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Ground System Architectures Workshop to be Held March 31-April 3

El Segundo, Calif. -- "Achieving Operationally Responsive Ground Systems" is the theme for the 12th annual Ground System Architectures Workshop (GSAW) to be held March 31-April 3, 2008, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach, Calif.

GSAW2008 is an international forum for spacecraft ground system users, developers, and researchers to share their experiences through presentations, working groups, and panel discussions.

The event is sponsored and organized by The Aerospace Corporation in cooperation with Air Force Space Command, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the National Reconnaissance Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Southern California, Software Engineering Institute, University of California Irvine, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Wanda M. Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, will present the welcoming address April 1 and Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, SMC Commander, will deliver the opening-day keynote speech following Dr. Austin's welcome.

Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege Jr. (USAF, Ret.) will deliver the keynote address to open the April 2 session. He led Department of Defense net-centric operations as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be the keynote speaker April 3.

Anil Agrawal of The Aerospace Corporation, general chair of the workshop, said that GSAW2008 will highlight new ideas, lessons learned and the identification of common solutions in the creation, application and evaluation of architectures to meet the challenges of complex ground systems.

The workshop will address issues and solutions associated with making ground systems more user-responsive with the goal of reducing deployment time, providing new capabilities, and deploying new missions and additional interfaces. Tutorials will be offered March 31.

A classified session will be hosted at The Aerospace Corporation the afternoon of April 3.

For more details and to register, visit http://csse.usc.edu/gsaw
or http://www.aero.org/conferences/gsaw/
or call 310-336-0454.