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CODER 2020


The UMD Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research announces the CODER 2020 Virtual Workshop!

Hosted in partnership with the Secure World Foundation,George Washington University Space Policy Institute (SPI), and the SDA Bacconni School of Management Space Economy Evolution (SEE) Lab, the fall 2020 CODER Workshop will be a premier virtual forum for orbital debris issues and ideas, open to all who are involved or interested in any aspect of the growing threat to safe and secure space flight.  

Stay tuned, or sign up for email updates. More registration and additional details to be announced. 


Keynotes, technial presentations and panel sessions will take place over the three-day event.  Abstracts are sought in all fields supporting the orbital debris enterprise, including, but not limited to:

Space Situational Awareness

  • Detection, Tracking, ID & Characterization
  • Behavior Assessment & Prediction
  • Object/Event Ontologies & Taxonomies
  • Multi-Source Information Fusion Models & Methods
  • Evidence & Decision Support Systems

The Space Environment

  • Monitoring
  • Flux Prediction & Evolution
  • Space Weather & Atmos. Models

Mitigation Practices and Technologies

  • Hypervelocity Impacts/Shielding
  • Passivation/EOL Disposal
  • Mission Design

Remediation Technologies & Architectures

  • Rendezvous/Docking/Autonomy
  • Sensors
  • Capture Devices
  • Deorbit Technologies

Space Policy

  • SSA Information Sharing
  • Mitigation/Remediation Policy
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • International Collaboration
  • Re-entry Liability

For information on past workshops (CODER 2014/2016/2018), please go to the dropdown menu under WORKSHOPS above.


Please submit abstracts in the following informal format:

Identify title, author, affiliation and contact information.  Submit a one-paragraph abstract of no more than 500 words, and a brief biography highlighting your relevant experience.  Abstracts should be emailed to  The workshop will be presentation only. No papers will be required.

Submission/Registration Schedule

  • Abstract Sbumission Deadline for Best Consideration - October 23
  • FINAL DEADLINE for Abstract Submissions - October 30
  • Notification to Authors - No later than November 6
  • Deadline for Presentation Submissions - November 20
  • Workshop registration deadline - November 30


General Registration: $100

Student Registration: $25



Companies wishing to sponsor the workshop find rate and contact information here.

Please email us at if you have questions about any aspect of the workshop.


Prof. Ray Sedwick
Ph: 301-405-0111
Fx: 617-812-0356