"Trust, But Verify: Incentivizing Compliance": 2021 Space Traffic Management Conference

The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at The University of Texas at Austin's Strauss Center and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), will hold the 7th annual Space Traffic Management conference, "Trust, But Verify: Incentivizing Compliance Through Shared Monitoring and Assessment." The conference will take place virtually via Zoom webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

This year's conference, held virtually from 8 a.m.—Noon CST, will begin with a 45-minute keynote and be followed by three 45-minute moderated panels with a Q&A each day.


Registration is required. Please note: You must have a Zoom account and log into Zoom with the same email address you used to register. Students may register for free, but must register and login to Zoom using their .edu address.

Experts from all over the world will virtually gather to discuss and exchange ideas on space traffic management. Technical sessions will feature topics including: range management; airspace/orbital space integration; space safety, security, and sustainability; space environment effects and impacts; and related issues (see the list at the bottom of this page for the areas breakdown).

Video and audio of last year's conference

Abstract Submittal

Abstracts of up to 250 words are invited to apply and must include the precise title of the paper, the topic area of interest, the author's full name and affiliation, and complete contact information including an email address. The language of the conference is English. Technical paper abstracts in the areas described above or related to Space Traffic Management will be accepted electronically through the conference email iaastm@iaamail.org beginning Nov. 2, 2020. Please be sure to designate the topic area your paper addresses (see topics listed below). The deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to Jan. 8, 2021.

The abstract template is available here.

Finalist Requirements

For those whose abstracts are selected, there will be two types of presentations: (a) sessions and (b) panels. Session presenters should be be available to do the following:

  1. Submit a draft paper by the below deadline;
  2. Pre-record a max 15-minute video on their paper, which will be due before the conference;
  3. Be available for a live Q&A panel one of the days of the conference (45-minute max); and
  4. Finalize papers as applicable.

Panelists will need to (1) Submit a max 700 word op-ed on the topic of their panel due before the conference and (2) Be available for a live Q&A panel one of the days of the conference (45-minutes).


More details and information

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