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Upcoming Events

July
11

Lecture: FLOAT & SWIM – Novel Meso-Scale Robots for Extreme Lunar and Ocean World Environments

This lecture will discuss two NIAC Phase I studies (FLOAT and SWIM) which investigate novel solutions for the unique environmental, operational, and design constraints imposed on two types of robots operating on the Moon and Ocean Worlds.


July
20 - 21

Symposium: Venus Science Enabled by Human Proximity

This symposium will focus on evaluating the science opportunities enabled by human fly-by or orbital missions at Venus. The goals of the KISS symposium include identifying the most valuable science opportunities, technologies, engineering solutions, and effects that potential human Venus missions could have on robotic planet exploration and the overall Venus science community.


August
15 - 19

Workshop: Developing a Continuity Framework for Satellite Observations of Climate

The goal of the workshop is to establish consensus around the needs and challenges associated with “Continuity”, including: considering the needs for climate science, mitigation, adaptation, and identifying technical, programmatic, and observing architecture design challenges.


27
August
 Tyranny of the Rocket Equation
27
October
Profits in the Final Frontier
Space Entrepreneurship Panel:

Profits in the Final Frontier
6
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due
22
December
Proposals Due
Proposals Due
7 - 11
December
Methane on Mars
Workshop:

Methane on Mars
15
February
Proposals Selections Announced
Proposals Selections Announced
14 - 17
June
Methane on Mars - Part II
3
October
Solicitation Release Date
Solicitation Release Date
3
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due (noon)
20
December
Proposals Due
Proposals Due (noon)
18-20
January
Co-Sponsored Event
Star Formation and Nearby Galaxies with JWST
26-31
March
Caltech Space Challenge 2017
03-04
June
The Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium
15
May
Cassini's Grand Finale
16
August
JPL Postdoc Research Day
October
3
Call for Concepts for Study Programs
October
1
Call for Concepts for Study Programs
November
3
Proposal Concepts Due
Announcement:

Proposal Concepts Due
December
20
Proposals Due
Announcement:

Proposals Due
November
15
JPL Research Poster Conference
February
12-16
MarsX: Mars Subsurface Exploration
March
19-23
Designing Future CMB Experiments
December
9
Plan B: Engineering a Cooler Earth
22
February
The Interstellar Age
2
April
Moon Diver Mission Concept
15
October
Tidal Heating on Solar System Worlds
June
20
2018 JPL Postdoc Research Day
July
19
Solar Probe
1
November
Proposal Concepts Due
Proposal Concepts Due
5
November
KISS Affiliates
KISS Affiliates Program Nominations Concepts Due
November
7
2018 JPL Research Poster Conference
18
December
Proposals Due
Proposals Due
November
7
2018 JPL Research Poster Conference
July
10
2019 JPL Postdoc Research Day
August
19-23
NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models
January
7 - 9
Exploring Ocean Worlds (ExOW)
January
26
Affiliates Welcome Event
Special Event:

Affiliates Welcome
June
7 - 11
 Workshop: Next-Generation Planetary Geodesy
November
19
 Nominations Due: 2022 KISS Affiliates Program
Nominations Due:

2022 KISS Affiliates Program
December
20
 Proposals Due: 2022 Study Programs
Proposals Due:

2022 KISS Study Programs
February
23
 Fireside Chat with Chad Edwards
Special Event:

Fireside Chat with Chad Edwards

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Video Posted: A Year of Innovation and Action to Reduce Negative Impacts from Fires

This webinar overviews efforts to coordinate fire research, management, policy, and technology development for coordinated action to reduce negative impacts from wildfire. It builds on a workshop hosted by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) in March 2021. Since this workshop, many major national efforts have occurred, including: national policies and funding, research agendas, agency coordination, and big technology investments.

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Final Report: Non-Nuclear Exploration of the Solar System

The Keck Institute for Space Studies hosted a workshop that investigated the potential and limitations of a non-nuclear solar system exploration architecture. This final report represents the findings of this workshop, and provides evaluation of the system architectures and technologies necessary to extend solar-powered missions to the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

Final Report DOI:10.7907/h62p-6328

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KISS Affiliate Aida Behmard won the Caltech Three Minute Thesis Competition

On April 19th, KISS Affiliate Aida Behmard won the Caltech Three Minute Thesis Final Event in an exciting competition with fourteen talented finalists. She won the $3000 grand prize for her presentation "Planets on a Galactic Scale".

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NASA Rethinks its Mars Strategy

Recent article by Leonard David published in Aerospace America describes a recommendation for NASA from the scientists working on the Keck Institute for Space Studies program "Revolutionizing Access to the Martian Surface" to send a variety of small robotic spacecraft to regions inaccessible to today's landers and rovers.

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