission of the abstract is January 5, 1998. Formal letters of acceptance with complete instructions will be sent to authors by March 16, 1998. Final manuscripts are due to AIAA by June 9, 1998. Please do not use e-mail for submissions as not all word-processing software is compatible with that used by the co-chairs.

AIAA Technical Chair
Craig Kluever
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110
816/235-1278 * 816/235-1260 FAX

AAS Technical Chair
Kate Hartman
Goddard Space Flight Center
Flight Dynamics Division
Code 550.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771
301/286-5696 * 301/286-1773 FAX