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AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Columbia River Gorge, Stevenson, WA

The 2017 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference hosted by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and co-hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will be held August 20-24, 2017 at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA within the Columbia River Gorge. The conference is organized by the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee and the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee.

This year, the conference is holding a student competition with prizes. Please see the flyer for details on the problem and rules. To compete, teams should submit a brief abstract to the address listed in the flyer stating their intention to compete by the conference abstract deadline.

Abstract and Manuscript Submissions

Abstracts are to be submitted through a web based abstract submittal system. Using the web based system, authors will submit their abstract, author information, presentation slides, and preprint before the conference. Authors will also use this site to submit their final manuscript after the conference. Click the following link to access the submittal system: Abstract, Manuscript, and Presentation Submissions (Manuscript Deadline: Aug 10th, 2017 (Thurs) 23:59:59 Eastern Time, Presentation Deadline: Aug 17th, 2017 (Thurs) 23:59:59 Eastern Time).

Online Conference Registration

Attendees to the conference are encouraged to utilize the online registration system. Click on Online Conference Registration. Registering online will provide several benefits. You will avoid the lines at the registration table and you will have free access to preprints. Free access to preprints will only be available to people registering through the online system.

(On or before June 30, 2017)
(On or before July 27, 2017)
(After July 27, 2017)
Full Registration - Member (AAS or AIAA) $550 $620 $720
Full Registration - Non-Member (AAS or AIAA) $650 $720 $820
Registration Retiree - Member (AAS or AIAA) $200 $270 $370
Registration Retiree - Non-Member (AAS or AIAA) $250 $320 $420
Registration - Student (incl. 1 yr AAS membership) $200 $270 $370
The registration fee for AAS or AIAA members is $550 (early), $620 (normal), $720 (walkup). The registration fee for AAS or AIAA member students/retiree is $200 (early), $270 (normal), $370 (walkup). Student registration includes a free one year membership to AAS. Non-members have an additional fee of $100 (full-registration) or $50 (retiree). The online registration system is programmed to accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit cards.

"Normal" rates go into effect after midnight on June 30, 2017. "Walkup" rates go into effect after midnight on July 27, 2017.

Attendees may still register in person at the registration table (walkup).

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Due to the eclipse on Monday morning the conference schedule has changed from previous years. Paper presentations will run all day starting Tuesday through 5:30 pm on Thursday. There will be a poster session and student competition Monday afternoon. The preliminary conference schedule is below.

Sunday, 8/20 3pm poster area open for hanging posters
3pm - 6pm Registration
6pm - 9pm Early Bird Reception
Monday, 8/21 before 6am Carpools depart for eclipse
9am - Noon Eclipse Viewing (Madras, OR)
8am - 4pm posters on display for browsing
4pm - 5pm Student Competition
5pm - 6:30pm Poster Session & Reception
6:30pm Speaker, Lou Friedman
Tuesday, 8/22 7:30am - Noon Registration
8am - 5pm posters on display for browsing
8am - Noon Paper Presentations
Noon - 1:30pm Joint Astrodynamics TC Meeting
1:30pm - 5:30pm Paper Presentations
6pm - 8pm Evening Reception
7pm - 8pm Sub-Committee Meetings
Wednesday, 8/23 7:30a - Noon Registration
8am - 5pm posters on display for browsing
8am - Noon Paper Presentations
Noon - 1:30pm AIAA Astrodynamics TC Meeting
1:30pm - 5:30pm Paper Presentations
6pm - 8pm Evening Reception (Student Competition Winners Announced)
Thursday, 8/24 7:30am - Noon Registration
8am - Noon Paper Presentations
Noon - 1:30pm AAS Astrodynamics TC Meeting
1:30pm - 5:30pm Paper Presentations

Conference Hotel

Skamania Lodge [General information]
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648
TEL: (844) 432-4748
Reservations: (509) 427-7700 (group code: 1XW5OV)

Conference Reservations Website
Rate: $169/night

Attendees may register at the specific group website listed above. Group arrival is 8/20/17 and group departure is 8/24/17. Reservations must be made no later than July 27, 2017. Reservations requested after this date will be accepted based upon availability and subject to the hotel's prevailing rate. Additional lodging is available in Cascade Locks, OR.

Note: due to the total solar eclipse on August 21, all hotels in the region may sell out, and we strongly encourage early booking.

The Great American Eclipse

August 21, 2017 will be the first total Solar eclipse visible from contiguous United States since 1979. The path of totality will pass just south of the conference location. An eclipse watching event will be held in Madras, OR on the morning of August 21.

There is a carpool sign-up for transportation from the hotel to the eclipse viewing that will leave early Monday morning. The eclipse starts at approximately 9:00 am local time and Madras is 2.5 hours from the Skamania Lodge without traffic. Traffic the morning of the eclipse will be extremely unpredictable so leaving several hours prior to 6:00 am is recommended. Individuals offering carpools can decide the departure time that best fits their own traffic risk vs. sleep weighting. We have prepared a guide with information for route planning, parking options, and our gathering area at the Erickson Collection museum.

Conference Chairpersons

AAS General Chair

Dr. Nathan J. Strange
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Dr., M/S: 321-B60
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099

AIAA General Chair

Dr. Daniel J. Scheeres
University of Colorado Boulder
429 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0429
Phone: 720-544-1260
Fax: 303-492-7881

AAS Technical Chair

Dr. Jeffrey S. Parker
Advanced Space
2100 Central Avenue, #102
Boulder, CO 80301

AIAA Technical Chair

John H. Seago
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
220 Valley Creek Blvd.,
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341-2380