AIAA Committees on Standards
The AIAA Committees on Standards oversee the development of new standards, update current standards, and set the direction for the Institute's standardization work.
From conception to publication, AIAA standards are the result of volunteer effort—individuals who are directly and materially affected, and technically qualified. Each document originates from an AIAA Technical Committee or developed with the support of a Committee on Standards approved by the AIAA Standards Executive Council. If you are interested in lending your expertise to any of the current projects listed here or wish to develop a new project, please contact the AIAA Director of Standards.
Aerospace Design and Structures
Aerospace Pressure Vessels
Scope: Establish baseline requirements for the design, fabrication, test, inspection, operation, and maintenance of pressure vessels used for pressurized, hazardous, or non-hazardous liquid or gas storage in space systems including spacecraft and launch vehicles.
Chair: Dr. Michael Kezirian, University of Southern California
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Scope: Standardization in the field of computational fluid dynamics for the purpose of promoting improvement in efficiency and productivity.
Chair: Dr. Urmila Ghia, University of Cincinnati
Scope: Standardization for the test and evaluation of aerospace equipment in ground-based facilities.
Chair: Mr. Richard White, Vigyan
Scope: Provide effective and uniform processes
for space system mass properties control, analysis, verification, data
management, and documentation.
Chair: Mr. Geoff Beech, NASA Marshall Space
Scope: Standardization of methods for the systematic development of reliable systems, including acquisition management issues.
Chair: Mr. Tyrone Jackson, Simania
Modeling and Simulation
Scope: Standardization in the simulation of atmospheric and space flight conditions in ground-based simulators and special-purpose aircraft for the purpose of aircrew training, or for design, development, and evaluation of aerospace vehicles, systems, and subsystems.
Chair: Mr. Bruce Hildreth, J.F. Taylor, Inc.
Space System Battery Safety
Scope: Standardization in the safe use of batteries in all space applications in human-rated as well as non-human-rated environments.
Chair: Dr. Judith Jeevarajan, NASA Johnson Space Center
Spacecraft Plug and Play Architecture
Scope: Space Plug and Play Architecture (SPA) standards describes the means for rapid connection of spacecraft systems, subsystems, and component hardware (plug compatibility) and application software (play). The SPA standards are only part of spacecraft design and are written to compliment good systems engineering practices.
Chair: Mr. Fred Slane, Space Environment Technologies
Scope: Standardization to support design of aerospace structures, including future requirements for loads, materials, processes, configurations, life cycles, and tests.
Chair: Mr. Jim Chang, The Aerospace Corporation
Chair: Dr. Kent Tobiska, Space Environment Technologies
Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems
Scope: Standardization for the development and application of all types of aerodynamic decelerators.
Chair: Ms. Elsa Hennings, Naval Air Warfare Center
Scope: Standardization in the branch of space science and engineering dealing with the motion of artificial bodies in space.
Chair: Mr. David Vallado, Center for Space Standards & Innovation
Atmospheric & Space Environments
Scope: Standardization of the descriptions of the properties of atmospheric and space environments with emphasis on scientific models.
Aircraft and Atmospheric Systems
Chair: Mr. Dale Johnson, NASA Retired
Engineering and Technology Management
Scope: Standardization of space systems verification and program management process.
Chair: Dr. Satoshi Nagano, The Aerospace Corporation
Scope: Standardization of application specific characteristics of computer software originating in aerospace.
Chair: Mr. Ron Kohl, R.J. Kohl and Associates
Scope: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC20, Aircraft and Space Vehicles, is devoted to the standardization of materials, components, and equipment for construction and operation of aircraft and space vehicles, as well as equipment used in the servicing and maintenance of these vehicles.
Subcommittee 13—Space Data and Information Transfer Systems
Scope: Standardization of organizations and personnel involved with data and information transfer and exchange for civil space applications.
Chair: Dr. Eduardo W. Bergamini, INPE
Chair: U.S. Technical Activities Group: Dr. James Afarin, NASA Headquarters
Subcommittee 14—Space Systems and Operations
Scope: Standardization for manned and unmanned space vehicles, their design, production, maintenance, operation, and disposal, and the environment in which they operate.
Chair: Paul Gill, NASA
Chair: U.S. Technical Activities Group: Mr. Fred Slane, Space Environment Technologies
Subcommittee 16—Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Scope: Standardization in the field of unmanned aircraft systems, with the regard to their design and development, manufacturing, delivery, maintenance; classification and characteristics of unmanned aircraft systems; materials, components and equipment used during their manufacturing, as well as in the field of safety in joint usage of airspace by unmanned and piloted aviation.
Subcommittee 17—Airport Infrastructures
Scope: Standardization in the field of Airport Infrastructure, to include Grooving of landing and take-off lanes; Asphaltic-ecologic-paving; Vertical-signaling with painting and electric-electronic boards; Constant-current-regulators. Scope
excludes Spaceports, which will be handled under ISO/TC 20/SC 14.
Propulsion and Energy
Electric Propulsion Testing
Scope: Standardization for the test and evaluation of electric propulsion devices.
Chair: Mr. John Dankanich, NASA Glenn Research Center
Scope: Standardization of handling, storage, and use of hydrogen in gaseous liquid and slush form.
Chair: Mr. Stephen S. Woods, NASA White Sands Test Facility
Solar Cell and Solar Panel
Scope: Establish qualification and quality requirements for discrete solar cells and solar panels intended for space application.
Chair: Mr. Edward Gaddy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Space & Missiles
Scope: Standardization in the field of space internetworking for manned and unmanned missions both in Earth orbital and planetary operations.
Chair: Dr. Keith Scott, Mitre Corporation
How to Join a Committee on Standards (CoS)
Volunteer technical experts are the heart of the AIAA standards program. Each Committee on Standards (CoS) and U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has a defined scope of work and operates under established policies and procedures.
An AIAA CoS makes recommendations concerning the need for new standards and other technical publications within its area of competency and expertise, determines when a document needs to be revised, drafts new and revised technical documents, and develops committee and public consensus on those drafts.
U. S. TAGs develop national consensus on International Standards and Technical Reports out for comment or vote. TAGs also make recommendations regarding other aspects of international standards participation such as U.S. positions on international new work items, formation of US delegations to international committee meetings, and nomination of US experts to international working groups.
CoS or TAG Application