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    2012 Highlighted Program (updated 8.27.12)

     

    Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space 
    Special Event: Election 2012 - The Candidates' Visions for the American Space Program


    As Election Day 2012, November 6, approaches, AIAA brings the candidates' and/or their campaigns in to discuss their visions for the future of the American space program and the broader aerospace industry. Issues ranging from commercial space to deep space exploration to aviation advancement and funding will be debated and discussed.

    AIAA SPACE 2012 Executive Chairs Panel


    Panel Moderator:
    Robert S. Dickman, Executive Director, AIAA, Reston, VA

    Panelists:
    Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
    Roger A. Krone, President, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Space, Defense, and Security, The Boeing Company, Arlington, VA
    Lt Gen Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, CA
    Mark Valerio, Vice President and General Manager, Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Denver, CO




    Tuesday Keynote Luncheon


    Sponsored by The Boeing Company
    Introduction by: John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company, Houston, TX
    Keynote Speaker: Hon. Lori B. Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA, Washington, DC



    Beyond Earth Orbit Human Space Exploration: A Progress Report



    This plenary session will feature NASA managers discussing progress made on proposed architectures, America's future deep-space exploration vehicles, and the development of long-range technologies to enable human exploration beyond Earth orbit.

    Moderator:
    William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA, Washington, DC

    Panelists:
    Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA, Washington, DC
    Jody Singer, SLS Deputy Program Manager, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 




    Sustaining the Innovation Pipeline: The Science and Technology Perspective


    This plenary will present the latest technical advances in the space community. The technical advances will be ordered to emphasize initially high-risk and high-gain, to lower-risk and lower-gain activities. The overall emphasis will be to move up the standard industry S curve, emphasizing the improvements in TRL and MRL as we move innovation into the industrial base.

    Moderator:
    Roberta Ewart, Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, CA

    Panelists:
    Thomas Cwik, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
    Jim Riker, Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland AFB, NM
    John Szymanski, Executing Advisor, Global Security, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
    Yadunath Zambre, Senior Fellow and Manager, Internal Research and Development, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Palo Alto, CA





    AIAA Awards Luncheon



    Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Presentation of Awards: Trevor Sorensen, Director, AIAA Technical Activities Committee (TAC) Space and Missiles Group

    Introduction by: TBD

    Keynote Speaker: Ken Washington, Vice President, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Palo Alto, CA





    National Security Space Strategic Perspectives on Resilience in a Cost Constrained Environment



    Balancing the need for affordability and resilience with the need to meet key mission performance requirements is an ongoing challenge for both government and industry. This panel will discuss new strategies for addressing this challenge, including distributed and cross enterprise architectures, new CONOPS, smaller platforms, hosted payloads on commercial and international buses, more frequent launches to drive down costs, and assessments of industrial base activities to strengthen industrial base innovation.

    Moderator:
    Col Scott W. Beidleman, Director, SMC/XR, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, CA

    Panelists:
    David Anhalt, Vice President, U.S. Government Solutions, Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, CA
    Brig Gen Robert "Tip" Osterthaler, USAF (Ret.), President and CEO, SES Government Solutions, McLean, VA
    Mark Valerio, Vice President and General Manager, Military Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Denver, CO




    Human and Robotic Space Science: NASA Center Directors Forum


    Moderator:
    Lt Gen Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Ret), Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

    Panelists:
    Robert D. Cabana, Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL
    John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
    Ellen Ochoa, Deputy Director, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
    Christopher Scolese, Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD




    Thursday Keynote Luncheon


    Sponsored by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

    Introduction by: Garrett Reisman, Senior Mission Assurance Engineer, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), Hawthorne, CA

    Keynote Speaker: William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA, Washington, DC






    Small Satellites



    Moderator: Simon P. "Pete" Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

    Featured Speaker: Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Guildford, United Kingdom

    Panelists:
    Bruce Chesley, Director, Advanced Space and Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company, El Segundo, CA
    James Cutler, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Mason Peck, Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
    Wanda Sigur, Vice President and Deputy, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA 




    William H. Pickering Lecture: Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)


    The William H. Pickering Lecture is named for the former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director to honor his initiation and leadership of America's unmanned scientific space program, from Explorer I in 1958 through the development of the Viking orbiters and Voyager outer planet and solar missions. The lecture is open to the public.

    “GRAIL: Mapping the Lunar Interior from Crust to Core”

    The Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission was developed to map the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core. This objective is accomplished by producing a detailed map of the lunar gravity field that enables scientists to explore a planetary interior at unprecedented resolution. The improved understanding of the lunar interior will be used to study the evolution of the Moon and other terrestrial planets as well. After its successful launch on 10 September 2011, twin GRAIL orbiters were placed into a polar orbit on 31 December 2011 and 1 January 2012. After a succession of 19 maneuvers the two orbiters settled into a precision formation to begin science operations on 1 March 2012 with an average altitude of 55 km. The primary mission was completed on time and within budget on 29 May 2012 and the mission is currently in extended mission operations through 31 December 2012. Each GRAIL orbiter contains a Lunar Gravity Ranging System (LGRS) instrument that collects dual-one-way ranging measurements to precisely measure the relative motion between them. Minute changes in the distance between the dual spacecraft are used to develop the lunar gravity field map. Each orbiter carries an Education/Public Outreach (E/PO) payload, called MoonKAM, in which middle school students target images for subsequent analysis in the classroom.

    Speakers:
    David H. Lehman, GRAIL Project Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
    Maria T. Zuber, GRAIL Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA