Monday, November 16, 2020 12:00 AM - Friday, November 20, 2020 11:59 PM

3rd Interstellar Probe Exploration Workshop

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Meeting Location and Dates
The 3rd Annual Interstellar Probe Exploration Workshop will be held virtually on November 16–20, 2020.

Purpose and Scope
The 3rd Annual Interstellar Probe Exploration Workshop is being organized for heliophysicists, planetary scientists, astrophysicists, and engineers from all over the world. The purpose of the workshop is to gather together and discuss the objectives, design, and operations for a near-term, pragmatic interstellar probe mission.

This workshop is organized by a team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory studying such a mission for the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

We invite wide participation and welcome input and discussion on valuable science goals, operational scenarios, and technologies relevant to a high-escape-speed, heliophysics-focused mission that launches by 2030. Topics of interest can apply to flight systems, ground systems, data processing, and more.

Science Traceability Matrix
The latest version of the Science Traceability Matrix is available by clicking here.

Virtual Poster Session
Please take a moment to review the posters that were submitted to this workshop, which you can access by clicking here. You can review the posters, listen to recorded presentations by the authors, and post questions for authors to respond to all through the website linked above.

Accessing Zoom Rooms
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Agenda and Presentations

Day Session Time Title Associated File(s) Presenter Details

Call for Abstracts

The fall 2020 Interstellar Probe Exploration Workshop is inviting participants to submit abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the virtual event. Accepted abstracts will be asked to be made into either:

  • A poster presentation and a short video (2-3 minutes) highlighting the information presented
  • A talk as part of the overall ISP workshop (details to be released upon assignment)

Successful submissions will be included in the meeting proceedings and will be available on the ISP website. The submission portal for abstracts will open in mid-September.

We invite abstracts about covering the following topic areas:

  • Outer Heliosphere
  • Interstellar Medium / Local Interstellar Cloud
  • Inner Heliosphere
  • Circumsolar Dust Disk
  • Outer Solar System Solid Bodies
  • Astrophysics
  • Exoplanetary Analogues
  • Engineering and Operational Challenges
  • Lifetime and Reliability Issues of a 50+ Year Mission

We are interested in ideas and technology that would be ready to support a launch in 2030.

All abstracts are due no later than 30 October 2020.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format, and are limited to 2 pages, including any figures and tables, at no smaller than 10-point font (and 1-inch margins). Contributed abstracts will be presented as posters or as short lightning talks.

If you are unable to produce PDF files, please contact Andrea Harman (ams573@alumni.psu.edu) no later than 29 October 2020 to have your file converted for you.