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“Looking Beyond the Horizon”


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The 21st annual Ground System Architectures Workshop (GSAW) provides a forum for the world’s space-related ground system experts to collaborate with other ground system users, developers, and researchers through tutorials, presentations, working groups, panel discussions, and a poster session.

It is natural to think about the future in a way that incorporates current technology, requirements, development approaches, and business practices. Unfortunately, this can result in an expensive, overly complex merging of legacy systems with solutions that incorporate little innovation. Significant advancements in technology and approaches are happening today and more are sure to come. This year’s theme is “Looking Beyond the Horizon,” which encourages you to start with a clean sheet, consider these advancements, look several years ahead, and present game-changing approaches to ground systems. Come share your new ideas, emerging technologies, lessons learned, and roadmaps to innovating away from the short-term incremental changes of the past. The community would benefit greatly by hearing about your needs, accomplishments, progress, and plans as we move to advanced architectures and innovative capabilities for the future.

Architecture modeling and model-based approaches Cybersecurity, information assurance, and resilience
Enterprise systems and transition Virtualization and containers, cloud, and data analytics
Mission assurance and risk management Mobile, lightweight, and locality-independent platforms
Space-ground communications Agile, crowdsourcing, and rapid system development
Autonomy and automation Interoperability, compatibility, and standards
Operations, fielding, and sustainment Cost, schedule, governance, and data rights
Situational awareness and operational innovation Open source, off-the-shelf, and repurposing
Creative business and acquisition models End-user perspectives and human-system integration


Submission Details

Send unclassified submissions and inquiries to [email protected] or call 310.336.0454.
Send classified submissions and inquiries to [email protected] or call 894.3985.

Proposal instructions can be found here for the following:

Plenary Presentations
Present a 15-minute talk describing the results of your work, progress, or case studies. Award to best presentation.

Working Groups
Lead a four-hour collaborative discussion.

Instruct a half- or full-day session.

Poster Session
Display a 30” x 40” poster.

Unclassified Session
The general workshop will be held at the hotel and will include international attendees. Presented materials will be made available on the website after GSAW concludes.

Classified Session
We will be accepting submissions for a classified plenary session to be hosted on March 16 at The Aerospace Corporation. All attendees will be required to have a TS/SCI clearance. Presentations can be up to the TS//SI/TK//NOFORN classification level.


•   Abstracts/proposals: deadline extended to Oct. 31, 2016
•   Notification of acceptance: Nov. 28, 2016
•   Accepted presentations: Feb. 6, 2017

Presenters are responsible for ensuring that all submissions are cleared for presentation to their respective audiences. This workshop will be conducted in English.