Space Cost Engineering Conference

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11 - 12 février 2019
  • ESA/ESTEC , Noordwijk, Pays-Bas
  • EN
  • Pas de visioconférence
  • Public
  • Kanthéa KHENG animateur


With this pre-announcement we aim to gauge the interest for a two-day conference on Cost Engineering at ESTEC, organised by ESA and CNES, enabling us to size the facilities and associated logistics.

Your answer to this pre-announcement in terms of expressed interest is not committing but will be highly appreciated to help our planning process. contact

 Location and dates:

The Conference will take place on ESA/ESTEC site in Noordwijk (The Netherlands) on the 11th and 12th of February 2019


The Cost Engineering profession in the space domain is constantly evolving, needing to keep up with new tools and methods as well as the rapidly evolving space market, space systems and services that are the subject of our cost estimates.

The conference is to facilitate the exchange of best practices, methods, trends and lessons learned within the cost engineering community, giving opportunity to participants to demonstrate and share their work through papers and presentations on:

  • Cost modelling
  • Cost analysis
  • Affordability analysis
  • Design-to-Cost
  • Earned Value Management
  • Technical and Cost Data Acquisition and Storing
  • Cost evolution trends
  • Impact of and lessons learned from New Space approaches
  • Cost reduction vs risk taking
  • Cost engineering in feasibility studies, concept studies and running projects
  • The evolution of the cost engineer profile
  • … and related subjects.


The conference will furthermore host the first meeting of the new COMET group on cost engineering in which ESA is a playing a significant role.

The cost engineering group will initially be part of the System COMET. The meeting of that group will take place on the second day of the conference and will last for half a day.

  Who should attend?

  • Professionals in the domain of cost engineering and cost analysis from industry, space agencies, institutes and academia, and space service providers
  • Cost estimating service and tool providers.
  • Researchers in the area of cost modelling, data mining, statistics, etc.
  • System Engineers, Project Controllers, Procurement Managers, Study Managers, Executive Managers and Project Managers dealing with cost estimates and cost-related trades.

Although the focus of the conference is space, the cost estimating concepts and tools presented may apply to all large project-based businesses such as aeronautics and automotive industry. Participants from non-space domains are therefore also encouraged to join our conference.

 Abstracts, Papers and Presentations

  • All abstracts will be subjected to a “triple-blind review” by at least three members of the Technical Committee.
  • Abstracts not to exceed 1 page  (of the conference template).
  • Presentation time slots will be 20 minutes including questions.
  • Poster session with 3 minute pitch





Pre-Announcement period


Opening abstract submission

Early July 

Abstract submission deadline

21 September 2018

Authors notification and preliminary programme

26 October 2018

Paper submission deadline

23 November 2018

Final programme

14 December 2018

Early registration fee deadline & Author registration deadline

11 January 2019

Conference dates

11th – 12th February 2019

Proceedings published   December 2018

May 2019


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