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16–20 May 2016
Daejeon Convention Center
Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Hosted by KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) and sponsored by the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), SpaceOps 2016 is a technical forum of the space operations community that addresses state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools. SpaceOps 2016 (Theme: “Expanding the Space Community”) provides the opportunity for you to share experience, challenges, and innovation solutions with colleagues from around the globe.

The conference theme encapsulates the main focus of worldwide Space Program activities in the coming years, with the emphasis on:

  • Enabling new participants by promoting and implementing low-cost mission development opportunities, thereby allowing more countries and institutions to take part in space development and space operations
  • Inspiring the participation from developing countries, especially for Asian, African and any other nations that are emerging players in space development. This will also facilitate discussions and global partnership opportunities between new and mature space organizations.
  • Making a professional and technical network with leading-edge space operations experts in academia, government, and industry
  • Attracting experts, young professionals, and students’ interest to space and state-of-the-art technologies

Technical Programs of SpaceOps 2016:

  • Operations Concepts and Flight Execution
  • Ground Systems, Communications and Data Processing
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Mission Design and Management
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Cross Support, Interoperability and Standards
  • Human Systems and Operations
  • Small Satellite and Commercial Space Operations
  • Launcher, Rockets and Balloon Operations
  • Emerging Space Operations in Asia and Developing Countries

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5-9 May 2014
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California

Hosted by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), SpaceOps 2014 brought together the space operations community to address state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools. Held biennially since 1990, the conference attracts technologists, scientists, and managers from space agencies, industry, and academia, and fosters managerial and technical interchange on all aspects of space mission operations, including robotic and human spaceflight, earth orbit and deep space missions, lunar and planetary missions, and orbital and surface operations.

SpaceOps 2014 solicited participation in the leading topic areas of prior conferences, with additional new concepts for the upcoming era of exploration:

Mission Design and Management

  • Operations Concepts, Methods, Systems, and Automation
  • Flight System Monitor and Control
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Communications, Data Management and Processing
  • Human Systems and Operations
  • Cross-Support, Interoperability, and Standards
  • Launcher, Rockets, and Balloon Operations
  • University Space Operations

Participation in SpaceOps2014:

  • Network with leading space operations experts in academia, government, and industry
  • Learn about the latest developments in operations technology, products, and services
  • Discover the latest space operations techniques and lessons from missions and share your mission’s innovations with the space operations community
  • Hear late-breaking news from agencies and commercial operators
  • Explore the dynamic setting of Pasadena, California, home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system

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Stockholm, Sweden
11-15 June 2012


Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR)   

Conference Theme: …for the Benefit of Our World
SpaceOps 2012 was hosted and organized by the Swedish space technology and service provider SSC and the German Aerospace Center, DLR. The event was sponsored by BlackBridge, CNES, KARI, and LSE Space.

Main Conference Topics:

  • Mission Execution
  • Data and Communications System Facilities
  • Mission Design and Mission Management
  • Cross Support, Interoperability, and Standards
  • Commercial Space Operations
  • Launcher, rockets & Balloon Operations
  • Training & Knowledge Transfe
  • University Space Operations

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Huntsville, Alabama
25-30 April 2010


National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Conference Theme: Delivering on the Dream

SpaceOps 2010 was organized by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in association with AIAA. The event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, United Space Alliance, Boeing, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Jacobs Technology, COLSA Corporation, VEGA, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., IBM, ASTRA TechCom Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems, and CSC, with support from LG and Southern Digital Products, Inc.

Main Conference Topics:

  • Mission Design and Mission Management
  • Mission Execution: Plan, Train, and Fly
  • Data and Communications Systems and Facilities
  • Cross Support, Interoperability, Standards
  • Launch Operations
  • Commercial Space Operations

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Heidelberg, Germany
12-16 May 2008


European Space Agency

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Conference Theme: Protecting the Earth, Exploring the Universe
SpaceOps 2008 was organized by ESA and EUMETSAT in association with AIAA. The event was sponsored by ASTRA, INSA, L3 Communications, SED, Space News, secrco, Telespazio, Terma, United Space Alliance, VEGA, and Vertex Antennentechnick GmbH.

Main Conference Topics:

  • System Design/Architecture/Services & Space Regulations
  • Advanced Technologies for Space Operations
  • Standards & Security
  • TT&C
  • SW Development and Maintenance
  • Flight Dynamics/Navigation
  • Communications/Ground Networking/Data Distribution
  • Payload Data Processing/Archiving
  • Operations & operational tools
  • Testing/Validation/Simulations
  • Training & Logistics
  • On Board SW & Maintenance
  • Automation
  • End of Life Operations & Space Debris
  • Management
  • International/Public/Private Cooperation

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Rome, Italy
19-23 June 2006


Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)

Conference Theme: Earth, Moon, Mars, and Beyond
SpaceOps 2006 was hosted by ASI and organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The event was sponsored by Finmeccanica, GlobalSpec, HISPASAT, SES ASTRA, Filas, Regione Lazio, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Cantine due Palme. Supporters of the event included the AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee, SESS, Universal Space Network, Swedish Space Corporation, VEGA, Comune di Roma, and Provincia di Roma.

Program Tracks:

  • Maximizing Capabilities and Resources: Public/Private Cooperation
  • Operational Systems: Current and Future Engineering and Technology
  • The Mission Experience: Experiences and Recommendations for Future Benefits
  • Mission Management: Broadening Responsibilities to Address Challenges
  • The Space Operations Community: Other Views and Experiences

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
17-21 May 2004


Space Operations Branch, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Conference Theme: SpaceOps–A Global Enterprise

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Houston, Texas, USA
9-12 October 2002


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Conference Theme: Bringing Space Operations into the 21st Century

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Toulouse, France
19-23 June 2000


Centre National d’Etudes Spatiale (CNES)

Conference Theme: Space Operations at the Start of the 3rd Millennium

Tokyo, Japan
1-5 June 1998


National Space Development Agency of Japan > (NASDA) [Now Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)]

Conference Theme: New Operations Concepts in the International Space Station Era

Munich, Germany
16-20 September 1996


European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), European Space Agency (ESA)

Conference Theme: Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems

Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
15-18 November 1994


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Conference Theme: Opportunities in Ground Data Systems for High Efficiency Operations of Space Missions


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Conference Theme: Ground Data Systesm for Space Mission Operations


European Space Agency (ESA)

Conference Theme: Ground Data Systems for Spacecraft Control