Call for Papers:
Space Architecture at IAC 2010

The Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is organizing technical sessions at the

61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
2010 September 27 - October 1
Prague, Czech Republic

Important Dates:

Abstract deadline:

2010 March 5

Full manuscript deadline:

2010 September 8


2010 September 27 - October 1

Session E5.1

Future and Current Space Missions – including and expanding all aspects of human life on-board and in other worlds

Chair: Olga Bannova <>

This session will address present day intentions and tendencies in sustainability and survivability in design based on minimizing and optimizing all resources.  That will include but will not be limited to:

Papers are invited from professionals and students in areas of technology, structures, human factors, medicine, psychology, philosophy, the arts, system engineering and other fields that can support broad aspects of space research, design and development.

Session E5.3

Space Architecture: Exploration and Tourism

Chairs: Susmita Mohanty <>, Barbara Imhof <>

Space exploration, as we know it, used to be the forte of government space agencies.  But that is set to change forever, in part because of the changing economic reality and in part due to the entry of new private players vying to provide both private tourists and a paying government customer, rides on their spaceships.

Take Bigelow, or Space-X, or Virgin Galactic, or any of those new companies out there that have injected new life, even enthusiasm into the words Exploration and Tourism.  These companies are developing a whole new generation of rockets, habitable modules, cargo ferries and suborbital space planes.  As the Shuttle gets ready to retire, it will see a new genre of human and cargo crafts that will take over and steer the world into a new era in space exploration.

It is in this context that the role of Space Architecture and Design assumes greater meaning and significance.  More than anybody else, it will be the private space tourists that will force the tourism companies to hire the brightest and the best in the business of architecture and design.  Unlike the astronauts, they have every right to be fussy and can and will complain if the ride is a bad one.  This will put habitability and human factors, even style, on top of the design agenda, on par with safety and survivability.

Even human planetary exploration will be changed forever by this transition.  Many of the products and services required by government missions and crews on the surface of the Moon – and for testing activities in Earth orbit – need not be developed by traditional government aerospace contracts.  Re-supply of fuel, food, and other consumables, equipment maintenance, and other services could well be provided by companies or other nations whose offerings cross over to commercial customers as well.

This session aims to provide a platform to present designs that will shape the look of future spacecraft that will lead us into a new age in exploration and tourism.


The abstract should provide a synopsis of the problem statement, research methods, and conclusions.  The suggested length is 400 words.  It must be submitted on-line through the International Astronautical Federation web site at  If this is your first visit on the IAF website, please register using the online registration form.  All fields are mandatory.

Uploading can be summarised as follows:


Authors of accepted papers are expected to register for the congress, attend the session, and present their work in person.

More Information:

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