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April 16 - 19, 2018 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Tech Track

The Space Foundation's ever popular Technical Track is calling for candidates to submit abstracts for 2018's event. Tech Track provides the opportunity for candidates from all backgrounds to present technical ideas surrounding space launch, spacecraft technologies, architectures, processes, strategies, and updates.

Presenters from all generational strata, from space industry manufacturers and operators, from commercial, civilian or military backgrounds, U.S. or international, are encouraged to submit abstracts for judging. Categories and presentations from previous Tech Tracks (see links below) may provide guidance to new candidates for successful submission and acceptance.

The diversity of Technical Track presentations and speaker topics are drawing increasing numbers of interest from surprising market sectors, not only 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. The event sold out last year.

As of Oct. 1, 2017, the Space Foundation is accepting abstracts for papers presented at the 34th Space Symposium Technical Track, to be held April 16, 2018, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. This premier global space conference annually attracts thousands of space professionals from dozens of countries. Abstracts will be accepted until Nov. 10, 2017, and authors will be notified of acceptance by Jan. 4, 2018. Submit abstracts here.

Presentations are welcome on technology developments with applications for civil, commercial, entrepreneurial and national security fields. The emphasis should be on recent issues, activities or emerging technologies.

Example topics presented at past Tech Tracks:

  • Space situational awareness
  • Space science
  • Hardware and/or software solutions
  • Satellites and launchers
  • Ground architectures

Tech Track industry and active military/government registration includes Tech Track panels and lunch on Monday.

Please note Tech Track presenter registration or Tech Track-only registration (without Symposium) does not include access to the Exhibit Center.

Stay tuned for detailed agenda updates.

View Tech Track 2018 Agenda

Key Deadlines for Authors

  • November 10, 2017: Abstracts due
  • January 4, 2018:  Notification and detailed presenter instructions sent to authors via email
  • February 5, 2018:  Deadline for authors to confirm attendance
  • March 30, 2018:  Full papers due and Tech Track registration
  • April 6, 2018:  Presentations due
  • April 16, 2018:  Tech Track presentations at the 34th Space Symposium

Papers from Previous Years

View papers from Tech Track 2016
View papers from Tech Track 2017