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Venue:  The Westin, Huntsville, AL
NASA Conference Tracking System (NCTS) #28268-17

This event is co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA, and NSF and will focus on a broad range of topics related to space environments and their effects on space systems.

Space environment hazards need to be considered during all phases of human and robotic space exploration, from the initial design of a space system architecture, through testing and construction of space systems hardware, and finally during mission operations in order to assure safe and reliable operations to meet program goals.  Historical records from in-situ measurements of relevant environment parameters and space environment engineering design specifications provide the information necessary for characterizing the threat environments to be encountered during a mission.  Design and construction of space systems to reliably operate in the design environments requires the use of space environmental effects modeling tools and testing in order to demonstrate that designs meet mission requirements.  Once on orbit, space environment monitoring and measurements are required to support operational mitigation techniques that address hardware system and crew susceptibilities to extreme space weather events. 

The Applied Space Environments Conference is a forum for the space environment engineering and applied space science community to discuss the discipline’s ability to support current space programs and to identify gaps in knowledge and technology needs required for future exploration goals.  Applicable environments and effects include (but are not limited to): ionizing radiation and radiation effects on hardware and crew, space plasma and spacecraft charging, atomic oxygen in the Earth and Mars environments and its effects on materials, storm time variations in the neutral atmosphere density in planetary environments and satellite drag, solar UV/EUV and x-ray photons, micrometeoroid and orbital debris environments and hypervelocity impact effects on hardware, microgravity, and other environments that impact design and operation of crewed and robotic space systems in the space environment.  A broad range of environments are applicable from low Earth orbit, through the Earth’s magnetosphere, and into interplanetary space as well as environments of other planets, moons, and asteroids.


The workshop will be organized into a series of broad themes including (but not limited to):

  • Space environment hazard characterization and design environment specifications
  • Case studies of space environmental effects, threat analyses, and anomaly investigations
  • Models and analytical tools used to evaluate effects of the space environment on hardware and humans
  • Test facilities, test methods, and results from testing materials and hardware in simulated space environments
  • Space weather now cast and forecast models to protect spacecraft and crew operating in the cis-lunar and Mars environments
  • Operational controls to mitigate space environment threats to space system


Dr. Linda Neergaard Parker, USRA                                    Dr. Joseph I. Minow, NASA                                                         
256-961-7425                                                                             256-544-2850

Science Organizing Committee:

 John Alred, JSC  Sharon Miller, GRC  Emily Willis, MSFC
 Henry Garrett, JPL  Joseph Minow, LARC  Mike Xapsos, GSFC
 Diego Janches, GSFC  Ryan Norman, LARC  Shawn Young, AFRL
 Insoo Jun, JPL  Linda Parker, USRA  Yihua Zheng, GSFC
 Mark Matney, JSC  Jonny Pellish, GSFC  

Local Organizing Committee:
Linda Parker, USRA
Joseph Minow, NASA
Debbie Mitchell, USRA
Emily Jones, USRA


Abstracts due March 20, 2017!

Please go to the following link to submit your abstract:

All abstracts are welcome, with special consideration for presentations that address aspects of space environment and effects modeling, in-space observations of space environment impacts on space systems, recent space environment measurements and using historical data sets for characterizing space environments for system design and environment specification, and laboratory testing to better understand material and hardware interactions with space environments.  Relevant areas of the space environment include (but are not limited to):

  • Charged particles in the solar wind, solar particle events, galactic cosmic rays, and trapped radiation belts
  • Comets, asteroids, and dust
  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Extreme ultraviolet, ultraviolet, and infrared photons
  • Ionosphere and neutral planetary atmospheres
  • Magnetosphere(s)
  • Meteoroids and orbital debris
  • STEM applications
  • Commercial applications



Registration is now open!!!

Registration is now open for the first Applied Space Environments Conference.  The event is co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA, and NSF and will be held in Huntsville, AL on May 15-19, 2017 at the Westin Huntsville (

We invite you to register today at:

Registration Type





Early Registration, Professional

Feb 17, 2017

May 1, 2017

$ 300.00

Early Registration, Student

Feb 17, 2017

May 1, 2017

$ 200.00

Onsite Registration, Professional

May 14, 2017

May 19, 2017

$ 350.00

Onsite Registration, Student

May 14, 2017

May 19, 2017

$ 250.00

Banquet Ticket, Wednesday evening



$  55.00



A block of rooms with a group rate of $139 is available at The Westin Huntsville with a limited number of rooms available at the government per diem rate of $91.  This rate will be available until 5:00 p.m. CDT April 15, 2017.

Follow the link below to book your room at the conference rate of $139:  Applied Space Environments Conference 2017

Follow the link below to book your room at the government per diem rate:  Applied Space Environments Conference 2017 Per Diem

A list of additional hotels can be found using internet search engines and at:

Meeting Venue

The Westin Huntsville, 6800 Governors West, NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
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The Huntsville Area

The Westin Huntsville is located in the Bridge Street Town Centre with numerous shopping and dining options:
US Space and Rocket Center:
Burritt on the Mountain:
Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment:
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For further information regarding registration and logistics:
Debbie Mitchell
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA Houston
Phone:  281-486-2106