Mission. Systems 2002: Challenges for the 21st Century – The Second International Conference for Technology in Space Operations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and The Institute
for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (IAIR) are pleased to announce the
second annual international conference devoted to technologies for mission
operations. Mission. Systems 2002: Challenges for the 21st Century will be
held from March 19 to 21, 2002, at the Hilton Resort and Marina in Nassau
Bay, Texas adjacent to the Johnson Space Center. We invite all interested
parties from NASA, academia, space technology laboratories, and the
international aerospace community to join us. Last years conference,
Mission. Systems 2001 focused on NASA’s Space technology labs and was
highly successful.

The Mission. Systems 2002 conference will focus on international mission
operations including projects, programs, and technologies for both space
and ground operations.

Topics of specific interest include:

* Near Term Projects and Technologies. This area of focus will include
presentations on technologies and data analysis required to support both
space and ground operations.

* Internationalizing Operations and Research Infrastructure. The keys
to success in future space exploration and research programs may be the
internationalization of operations and shared technology development.
Lessons learned from the private sector in international mergers and
technology issues will provide significant insights.

* International Collaboration and Partnerships. Presentations relating
experiences in international cooperation in space ventures including
barriers, legal and cultural issues are of particular interest.

All three conference days will feature plenary speakers followed by
concurrent sessions in the themes listed above. The final day will also
include a panel discussion. In addition to the plenary and technical
sessions, a poster session will be held. This conference provides a
unprecedented opportunity for dialogue and interaction for the
international space operations community.

Abstracts on relevant themes should be text only and no more than 250
words in length. Proceedings will be published on CD-ROM, so selected
abstracts will be highlighted with the author’s presentation. Please
identify whether you are submitting an abstract for presentation at the
poster session. Abstracts should be sent in electronic form (MS Word or
ASCII file) to nicodemus@systems.org.

***January 18th, 2002 is the deadline for receipt of abstracts***

For more information, please contact:

Steven Gonzalez, NASA Conference Chairperson 281. 483.
steven. a. gonzalez1@jsc.nasa.gov Kevin Tones, NASA Technical Director
281. 483. kevin.s.tones1@jsc.nasa.gov Tom Nicodemus, IAIR Administrative
Director 281.286.1555 nicodemus@systems.org