ReSpace 2010 Conference CFP

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ReSpace 2010: Reconfigurable Microsystems & the Coming Revolution in Space

Call for Papers

The Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations and Applications Center (COSMIAC) will host a conference on November 1-4, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque.  The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 15, 2010.  Authors interested in submitting abstracts need to submit both a short abstract (not to exceed 400 words) and an extended abstract (not to exceed 3 pages) in PDF format to [email protected] or visit the website at

Recent advances in reconfigurable electronics and microsystems are bringing about a revolution in increasingly capable but exceedingly compact and low cost spacecraft. ReSpace 2010 will be the first conference to directly address changes needed in the underlying electronics, components, and systems technologies along with the workforce development and management practices that will fuel this revolution.

While the impact of Moore's Law on consumer electronics, computers, and even automobiles has resulted in accelerated advancement to stunningly more capable products, this trend is now starting to dramatically impact space systems and capabilities. As spacecraft improve with further advancements in commercial electronics, the benefits of reconfigurable microsystems will become more compelling on larger, managed space programs and smaller spacecraft alike.

Radical improvement in components affects all areas of satellite design and space capability, from individual devices, sensors, and components to complete spacecraft and constellations. ReSpace 2010 will explore the heart of what is driving the change, seek to comprehend the impact of these changes on the global space industry, and posture efforts by the community to overcome key hurdles.

COSMIAC seeks papers from industry, government, and academic institutions on the following topics:

  • Novel Implementation of Commercial and Commercially Derived Electronics in Space:  Designs and applications using FPGA's, microcontrollers and DSP's: algorithmic/hierarchical radiation effects mitigation; fault tolerance/self-repair; reconfigurable space payloads/buses; digital security/trustworthiness.
  • Bold Operational Concepts and Orbital Flexibility:  Mission Assurance/economy tradeoffs; novel approaches to space effects mitigation; implementing "big" missions with small spacecraft (such as imaging and comm); operational responsiveness; systems engineering/design tools to demonstrate the lifetime cost, reliability, and performance impact of reconfigurable microsystems on spacecraft and constellations.
  • Practical Modularity and Novel Modules:  Space Plug-and-Play (SPA) and related standards; physical standards; interface standards; new compact spacecraft modules for attitude determination and control; power generation and energy storage; software defined radio; reconfigurable antennas.
  • Novel Component Manufacturing and Materials:  Reconfigurable materials; rapid component prototyping and fabrication; software defined discrete components and networks.
  • Workforce Development for the Coming Age of Rapid Spacecraft Design:  Novel approaches to technical/program management; K-12 programs to prime the workforce development pipeline; novel community college/university curricula and learning laboratories; technical/professional retaining programs.

Dr. Steven Suddarth, the Director of COSMIAC, says, “Through COSMIAC’s efforts, and the ReSpace 2010 conference in particular, we’re trying to identify and promote innovative microsystems solutions with the potential to cut space system costs by a factor of 10 to 100 in the types of systems where new electronics and operational concepts will allow it.”  Dr. Suddarth goes on to explain that COSMIAC’s work in space microsystems, along with the work of numerous scientists and engineers at UNM and in the international space community will soon enable entirely new missions that would not otherwise be possible with the traditional space system paradigm.  “This microsystems revolution will usher in a totally different view of system reliability, obsolescence, and technological responsiveness, says Dr. Suddarth."

COSMIAC is a center in the UNM School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is affiliated with the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Technology Institute.  COSMIAC also performs collaborative research with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, with whom it is developing the reconfigurable FPGA-based SpaceCube 1.5 single board computer.


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