Space Operations and Support Technical Committee
) is a committee within the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(AIAA) and is concerned with all aspects of civil, military
, and commercial space operations and support, including direct and supporting operations, the systems and software
affecting operations, and operational risk management
. The SOSTC addresses all types of space operations, including manned
space operations from low-earth-orbiting
systems. It is involved with all phases of mission operations, including pre-launch and launch
, early mission commissioning, on-orbit activities, cruise and encounter, post-landing, and end-of-life operations. The SOSTC likewise addresses space-related operational support, including training
, servicing, mission planning, flight dynamics
transmission, command and control, and data handling, processing, analysis
, and storage.
In 2004, the SOSTC partnered with the to publish the Space Operations Communicator
, the first peer-reviewed, technical journal dedicated to space flight operations and ground support.