The University of New Mexico's Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations & Applications Center (COSMIAC) will be joining NASA in co-hosting the ReSpace and Military/Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) conferences in Albuquerque, N.M. from Nov. 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency hotel.

The ReSpace Conference is a new yearly conference organized by COSMIAC as a way for various space and space microsystems organizations to interact with each other and increase the knowledge base for those working in the growing fields of small satellite and reconfigurable electronics, among other space and aerospace related technologies. The topics to be discussed at the conference vary from small electronics devices to the spacecraft that use them. The full conference schedule is available here.

And this year, the Military/Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) conference – traditionally held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – is being combined with the ReSpace conference in Albuquerque.

Steve Suddarth, the Director of COSMIAC and ReSpace/MAPLD Chair, stresses how changes in electronics are now making space systems affordable and accessible on an unprecedented level. For example, it is possible today to launch a fully-functioning spacecraft for only $30-$50,000, a reduction of several orders of magnitude from the past. The ReSpace/MAPLD conference will focus on how the U.S. can further the underlying cause, new electronic capabilities.

COSMIAC is a congressional supported space electronics center established at the University of New Mexico, and the center's role is to promote aerospace innovation through the use of configurable technology in military and aerospace systems serving the interests of interests, government and academia.

For more information about the ReSpace/MAPLD 2010 conference, please visit the conference website.

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