FSW 2018 Call For Participation

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas
December 3-6, 2018

Southwest Research Institute in conjunction with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Aerospace Corporation, and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, is hosting the 11th Annual Workshop on Spacecraft Flight Software (FSW-2018) in San Antonio, Texas from December 3rd to 6th 2018.

In the last several years there has been a significant increase in the role of commercial entities in space technology and exploration. This presents many opportunities in the space industry, as well as some significant challenges. As such, this year the theme of the Flight Software Workshop is Commercial Space. Presentations focused on the impact of commercial space on FSW are encouraged.

This workshop provides an opportunity to present current flight architectures, novel approaches to mission solutions, and techniques for flight software development, integration, test and verification in an informal and open setting that facilitates communication across organizations and agencies. We are also inviting poster presentations from students. In addition to the overall theme of Commercial Space, a list of potential topic areas is provided further down.

Please note that this year the NASA cFS Community Day presentations, registrations, further communications and other logistics will be merged with Flight Software Workshop. This will help streamline our processes and improve logistics management for workshop volunteers.

Important Dates:

First Call for Presentations/Registration:Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Abstracts Submission Deadline: Monday, August 20th, 2018
Acceptance Notification: Monday, October 1st, 2018
Presentations Deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2018
Workshop: December 3-6, 2018

Sponsor Information:

The Aerospace Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are the Founding Sponsors of the Flight Software Workshop. The 2017 Flight Software Workshop was sponsored by following organizations. For funding 2018 Flight Software Workshop please contact the Organizing Committee:

Attendee Information:

The workshop will be held in the Building 263 Main Presentation Room at Southwest Research Institute in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Attendance will be limited to 120 attendees. Traditionally the FSW Workshop is free to attendees; information regarding how to register, hotels, and any costs that may be required to cover workshop lunches and the traditional Workshop Dinner will be forthcoming. Presentations are not necessary to attend the workshop. Registrations will open on June 27th 2018. Please revisit here for further instructions.


This is a presentation-only workshop (no papers). Those wishing to present must submit an abstract by the deadline listed above. All abstracts and presentations must be ready for public release. Presentations are video-taped and published on this website at a later date. Therefore, presentations MUST NOT contain US Export Controlled or ITAR information, and notice of this must be indicated on all presentations. All primary authors of the selected presentations MUST submit required release forms which will be provided later. Authors will receive the required release forms that they must review with the legal experts in their organization, sign, and upload prior to presentation deadline. Primary authors will receive a Google Drive URL (to upload Abstracts and Presentations) within a couple of days after registration which will open on June 27th 2018.

Suggested Presentation Topics:

Flight software engineering

  • Core flight software frameworks and open software (including cFS/cFE)
  • Modularization and reusability
  • Model-based development and code generation
  • Autonomy and fault management
  • Lessons learned

Flight software test, simulation and rapid prototyping

  • SWIL frameworks
  • Simulators (including Docker use)
  • HWIL frameworks
  • Runtime FSW diagnostics and debugging

On-board data processing

  • Spacecraft data processing (GNC, targeting, etc.)
  • Instrument data processing (images, spectrometers, etc.)
  • AI and machine learning techniques for space
  • Ground data processing (automatic data analysis, sensor processing, trending)

Flight system architectures

  • Processors, FPGAs, Multi-Core
  • Operating systems
  • Hybrid architectures
  • Runtime performance optimizations

SmallSats and CubeSats

  • Flight software architectures for smallsats/cubesats
  • Fault tolerance and autonomy/fault recovery techniques
  • Reliability / capability tradeoffs
  • On-board science data processing / instrument capabilities

SPECIAL TOPIC: Commercialization of Space

  • COTS flight software methods / architectures for commercial space
  • Fault-tolerance in commercial space
  • COTS flight processing architectures for commercial space
  • Data products / commercial space assets for rent
  • COTS Ground systems

Workshop Background:

With the advent of faster processors and advanced hardware architectures, the modern spacecraft is highly reliant upon flight software for mission success. Software is integral to most of the spacecraft subsystems ranging from power to propulsion to instrument operations. Additionally, spacecraft developers are moving beyond providing only infrastructure to creating applications that can revolutionize how these vehicles are operated and how data is processed on-board. The Aerospace Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are the Founding Sponsors of the Flight Software Workshop which was first held in November 2007.


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