AIAA SPACE Forum CFP topics at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum

In order to focus our resources on delivering the best IAC experience for the global space community, the Institute will not hold its AIAA SPACE Forum in 2019. Technical sessions, content, and awards typically presented at the AIAA SPACE Forum will be incorporated into the 2019 AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum, 19–22 August in Indianapolis, Indiana. Space Architecture and Habitation, Space Logistics and Supportability, Space Systems, and Space Transportation.

AIAA SPACE Forum CFP topics at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum Sessions that would have regularly been held at AIAA SPACE Forum will be included at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum for 2019 only!

  • Space Logistics & Support
  • Space Transportation
  • Small Satellites
  • Space Systems
  • Space Architecture & Habitation 

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If AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum isn’t the right fit for you, consider submitting your abstract to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

AIAA is proud to have been selected by the International Astronautical Federation to host its 2019 International Astronautical Congress. We look forward to celebrating the past and looking to the future at the 70th International Astronautical Congress, 21–25 October 2019 in Washington, D.C.

 IAC Call for Papers

The IAC Technical Program is the foundation of each IAC, reflecting ongoing development in the areas of space science, technology and its societal aspects. At IAC 2019, you can present your technical research and development focused on the advancement of the space industry through technical sessions. These sessions, along with daily plenary sessions, and panel discussions inspire global innovations in space. Be a part of inspiring the biggest breakthroughs of our day—including studies from students who are on the brink of the next big leap for mankind. For a complete list of topics that the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is considering for IAC 2019, visit the IAF website.

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 AIAA SPACE Livestream

You can watch the Plenary and Forum 360 sessions from the 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum on Livestream! 

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 AIAA SPACE Archives


17-19 September 2018
Orlando, Florida


Canceled due to Hurricane Irma
12-14 September 2017 
Orlando, Florida


Open Space: Opportunities for the Global Community

About 1200 individuals from 30 countries and 40 U.S. states, including more than 200 students participated in AIAA SPACE 2016.

The questions surrounding the future of space exploration are far-reaching to the global community. Who will own the skies, the moon and future planets? AIAA SPACE 2016 participants heard from both thought leaders and the technical experts who have led the charge to date, as well as those who will enable future accomplishments.

Plenary Program

Plenary sessions examined some of the most critical issues in aerospace:

  • Opening session with Charles F. Bolden Jr., Winston A. Beauchamp, and Steve Jurvetson
  • Technologies for the New LEO Economy with Stephen Jurczyk, James Crawford, Steve Jolly, Bernard Kutter, and Andrew Rush
  • Next Stop: Mars with Michael Barratt, Guy Beutelschies, John Elbon, William H. Gerstenmaier, Abhishek Tripathi, and Julie Van Kleeck


The Forum 360 panel discussions built on the themes and discussions of each day’s opening plenary session, adding a layer of content and context that enhanced the value of the forum experience. Sessions:

  • Icy Moons and Ocean Worlds
  • Commercial Crew Update
  • Thriving Within Complexity
  • Limiting or Unlimited: Envisioning a Free Market Space Industry
  • Earth Observations: Space & the Paris Agreement
  • Launch 2020
  • On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
  • Space Traffic Management
  • Global Perspectives

Technical Program

The technical program contained more than 650 technical papers from about 600 government, academic, and private institutions in 28 countriesreporting on the latest in space and astronautics research, and offering scores of opportunities for collaboration and discussion on high-impact topics.


Recognition events included the William H. Pickering Lecture with Juno project manager Nybakken and principal investigator Bolton, Wanda Austindelivering the Yvonne C. Brill Lecture, Vigor Yang delivered the von Kármán Lecture, and a luncheon celebrated a number of  achievements in space and astronautics.

2016 Sponsors




Setting a Course for the Future

Industry, academia, and government leaders shared their perspectives on the new challenges, future opportunities, and emerging trends in the global space industry. In addition to the indepth technical program that contained more than 350 technical presentations from 21 countries, AIAA SPACE featured plenary sessions and Forum 360 panels on topics:

  • Executive Vision Discussion
  • The Business of Space—How is the space business evolving to meet future needs?
  • Pioneering Space
  • Future Explorations: Our Solar System’s Origins, Water, and Life
  • Banner Year for Solar System Exploration
  • On-Orbit Servicing Horizons
  • Space Policy for Rising Aerospace Leaders
  • Commercial Crew's Path to Flight
  • Flagship Astronomy Missions Beyond WFIRST
  • ISS-The Orbital Laboratory
  • Current Launch Vehicle Update
  • Earth Science and Remote Sensing
  • Pushing the Envelope: Balancing Innovation and Risk
  • Implementing Cyber Defense
  • Turning ΔV Into $ (Commercial Space Ops)
  • Interactive NIAC and Emerging Technology Exchange
  • Mars 2030



Connecting, Protecting, and Enhancing a Global Society

AIAA SPACE 2014 examined the impacts of space activity on society. The forum featured a global conversation around the important role our community plays in enabling a connected culture, monitoring our planet, expanding our boundaries beyond Earth, and advancing technology and innovation to address worldwide opportunities. The forum's general sessions, plenary speakers and panelists addressed these key issues:

  • Facilitating Global Connections
  • Monitoring the Planet
  • Expanding Boundaries
  • Advancing Technology


  • AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
  • AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange
  • 32nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference



Addressing the theme “Sparking Ingenuity and Collaboration to Enable Mission Success” the 2013 AIAA Space Conference and Exposition (SPACE) featured frank and forward-looking discussions designed to review the current achievements in space and highlight new initiatives and plans, while surfacing the key issues and challenges that need to be addressed in order to define clear roadmaps for future progress. Leaders from government, industry, and academia shared their ideas on how to focus the great talent and resources of the space community on the future. Held 10–12 September 2013 in San Diego, California, SPACE 2013 was sponsored by The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.

Plenary sessions focused on:

  • A Conversation with Space Executives
  • The Evolving Landscape of the Space Business
  • Space Exploration for Inspiration and Profit
  • NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission
  • Aligning Technology Roadmaps to Support Goals
  • The Way Ahead for Space Based Weather Monitoring

The program also included panel sessions, technical paper sessions, and e-poster sessions that fostered open discussion with experts on current programs, future plans, innovations, and lessons learned.