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Instructions for Authors

In view of the variety of constraints faced by authors from industry, academia and government, submission of full papers by authors is not required. Acceptance into the technical program will be based on evaluation of an abstract alone.

Abstract Format

The example below from a previous CASI Conference shows the required format. The title font is 16 point bold. The font for author(s) and text is 12 point regular.

Making Space for Everyone: A Research Program Aimed at Breaking Down Barriers to New Technology Adoption in Space

Ferguson, Philip

University of Manitoba

Over the past 50 years, the space industry has been hesitant to adopt many of the most cutting-edge advances in satellite research. As a result, these missions continue to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take close to a decade to design and build spacecraft prior to launch. This paper introduces a collaborative, interdisciplinary research program to overcome some of the barriers that prevent the space industry from implementing new technologies. This research aims to improve the reliability of space missions and reduce the cost and design cycle time by addressing key aspects of space systems design. Firstly, resilient spacecraft control systems will be developed by investigating safe, self-configuring and adaptive satellite control strategies that reduce development time by eliminating the need for simulation, characterization or calibration prior to launch. Second, robust and scalable “cloud-based” navigation solutions will be developed that can leverage knowledge of existing space objects to help control satellite position and orientation in orbit. Third, smart technologies will be developed for harsh space environments that can be embedded into multi-function structural spacecraft panels to provide protection from launch vibration, radiation and small particles. A multi-vehicle drone testbed will be developed to evaluate, characterize and demonstrate these technologies without resorting to a full satellite launch. During this program, students will work with Magellan Aerospace to understand the challenges of satellite engineering and design and build a technology demonstration satellite mission in the jointly-owned Advanced Satellite Integration Facility. The enabling technologies developed in this research program will make space engineering more relevant to today’s engineering state of the art and make space more accessible to Canadian companies and research institutions.

Full Paper and Extended Abstract Format

The following example from a previous CASI AERO conference illustrates the required format.

Part 1 shows the extended abstract format.

Part 2 provides instructions for authors who wish to submit a full paper.


These instructions are provided for your benefit as an author. By following them you will be doing your part to ensure that conference materials present your contribution as attractively as possible, and in conformity with the other submissions. Abstracts and full papers will be used exactly as submitted and will not be reformatted.

File name

Files must be submitted in a .docx format, and named using the following convention:

(Last Name of lead author) etal [if more than one] ASTRO (identifier).docx


Legault etal ASTRO Abstract.docx


Legault etal ASTRO Final Paper.docx


Top, bottom, and side margins should be 1” to allow output onto 8.5” x 11” paper.


The title should start 1” from the top of the sheet, centered across the page. The title should be in 14 point, bold.


The name and organization of the principal author and corresponding author(s) should be presented as shown in the example above. The names of the authors should be in 11 point. Other details should be in 10 point.


The abstract should not exceed 300 words. Abstracts in both official languages may be submitted. The body of the abstract should be in 11 point, italics.

Extended abstract

For inclusion in the Proceedings an extended abstract may be submitted. The length including footnotes and references should not exceed 1500 words.


Main Body of Paper

The main body of the paper should be full-page format, justified. It should start with an Introduction and finish with a Conclusion (or Summary) and References. Main section titles should be in 11 point, bold. Subsection titles should be in 11 point, regular. Sections may or may not be numbered. The body text should be in 11 point.

Length of the Paper

The paper should be between 5 and 10 pages.

Page Numbering

Pages should be numbered in the lower right-hand corner within the footer of the page.


Figures should be embedded with the text. Captions should be 11 point, italics.

Submission of Papers

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted by means of an email attachment to AstroSubmissions@casi.ca in an editable file format. Microsoft Word is preferred.

Full papers and extended abstracts may be submitted prior to, during or after the Conference. The final deadline for submission is 17 December 2022.

Authors are encouraged to submit their paper to the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal for publication. CASJ is a peer-reviewed journal and the goal is to assemble a sufficient number of papers to complete a Special Issue dedicated to ASTRO 2022.

For more information e-mail CASI at astro@casi.ca or call +1 (613) 591-8787.

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