The 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting

Hilton Savannah Desoto, Savannah, Georgia

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: October 6, 2008

The 19th Space Flight Mechanics Meeting will be held February 8 - 12, 2009, at the Hilton Savannah Desoto in Savannah, Georgia. 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 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 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 invited speakers and paper titles. Prospective session organizers should submit their proposals to the Technical Chairs.


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

The official conference website is located at: winter.html,
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 6, 2008. 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 17, 2008.

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 paperÕs 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. 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 – Applications for visas to enter the Unites States can take more than six months in some cases. Be sure to apply for a visa well in advance of the conference.

No Paper / No Podium and No Podium / No Publication 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

Dr. Alan M. Segerman
AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.
Naval Research Laboratory
Code 8233
4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20375-5355
(202) 767-3819 / Fax (202) 404-7785

AIAA Technical Chair

Dr. Peter C. Lai
Aerospace Corporation
Mail Stop: M4-895
2350 E. El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245-4691
(310) 336-2367

All other questions should be directed to the General Chairs:

AAS General Chair

Dr. Matthew P. Wilkins
Schafer Corporation
550 Lipoa Parkway
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 891-7747 / Fax (808) 874-1603

AIAA General Chair

Dr. Mark E. Pittelkau
Aerospace Control Systems
Engineering and Research, LLC
35215 Greyfriar Drive
Round Hill, VA 20141-2395
(540) 751-1110 / Fax (540) 751-1116