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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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    Plenary Sessions

    Industry, academia, and government leaders share their perspectives on the new challenges, future opportunities, and emerging trends in the global space industry.

    Six Stimulating Plenary Sessions

    A Conversation with Space Executives  
    Tuesday, 10 September 2013  
             The space landscape is changing. New players are emerging, business models are evolving, government priorities are shifting. At the same time, a new fiscal reality is setting in globally. With these outside drivers as a backdrop, space industry executives will discuss how space exploration, space exploitation, and space-based defense can complement one another to provide a clear path for our industry. 

    The Evolving Landscape of the Space Business  
    Tuesday, 10 September 2013
      Budget outlooks, contracting methodologies, funding approaches, partnering philosophies, and mission architectures are altering the dynamics of how space leaders work together to achieve goals. New and novel approaches to manufacturing, testing, and operation of space systems are challenging traditional views of time to market, affordability, and risk acceptance. What is being done differently and what can we learn? Are there leadership lessons that are applicable to sustaining a space strategy? 

    Space Exploration for Inspiration and Profit   
    Wednesday, 11 September 2013
      Debate on where to go next in space continues in the scientific community, and even within and among agencies. Meanwhile, the private sector has said “we’re going,” both for inspiration and for profit. How do we merge these approaches? Where are the synergies? How can one enable the other? How can government agencies work together with the private sector to achieve goals? How can technologies derived be leveraged for future efforts? 

    NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission  
    Wednesday, 11 September 2013
      This lunchtime panel will provide an overview and status update on NASA’s plan to capture a small asteroid and redirect it to trans-lunar space for study and exploration.

    Aligning Technology Roadmaps to Support Goals  
    Thursday, 12 September 2013
      This space technology plenary panel will bring together space community stakeholders for a discussion around technology roadmaps and how various initiatives across government and industry can align to support science, exploration, and defense goals. Technologies that are critical to enabling our future directions will be identified. Emerging technologies that could impact the way we approach the development and exploration of space will also be a part of the conversation. 

    The Way Ahead for Space Based Weather Monitoring   
    Thursday, 12 September 2013
      Dramatic shifts in global weather trends are increasingly common and highly visible. At the same time our ability to monitor and predict these trends from our space-based assets is degrading. In the face of declining budgets, our capabilities are reaching the end of their useful lives. Where do we go from here?