Tech Track

Tech Track LogoTech Track provides the opportunity for candidates from all backgrounds to present twenty-minute Tech Talks at the 35th Space Symposium Technical Track, to be held April 8, 2019, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Topics cover technical ideas surrounding space launch, spacecraft technologies, architectures, processes, strategies, and updates.

Tech Track

The diversity of Technical Track presentations and speaker topics are drawing increasing numbers of interest from surprising market sectors. Not only from those traditionally involved in industry, but newcomers and new generations wishing to learn more of the challenges and solutions facing the space industry. Growing numbers of the Technical Track audience members have seized upon opportunities to chat with the event’s presenters. This premier global space conference annually attracts thousands of space professionals from dozens of countries and the event was sold out last year.

Tech Track Call for Papers

The Space Foundation is announcing a Call for Papers for Tech Track presentations to be delivered on April 8, 2019 as part of the 35th Space Symposium (April 8-11, 2019). Tech Track sessions offer registrants an opportunity to hear from government and industry leaders in space technology development, and to learn about recent advances from presenters in a series of 20-minute tech talks.

Abstracts will be accepted until November 16, 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 7, 2019. Please direct all questions to [email protected].

Key Deadlines for Authors

  • November 16, 2018: Abstracts due
  • January 7, 2019:  Notification and detailed presenter instructions sent to authors via email
  • February 4, 2019:  Deadline for authors to confirm attendance
  • March 25, 2019:  Full papers due (submission form here) and Tech Track registration
  • April 1, 2019:  Presentations due (submission form here)
  • April 8, 2019:  Tech Track presentations at the 34th Space Symposium

Abstract Submission Form

Presentation Content

Abstracts and papers must cover, or be related to, one of the following topics:

  • FutureSpace
    New Gen, New Space, Old Space, Traditional Space, and all sorts of other space—all have a stake in the industry’s future, and all have ideas for how to get there.
  • Developing the Future Space Workforce
    Present and future space workforce challenges and needs. Some examples may be the next generation of space leaders, space education and “STEM and beyond”-related topics for future workforce development.
  • Space Policy
    Space Policy and governance topics, treaties, space policy issues.
  • Space Exploration/Sciences
    All the things people and space probes are doing to find out more about what’s in space, on planets and other heavenly bodies, astronomy, etc.
  • Mission Space
    For those who are conducting business, defense, and civil missions using things in orbit. This could be in-space satellite deployments, in-space manufacturing, etc.
  • Space Data Products and Services
    This would include things like “big data,” new space-originated tech, etc.
  • LaunchTime
    Launch vehicles and deployers, current and future activities.
  • Space Situational Awareness
    This includes being aware of objects orbiting the Earth, near Earth objects, space weather, and other things that impact satellite operations and Earth’s inhabitants.
  • Mission Assurance
    Applied/recommended techniques and lessons learned to reduce risk for those working to get to space, and those working in space.
  • Proposed Space Technology/Service Solutions to Terrestrial Challenges
    An exploration of challenges here on Earth to which space might provide solutions.

Emphasis should be given to recent issues, activities, or emerging technologies.

Past Tech Track presenters ranged in age, profession, and background. Students have presented their ideas at Tech Track, as have engineers, professors, and lawyers. Whether from Europe, Japan, the U.S., or other nations, Tech Track presenters provided valuable information and insight in the challenges they’ve faced and overcome.

Papers from Previous Tech Track Events

View papers from Tech Track 2019 2019 Tech Track Papers and Presentations will not be available online until after all Tech Track presentations have been completed.

View papers from Tech Track 2018 / View papers from Tech Track 2017 / View papers from Tech Track 2016