2009 Space Nuclear Systems Forum  February 10-12, 2009  Houston, Texas




Universities Space Research    Association
Center for Space Nuclear Research
National Aeronautics and
   Space Administration

Idaho National Laboratory
American Nuclear Society
American Institute of Aeronautics
    and Astronautics

Shannon Bragg-Sitton,
   Texas A&M University
Michael Houts,
   NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Steve Howe,
   Center for Space Nuclear Research
John Scott,
   NASA Johnson Space Center





The 2009 Space Nuclear Systems Forum (SNSF-09) will be held February 10–12, 2009, at the Gilruth Center at NASA Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas.


When:  February 10–12 , 2009
Where:  Houston, Texas


For 25 years, the space nuclear community has gathered in Albuquerque each February for the Symposium on Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion, which in recent years has been joined by other conferences on advanced technologies for space to form the Space Technologies and Applications International Forum (STAIF). Unfortunately, the highly successful STAIF conferences will not be held in 2009.  In order to sustain the momentum and positive collaborative environment established by STAIF for professionals working in the field of advanced space power and propulsion systems, two meetings with slightly different focal points will be held in 2009.

The first of these meetings is the Space Nuclear Systems Forum, followed by the Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2009), an embedded topical meeting at the June 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Nuclear Society.  For more information on NETS-2009, please visit http://anst.ans.org/NETS2009/About.htm.

The goal of SNSF-09 is to provide training and to establish a productive dialogue among technical system designers and potential user groups for both fission and radioisotope power systems.  The two-and-one-half day forum will consist of plenary sessions with invited speakers and small working group sessions for focused discussion.  The forum will be small and focused and will not include peer-reviewed published papers.  Researchers are encouraged to submit full-length technical papers to the sister conference, Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2009).

Participation from potential space nuclear system users/mission planners and space nuclear system designers/specialists is strongly encouraged.  To allow for productive interaction, space will be limited.

A preliminary agenda is now available. 


This training opportunity will be offered free of charge, but participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance to ensure that a seat will be available.  Due to space limitations, interested participants will be guaranteed a spot on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please submit your participant application form by December 19, 2008, for the best opportunity to secure a seat.  Even if you previously submitted an “Indication of Intent” form, you will still need to submit a participant application form to provide the organizers additional information required to plan the meeting.

Because the meeting will be held on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center, foreign nationals MUST send their participant forms by December 19, 2008, to allow adequate processing time.


Advance Sign Up —
   Required for all foreign
   nationals by December 19, 2008

Onsite Sign Up —
   Discouraged as no guarantee is
   made regarding space availability


Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations. For your convenience, a list of local hotels and a local area map showing their locations are provided.


For further information regarding training objectives and agenda, please contact

Texas A&M University
phone:  979-862-8446
fax: 979-845-6443
e-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding training logistics, please contact

Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone:  281-486-2164
e-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding participant application forms, please contact

Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone:  281-486-2142
e-mail: [email protected]

  December 19, 2008  
Deadline for advance registration for foreign nationals
  February 10 –12, 2009  

2009 Space Nuclear Systems Forum,
at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas



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