• Thu 14 .
    Nov

    Theme

    The future defence and security users will need a more rapid approach with greater scope to model and simulate the future operating environments. The Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS) Concept was developed to enable an Ecosystem and meet this need. MSaaS comprises services that:

    • Discover what is out there and enable re-use
    • Compose the required simulation environment
    • Execute that simulation environment.

    Topics to be covered

    The lectures will provide government/military/industry leaders and technical staff with sufficient information and education to enable them to understand MSaaS from Concept to Ecosystem and the benefits that it will bring. The topics covered will include:

    • Need and motivation for MSaaS;
    • MSaaS Concept to M&S Ecosystem;
    • Operational relevance and utility of MSaaS;
    • Technical reference architecture and standards;
    • Use case experimentation and demonstration;
    • Key enablers for MSaaS ecosystem
    • MSaaS Business Model;
    • Security challenges and methods;
    • Emerging national and supplier implementations;
    • Planned future activities;
    • Feedback and becoming part of the ecosystem.

    General Information Package

    Once your booking has been validated, you will be able to access the General Information Package (GIP) for the location you have registered for on this website. Log on to this website, come back to this page and you will be presented with a link to the GIP.

    Thursday, 14. November 2019 until Friday, 15. November 2019 08:30 - 16:30
  • Mon 25 .
    Nov

    The goal of the LS on “Passive Radar Technology” is to provide to the wide military and civil audience the information about passive radars including passive radar fundamentals, properties of passive radars using different illumination sources, availability of illuminators, coverage for different altitudes, range, Doppler and localization accuracy, ability of deployment in different scenario etc.

    Topics:

    • Passive radar fundamentals.
    • Signal models, propagation models, coverage analyses.
    • Properties of different passive radars using different illuminators of opportunity like FM, DAB, DVB-T, GSM, WiFi, WiMax, LTE, satellite, active radars.
    • Signal processing and clutter cancelation
    • Bistatic tracking, target localization and Cartesian tracking
    • Target imaging, passive SAR and ISAR, multistatic imaging
    • User requirements, applications
    • Existing demonstrators and commercial systems.

    Once your registration is validated, please log in back to the site , come back to this page and download the general information package containing information about the venue.

    Monday, 25. November 2019 until Tuesday, 26. November 2019
  • Wed 27 .
    Nov

    The discomfort that users experience during or after a session using a virtual environment is known since the beginning of the simulators era. While in the past decade, there has been a rapid advance in Virtual Reality (VR) technology, which involves all senses in a multimodal interactions, the human brain must integrate real-time vision, hearing, vestibular and proprioceptive inputs to produce the compelling and captivating feeling of immersion in a VR environment.

    A serious problem with VR is that users may develop symptoms similar to motion sickness, a malady called cybersickness. Cybersickness may have undesirable consequences beyond the sickness itself. As a particular example, the flight simulator sickness could discourage pilots from using flight simulators, reduce the efficiency of training through distraction and the encouragement of adaptive behaviours that are unfavourable for performance, compromise ground safety or flight safety when sick and disoriented pilots leave the simulator. This could lead to virtual reality sickness as a major barrier to using virtual reality, indicating that virtual reality sickness may be a barrier to the effective use of training tools and rehabilitation tools in virtual reality.

     

    Therefore, the HFM-MSG-323 Specialist Team (ST) on Guidelines for Mitigating Cybersickness in Virtual Reality Systems aims at gathering experienced engineers in Virtual Reality systems design and physicians to analyse the problem and draft guidelines for VR systems designers to minimise the cybersickness. The ST's objectives will be achieved by means of three meetings within a one-year timeframe.

     

    The first meeting of HFM-MSG-323 ST will take place in Milan, Italy, on 27-29 November 2019. Please confirm your registration by enrolling via this website and/or by filling the attached PAF file and sending it to the below POC. 

    In the attached GIP, you will find all the useful information about the meeting and for your travel organisation.

    For further information please contact the Chair, Mr Paolo Proietti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Wednesday, 27. November 2019 until Friday, 29. November 2019 13:00 - 13:00
    HFM-MSG-323 Specialist Team Meeting on Guidelines for Mitigating Cybersickness in Virtual Reality Systems
  • Thu 28 .
    Nov

    The goal of the LS on “Passive Radar Technology” is to provide to the wide military and civil audience the information about passive radars including passive radar fundamentals, properties of passive radars using different illumination sources, availability of illuminators, coverage for different altitudes, range, Doppler and localization accuracy, ability of deployment in different scenario etc.

    Topics:

    • Passive radar fundamentals.
    • Signal models, propagation models, coverage analyses.
    • Properties of different passive radars using different illuminators of opportunity like FM, DAB, DVB-T, GSM, WiFi, WiMax, LTE, satellite, active radars.
    • Signal processing and clutter cancelation
    • Bistatic tracking, target localization and Cartesian tracking
    • Target imaging, passive SAR and ISAR, multistatic imaging
    • User requirements, applications
    • Existing demonstrators and commercial systems.

    Once your registration is validated, please log in back to the site , come back to this page and download the general information package containing information about the venue.

    Thursday, 28. November 2019 until Friday, 29. November 2019
  • Mon 9 .
    Dec

    The goal of the LS on “Passive Radar Technology” is to provide to the wide military and civil audience the information about passive radars including passive radar fundamentals, properties of passive radars using different illumination sources, availability of illuminators, coverage for different altitudes, range, Doppler and localization accuracy, ability of deployment in different scenario etc.

    Topics:

    • Passive radar fundamentals.
    • Signal models, propagation models, coverage analyses.
    • Properties of different passive radars using different illuminators of opportunity like FM, DAB, DVB-T, GSM, WiFi, WiMax, LTE, satellite, active radars.
    • Signal processing and clutter cancelation
    • Bistatic tracking, target localization and Cartesian tracking
    • Target imaging, passive SAR and ISAR, multistatic imaging
    • User requirements, applications
    • Existing demonstrators and commercial systems.

    Once your registration is validated, please log in back to the site , come back to this page and download the general information package containing information about the venue.

    Monday, 09. December 2019 until Tuesday, 10. December 2019
  • Mon 9 .
    Dec

    Theme

    The future defence and security users will need a more rapid approach with greater scope to model and simulate the future operating environments. The Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS) Concept was developed to enable an Ecosystem and meet this need. MSaaS comprises services that:

    • Discover what is out there and enable re-use
    • Compose the required simulation environment
    • Execute that simulation environment.

    Topics to be covered

    The lectures will provide government/military/industry leaders and technical staff with sufficient information and education to enable them to understand MSaaS from Concept to Ecosystem and the benefits that it will bring. The topics covered will include:

    • Need and motivation for MSaaS;
    • MSaaS Concept to M&S Ecosystem;
    • Operational relevance and utility of MSaaS;
    • Technical reference architecture and standards;
    • Use case experimentation and demonstration;
    • Key enablers for MSaaS ecosystem
    • MSaaS Business Model;
    • Security challenges and methods;
    • Emerging national and supplier implementations;
    • Planned future activities;
    • Feedback and becoming part of the ecosystem.

    General Information Package

    Once your booking has been validated, you will be able to access the General Information Package (GIP) for the location you have registered for on this website. Log on to this website, come back to this page and you will be presented with a link to the GIP.

    Monday, 09. December 2019 until Tuesday, 10. December 2019 08:30 - 16:30
  • Wed 18 .
    Dec

    BACKGROUND

    Among the tools that allow successful representation of dynamic situations in warfighting, Modelling and Simulation (M&S) has advantages over other methods such as wargaming, live exercises, man-in-the-loop experiments and demonstrations. Currently, within the NATO Command Structure, the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) uses the Joint Theatre Level Simulation (JTLS) and the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) uses the Joint Combat And Tactics Simulation (JCATS) for training purposes. However, the simulations are often not used to their full capacity because they are focused on training and exercise objectives. Although M&S has been used within the NATO analytical community in the past, it has become less common for NATO to use simulation to support warfare development, defence and operations planning.

    The evolving security environment has revived the need for better understanding of the outcomes of complex situations and this has created new demands on NATO’s M&S capabilities. Some of the most noteworthy characteristics of this evolution are these:

    • Wargaming. Wargames are analytic events that simulate aspects of warfare at the tactical, operational, or strategic level. They are used to examine warfighting concepts, train and educate commanders and analysts, explore scenarios, and assess how force planning and posture choices affect campaign outcomes.

    • Advance Planning. The Alliance conducts advance planning for potential situations that may arise.

    • Operations in a more interconnected world. It is increasingly common for NATO planners to have to consider the entire range of Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure (PMESII) means in order to achieve NATO’s goals.

    • Capabilities-based planning. Through the NATO Defence Planning Process, NATO plans for capabilities which it needs in the medium and long-range future. These capabilities are used to tackle emerging issues, M&S would assist to better understand the complexities and provide insights to planners.

    • Capability Development. Emerging operational needs translated into capability requirements will need to be assessed on their operational effectiveness and risks, and proposed solutions will need to be analyzed to determine they meet requirements and are viable and feasible options for further development.

    MILITARY RELEVANCE

    Modelling and Simulation fulfill a crucial need in the conduct of Operations Research and Analysis to support and enhance decision making. While NATO’s reliance on M&S in some form or another has been going on for the past decades, its M&S capabilities have not kept pace with the new demands arising from rapid changes in security environment.

    Generally, an M&S capability comprises the model, data, and expertise. NATO recognizes that it is unlikely that it can develop a comprehensive M&S capability for all situations and questions, particularly given the likely resource implications. However, NATO nations have models, data, and expertise, so leveraging those would seem to be an effective mechanism for the organization to acquire these capabilities.

    SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVES

    The key objectives and expected achievements are:

    • Develop an action plan for NATO to identify solution across the DOTMLPFI spectrum to allow NATO to better support decision making.

    • Identify what new activities other than training are taking place and need M&S support

    • Identify use cases for the use of M&S in support of NATO these activities

    • Build a catalogue of national/industry assets that can be used to address the new requirements

    • Investigate the mechanisms necessary for nations to share their M&S capabilities.

    EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

    The activity will produce a technical report that provides recommendations for how NATO should best use M&S to support decision making across its enterprise. These should be illuminated by example use cases. Furthermore, the study should identify appropriate mechanisms for NATO to access and employ national M&S capabilities.

     

    The 2nd meeting of MSG-SAS-178 on “Using Simulation to Better Inform Decision Making for Warfare Development and Conduct of Operations” will take place on 18-19 December 2019 at the CMRE facilities, in La Spezia, Italy.

    If you plan on attending, please confirm your attendance by sending your name, surname, nationality, affiliation and email address to your POCs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 10th November 2019.

    Wednesday, 18. December 2019 until Thursday, 19. December 2019 08:00 - 16:30
  • Thu 16 .
    Jan

    Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, is a significant military operational and civilian medical problem. This lecture series will review state of medical knowledge and discuss medical treatment in the deployed as well as post-deployment settings. Participants will leave with increased ability to accurately diagnose mTBI/concussion and to treat patients appropriately.

    The General Information Package will be available once your enrolment has been validated by the NATO CSO.

    Thursday, 16. January 2020 until Friday, 17. January 2020
  • Tue 28 .
    Jan

    NATO has since 1961 regularly conducted science and technology (S&T) studies in order to develop its chemical and biological defence capabilities. Relative to the previous study (AC/323(SAS-024)TP/30, May 2006), major geopolitical and security changes as well as significant technological advances have taken place. Several S&T areas continue to see rapid development that will influence the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat, and consequently requirements for CBRN defence. The present LTSS study has a combined focus on chemical, biological and also radiological (CBR) aspects of CBRN defence. The aim is to identify existing and emerging CBR threat environments and understand how advances in S&T can be used to address these challenges and strengthen CBR defence. The LTSS will inform decision makers and focus capability developers and scientists in using S&T resources to obtain best overall defence effect. The draft study report will be made available to NATO and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE) after 1 November 2019 by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments to the LTSS draft report is encouraged from all interested parties by 1 December 2019, irrespective of whether they are able to attend the MNE or not.

    The MNE is the culmination of the LTSS work and will be organized as a workshop where the LTSS results will be presented, discussed and validated through peer review by CBR defence experts and decision and policy makers. The MNE will include a round table discussion where CBR vignettes will be used to challenge relevant NATO capabilities and resources. Feedback sessions on the draft LTSS report will be held in order to review comments and propose revisions. To facilitate these feedback sessions, comments to the draft study report need to be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than
    1 December 2019. The LTSS report will be finalized after the MNE, incorporating proposed revisions and lessons from the MNE.

    The invitation to participate at the MNE is extended to up to two individuals from NATO nations, NATO commands and organisations and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE). Nomination of the most qualified experts is encouraged in order to ensure that the study reflects the consensus input of the broader NATO CBR defence community.  Discussions will be held up to classification NATO CONFIDENTIAL Releasable to Australia, Finland and Sweden. The number of participants will be limited and, if necessary, priority will be given to experts providing written feedback on the draft report.  Enrolment will open on 1 November 2019 and needs to be completed via the STO Event website no later than 1 December 2019. Acceptance of enrolment will be forwarded within a week. Agenda and other information pertaining to the meeting will be provided through the STO event website in the enrolment period.  

    See the preliminary program below the google maps picture. After you enrolled yourself and validated by the staff, you will find also the General Information Package below the google maps picture.

    In order to book, you need to be logged in. If you do not have credentials yet please go to: create an account.

    Specific questions can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Tuesday, 28. January 2020 until Thursday, 30. January 2020
  • Wed 29 .
    Apr

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Workshop concerning the “Preparation and Characterization of Energetic Materials”, under its Propulsion and Power Systems Focus. The meeting is open to NATO nations plus Australia, Finland and Sweden  is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND SWEDEN ”. The meeting is to be held in Québec City, Canada during the Spring 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting week, from 29 April to 1 May 2020. This 2 ½ day workshop is slated to cover 18-20 presentations, several of which will be invited. Full meeting proceedings will be published on the STO website:  www.sto.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    There has been an assessment made by NATO nations on the state of development of energetic materials in the world that concluded that NATO nations should collaborate to accelerate the rate of development of new energetic material solutions. At the same time, there are important advances being made in the world related to energetic materials, namely new more performant molecules being synthesized, the production of propellants and explosives by additive manufacturing, new processing technologies that are faster and produce better quality of products, and emerging concepts promising a step function in performance. It is therefore important that NATO nations discuss all those topics at this point in time. This workshop is the follow-up from an exploratory team AVT-ET-197 on the Preparation and Characterization of Energetic Materials.

    The objective of this workshop is to share important advances in three to four critical topics for energetic materials. It will help establish the state-of-the-art in energetic materials and will allow nations to find commonalities in their work, as well as differences. This information will have to relate to ways to rapidly fill capability gaps within the NATO countries. This information will then be used to focus the topics in the corresponding Research Task Group (RTG). In theory, it should then be possible to apply burden sharing by dividing future work among nations to accelerate the rate of development.

     

    Workshop Topics

    Papers are invited in the areas of:

    Modelling and Simulation

    • Computational chemistry
    • Machine learning
    • Mesoscale simulations

    Diagnostics

    • Detonics
    • Initiation
    • Performance measurements

    Processing (molecules and formulations)

    • Emerging processing techniques
    • Additive manufacturing

    Advanced Energetics

    • Synthesis of new molecules
    • New concepts for energetics
    • Structure Property Relationships

    Specific, invited speakers will be sought for advanced topics in Machine learning (ML) for new energetic materials, novel processing technologies for propellant and explosive formulations, environmentally-friendly alternatives which can also provide more capability.

     

    Wednesday, 29. April 2020 until Friday, 01. May 2020
  • Tue 16 .
    Jun

     

    NATO Science and Technology Organization's (STO) System Analysis and Studies Panel cordially invites you to participate in the Technical Course on Basics Of Complex Modern Urban Functions And Characteristics (reference SAS-149) to be held in Rome, Italy, on 16-18 June 2020. The course is open to representatives from all NATO Nations en Organizations, NATO STO's Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden), NATO Partnership for Peace Nations and New Zealand.

    This course shall provide a foundation to both military and scientists in terms of the latest attributes of complex modern cities, which continue to evolve with increasing urbanization. This foundation should inform military and scientists in their development of operational concepts, capability developments and science & technology initiatives as well as experimentations.

    A three-part course is envisioned subject to further refinement by subject matter experts:

    Part I - As a context setting piece, consider the evolution of emerging and future threats. From a military standpoint, two challenges: adapting to the urban environment itself, and that of dealing with adaptations by others (such as peer or near-peer state competitors, non-state armed groups and criminal actors).

    Part II - New tools are required to understand the charac-teristics of the most complex system ever created by the human, the City. To understand large and complex cities is to grasp how their physical, human and informational di-mensions are interrelated. The urban operational environ-ment itself can be characterised in terms of context, scale, density, (internal and external) connectedness, diversity and flow; and it is critical to comprehend how these attrib-utes of the urban environment can affect the operational effectiveness of NATO troops and partners. Large and com-plex cities can be stressed like any other complex system in different manners, and very often unwillingly and unpre-dictably. A new Urban Science is emerging with methods that can help the practitioner, including the military, to better understand a city’s characteristics, its fragility but also its robustness and how it is, or can be made, resilient to internal and external stresses. This collective and individ-ual capacity, planned and organized, is meant to help its citizens confront and quickly adapt when facing exceptional situations in order to, as quickly as possible, restore life to an acceptable level.

    Part III – Finally the technical course will consider lessons learned when planning experimentations in live and virtual urban environments. This part will build on recent NATO and Allied experiments.

    Lecturers are Dr. Marc Barthélémy, the author of the groundbreaking book titled “The Structure and Dynamics of Cities: Urban Data Analysis and Theoretical Modeling” (2016), Dr. David Kilcullen, CEO of the Cordillera Applications Group, Patrick Maupin, the Complex Urban Environments Program Manager for Canada’s Department of National Defence at Defence Research and Development Canada, Dr. Allan W. Shearer, the Associate Dean for Research and Technology of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Dr. Geoffrey West, distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute and author of the acclaimed book titled “Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies” (2017).

    Registration for this event will open in January 2020

    Tuesday, 16. June 2020 until Thursday, 18. June 2020 08:00 - 15:00
  • Mon 5 .
    Oct

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 December 2019

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) is organizing - under its Technical Committee Mechanical Systems, Structures and Materials (TC-MSM) - a Research Workshop (RWS) on the subject of “Anti-tamper protective systems for NATO operations”.

    The meeting is open to NATO Nations plus the three “Enhanced Opportunity Partner” nations Australia, Sweden and Finland, and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND SWEDEN”. The Meeting is to be held during the Fall 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting Week (PBW) in Båstad, Sweden, 5 – 9 October 2020.

    A Research Workshop is a one-to-two day event with around 30 participants aiming at facilitating intensive information exchange and focussed discussions on a specific topic among an audience of experts and specialists. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the Speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Research Workshops result in an STO Report (Meeting Proceedings) which will be published on the CSO website: www.sto.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    Anti-tamper technologies provide the means to protect an electronic device against compromise of sensitive and proprietary data/technology through physical attacks, as well as techniques to mitigate the damages caused by such attacks from an adversary. The AVT-337 Technical Team aims to arrange a Research Workshop (RWS) to gather researchers in the area of anti-tamper protective technologies to exchange ideas and explore solutions related to emerging technologies and corresponding security standards to protect sensitive military systems from being compromised.

    An example of an emerging technology, where it is not clear to what extent current established security standards cover the secure design, implementation and testing, is an anti-tamper system based on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs). Therefore, in addition to contribute to explore existing and new anti-tamper technologies, a new point of view on security tests could emerge from this RWS. This activity will also encourage collaboration within NATO to develop hardware demonstrators.

    This RWS furthermore aims at increasing the awareness in the NATO S&T community of the needs and necessities for incorporating anti-tamper protective solutions in military electronic equipment to prevent compromising sensitive information and reverse engineering of military technology.

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    Papers, posters, and physical demonstrators are invited in the areas of (but are not limited to):

    • Anti-tamper protection on a military systems/operational level. This includes, but is not limited to, unmanned/autonomous military vehicles in urban and maritime areas, remote sensors, communication devices, and autonomous systems in military/NATO operations in general
    • New anti-tamper solutions for Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs)
    • Batteryless anti-tamper technologies (e.g. PUF-based, but not limited to)
    • Enclosure technologies based on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
    • Evaluation of the suitability of current established security standards for new emerging technologies, e.g. Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
    • Physical security assessment of emerging anti-tamper protective technologies
    • Risk management and testing strategies to improve security (both hardware and software)
    • Formal verification and other high-assurance methods for security
    • Physical assurance of integrated circuits and Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs) against focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM)
    • Physical / logical shielding
    • Countermeasures against physical attacks
    • Solutions for bitstream protection and assurance
    • Printed circuit board (PCB) trust and assurance
    • Anti-tamper response strategies / technologies
    • Mitigations against aging and other environmental issues for PUF-based technologies
    • New promising materials for anti-tamper protection

     

    Other topics of interest concern attacks and fault analysis of anti-tamper technologies. These could be, but not limited to:

    • Side channel analysis (power, timing, electromagnetic emanation, etc.)
    • Fault injection
    • Environmental attacks

    Monday, 05. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Mon 5 .
    Oct

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January 2019

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Specialists’ Meeting on the subject of “Enabling Platform Technologies for Resilient Small Satellite Constellations for NATO Missions.” The meeting is open to NATO Nations plus Sweden, Australia, Finland and New Zealand and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND NEW ZEALAND”. The Meeting is to be held in Båstad, Sweden on 5–7 October 2020.

    A Specialists’ Meeting is a medium-sized three-day event with up to 100 participants that aims at promoting exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge among an audience of experts and specialists on an important scientific or applied topic. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the Speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Specialists’ Meetings result in a STO Report (Meeting Proceedings) published by NATO. Selected papers will be peer-reviewed to be published in a NATO AVT Journal.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    The AVT-336 Technical Team is investigating the state-of-of-the-art, gaps, opportunities and benefits to be derived by infusing enabling platform technologies for small satellite constellations for responsive, resilient, reliable and affordable space infrastructure required for NATO missions. More specifically, the potential topics to be addressed are broadly categorised under three primary levels of spacecraft technologies, namely, constellation level, system or satellite level and subsystem level.

    The primary objective of this meeting is to bring together experts in the field to review and assess the current state-of-the-art in Platform Technologies for Resilient Small Satellite Constellations capable of effectively performing for NATO Missions to identify the gaps in technologies and define the required next steps. The AVT-336 Technical Team will assemble the results of this Specialists’ Meeting together with external information to provide a final summary report detailing the current state-of-the-art and providing recommendations discussed at the Specialists’ Meeting to enhance the value to be derived from small spacecraft constellation technologies. One of the major goals of the STO is monitoring emerging technologies and bringing together experts to present and discuss the needs and ideas for these new technologies for application in their fields.

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    This call for papers seeks presentations on the following technological aspects of small satellite constellations under three board levels of systems: 

    Constellation Level:  Multiple spacecraft operating in a coordinated approach can accomplish missions and provide performance not possible by a single spacecraft.  Constellation architectures can be designed to provide global coverage or to optimize mission spatial and temporal coverage.  They can consist of multiple copies of the same satellite or be formed of satellites with different functional designs.  Technical papers are sought that describe architectures and missions for multiple satellites that address the unique challenges and opportunities presented by spacecraft constellations. These technologies include but are not limited to:

    • Multi-spacecraft, interoperable architecture
      • Communication interface
      • Control implications
      • Distributed satellites with diverse functionality
    • Mission level autonomy for constellations
      • Mission optimization
      • Automatic collision avoidance
    • Survivability of mission capability
      • New redundancy concepts
      • Improved resiliency through spacecraft redundancy
      • Embedded deorbit technologies
      • Reliability modelling
    • Use of commercial constellations to host military payload
      • Benefits, Risks, Costs
    • Quick launch and multiple launch capabilities
      • Rapid launch capability
      • Standard interface for bus and payloads 

    System or Satellite Level: Individual spacecraft are the building blocks of a constellation. They have multiple subsystems integrated together that enable the spacecraft system to perform its mission without any physical connection to other space assets. In recent years, technology advances have enabled smaller and lower mass satellites which makes them particularly attractive for satellite constellations. Technical papers are sought that describe spacecraft modular architectures and system technologies that address the unique challenges of small, low cost spacecraft. Technologies of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Communication
      • Satellite to ground communication, Satellite-to-satellite or satellite-to-aircraft
      • High bandwidth communications
      • Secure communications
    • Command and control
      • Autonomous operations
      • Safety and security
    • High volume manufacturing techniques
      • Cross industry training
      • Just in time manufacturing
    • Processing of data to generate information
      • On-board computer hardware enabling AI
      • On-board processing for data reduction
    • Propulsion and manoeuvring
      • High precision thrusts
      • Electric propulsion, ion propulsion, FEEP, PPT
      • Cold gas and resistojet

     

    Subsystem Level: Within each spacecraft system, there exist subsystem technologies that reduce size, weight and power (SWAP) and/or provide increased performance over previous technology. To achieve the full potential of small spacecraft constellations, new subsystem technologies are critical to advancing performance and decreasing costs. Technical papers are sought that describe new approaches and technologies for spacecraft subsystems that include but are not limited to:

    • Thermal management in small volume
      • Passive or active use of heat pipes HPs or LHPs
      • Duty cycle adjustment but not suitable for military applications
    • Improved on-board processing capability
      • Use of COTS equipment
    • New technology infusion
      • Transition of commercial technology (COTS)
      • New materials
      • Modular plug-and-play mechanisms
    • Deployable apertures for power and RF antennas
      • Booms and antennas
      • Miniaturization of antennas
    • Precision flying through accurate positions
      • Sensors and algorithms
    • Deorbit systems

    Monday, 05. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Tue 6 .
    Oct

    Call for papers Combat Casualty Care 2035

    DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS:

    Deadline: 31 March 2020

    For information please contact:

    Dr Terry Rauch (United States) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Colonel Michael Davis (United States) -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard (United Kingdom) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Symposium 

    To be held in Madrid, Spain from 6-7 October 2020

     

    Symposium Combat Casualty Care 2035

    Current combat casualty care and medical planning guidelines are based on rapid evacuation to damage control surgery and critical care. Future operational environments will considerably impact NATO forces’ ability to adhere to these guidelines and medically evacuate casualties to provide life, limb, and eyesight saving treatments in a timely manner. Additionally, the potentially massive volume and complexity of medical casualties resulting from advanced weapon systems and battlespace tactics will overwhelm the ability to provide battlespace trauma care given current military assets and doctrine. These factors are likely to result in case fatality and died of wounds rates more similar to those observed during World War I and II than achieved during the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

     

    Go to the full document in order to see the details how to send your abstracts.

    Tuesday, 06. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Wed 5 .
    May

    This Research Specialists' Meeting is open to NATO Nations + Australia Finland, Sweden and New Zealand.

    Wednesday, 05. May 2021 until Wednesday, 06. May 2020 08:00 - 17:30

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