2022 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 7 August - 11 August 2022 Sheraton Le Méridien Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

 An AIAA Co-sponsored Conference

Charlotte-NC-2022ASCThe 2022 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference will be held 7–11 August 2022, at the Sheraton Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina (pending no further disruptions due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic). This 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.

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COVID-19 Considerations

The conference organizers will make a final decision on the conference modality (i.e., in-person, hybrid, or remote) by the first week of March 2022. Please monitor the conference website to plan your participation accordingly. If an in-person conference is possible, attendees will be expected to monitor and follow all conference guidelines, and any applicable local, state, and federal health advisories and regulations.

Special Sessions

Proposals are being considered for suitable special sessions, such as a session theme and topical panel discussions. A proposal for a 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 a themed session, a proposal should include the session title, a brief description, and a list of prospective speakers and paper titles. Prospective special session organizers should submit their proposals to the Technical Chairs by the abstract deadline.

Breakwell Student Paper Award

The AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee announces the John V. Breakwell Student Paper Award. This award provides travel expenses for up to four (4) U.S. and Canadian students presenting at the conference. Students will receive monetary support (up to $1000) to attend the conference depending upon the conference format. The award applications have the same due date as the extended abstracts. Students wishing to apply for this award are strongly advised to submit their completed manuscript by the abstract deadline. Details and applications may be found on the conference website.


Call for Papers
Information for Authors

The submission deadline is 1 April 2022, while notification of acceptance will be sent via email by May 10, 2022. Detailed author instructions will be sent by email after acceptance. By submitting an abstract, the author affirms that the manuscript’s majority content has not been previously presented or published elsewhere.

Manuscripts are solicited on topics related to space-flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including but not necessarily 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
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to space flight problems
  • Orbital dynamics, perturbations, and stability
  • Orbit determination and space-surveillance tracking
  • Orbital debris and space environment
  • Rendezvous, relative motion, proximity missions, and formation flying
  • Reusable launch vehicle design, dynamics, guidance, and control
  • Satellite constellations
  • Spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GNC)
  • Spacecraft autonomy and decision making
  • Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Conjunction Analysis (CA), and collision avoidance
  • Trajectory / mission / maneuver design and optimization

Manuscripts 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. Submissions based on experimental results, current data, or ongoing missions, are also of interest. Complete manuscripts are required before the conference. English is the working language for the conference.

Authors may access the web-based abstract submittal system using the link available via the official website http://www.space-flight.org. During 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 and each co-author
  2. An extended abstract in the Portable Document File (PDF) format of at least 500 words that includes the title and authors; provides a clear and concise statement of the problem to be addressed; the proposed solution method; the results expected or obtained; and an explanation of its significance to astrodynamics and/or space-flight mechanics, with pertinent references and supporting tables and figures as necessary
  3. A condensed abstract (100 words) to be included in the conference program. This is directly typed into the text box provided on the web page and avoids the use of special symbols or characters, such as Greek letters. Foreign contributors requiring an official letter of acceptance for a visa application should contact the Technical Chairs by email at their earliest opportunity following paper acceptance. Foreign contributors are also requested to plan their participation in accordance with any travel restrictions that may apply at the time of the conference.
Technology Transfer Notice

Technology transfer guidelines substantially extend the time required to review abstracts and manuscripts by private enterprises and government agencies. To preclude late submissions and 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

A complete manuscript must be electronically uploaded to the website prior to the conference in PDF format, be no more than twenty (20) pages in length and conform to the AAS manuscript format. If a complete manuscript is not received on time, then its presentation at the conference shall be forfeited. If a presentation is not made by an author at the conference, then the manuscript shall be omitted from the published proceedings.

We greatly appreciate the wide distribution of this announcement to other colleagues that may be interested, and we look forward to your participation.

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

AAS Technical Chair
Dr. Natasha Bosanac
University of Colorado Boulder

AAS Technical Chair
Dr. Atri Dutta
Wichita State University

All other questions should be directed to the General Chairs:

AAS General Chair
Dr. Simone D’Amico
Stanford University

AAS General Chair
Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik
Iowa State University