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    Technical Program

    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: Modeling and Simulation, System Applications and Operations, Testing, Materials and Manufacturing, Design and Development, and more.

    Co-located with the PIA Meeting and Symposium

    The AIAA event will be held in conjunction with the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Meeting and Symposium. PIA’s primary areas of interest are the manufacture of parachute systems and materials, along with the more hands-on aspects of rigging, maintenance, and operation. The AIAA and PIA events will complement each other by providing a broader perspective of the field of aerodynamic decelerators.  Joint activities will offer interaction between the groups and increase the value to all participants! For more information on PIA, please visit

    Special Activities

    ADS Seminar - Simulation and Modeling of Modern Aerodynamic Decelerators: A Systems Engineering Perspective.


    On Monday, 30 March 2015, the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee will host one-day seminar on modeling for design and testing.

    Computer modeling and simulation has become an essential analysis tool for aerodynamic decelerator system design and testing, from the low order modeling of interacting point masses to the more sophisticated techniques of CFD and FSI. This seminar will review the modeling techniques that are currently being used to answer questions both at system- and element-level. Several case studies of recent parachute, inflatable, and deployable aerodynamic decelerator programs shall be discussed as well, in order to show how modeling has been used to guide decisions on design and testing issues.

    Registration and separate ticket purchase is required to attend.


    Best Student Paper Competition 

    The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee (ADS TC) is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at this year’s conference. Finalists will present their papers during technical sessions at the conference and all finalists will be recognized at the conference awards dinner on 1 April 2015.