The conference is organized by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), of which I am a member. I presented a paper on Standards-Based Plug-and-Play Data Distribution, and the work we are doing with plug-and-play research satellites.
The conference is much different from an OracleWorld, JavaOne or FooCamp. Some differences:
- You'll see a lot of gray hair and hear quiet a few stories about building the real-time kernel for the Space Shuttle. Budget cuts must have killed a lot of (young) aerospace companies.
- Suits are in. Plus you'll run into the occasional military uniform, both US as foreign military.
- You'll find presentators from the big university laboratories at Carnegie Mellon, MIT Lincoln Labs, Jet Propulsion Lab, Utah State University Space Software Lab.
- Many of the space engineers run one person consultancies, subcontracted to these big labs and NASA programs.