The 18th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting

San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center, Galveston, Texas

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: October 7, 2007

The 18th Space Flight Mechanics Meeting will be held January 27 - 31, 2008 at the San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center in Galveston, Texas. 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:

• Asteroid and non-Earth orbiting missions

• Atmospheric re-entry guidance and control

• Attitude dynamics, determination and control

• Attitude-sensor and payload-sensor calibration

• Dynamical systems theory 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

• History of the US space program

• Orbit determination and space-surveillance tracking

• Orbital debris and space environment

• Orbital dynamics, perturbations, and stability

• Rendezvous, relative motion, proximity missions, and formation flying

• Reusable launch vehicle design, dynamics, guidance, and control

• Satellite constellations

• Spacecraft guidance, navigation and control (GNC)

• Trajectory / mission / maneuver design and optimization

Papers will be accepted based on the quality of the extended abstract, the originality of the work and/or 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 being accepted for suitable special sessions, including panel discussions, invited sessions, workshops, mini-symposia, and technology demonstrations. A proposal for a topical panel discussion should include the session title, a brief description of the discussion topic(s), and a list of the speakers and their qualifications. For an invited session, workshop, mini-symposium, or demonstration, a proposal should include the session title, a brief description, and a list of proposed activities and/or invited speakers and paper titles. Prospective session organizers should submit their proposals to the Technical Chairs.

The Chairs are seeking contributions for the proposed special session Fifty Years of America in Space, commemorating the historically significant accomplishments of US manned and unmanned space flight.


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


Authors shall use the web-based abstract submittal system at After registering with the system and carefully following the instructions on the website, 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. An extended abstract of at least 500 words, and a maximum of two (2) pages with supporting tables and figures, in the Portable Document File (PDF) format. The extended abstract should provide a clear and concise statement of the problem to be addressed, the proposed method of solution, the results expected or obtained, and an explanation of its significance to others.

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

By submitting an abstract, the author affirms that the paper’s majority content has not been previously presented or published elsewhere. The submission deadline is October 7, 2007; however, preference will be given to the earliest submissions as the number of submissions exceeds the limited number of presentation slots. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by November 18, 2007. Detailed author instructions will be sent by email. Conference information is updated via

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 (4) months or more. 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.

No Paper / No Podium Policy ‑ Completed manuscripts shall be electronically uploaded to the web site prior to the conference in PDF format, be no more than twenty (20) pages in length, and conform to the AAS paper format. If the completed manuscript is not contributed on time, then there shall be no conference presentation; if there is no conference presentation by an author, then the contributed manuscript shall be withdrawn. Prior to presentation, the presenting author shall also provide the session chair with a short biographical sketch and, if necessary, a camera-ready paper copy of the manuscript.

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

AAS Technical Chair

John H. Seago
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
220 Valley Creek Blvd.
Exton, PA 19341-2380
(610) 981-8000 / Fax (610) 981-8001

AIAA Technical Chair

Dr. Beny Neta
Navy Postgraduate School
Department of Mathematics Code MA/Nd
Monterey, CA 93943
(831) 656-2235 / Fax (831) 656-2355

All other questions should be directed to the General Chairs:

AAS General Chair

Dr. Thomas Eller
Astro USA, LLC
1311 Masters Drive
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(719) 577-9693 / Fax (719) 632-4655

AIAA General Chair

Frederic Pelletier
Mail Stop 230-205
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
(818) 393-7890 / Fax (818) 393-4495