About the FISO Telecon Series


The FISO (Future In-Space Operations) Telecon Series was begun in 2006, by the then-active FISO Working Group, as an innovative outreach effort to bring space technology, engineering, and science to the widespread space community with presentations from leaders in their field. Although the telephone line telecon can host a limited number of invited participants, we are pleased to archive the slides and audio from them for the general public.


This effort has been described in some detail by founding Co-Chairs Harley Thronson and Dan Lester in an article in The Space Review.


Co-I Thronson was awarded a Goddard Space Flight Center Astrophysics Science Division “Peer Award” for this effort in 2012. This award recognized the FISO Telecon Series as an innovative and thus far unique forum, providing researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers information on “hot topics” of strategic importance. The general public gets access to all of this.


As of August 2015, Dan Dumbacher, former Deputy AA of HEOMD at NASA HQ and Director of the Engineering Directorate at MSFC, as well as a leader in major NASA programs, now on the faculty of Purdue University, has joined us as a FISO telecon co-chair. We are delighted that the FISO telecon is now an informal cooperative venture of NASA, University of Texas, and Purdue University.

Although the telephone part of the FISO telecon isn't public (and
here's why) we make an effort to publicly archive both the presentation slides and the audio, making it easy for anyone to podcast the presentation. Usually this podcast is available within half an hour of the conclusion of the telephone telecon. We have well over two hundred and fifty presentations in this archive, from space agency, industry, and academic leaders in the aerospace field, going back nine years. Presentations are downloaded from this archive from users all over the world, at a rate of many hundreds per week for unique downloads (we don't count multiple downloads from individual IPs). Please don't hesitate to publicly share the URL for our archive page. That archive page is just for the last few years. The archive pages for the nine years before that are linked to at the bottom of it.