Call for Papers

Canadian Space Summit 2011

“Big Data from Space and Earth: Challenges and Opportunities”

Calgary, AB, Canada

at the

Deerfoot Inn and Casino


*****23 - 25 November 2011*****


SUmmit 2010


Deadline for Abstract submissions: JULY 15th, 2011


The Canadian Space Society is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the upcoming Canadian Space Summit to be held 23 - 25 November in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


The Canadian Space Summit is an annual conference that brings together all elements of the Canadian space industry. In addition to displays, booths, and activities, the centerpiece of the Summit are two days of paper sessions covering a wide variety of topics.


In this day in age, as our understanding of the universe and the world on which we live becomes more sophisticated, so too do our tools with which we use to explore as we continue to push the limits of science and technology. As instrument resolutions increase, storage and data rates increase accordingly and ultimately disseminating this information to as wide a community as possible becomes the daily challenge. This year's theme examines the issues around the increasing size of data sets collected from various space- and ground-based instrumentation. Challenges and opportunities exist not only for the Canadian space industry but the broader high tech marketplace, universities, and government.


Presentations will be accepted in both ORAL and POSTER format. The deadline for submission of abstracts for consideration for ORAL presentations is 15 July, 2011.


Technical sessions to be covered are as follows:



Earth Orbit, including uses of Earth orbit for benefits on Earth, precision navigation and timing, spacebased remote sensing of Earth, space debris and the long term sustainability of Earth orbit, on-orbit servicing, space situational awareness, effects of space weather on satellites, and micro/nanosatellite technology. Within the broader context of this session, there shall be a sub-session covering:

  • Satellite Communications, including the latest spacecraft under development and new coding techniques to provide higher data rates.



Astronomy, including metrology and precision space telescope structures, space telescope detector and receiver technologies (X-ray, UV, THz), attitude control and pointing technologies, space telescope optics technologies, and space astronomy science instrument concepts.



Planetary Exploration, including planetary analogue science and missions, engineering field tests, spacecraft design, propulsion technologies, and all aspects of robotic and human exploration of the Solar System, including asteroids.



Life Sciences, including the role of space in promoting health on Earth, physiological and psychological challenges with space exploration and development, systems for the sharing of biological data and new developments and discoveries from spacebased research. Within the broader context of this session, there shall be a sub-session covering:

  • Operational Space Medicine, including human biology and countermeasures, human behaviour and performance, and all aspects of training, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment technologies tested in ground non-analogue, terrestrial analogue and the ISS environments.



Law and Policy, including legal issues surrounding exploration, exploitation, and habitation of space, national and international space policy and regulation, debris mitigation and liability, and fostering space enterprise and science and technology.



Space Commercialization, including challenges and opportunities for commercial enterprise, areas where Canadian space industry can excel, policies on data management and developments in national and international markets.

Education and Outreach, including elementary, secondary and post-secondary programs, student participation in space missions, the role of government and industry, new roles for educational institutions, and communication of space activities to the public.


Important dates:

15 July 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentations

15 September 2011: “Early” registration ends

15 October, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts for poster presentations

Contact information:

For additional information, please contact our Summit Technical Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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