The First Joint Space Internet Workshop

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, Maryland

November 13 - 15, 2000

Official Announcement



The Science, Engineering, and Standards communities are pleased to announce the first of a series of Space Internet Workshops.  This series will address all issues related to Internet or Internet-like communication protocols in space environments.  The vision is to bring together and integrate the Internet, the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, and any other applicable protocol suites, to enable transparent end-to-end Internet (or future Internet) communications to space missions resources.  Communications within and between the various space environments are included.  The purpose of this first workshop is to foster broadly based, comprehensive discussion of cost-effective technical solutions for the design and engineering of mission communications.  The goal is to develop an understanding of the technical "territory" and to plan for working the issues in future workshops.

The first workshop seeks to bring forth results and information that will help to:

1.  Describe the science drivers and requirements with respect to communications and information exchange

2.  Define and characterize the different communication domains for space applications

3.  Identify and explore the currently available and proposed technical approaches

4.  Map the technical approaches onto the operational domains

5.  Identify areas where solutions do exist and areas where further study, analysis, or development is needed

All types of missions 
* robotic and manned missions
* scientific, military, and commercial spacecraft
* constellations, formation-flying missions, and single nodes
* nano- and micro-, and macro-satellites
* relay satellites
* buoys, balloons, and aircraft
* planetary rovers
and "space" environments, for example:
* Local or Wired
* In Situ 
* Severely Resource Constrained
* Nearby
* Circum-planetary
* Deep Space
are of interest.  Issues and solutions related to space and ground systems and operations as well as mission design and implementation will be under consideration.

Workshop participants are invited to present position papers, identify issues, and discuss ways to expand the solution space.  Participants are encouraged to consider end-to-end engineering issues and overall cost-benefit trades.  All workshop activities will take place in an open forum and participants are advised that there is no explicit protection for proprietary information.

Call for Abstracts

Selection of all contributed oral presentations is based on the submitted abstracts.  An individual may be an author on more than one submission.  A selection committee will determine which oral presentation to accept, by considering quality and significance of the content as well as its appropriateness to the subject and scope of the workshop. 

Submitters of non selected oral presentations will be invited to contribute their paper as a poster or technical demonstration.  Oral, poster, or demonstration presentations may discuss or describe applications of commercial products/services, but must be substantially more than advertisement in nature. 

International participants are welcome, as are participants from governmental, private, academic, and commercial/industrial organizations. 

All submissions and presentations must adhere to relevant government regulations regarding disclosure and distribution.  Submission will constitute approval to publish in any way or in any venue (including the Internet) deemed appropriate by the organizing committee.  Such publication will not imply endorsement by NASA, the US government, or any other entity.

Submitted abstracts should be between one and two pages (8.5" x 11") in length and must relate directly to the subject and scope of the workshop.  Abstracts should be submitted as plain text, with a list of the authors and their affiliations (including address), telephone numbers, and email addresses.  Submit abstracts electronically via email addressed to the organizing committee at
Send all questions, including those regarding formatting or appropriateness of material to be included in a submission, to the organizing committee at the same email address. 

We prefer to receive abstracts as plain text only.  Abstracts should also be accompanied by certain essential information.  From the workshop home page (, please consult the page concerning guidelines on abstract/paper/presentation submission.

Suggested Topics Within the Context of the Workshop 

The intent of the following list of possible topics for the first joint Space Internet Workshop is to stimulate thought and is not all-inclusive.
  • System Engineering 
    • End-to-End 
    • Network and Spacecraft Architecture 
    • Ground and Space Communications 
    • Mission Operations Scenarios 
    • Migration from Current Practice to Future 
    • Security Issues 
  • Mission and Program
    • Life Cycle Costs
    • Cost-Benefit Trades (mission concept through end of life)
    • Operations
  • Standards 
    • Applications Layer 
    • Network Layer 
    • Transport Layer 
    • Link Layer 
    • Physical Layer
  • Experimental Activities 
    • Plans 
    • Results
  • Products/Services 
    • Flight Hardware and Software 
    • Ground Station Upgrades
    • Communications Systems 
    • Operations
  • New Mission Concepts & Requirements 
    • Distributed Collaboration Missions 
    • Constellation Missions 
    • Formation Flying Missions


The workshop will be held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, which is located within 15 miles of Washington, DC. 

Important Dates

The workshop is planned for November 13 - 15, 2000. 
Abstracts due September 22, 2000 
Notification of acceptance  October 6, 2000
Publication of abstracts on the web October 6, 2000
Confirmation by presenter  October 13, 2000 
Registration deadlines 
Foreign nationals 
Demonstration booths 
US Citizens 
October 13, 2000 
October 27, 2000 
October 27, 2000 
November 13-16, 2000
Presentations due  November 13-16, 2000


There will be a nominal registration fee for this workshop.  [NOTE:  DUE TO A RESTRUCTURING OF THE EVENTS AT THE WORKSHOP, THE REGISTRATION FEE HAS BEEN DROPPED -- PARTICIPATION IN THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FREE OF CHARGE.  HOWEVER, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED.]  Participants are responsible for the expense of and arrangements for their own travel and accommodations.  Pre-Registration should be done electronically via the workshop web site at


The program is expected to include a few key invited speakers; contributed oral presentations, posters, and demonstrations; panel discussions and topical working groups.


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