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    Call for Papers

    Call for Papers

    Important Dates to Remember:  


    The Call for Paper Abstracts and Selection of Authors deadline has passed. 


    Final Manuscript Deadline: 12 March 2015



    The 23rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference  and Seminar provides the world’s leading scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers, as well as promising students within the field of parachute and aerodynamic decelerator systems an opportunity to present recent advances before a knowledgeable international audience. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Modeling and Simulation: Advances in applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology, applications, and techniques; structural modeling techniques; progress in fluid structure interaction capabilities; simulation environments; studies combining experimental, analytical and/or numerical techniques; CFD/FSI verification and validation; atmospheric modeling; and prediction techniques.
    • System Applications and Operations: Decelerator systems for personnel, cargo, aircraft escape, spacecraft reentry, ordnance retardation, and unmanned aerial vehicles; logistics; environmental effects that affect system life cycle, aging, damage, maintenance, and repair; life-cycle extension programs; system studies; definition of new decelerator applications; visual training simulations and training; airdrop/aerial delivery planning methods; and wind field and environmental data processing techniques.
    • Testing: Ground and flight testing of systems and components; instrumentation; advanced data acquisition techniques; data processing methods; low-cost airborne measurement methods to estimate trajectory and dynamics; miniaturized sensor technologies; remote sensing technologies; in-flight measurement techniques used at ground test facilities; and atmospheric measurement techniques.
    • Materials and Manufacturing: New materials; weaving; material forming methods; sewing; bonding; fabrication methods; automation and inspection techniques; quality assurance; statistical process control; production cost reduction processes; material specifications; and material science.
    • Design and Development: Precision aerial delivery programs; development of ballistic parachutes, gliding parachutes, parachute clusters, paragliders, and inflatable structures; packing methods; deployment and extraction systems; reefing and staging methods; parachute system components and hardware, including attachment structures, release and dis-reef devices, mortar systems, ejection seats, composites, and airbags; updates on the development programs of aerodynamic decelerator systems, including new programs, completed programs, and lessons learned; and guidance, navigation and control paradigms development.
    • Other: Decelerator system and components aerodynamics; structural analysis; drag characteristics and stability; scaling; flow field and wake characteristics; pressure distributions; databases, storage and retrieval; technology transfer; education; and historical aspects.
    Questions should be referred to the Technical Program Co-Chairs:
    NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory



    Nathan Slegers 

    George Fox University 

    Download the abstract submission requirements and instructions (pdf).  


    Student Paper Competition

    Important Competition Dates


    The Call for Paper Abstracts and Selection of Authors deadline has passed. 
    Final Manuscript Submission to Competition Chair: 5 February 2015
    Final Manuscript Conference Deadline: 12 March 2015
    The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2015 AIAA ADS Technology Conference and Seminar in Daytona Beach, Florida. Papers are sought from students on all research topics related to aerodynamic decelerators. Draft manuscripts should be submitted, which include a brief assessment of prior work by others, an explanation of the paper’s main contributions, and appropriate figures. The draft manuscript must include sufficient detail to allow an informed evaluation of the paper. Up to five finalists will be selected for presentation at the AIAA ADS conference.
    Finalists will present their papers at the beginning of the conference for judging so that the award may be presented at the awards dinner. Finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner where they will be recognized. All finalists will receive a $1,250 award (to offset travel expenses, lodging and registration) after attending and presenting their papers. An overall best paper and presentation will be selected from the Student Paper Competition finalists, and this winner will be presented with an additional $1,250 prize. All prizes are provided by the ADS TC.
    To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. The student author must also: 1) be currently enrolled in January 2015; 2) be a member of AIAA; 3) present the paper at the conference; and 4) along with the final paper, include a cover letter from his/her advisor stating that the student did the majority or a significant amount of the research in question.
    Students should submit their abstract by 30 September 2014 according to the regular conference rules and indicate “Student Paper” at the time of electronic submittal. All student authors will be notified of their status on or about 25 November 2014. An electronic copy of the final paper must be submitted to the competition chair Nathan Slegers for scoring by 5 February 2015. The final manuscript must also be electronically submitted to the regular conference technical session by 10 March 2015. Note that the deadline for submittal to the competition chair is earlier than the conference final manuscript deadline. Scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and audio presentation.

    Questions should be referred to the Student Paper Competition Chair: 
    George Fox University