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31st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting,

The 31st Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, hosted by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and cohosted by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), will be held February 1-4, 2021. Due to the pandemic, this conference will be held virtually rather than at the physical site in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference is organized by the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee and the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the conference organizers in agreement with officials from the AAS have decided not to conduct an in-person event for the Winter 2021 AAS/AIAA 31st Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. The physical conference that was to be located at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina will instead be hosted as a virtual conference.

We will host the virtual conference during the originally scheduled conference dates (February 1-4, 2021). However, the full agenda is to be replaced with sessions available online. We are planning to offer the ability to upload video presentations of papers, and host questions and answer sessions with the speakers. Per previous practice, papers, slides -- and for this conference, videos -- will be available to registered attendees during and after the conference. After the details are worked out, more information will be available on this conference website and through communications with the authors and attendees.

While we understand this may be disappointing for many of you, we believe that this is the most prudent course of action at this time to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Thank you for your understanding through all of this. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you virtually this winter or in-person at one of our conferences next year.

Online Conference Registration

Registration can be accessed at

Registration Type AAS or AIAA Member Non-member, includes one-year AAS membership AAS or AIAA Retiree Non-member Retiree, includes one-year AAS membership AAS or AIAA Student Non-member Student, includes one-year AAS membership
Early (available through 22 January 2021) $260 $360 $100 $200 $100 $145
Regular (beginning 23 January 2021) $335 $435 $175 $275 $175 $220
The online registration system is programmed to accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express credit cards. NOTE: Registration fees are calculated at the time of payment. Beginning the registration process without completing payment may result in a higher fee being charged as applicable based upon the early/regular fee schedule listed above.

Cancellations must be in writing and received no later than 27 January 2021. There is a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel beyond this date or fail to attend the forum will forfeit the entire registration fee.

Conference Chairs

AAS General Chair

Dr. Jeff Stuart
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
(818) 354-0071

AIAA General Chair

Ms. Angela Bowes
NASA Langley Research Center
Mailstop 489
Hampton, VA 23681
(757) 864-2364

AAS Assistant General Chair

Dr. Martin Ozimek
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099
(443) 778-1569

AAS Technical Chair

Dr. Carolin Frueh
Purdue University
Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
701 W. Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
(765) 494-7436

AIAA Technical Chair

Dr. Renato Zanetti
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
1 University Station, C0600
Austin, TX 78712-0235
(512) 471-5145