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September 29th 2021

2021 ATS Session Abstract Topics

The Annual Technical Symposium is intended as a mult-disciplinary Aerospace Conference for the Rocky Mountain Region. The intent of the conference is to further the science of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering to meet the needs of industry, academia and the military. Please consider the following topics for the 2021 ATS program and select the topic that most closely aligns with your research area. Presentations are formatted for 15 minutes each (power-point slide deck) with additional time allotted for audience questions. An abstract of up to 400 words is required at the time of submission. Submit your abstract by completing the form below.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday September 1st 2021.

Topics (click to expand)

1) Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN) Systems Satellite Systems Design


The Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems focus area explores the integration of satellite missions with engineering and science applications. Topics in this area include orbital mechanics, guidance and controls, spacecraft subsystems, design, and systems engineering.

a. Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN) General Topics

b. Emerging Technologies for SmallSats

c. Space Domain Awareness

d. Space Systems Technologies




2) Autonomous Systems (AUT)


The Autonomous Systems (AUT) focus area explores automation in aerospace systems which interact with human partners for extended periods of time, sometimes at remote distances and promise improved safety, reliability, efficiency, adaptability, resiliency, usability, affordability, and previously unattainable capabilities. Activities in the Autonomous Systems Focus Area draw from a variety of disciplines including robotics, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, unmanned systems (UAS/UAVs), formal methods, and estimation and control theory.

a. Autonomous Systems (AUT) General Topics

b. Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems




3) Bioastronautics (Bio)


Bioastronautics encompasses biological, behavioral and medical aspects governing humans and other living organisms in a space flight environment; and includes design of human spacecraft systems, payloads, spacecraft habitats, and life support systems. This focus area spans the study and support of life in space.

a. Bioastronautics (Bio) General Topics

b. NASA's Artemis Program Moon to Mars

c. Space Medicine and Human Performance

d. Human Spaceflight




4) Fluids, Structures and Materials (FSM)


The Fluids, Structures and Materials (FSM) Focus Area explores the core physical sciences of aerospace engineering and their applications to aircraft and space vehicles, including aerodynamics, structural design and the computational tools and methods that enable this analysis.

a. Fluids, Structures and Materials (FSM) General Topics

b. Supersonics, Hypersonics, and Re-Entry Vehicles

c. Aircraft Safety and Design




5) Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science (RSESS)


The Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Sciences focus area is concerned with the technologies that enable the data measurement and analysis from aircraft and spacecraft platforms to gain insight into the earth, atmosphere and space. Applications of these technologies include commerce, science and defense.

a. Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science (RSESS) General Topics

b. Technologies for Mars Science

c. Space Weather

d. Remote Sensing of Planetary Bodies




6) Mining Resources from Space


Mining Resources from Space includes the design of systems and development of technologies that will enable the harnessing of extra-terrestrial natural resources for use in space exploration, habitation and terrestrial based industry.




7) Advanced Manufacturing


The Advanced Manufacturing focus area explores the innovative technologies and methods of fabricating aerospace components, structures and electronics. These can include but are not limited to additive manufacturing, CAD/CAM integration, advanced materials processing, molding, and software controls etc.




8) Management and Venture Capital in the Aerospace Industry


The Management and Venture Capital in the Aerospace Industry focus area includes techniques and strategies for managing and financing aerospace projects including systems engineering, project management, scheduling, leadership and funding the development of aerospace systems.




9) Poster


Posters may present research on any aerospace related topic displaying original research, a published book or paper, or an aerospace program or vehicle. Posters must be 48" x 60" or smaller. Displays are encouraged (include dimensions in abstract submittal).





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