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Conference Program: Call for Papers

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a computer problem, all abstracts submitted between Dec 19, 2004 and Feb 20, 2005 were lost. If you are one of the speakers affected, please contact program manager Kent Miller or simply resubmit your abstract. We apologize for the inconvenience.

There will be oral presentations during the conference. All those who wish to speak must submit an abstract. Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words. Abstracts not in the appropriate format will not be considered.

Authors, by submitting, agree to let NSS publish their abstracts and manuscripts. All accepted abstracts and manuscripts will be made permanently available on the NSS Web site.

Abstract Submittal Requirements

Note: additional abstracts will be accepted for the ISDC as the conference schedule permits. Please contact program manager Kent Miller with any questions.

All authors must use the abstract submission form at the conference Web site. Authors will be prompted for information about themselves (name, email address, web URL), the conference session at which they would like to present, and information about their paper (title, and abstract). Formats are:

Title: text, up to 12 words.
Abstract: text, between 300 and 500 words.

Manuscript Submittal Requirements (manuscript deadline: Friday, April 22, 2005)

If the abstract is accepted, the authors will be notified. All authors must submit manuscripts via the NSS Web site. Authors will be prompted for information about themselves (how they would like to be introduced, and a short bio for the conference publication), and a copy of their manuscript. Formats are:

Introduction: text, up to 150 words.
Bio: text, up to 300 words.
Manuscript: file, PDF format.


Authors are welcome to email their questions and comments to CallForPapers@nss.org.

Tracks and Sessions

1) Government sector track

  1. Education. Impact of space on science education. Developments in science education programs and teacher resources. Studies of science literacy and the job market.
  2. History. Developments in historical research, access to archives, museum exhibits. New books and documentaries.
  3. Law & policy. Developments in space law and space policy. Reactive vs. proactive views towards space law. Impact of nascent space tourism market. Status of bills in Congress, Federal regulations, state-level legislation.
  4. Moon, Mars & Beyond. Developments in administration space policy, status of NASA Office of Exploration Systems, status of implementation of CAIB recommendations, NASA budget request.
  5. Polling & Space. Developments in the polling of citizen attitudes towards government space programs (e.g. NASA) and private space ventures (e.g. space tourism).
  6. International Programs. Developments in non-US space programs and in programs involving international cooperation.

2) Private sector track

  1. Commerce. Space businesses (other than launch services), communication, remote sensing, photography, GPS. Terrestrial businesses that depend upon space assets.
  2. Finance. How space related companies are financed, the structure of financial markets, the role of venture capital, case studies, how to raise funds, what the investment community is looking for.
  3. Lobbying. Training session on how to lobby Congress effectively.
  4. Media & entertainment. Developments in the use of space within the news, film, corporate sponsorship, and advertising industries.
  5. Suborbital & FAA/AST. Developments in the suborbital launch market, suborbital vehicles, the role of FAA/AST in regulating the new industry, suborbital market concepts, status of Congressional legislation effecting the suborbital industry, how the AST grants licenses for vehicles and spaceports, status of license applications.
  6. Spaceports. Developments in non-federally owned spaceports, companies that are settling around the new spaceports, economic forecasts.
  7. Space tourism & experiences. Developments in the markets for suborbital and orbital tours, tele-tourism, space theme parks and camps, zero gravity flights.
  8. Vehicles & hotels. New space vehicles, Ansari X Prize, space hotels, future concepts, market forecasts.

3) Science track

  1. Astrobiology/Exobiology. Developments in the search for life in the universe, such as SETI, analysis of Mars rocks, discovery of organic molecules in space.
  2. Earth science. Developments in Earth observation satellites, weather & climate studies, resource mapping, oceanographic studies, pollution studies, crop and forestry studies.
  3. Lunar science. Developments in the search for water ice, resource mapping.
  4. Mars science. Reports from most recent Mars missions. Developments in the search for water, search for life, analysis of Mars rocks, resource mapping. Status of upcoming Mars missions.
  5. Near Earth Objects & planetary defense. Progress in cataloging NEOs, the threat they pose to Earth, mitigation concepts, policy recommendations at national and international levels, status of program funding.
  6. Saturn science. Reports from the Cassini mission. Developments in our understanding of Saturn, its moons and rings.
  7. Space medicine & physiology. Developments in the science, status of regulations for space passengers, implications for space tourism and space settlement.
  8. Space science. Discovery of exoplanets, reports from the Gravity B experiment to test Einstein's theory of General Relativity, developments in astronomy, status of Hubble, status of new space telescopes and space science missions.

4) Settlement track

  1. Moon. Developments in Lunar settlement concepts.
  2. Mars. Developments in Mars settlement concepts.
  3. L5 & other. Developments in other space settlement concepts (L5 colonies, asteroid homesteading, interstellar travel).

5) Technology track

  1. Agriculture & Life support. Developments in agriculture and life support technology to enable space settlement.
  2. Computers, communications & software. Developments in computer technology, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling, space communications, protocols.
  3. Open source software. Workshop on Open Source software for the space community.
  4. Power & propulsion. Development of new engines for suborbital and orbital markets. Developments in space power and propulsion (solar, nuclear thermal, electric, fusion, other future flight concepts).
  5. Resource utilization. Processing of lunar, Martian, asteroidal materials for life support, propellants, structures, and other markets.
  6. Space elevator. Developments in materials, technology, economics, concepts for space elevators.
  7. Nanotechnology. Developments in miniaturization, cost drivers, safety, policy.

6) Teen programs

  1. Space arts competition. Present your music, poems, short stories, paintings, films, public service announcements.
  2. Tech4Teens. Technology workshop (e.g. model rocket making, amateur telescope making, etc.)