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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Paper Submission

    Paper Submission Information

    Important Dates to Remember: 

    Website Open for Abstract Submission
    1 April 2011
    Abstract Deadline
    19 January 2012
    Author Notification
    5 April 2012
    Final Manuscript Deadline
    23 July 2012

    GNC Technical Areas

    Papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace systems may be submitted. Specifically, papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, robotics, and other aerospace systems; general aviation; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation and position location; sensors and data fusion; multidisciplinary control; and GN&C concepts in air traffic control systems and high-speed flight. Please refer to the following individual technical area descriptions to determine the topic that most closely aligns with your paper.

    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Areas

    Technical papers discussing any and all areas of interest in atmospheric flight are solicited for the AIAA AFM Conference. Student papers are also eligible for the Best Student Paper Competition, which has a $500 prize. Papers are invited that address new findings and/or innovative approaches in computational, experimental, or theoretical development; flight testing; research and development; or simulation results. Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to: aerodynamic performance; trajectories, attitude dynamics, and evaluation of conventional aircraft as well as vehicles of unusual configurations, including unmanned systems and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), expendable and reusable launch vehicles (ELV/RLV), and short take-off vertical landing vehicles (STOVL); hypersonic platforms; flying qualities and aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena; missiles; spacecraft; reentry vehicles and vehicles moving through planetary atmospheres; response to atmospheric disturbances, and bio-inspired flight mechanics. In addition, papers are encouraged that deal with education and design in the field of atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and international collaboration projects.

    Modeling and Simulation Technologies Technical Areas

    Authors are invited to submit technical papers on topics related to modeling, simulation, analysis, and simulators as applied to the fields of aviation and aerospace. Papers for this conference will be grouped into technical sessions according to subject matter provided in the submitted manuscripts.

    Astrodynamics Specialist Technical Topics

    Papers are solicited on topics related to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including, but not limited to:

    • Artificial and natural space debris
    • Asteroid and non-Earth orbiting missions
    • Atmospheric reentry 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
    • Expendable and reusable launch vehicle design, dynamics, guidance, and control
    • Formation flying
    • History of the U.S. space program
    • Low thrust mission and trajectory design
    • Orbital dynamics, perturbations, and stability
    • Rendezvous, relative motion, and proximity missions
    • Satellite constellations
    • Spacecraft GN&C
    • Tracking, estimation, orbit determination, and space-surveillance
    • Trajectories about libration points
    • Trajectory, mission, and maneuver design and optimization