These conversations with experts will cover a spectrum of timely topics including programs, systems, policy, operations, applications, platforms and more! Delve deep into subjects like hybrid electric propulsion systems, additive manufacturing, and assuring critical system behavior—just to name a few.
2017 program coming soon! Check back often to see our speakers and panels as they develop.
In the meantime, last year's schedule will give you an idea what to expect for 2017!
NRC Low-Carbon Aviation Report and Recommendations
Monday, 25 July, 09:30 - 12:00 hrs
In 2015, NASA commissioned the National Research Council to convene a committee to develop a national research agenda with the objective of reducing life-cycle carbon emissions from commercial aviation. The recommended research agenda consists of a prioritized set of research projects of importance to the national and international commercial aeronautics community, and focuses on advances in technologies and capabilities that can only be achieved through substantial research and technology development. Specifically, the committee focused on new or more highly efficient propulsion (such as hybrid-electric) and energy systems (such as biofuels, batteries, and fuel cells). These include consideration of the opportunities and challenges that changes in propulsion and energy technologies have for aircraft configurations, airline operational models, and infrastructure integration.
- Marty Bradley, Technical Fellow, Boeing (moderator)
- Alan Angleman, Study Director, Aeronautics and Space, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the National Research Council)
- Karen Thole, Department Head (Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering) and Professor, Pennsylvania State University
- Alan Epstein, Gas Turbine and Propulsion Integration Chapter Leader, Pratt and Whitney
- Mike Benzakein, Director, Propulsion and Power Center, Ohio State University
- Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)
Launch Vehicle Reusability: Holy Grail, Chasing our Tail, or Somewhere in Between?
Monday, 25 July 2015, 1530 -1800 hrs
The recent landings of first-stage rockets by SpaceX (Falcon) and Blue Origin (New Shepard) mark a technical watershed in the development of launch vehicles. Successful demonstration of this technology guarantees the ability to examine the effect of operation on flight hardware, and to understand differences between "as designed, " and "as performed." Advocates of reuseability also discuss the promise of opportunity for significantly lower costs, derived through reuseability of components and heardware. Others are not so sure, citing effects such as higher per-unit costs absent large-number production to drive costs in a different direction. The Space Shuttle program offered a form of reuseability for the main engines, solid-rocket boosters, and the orbiter, however "learning" in the form of evolution in design could not be implemented due to the development of only five orbiters. In this panel, we will discuss the basic principles and viewpoints surrounding reuseabilty, discuss both the economic and engineering advantages and challenges, and explore how eventual design evolution based on learning may change significantly how we build and launch boosters to lift payloads into orbit.
- Dan Dumbacher, Professor of Practice, Purdue University (moderator)
- Gary Payton, Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Air Force Academy
- Doug Bradley, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Liquid Rocket Propulsion: Lessons Learned
Tuesday, 26 July 2015, 0930-1200 hrsLeaders in the liquid propulsion community share their personal experiences from working in academia, small and large aerospace companies, and government institutions. Topics covered range from dealing with technical and programmatic difficulties in system and organization evolutions to personal challenges encountered.
- Eric Bresard, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, California State University
"Making Rocket Programs a Success in Universities"
- Stephen Heister, Raisbeck Distinguished Professor, Director of the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratory, Purdue University
"History of the Maurice Zucrow Lab at Purdue University"
- John Steinmeyer, Business Development Director, Orbital ATK
"International Cooperation on the Delta, Sea Launch and Antares Programs"
- Michael Kelly, Chief Engineer, FAA Office of the Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
"Lessons learned from industry, private venture, and federal government"
- Allan McDonald, Aerospace Consultant and Author of Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger
"30 Years after Challenger - Ethics Lessons Learned but not Forgotten"
Nuclear Power for Distant Solar Systems Destinations
Tuesday, 26 July 2015, 1500-1800 hrs
The quest for understanding the origins of life and the solar-system are leading us deeper into space, as we "follow the water." Europa, Titan, Enceladus, and Mars are all critical destinations for finding water, organics, and other potential clues to important scientific questions. As we pursue robotic exploration - and eventual human follow-up to these destinations, the use of solar-power becomes more problematic at large scale and drives engineering solutions towards nuclear power sources. Recently, the United States has restarted the production of plutonium suited for use in Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermal Power Generators (MMRTGs), and technology is being pursued to develop advanced, stirling, brayton, and other energy conversion technologies. In this panel, we will survey the landscape of deep-space power, for both landed and "fly-by" missions. We will discuss the various pros and cons of different technology candidates, suitability of hardware for high-radiation environments such as the magnetosphere of Jupiter, and the prospects for future missions.
- Lee Mason, Principal Technologist for Power and Energy Storage, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA (moderator)
- Rex Geveden, Chief Operating Officer, BWX Technologies, Inc.
- John Casani, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (retired)
- Leonard Dudzinski, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
- Susan Voss, President, Global Nuclear Networks Analysis, LCC
- Patrick McClure, Project Lead for Reactor Development, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Rising Leaders in Aerospace - Forum 360 Combined Session
Wednesday, 27 July, 0930-1200 hrs
This session will begin with with Rex Geveden, Chief Operating Officer, BWX Technologies, Inc.speaking about "Seven Career Hacks for Professional Success." Afterwards, Mr. Geveden will moderate a round-table discussion of professionals talking about their own unique challenges and successes.