Frederick A. Slane

Frederick A. Slane


Mr. Fred Slane is a leader in the development and proliferation of space standards in the U.S. and abroad. His current work is leading the development of a reference space technical architecture for the global space industry and NASA. He served as the Chair of the Committee on Standards for Space Plug and Play for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Internationally, he is the U.S. Head of Delegation to the Subcommittee for Space Systems and Operations. He was the Project Lead for standards on Spacecraft Initialization for Lunar Simulants and CubeSats. He was also an invited member and subsequently a subgroup lead for the National Research Office Launch Interaction Workshop.

Mr. Slane retired from the U.S. Air Force after a career that concluded with an assignment as the Chief Architect and Chief Engineer for the ORS Office of Air Force Space Command. In 2003, Mr. Slane founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Space Infrastructure Foundation. He has been the Project Lead on four ISO and AIAA space standards, has published over 15 papers and reports, and has presented numerous classes and presentations on space architecture and standardization. Mr. Slane is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


  • Use of Model-Driven Architectures to Increase Responsiveness and Reduce Cost, Reinventing Space, May 2011
  • Development of a Useful Standard for Lunar Simulants, COSPAR, July 2008
  • Integrating a Modular Excavator as a Smart Tool into the Space Exploration Infrastructure using Small Satellite Systems Protocols, Small Satellite Conference, August 2008
  • Extension of A Layered Architecture for Mitigation of Dust for Manned and Robotic Space Exploration, Space Resources Roundtable, October 2007
  • Space Plug and Play Avionics Standards: Progress, Problems, and a View of the Future, InfoTech, May 2007
  • Improving the Process of Coupled Loads Analysis, 26th NRO/AIAA Space Launch Integration Forum, September 2006
  • A Standard for the Space Environment at the Moon, COSPAR, July 2006
  • A Layered Architecture for Mitigation of Dust for Manned and Robotic Space Exploration, Earth & Space 2006: Engineering, Construction, and Operations In Challenging Environments Proceedings, March 2006
  • Engineering Implications of Levitating Lunar Dust, Space 94 Proceedings
  • Dust Levitation on the Moon, Space 94 Proceedings
  • See CV for further publications

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