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Ramada Inn, BWI Airport
7253 Parkway Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
(410) 712-4300

June 8-10, 2004

Official Announcement


The Space Internet Workshop (SIW-4) will bring together mission planners, technologists, system designers, engineers, and scientists from the space community to enable transparent end-to-end network communications among space mission resources. Communications within and between the various space environments are included. This workshop is fourth in the series to continue comprehensive discussions of cost-effective technical solutions for the design and engineering of mission communications. The goal is to foster dialog on current and near-term related activities for deploying Internet technologies for flight missions and identify critical technology development areas.

All final submissions must be in the form of presentations only. All workshop activities will take place in an open forum and participants are advised that there is no explicit protection for proprietary information.

We look forward to your participation in Hanover, Maryland, for the Fourth Space Internet Workshop.

Registration & Fees 

The registration dates and fees for future SIW events will be posted at a later date.

Call for Abstracts

Notice of Intent to Submit

[These specifications for abstract submission were used for SIW-4, and are subject to change for future workshops.]

If you are planning to submit an abstract, please send an e-mail indicating the title of the presentation. This will allow the Technical Committee to get a head start in organizing the workshop.

Abstract Submission

Submitted abstracts should be no more than one page (8.5" x 11") in length and must relate directly to the subject and scope of the workshop. Abstracts should be submitted preferably as a Microsoft Word document, with a list of the authors and their affiliations (including address), telephone numbers, and email addresses.  

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. 

Those who have been selected or designated as alternate oral presentations will be invited to contribute their submission as presentations and/or technical papers for placement on the SIW-4 web site. Those alternates who are not able to present are also invited to display a poster at the workshop. Oral presentations and posters may discuss or describe applications of commercial products/services, but must be substantially more than advertisements 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.

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The program is expected to include an invited speaker, contributed oral presentations and posters, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, and panel discussions.

Suggested Topics

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Important Dates

The workshop meets June 8-10.

Official call for presentations February 1 ,2004 
Notice of intent to submit abstract and title of presentation (via email to: March 12, 2004 
Abstracts due (1-page maximum) March 26, 2004 
Notification of acceptance  April 9, 2004
Confirmation by presenter  April 30, 2004 
Early Registration deadline  May 3, 2004 
Agenda/Program/Abstracts on SIW-4 web site May 7, 2004 
Presentations due electronically (Power Point preferred)  May 21, 2004
Last Day for registration to include food May 30, 2004

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Presentation Guidelines

Presentations should be submitted in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Submissions in the prescribed format will be published on the web after the workshop. Nominally, oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Additional slides (and additional technical papers) may be submitted for inclusion in the version published on the workshop web site. 


Please provide the following information in your submission email:

[1] Title of Presentation

[2] Principal Author/Contact (please provide the following information for the principal author and/or contact person for the submission: Name, Affiliation, Address, Phone Number, Email Address)

[3] Additional Authors (please provide the full names of all other authors of the submission)

Poster Guidelines

Poster should fit into a space 3 feet deep by 6 feet wide. Specify with your submission the number of easels you will need.

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The workshop will be held at the Ramada Inn, BWI Airport

Ramada Inn, BWI Airport
7253 Parkway Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Voice: (410)-712-4300
Fax: (410) 712-0921

The Ramada is located approximately 20 miles from Goddard Space Flight Center and approximately 6 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).  

Travel & Housing


Block Room Rate at Ramada Inn - BWI Airport Conference Center: $89/day plus 12% tax. When making reservations, identify the workshop as Space Internet Workshop-4 or SIW-4, to get the group rate. [Government per diem for this Ramada (which is in Anne Arundel Co.): $95 Room and $47 M and IE. If you stay in Baltimore Co., the Government per diem changes to $139 Room and $47 M and IE.]

Other Local Accomodations

Many other Hotels and Motels are nearby. For an extended list, check with and use BWI as the airport code or ZIP code 21076 for workshop hotel in order to select the search area.


Free shuttle service at the Ramada to /from BWI airport (approximately 10 minutes). They have 2 ten passenger vans that leave every hour, 24 hours/day. Call (410) 712-4300 from BWI for pickup.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. Restaurant in Ramada Hotel. Free shuttle service from the hotel to Arundel Mills Shopping Center (approximately 2 miles) which has several fine restaurants. Others restaurants near the hotel, but none within walking distance.

Maps & Directions

Maps and directions to the Workshop may be obtained at the Rand McNally web site. Enter the hotel address and ZIP code in the "get a map" area and click GO. The resulting map follows below; wider area maps are available at the web site.

Driving Directions:

From BWI or Baltimore Area:
  • 295 (Parkway) South
  • Exit at MD 100 West
  • Exit at #8 Coca-Cola Drive, at light make right on Coca-Cola Drive
  • Follow road as it curves to the right
  • At Stop sign, make right on Parkway Drive
  • Hotel is 1/4 mile on left
From 295 (BW Parkway) Washington, DC Area
  • 295 (Parkway) North
  • Exit at MD 100 West
  • Exit at #8 Coca-Cola Drive, at light make right on Coca-Cola Drive
  • Follow road as it curves to the right
  • At Stop sign, make right on Parkway Drive
  • Hotel is 1/4 mile on left


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Technical Contact Person: James L. Rash @ Goddard Space Flight Center
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