Space systems include launches, payload adapters, on-orbit systems, communications links, ground systems, and user equipment. The effects of space weather and orbital debris, the increase in space launch capabilities within the developing world, and the halt of manned space flight, have increased the demand for contextual understanding of future challenges and possibilities of space systems. Developments in small satellites and constellation technologies, coupled with more affordable launch services such as the pioneering Space X enterprise, may vastly transform knowledge discovery, economic prosperity, and national security of space. Sustained excellence in space environments, space communications and navigation technologies, advanced space resilient technologies, and awareness and command and control are vital to the future conduct of space policies and operations. Therefore, research and development, from operational concepts to subsystems and component level innovations, covering all aspects of the design process, end-user requirements, and how such requirements would affect design and operational decisions is needed. This conference will host a wide array of scientific and defense-related topics to foster multidisciplinary discussions that allow participants to gain an understanding of the technological issues being addressed by their counterparts, such as: i) sensors and sensor control for resilient space operations; ii) remote sensing and space control for space domain awareness, and space command and control autonomy; iii) space assured access and security from unauthorized access and manipulation for highly integrated, federated, and orchestrated space networks; iv) trustworthy autonomous networks to provide 5G/6G services in space and data transport; v) optical and quantum information technologies for precise time transfer and synchronization with resilient positioning, navigation, and timing; and vi) emergent technologies for artificial intelligence (AI), counter-AI, machine learning, and digital twins, for collaborative navigation and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) integrity monitoring.

This conference captures the uses and issues for both civil and military space systems and provides a forum for cross-fertilization between international civil space, military space, and the intelligence community. Papers are solicited on the following and related topics:

Sensors and Sensor Control Remote Sensing and Space Control Assured Access and Security in Space Trustworthy Autonomous Networks Optical and Quantum Information Technologies Emerging Technologies Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to announce Best Paper Awards in Sensors and Systems, sponsored by Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc., will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in Sensors and Systems for Space Applications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must: To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must: ;
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Conference SI219

Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XV

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Abstract Due: 6 October 2021
Author Notification: 6 December 2021
Manuscript Due: 9 March 2022
Space systems include launches, payload adapters, on-orbit systems, communications links, ground systems, and user equipment. The effects of space weather and orbital debris, the increase in space launch capabilities within the developing world, and the halt of manned space flight, have increased the demand for contextual understanding of future challenges and possibilities of space systems. Developments in small satellites and constellation technologies, coupled with more affordable launch services such as the pioneering Space X enterprise, may vastly transform knowledge discovery, economic prosperity, and national security of space. Sustained excellence in space environments, space communications and navigation technologies, advanced space resilient technologies, and awareness and command and control are vital to the future conduct of space policies and operations. Therefore, research and development, from operational concepts to subsystems and component level innovations, covering all aspects of the design process, end-user requirements, and how such requirements would affect design and operational decisions is needed. This conference will host a wide array of scientific and defense-related topics to foster multidisciplinary discussions that allow participants to gain an understanding of the technological issues being addressed by their counterparts, such as: i) sensors and sensor control for resilient space operations; ii) remote sensing and space control for space domain awareness, and space command and control autonomy; iii) space assured access and security from unauthorized access and manipulation for highly integrated, federated, and orchestrated space networks; iv) trustworthy autonomous networks to provide 5G/6G services in space and data transport; v) optical and quantum information technologies for precise time transfer and synchronization with resilient positioning, navigation, and timing; and vi) emergent technologies for artificial intelligence (AI), counter-AI, machine learning, and digital twins, for collaborative navigation and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) integrity monitoring.

This conference captures the uses and issues for both civil and military space systems and provides a forum for cross-fertilization between international civil space, military space, and the intelligence community. Papers are solicited on the following and related topics:

Sensors and Sensor Control
  • sensors and systems for space domain awareness
  • color photometry of multiple resident space objects
  • dual-use subsystems such as sensors used for communications purposes
  • active illumination for non-imaging optical sensors
  • indication and warning data fusion and decision support
  • innovative tasking and dissemination architectures
  • missile defense sensors and applications
  • small-sat, micro-sat, and nano-sat technologies
  • micro-services architecture for space sensing systems.
Remote Sensing and Space Control
  • mitigation of space environment effects, such as radiation hardening
  • optical contamination detection, abatement, effects, and response
  • change detection
  • closely spaced object determination
  • resident space object track association, trajectory inference, and prediction
  • persistent monitoring for time sensitive and critical engagement.
Assured Access and Security in Space
  • high assurance internet protocol encryption
  • robust and secure machine learning
  • security, privacy, and trust in edge-fog-cloud computing based space systems
  • blockchain enabled decentralized security solutions
  • information priority and scheduling
  • information interoperability
  • 5G/6G cybersecurity and resilience.
Trustworthy Autonomous Networks
  • radio access network slicing
  • network coding and topology inference
  • secure and dependable software-defined networking
  • machine learning and artificial intelligence for content analysis and stream recognition
  • multi-tenant edge computing in space and ground support networks
  • 5G/6G space to ground networks
  • 5G/6G cloud-based network slide orchestration.
Optical and Quantum Information Technologies
  • visible light communications
  • modeling, simulation, and analysis of time transfers in optical crosslinks
  • distributed time synchronization in optical crosslink satellite constellations
  • quantum networks of clocks
  • quantum communications.
Emerging Technologies
  • 3D Printing/ Additive manufacturing for 5G Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) and space applications
  • Virtual reality (VR)/ AR (augmented reality) for space applications
  • AI, Counter-AI, Machine Learning, Adversarial Learning for space applications
  • Digital Twin technology for collaborative navigation and GNSS integrity monitoring.
Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to announce Best Paper Awards in Sensors and Systems, sponsored by Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc., will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in Sensors and Systems for Space Applications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:
  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 9 March 2022
  • present your paper as scheduled
To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:
  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • submit your abstract online, and select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 9 March 2022
  • present your paper as scheduled
Conference Chair
Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Conference Chair
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Xiaoli Bai
Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey (United States)
Program Committee
Air Force Research Lab. - Sensors (United States)
Program Committee
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Janette C. Briones
NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Program Committee
Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Program Committee
Leidos, Inc. (United States)
Program Committee
U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Dave Daniszewski
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (United States)
Program Committee
Ricardo Lent
Univ. of Houston (United States)
Program Committee
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Raytheon Missile Systems (United States)
Program Committee
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Elias T. Naffah
NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)
Program Committee
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Program Committee
i4-Flame OÜ (LLC) (Estonia)
Program Committee
Carolyn Sheaff
Air Force Research Lab. - Rome (United States)
Program Committee
Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc. (United States)
Program Committee
Hao Xu
Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Program Committee
Alcorn State Univ. (United States)
Program Committee
Peter Zulch
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
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