Meeting Location and Dates
We are happy to announce the Applied Space Environments Conference (ASEC) scheduled for May 12–17, 2019 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City in Los Angeles, California. Early registration and a welcome reception will be held Sunday evening, May 12, and conference sessions will begin Monday morning, May 13.
Purpose and Scope
This conference is co-sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA, JPL, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Air Force. The focus will be 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.
ASEC 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.