March 4-6, 2003
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Manhattan Beach, California
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Manhattan Beach Marriott
Manhattan Beach, California

March 4–6, 2003

GSAW2003 is the seventh in a series of annual workshops that explore software and system architecture issues for spacecraft ground systems. It is the forum for the world’s spacecraft ground system experts to share experiences with other ground system users, developers, and researchers through presentations, working groups, and panel discussions. GSAW2003 will highlight new ideas and lessons learned in the creation, application, and evaluation of architectures to meet the technological challenges of ground systems. The workshop’s affiliation with government and civilian institutions provides an unparalleled opportunity to advance the state of practice and research in architectures for spacecraft ground systems.

The theme of GSAW2003 is Applying Lessons Learned and Emerging Technologies to Drive Future Ground System Architectures. Workshop presentations and working groups will focus on innovations, applications, and lessons learned in the following areas:

  • Architectural representation and analysis
  • Standards and interoperability
  • Software reuse and product lines
  • Off-the-shelf and open source components
  • Program management, including risk and life cycle issues
  • System security and information assurance
  • Mission assurance, system integration, and testing
  • Space and ground communication architectures
  • Multi-mission and fleet operations, automation, and sustainment concepts
  • Software engineering and architectures

Please submit an abstract describing the results of your work, work in progress, or case studies relevant to one or more of the workshop's focus issues. Abstracts must not exceed three pages in length and should summarize the claims, scope, methodology, and generality of the work. Abstracts must include a cover page with the following information: (1) title of the abstract; (2) names and affiliations of the author(s); (3) address and telephone number of the contact author; and (4) focus issue(s) addressed in the abstract.

Working Groups
Please submit proposals for working group sessions related to any of the focus issues of the workshop. Proposals must not exceed two pages in length and should contain the following information: (1) title of the session; (2) names and affiliations of the organizer(s)/chair(s); (3) address and telephone number of the organizer; (4) a description of the topic and format of the working group; and if possible, (5) a list of potential panelists.

Please send all abstracts and proposals by e-mail to Accepted abstracts will be the basis for presentations within general sessions and/or specific working group sessions. All plenary presentations and summaries of the working groups will be available on the GSAW Web site and will be published on a CD-ROM distributed to registered attendees. The language of the workshop will be English.

CLICK HERE for Presentation Guidelines.

Important Dates and Contact Information

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals extended to: December 13, 2002
  • Notification of acceptance: December 20, 2002
  • Deadline for submission of presentations of accepted abstracts: February 21, 2003
  • E-mail address for submissions and inquiries:
  • URL:
  • Telephone contact: Sue Fung (310) 336-6ASK or (310) 336-6275

Sponsoring and Cooperating Organizations
The workshop is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation in cooperation with Air Force Space Command, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the University of Southern California Center for Software Engineering (USC-CSE), the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), and the Institute for Software Research at the University of California, Irvine (ISR).

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