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    Call for Papers

    21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference (Hypersonics 2017)

    6-9 March 2017
    University of Xiamen
    Xiamen, China  


    Important Dates to Remember

    • Abstract Submission Opens: 7 July 2016
    • Abstract submission deadline: 22 September 2016 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is CLOSED
    • Author notification: 14 November 2016
    • Paper submission deadline: 6 February 2017 

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    The 21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference will be held in Xiamen, China. The Conference will provide a forum for international discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development activities associated with space planes and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles and the technologies underpinning these capabilities.  The Conference will consist of overviews of national programs from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, programmatic summaries of major ongoing activities, keynote lectures by distinguished researchers and industry leaders, technical oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions on current issues and future directions in reusable access to space and hypersonic air transport.


    Click on the following links for more information on Abstract Submittal Guidelines and Abstract Publishing Policies.

    Technical Committee Representative

    Name: Dr. Adam Siebenhaar
    Affiliation: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento, CA (Retired)

    Technical Topics

    In keeping with the objectives of this conference, the organizers are soliciting papers from space plane and hypersonic programs and technologists from the international community. Papers are solicited in the following topic areas:

    Missions and Vehicles

    • Mission planning and real-time adaptation and optimization
    • Planned and ongoing space plane and hypersonic vehicle programs and approaches
    • Advanced launch vehicle and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles
    • Reentry vehicle systems and technologies
    • Overall system performance & optimization

    Please direct questions to John Steelant at or Gennaro Russo at 

    Operational Systems Aspects

    • Benefits and practicality of hypersonic civil transport
    • Economic and market analysis
    • Environmental effects including chemical pollution, noise, and sonic boom
    • Regulatory, certification, operational, health and safety issues

    Please direct questions to Gennaro Russo at or Sewrgey Chernikof at 

    Thermal Management Systems for Vehicles and Subsystems

    • Advanced concepts
    • System & component performance, dynamics, and active or passive control
    • Trajectory adjustment and optimization
    • System and component development and manufacturing
    • Thermal protection systems, coatings, and ablative Systems
    • Thermal protection of non-operating propulsion systems (cocooning)

    Please direct questions to Marco Munici at or Maita Masataka at

    Propulsion Systems

    • Rockets, ejector-ramjets,ramjets, dual mode ramjets, scramjets
    • Rocket and turbine combined cycles
    • Detonation engines, electric propulsion, and other advanced propulsion systems. 
    • Advanced cycles & concepts
    • System performance, dynamics, and control
    • System development and manufacturing
    • Airframe interaction and integration

    Please direct questions to Francois Falempin at or Maita Masataka at

    Propulsion Components

    • Compression components including forebodies, intakes, and compressors
    • Air cooling/collection devices
    • Injectors, combustors, isolators, nozzles, and afterbodies
    • Propellant supply systems
    • Performance enhancement concepts, e.g. plasma assisted techniques and advanced nozzles 

    • Component performance, dynamics and control 

    • Component development and manufacturing   

    • Conventional and alternative fuels, additives, catalysis

      Please direct questions to Francois Falempin at or Klaus Hannemann at

    Power Systems for Vehicles, Subsystems, and Payloads

    • Power sources, conversion and distribution systems
    • Flight mechanics, guidance and control
    • Routing, navigation, trajectory optimization, and operations research
    • Sensors, actuators, controllers and algorithms, health monitoring 
    • System and component performance, dynamics and control 
    • System and component development and manufacturing

     Please direct questions to Sewrgey Chernikof at or Adam Siebenhaar at

    Materials and Structures for Vehicles and all Subsystems     

    • Basic materials science and properties  
    • Metallic and composite materials for hot and cooled structures
    • Thermal protection systems
    • Active/functional materials 
    • Quality control, damage tolerance, structural health monitoring, and survivability 
    • Materials manufacturing and processing

    Please direct questions to Johan Steelant at or Marco Municci at

    Test and Evaluation

    • Ground test facilities, flight test operations, and simulations
    • Diagnostics and data systems 
    • Scale limitations and facility effects 
    • Test methodology, validation, and verification

    Please direct questions to Klaus Hannermann at or Adam Siebenhaar at

    Computational Methods

    • Advanced modeling and simulation techniques
    • Advanced computational techniques
    • Code validation and verification
    • Facility modeling and simulation

      Please direct questions to Vince Wheatley at or Lilong Cheng at

      Hypersonic Fundamentals and History

      • Experimental and analytical studies
      • Aero-thermodynamics, gas physics, and chemistry
      • Radiation physics and fluid-structure interactions
      • Historical aspects, analyses and assessments and lessons learned

      Please direct questions to Vince Wheatley at or Lilong Cheng at

      Abstract Submittal Guidelines

      Abstract submitters should indicate under which of the following topics their paper should appear in the conference program.


      • Missions and Vehicles
      • Operational Systems Aspects
      • Thermal Management Systems for Vehicles and Subsystems
      • Propulsion Systems
      • Propulsion Components
      • Power Systems for Vehicles, Subsystems, and Payloads
      • Materials and Structures for Vehicles and all Subsystems
      • Test & Evaluation
      • Computational Methods
      • Hypersonic Fundamentals and History


      Submittals should be approximately 1,000 words (five to six pages in length with a 12-point font, including figures, tables and text) and in the form of an extended abstract or draft paper; draft papers are encouraged. Submittals must clearly describe the purpose and scope of the work, the methods used, key results, contributions to the state of the art, and references to pertinent publications in the existing literature. The submittal should include figures and data that support the results and contributions asserted. Both abstracts and final papers should adequately address the accuracy of the numerical, analytical, or experimental results. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected based on technical content, originality, importance to the field, clarity of presentation, and potential to result in a quality full paper. As such, abstracts should describe clearly the work to be included in the full paper, its scope, methods used, and contributions to the state of the art. The abstract must include paper title, names, affiliations, addresses, and telephone numbers of all authors.


      Authors Please Note: Be sure that all of your submission data-authors, keywords, title and abstract file-is accurate before finalizing your submission as no modifications can be made to this data after the submission site closes.