We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 AIAA Space Autonomy Summit on Wednesday, 16 November 2022. The summit will convene space autonomy leaders from government, industry, and academia.

This one-day event will feature discussion panels focused on such space autonomy topics as:

  • Autonomy in Space System Architecture: Which system elements must be available for future space missions, to enable autonomy functional success, reuse of core capabilities, management of risk, and scalability?

  • Trust and Confidence in Autonomous Space Systems: How do we build autonomous capabilities that will “do the right thing?” Must they explain their decisions and actions? How do we validate and certify such systems?

  • Data-Driven Capabilities in Space Platforms: Which data considerations need to be tackled as part of mission design? What is the role of edge computing in space?

  • Crowded Space: What is the role for autonomy in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and other arenas? Are there lessons to be learned from other sectors?


0700–0800 hrs ET

Registration, Light Breakfast

0800–0815 hrs ET

Welcome, Morning Opening Remarks: Julie Van Kleeck, Space Domain Lead, AIAA

0815–0845 hrs ET

DoD Briefing: TBD, United States Space Force

0845–0915 hrs ET

NASA Briefing: James Schier, Chief Architect, Space Communications and Navigation, NASA

0915–0945 hrs ET

Policymaker Keynote: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA 8th District), Chairman, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Chairman, Joint Economic Committee; Member, House Committee on Ways and Means

0945–1000 hrs ET

Morning Break

1000–1030 hrs ET

Commercial Space Briefing: Richard DalBello, Office of Commercial Space, Department of Commerce

1030–1100 hrs ET

Academia Briefing: William Scherlis, Director, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

1100–1200 hrs ET

Panel 1: Space Autonomy—Trusted, Certified, Validated; Moderator: Matthew Turek, Deputy Director, DARPA I20; Speakers: Ella Atkins, Fred D. Durham Chair in Engineering and Department Head, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; James Bellingham, Director, Institute for Assured Autonomy, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Steve Chien, Artificial Intelligence Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Kerianne Hobbs, Safe Autonomy Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory; Brian Williams, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

1200–1300 hrs ET

Networking Lunch

1300–1315 hrs ET

Afternoon Opening Remarks: Gen. Larry James, USAF (ret.), Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

1315–1415 hrs ET

Panel 2: Lifecycle Data Handling for Space Autonomy; Moderator: Dan Crichton, Lead, Ctr. for Data Science and Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Speakers: George Djorgovski, Center for Data-Driven Discovery, California Institute of Technology; Randall Hill, Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California; Jonathan Kyle, Autonomous Computing, Amazon Web Services; Michael Little, High-End and Cloud Computing, NASA Goddard Flight Center; Wesley Powell, Avionics Lead, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

1415–1430 hrs ET

Afternoon Break

1430–1530 hrs ET

Panel 3: Future-Proof Space Mission Architectures; Moderator: Angie Bukley, Fellow, Aerospace Center for Space Policy and Strategy; Speaker: Chris Culbert, Manager, Commercial Lunar Payload Services, NASA Johnson Space Center; John Day, System Autonomy Lead, Blue Origin; Shayn Hawthorne, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, Amazon Web Services; David Miller, Directorate Chief Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Erica Rodgers, S&T Partnerships, Office of Chief Technologist, NASA

1530–1600 hrs ET

Special: Artificial Intelligence Curriculum, STEM and Workforce Challenges; Ella Atkins, Fred D. Durham Chair in Engineering and Department Head, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

1600–1700 hrs ET

Panel 4: Toward Sustainable Solutions in Crowded Space; Moderator: Sandra Magnus, Principal, AstroPlanetview; Speakers: Marco Concha, Engineering Manager, Flight Dynamics, Project Kuiper; Richard DalBello, Office of Commercial Space, Department of Commerce; Matthew Hejduk, Senior Project Lead, The Aerospace Corporation; Ryan Shepperd, Mission Planning and Orbital Analyst, Iridium; Brian Weeden, CONFERS project, Secure World Foundation

1700–1715 hrs ET

Wrap-Up: Julie Van Kleeck, Space Domain Lead, AIAA

1715–1800 hrs ET


Date and Time

Wednesday, 16 November 2022
0700–1800 hrs ET USA


Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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