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    August 2012
    AIAA News
    AIAA Congratulates NASA on Successful Landing of the Mars Science Laboratory on the Surface of Mars
    "Curiosity" Rover Will Investigate Mars' Gale Crater for Capability to Sustain Life

    AIAA congratulates NASA on the successful landing of its Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover on the Martian surface at 1:32 a.m. EDT, Monday, 6 August. Curiosity will study Mars’ Gale Crater for past or present conditions favorable for life.

    “On behalf of AIAA, as well as in my personal capacity,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin, “I would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations on the amazing and stunningly successful landing of the Curiosity rover. All who are familiar with the landing sequence required to place Curiosity on Mars will know how incredibly complex, yet ingenious, that sequence was. I well remember the mixed feelings of appreciation and trepidation with which we at NASA Headquarters tendered final approval for the mission design. To see this incredible challenge so magnificently met reflects every possible credit on the team that made it happen. Our hat is off to them.”

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    See also:
    AIAA Senior Member Rob Manning Chief Engineer on Curiosity Rover
    The Los Angeles Times (08/04/2012) – Mars Engineer Did His Best to Trip Up Curiosity Rover

    AIAA Senior Member Keith Comeaux's Work on Curiosity Rover Profiled
    The Advocate (08/03/2012) Baton Rouge Native Involved in Rover Landing

    AIAA Announces Candidates for 2013 Board of Directors Election

    AIAA is pleased to announce that its 2013 Nominating Committee has selected candidates for next year’s openings on the AIAA Board of Directors. The Committee’s chairman, AIAA Past President Dailey, confirmed the names of the officer and director candidates who will appear on the ballot.

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    California Aerospace: Bigger and Brighter than Hollywood, for Now

    California’s aerospace industry dwarfs both Hollywood and agriculture as the state’s primary source of jobs, an AIAA panel reminded representatives of the California state legislature at the California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA, on Tuesday, 8 August. The event’s theme was: “California Aerospace: Stuck in the Past, or Rocketing into the Future?”

    The panel, moderated by Ivan Rosenburg, management consultant at Frontier Associates, was composed of Lt Gen Gene Tattini, U.S. Air Force (retired), Deputy Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and former Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Ken Guss, former CEO, Klune Industries, Randy Garber, partner, A.T. Kearney Global Management Consultants, who led A.T. Kearney’s analysis of the California aerospace industry in 2008, Gregory C. Hill, director of marketing, Ordnance Systems, Meggit Defense Systems, and Ross G. Bell, AIAA. The panel spent an hour and a half reviewing the current state of California aerospace and the possible dark future of the industry in California, unless substantive governmental reforms are made.

    (Pictured: Standing room only crowd listens to AIAA panel discuss the future of the aerospace industry in California at AIAA’s “California Aerospace Day”)
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    See Also: local news coverage of the event as posted on YouTube.

    Deep Space: Relaunching American Exceptionalism

    The United States must continue to explore space, yet lawmakers, policy experts, and the general public must understand that there are substantial technical and medical barriers to further exploration initiatives that must be overcome before expanded exploration is possible. That was the message from AIAA’s “Deep Space: Relaunching American Exceptionalism” panel that took place 24 July at the Rayburn House Office Building.

    Participants on the panel included Dr. James Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA; Col Brian Duffy, U.S. Air Force (retired), vice president and Johnson Space Center program manager, Exploration Systems, ATK; Steve Price, director, business development, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, M.D., attending physician and assistant professor, George Washington University; and Dr. Ralph L. McNutt Jr., Science and Analysis Branch Scientist for Space Science, Space Department, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The panel was moderated by Dr. Scott Pace, director, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University.

    (Pictured: AIAA’s Panel on Deep Space: Relaunching American Exceptionalism)
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    New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Series

    AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation for this position to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of AIAA's Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics book series. The chosen candidate will assume the editorship at an exciting time as AIAA expands its ability to support e-books and other electronic content, and continues to address many emerging issues in aerospace science and technology.

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    AIAA Mourns the Death of Sally K. Ride

    AIAA mourns the death of Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, who passed away 23 July 2012, in La Jolla, CA, after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

    AIAA Executive Director Robert S. Dickman stated: “Most Americans met Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut, when she was a crewmember on STS-7, and they met her again when she flew on STS-41-G. We got to know her in a different role, when she served on the Challenger accident investigation commission. We realized how much depth there was to this remarkable woman with her work authoring Leadership and America’s Future in Space. For 30 years Sally, this ‘private’ person, served the nation and human spaceflight in the most challenging roles: serving as an astronaut, helping identify the unwelcome causes of the accidents that took 14 of her friends, and setting new directions for NASA and the space program; all the while inspiring the next generation that will make her, and our, dreams come true. We’ll miss you, Sally Ride – probably much more than we realize today.”

    (Pictured: Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space. Image Credit: NASA)
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    AIAA Welcomes New Corporate Members

    AIAA is pleased to welcome the following corporate members to our roster. For more information on the corporate membership program, please contact

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    AIAA Set to Dedicate Two New Historic Aerospace Sites

    The next Historic Aerospace Site ceremony will take place at Pearson Air Field, in Vancouver, WA, on 8 September 2012. Pearson Field is one of the oldest operating airports in the United States, and was a major military airfield in the interwar years.

    On 14 October 2012, AIAA will designate the Bell Aircraft Manufacturing Plant, in Wheatfield, NY, as a Historic Aerospace Site. The ceremony will take place at the Calspan Corporation facility. The Bell Aircraft Corporation was an aircraft manufacturer that designed and built several types of fighter aircraft during World War II, but is most famous for the Bell XS-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier.

    (Pictured: The Goodyear blimp at Pearson Field in June 1973. Image Credit: Wikipedia)
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    How Do You Sharpen Your Skills?
    AIAA Continuing Education Courses

    AIAA continuing education courses provide you with the knowledge you need to excel in your field ... or the leg up you need to move into a new field. With more than 100 available courses offered through AIAA and its partners, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics, you’re sure to find a course that suits your needs.

    Learn at home, at work, or at an AIAA conference. When you register for a AIAA continuing education course held in conjunction with an AIAA conference, you'll gain useful knowledge as well as important contacts because your course registration includes full conference participation at no extra cost.

    Coming This Fall! You can sharpen your skills with our webinars on topics such as missile defense, UAV conceptual design, composite materials, and more.

    More Info on August Courses.
    Visit our complete course list page, and scheduled courses page.

    AIAA Foundation Presents Eleven Undergraduate Scholarships

    AIAA and the AIAA Foundation have awarded eleven AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarships for the 2012–2013 academic year, each in the amount of $2,500.

    The David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship, named for and endowed by former AIAA President David Thompson, chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., was presented to Alexander Young, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

    The Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship, awarded to the Foundation’s top female scholarship applicant, was presented to Emily Boster, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

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    ISO/TC20/SC13 U.S. Technical Advisory Group Announces Formation of SUMO-SIG

    In response to public and private sector incentives to decrease the costs of satellite design and integration and to establish spacecraft modularity to improve interoperability, adaptability, and agility, a “Space Universal MOdular architecture – Special Interest Group (SUMO-SIG)” is being established within the framework of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 20, Subcommittee 13 (ISO/TC20/SC13), Space Data and Information Transfer Systems.

    This group will evaluate candidate architectural frameworks for standardized spacecraft avionics and will examine:

    • Common areas where architectures and frameworks are the same
    • Differing areas and subsequent assessment of which set is better
    • Gap areas – where there is a lack of definition and further development is needed.

    Participation in the SUMO-SIG is open to qualified representatives of U.S. government, industry, and academia who have a bona-fide interest in the subject matter. Interested U.S. parties who wish to participate in the SIG are invited to submit their names, affiliation, and professional interest, and contact information to the US-SUMO-SIG convener, Karen Jones (

    View the complete announcement and Terms of Reference >

    New Publication Available from AIAA: Guide to the Preparation of Operational Concept Documents (ANSI/AIAA G-043A-2012e)

    AIAA is pleased to announce the newest American National Standard, the revised Guide for the Preparation of Operational Concept Documents (ANSI/AIAA G-043A-2012). It is a cooperative effort between AIAA’s Systems Engineering Committee on Standards and the INCOSE Requirements Working Group, providing a systems-level viewpoint and inclusion of international knowledge, information, and experiences that have been recognized since the Guide’s original publication.

    This edition has been broadened to encompass the development of all system types, including software-intensive systems, and to reflect technological advances of the last two decades. It describes which types of information are most relevant, their purpose, and who should participate in the operational concept development effort. It also provides advice regarding effective procedures for generation of the information and how to document it.

    This document is free to AIAA members. Download a Copy >

    AIAA Digital Avionics TC Sponsors “Air Travel in 2112” Design Competition for High School Students

    The Digital Avionics TC is sponsoring a design competition for students, grades 10–12, during the fall semester of 2012. Winners will receive a cash award as well as a small travel stipend to attend the 31st Digital Avionics Conference in Williamsburg, VA, set for 14–18 October 2012. Visit to learn more, or contact Leihong Li, Ph.D., Student Activity Chair at Please note, those teams that are interested must submit a Letter of Intention no later than the extension date of 17 August 2012

    Conferences and Events
    AIAA President Michael Griffin Talks About the Value of Attending CASE

    New Event: The AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE), set for 11–13 September in Pasadena, CA, tackles the most important system development issues facing aerospace chief engineers, program managers, and systems engineers today, such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures.

    Program Overview:

    • Complex Systems Development
    • Integration, Test, and Verification of Complex Systems
    • Program Management of Robust and Resilient Systems

    AIAA CASE will be co-located with the AIAA SPACE Conference, 11–13 September 2012, in Pasadena, CA. Click on the image above to watch the complete video of AIAA President Michael Griffin, in which he explains the value of attending this event. For more information visit

    AIAA SPACE 2012: Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space

    The AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference, set for 11–13 September in Pasadena, CA, is AIAA’s premier event on space technology, policy, programs, management, and education. Nowhere else will you get the depth and breadth of sessions and information-sharing on space systems and technology. At this three-day event, attendees can expect discussions with government and industry leaders in plenary panel and keynote sessions; interactive exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, and poster sessions in the exposition hall; networking activities for all participants, including students and young professionals; and unique learning opportunities in the capstone events.

    Download the Event Preview, AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition, and register today!

    You still have time to save for ATIO/MAO in Indianapolis

    The early bird registration deadline is quickly approaching for the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MAO) Conference set for 17–19 September in Indianapolis, IN. Register by 20 August 2012 and save up to $200 off the onsite registration fee!

    Highlights of the 2012 Event include:

    • Second Annual New Horizons in Aviation Forum, featuring speakers: Mark Anderson and Woodrow Whitlow
    • Off-site reception at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
    • Awards Luncheon
    • Continuing Education Course: Optimal Design in Multidisciplinary Systems
    • MAO Student Paper Competition
    • Quality Technical Paper Sessions
    • Daily Networking Breaks

    Register today at at or

    Early Bird Deadline for Hypersonics Quickly Approaching

    The early bird registration deadline for the 18th International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, set for 24–28 September in Tours, France, is quickly approaching. Register before 27 August 2012 to save over $200 off the on-site registration fee. You won't want to miss this exciting event, which will include:

    • Plenary sessions and lectures planned throughout the week with many distinguished speakers
    • Welcoming reception at Tours City Hall
    • Conference dinner at Château de la Bourdaisière
    • Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) Tour (You must pre-register for this tour by 28 August 2012)
    • Close to 200 technical paper sessions
    • Multiple networking opportunities
    • And much more!

    View complete program details or register online at

    “Satellites in the Service of Humanity”

    There's still time to register! The 30th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) and the 18th KA Broadband Communications, Navigation and Earth Observations Conference – the two most influential technical conferences on satellite systems – will be held jointly in Ottawa, Canada, 24–27 September.

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    AIAA Conferences Now Accepting Papers

    These co-located events will be held in Boston, MA from 8–11 April 2013. Selection of papers for all conference sessions will be based on extended abstracts of no less than 1,000 words (5 to 6 pages in length with 12 point font, including cover page, figures, tables and text) in which the authors must clearly identify the aspects of the work that are new and significant. The submission deadline for abstracts is 5 September 2012.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit Or you may download the Call for Papers in a PDF format.

    Registration Now Open for ISPCS 2012

    AIAA is proud to support the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), uniquely designed to increase the momentum of commercial space by fueling the demand for commercial space products and services that will focus the direction of the industry. Don’t miss this relevant, high-value commercial space conference featuring the industry thought leaders and cutting-edge technologies with commercial applications for military, scientific and personal spaceflight. Join us. Collaborate with us. Become a part of the dialogue.

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    NAFEMS 2012 North America Conference Open to AIAA Members

    NAFEMS, the premier global organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of engineering simulation, is hosting the 2012 North America Conference just outside of Washington, DC, 11–12 September, to bring together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies and business processes to share relevant trends and roadmaps, to explore common themes, and to address these issues in an open forum. The Conference’s goal is to provide attendees with insightful content and perspective on how to position their organizations to realize the full potential of CAE now and in the future. Conference themes are:

    • Commercial Impact of CAE Investments
    • Innovations in Simulation Technology ("the purpose of computing is insight, not numbers")
    • Engineering Simulation Processes
    • Human Issues
    • Futuristic Considerations

    As part of the conference, NAFEMS will also be running a number of short training courses over the two days.

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    ICAS Set to Meet in Australia in September

    As a member of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), AIAA is pleased to support the 28th Congress of ICAS, set for 23–28 September 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division and co-hosted by Engineers Australia, ICAS 2012 covers a wide range of topics including structures and materials, aircraft systems integration, system engineering and supply chain, air transport system efficiency, safety and security, challenge of the environment, and operations and sustainment. The Congress attracts delegates from all over the world, including company CEOs, technology officers, managers, government officials, scientists, researchers, and students.

    For more information, please visit

    Honors & Awards
    AIAA Congratulates Christopher A. Mattson on Receiving Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
    Award is U.S. Government's Highest Honor for Young Science and Engineering Professionals

    AIAA congratulates Christopher A. Mattson, AIAA Senior Member, and associate professor, mechanical engineering, Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, on receiving a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

    Mattson was nominated for the award by the National Science Foundation in recognition of his “innovative research to enable product design for sustainable poverty alleviation, and for dedication towards establishing third-world outreach and learning experiences for engineering students.”

    (Pictured: Christopher A. Mattson, AIAA Senior Member)
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    Reminder: New Award Nomination Process
    Effective 1 January 2013

    Effective 1 January 2013 all award nominations must be submitted to AIAA through the online nomination system or by using the streamlined nomination form. All award nomination packages will be limited to seven pages, including a one-page nomination form, a one-page basis of award, a one-page resume, a one-page public contributions summary, and three signed one-page letters of endorsement from AIAA members in good standing. AIAA will accept the old format (i.e., nomination packages of more than seven pages) through COB on 31 December 2012; however, nominators are highly encouraged to begin NOW to transition to the shorter nomination package.

    As of January 2013, nomination packages that exceed the page limit will be returned to the nominator and not submitted to the selection committee. Contact AIAA Honors and Awards at for further information.

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    AIAA Presents Awards at 48th Joint Propulsion Conference
    Recognizing Technical and Engineering Achievement and Sustained Service

    AIAA honored achievement in technical and engineering fields, as well as sustained service, at an awards luncheon 1 August, as part of the 48th AIAA / ASME / ASE / ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, which was held 30 July–1 August, in Atlanta, GA.

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    Featured Products
    Hot Off the Press – New Edition!

    Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fifth Edition

    Daniel P. Raymer
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 1,074 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-911-2

    AIAA's #1 Selling Textbook — 50,000 Aerospace Engineers Can’t Be Wrong!Winner of the AIAA Summerfield Book Award and the Aviation/Space Writers Association Award of Excellence

    This best-selling textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design—from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, optimization, and trade studies. Widely used in industry and government aircraft design groups, Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach is also the design text at major universities around the world. A virtual encyclopedia of engineering, it is known for its completeness, easy-to-read style, and real-world approach to the process of design.

    AIAA Members: $84.95
    Nonmembers: $109.95

    Coming Soon

    Missile Design and System Engineering

    Eugene Fleeman
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 902 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-908-2

    Available August 2012
    In his latest book, Missile Design and System Engineering, Eugene Fleeman presents a comprehensive review of the missile design and system engineering process pulling from his decades of experience in the development of missiles and their technologies.

    AIAA Members: $84.95
    Nonmembers: $114.95

    Aerodynamic Principles of Flight Vehicles

    Argyris Panaras
    Library of Flight
    2012, 336 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-916-7

    Available September 2012
    In Aerodynamic Principles of Flight Vehicles, Argyris Panaras examines the fundamentals of vortices and shock waves, aerodynamic estimation of lift and drag, airfoil theory, boundary layer control, and high-speed, high-temperature flow.

    AIAA Members: $39.95
    Nonmembers: $49.95

    AIAA's All-New Electronic Database Launching Soon!
    Featuring Over Eight Decades of Aerospace Research

    Coming Soon! AIAA's New Electronic Library. More than just a new name, the new site is being developed using Literatum™ by Atypon®. Aerospace Research Central is the place to retrieve your subscribed and purchased online content.

    New Features and Functionality:

    • Save and schedule searches using a powerful search engine
    • View e-first articles to gain access to journal content ahead of print
    • Choose PDF or PDF Plus or HTML (where available) articles
    • Highlight books, conference proceedings, and journal articles
    • Download citations in RIS, EndNote, BibTex, Medlars, and RefWorks
    • Access usage reports that are COUNTER 3 (for journals) and COUNTER (for ebooks) compliant
    • Sign up for alerts on subjects of interest
    • Post links to research articles and selected book titles on social networking websites
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    Quick Takes
    AIAA Members Encouraged to Participate in NRC Survey Regarding the Strategic Direction of NASA

    The National Research Council has appointed an ad-hoc committee to assess whether the strategic direction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as defined by the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan, remains viable and whether the agency's activities and organization efficiently and effectively support that direction in light of the potential for constrained budgets for the foreseeable future. The Committee on NASA’s Strategic Direction, which has already heard from a wide variety of experts during committee meetings held to date, would like to provide an opportunity for additional public input to the study. Accordingly, it has established a web page with a questionnaire.

    We invite you to register your comments on NASA’s strategic direction by visiting the website, which will be available for comments through 17 August 2012.


    On 20 August 1975, Viking-1 is launched with a Tital III-Centaur booster on the first mission to Mars. On what day was it originally planned for Viking-1 to land on Mars, and on what day did it actually land?

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    July–August Issue of Aerospace America Remains Available Online

    The July-August 2012 issue of Aerospace America remains available online for AIAA members throughout the month of August. Don’t miss the feature article, "Mars Science Laboratory, Going for a Touchdown,” in which author Leonard David discusses NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, launched last November, which carries Curiosity, a large Mars rover with equipment more advanced than any that has reached the planet before. As the author writes, “The program has faced major challenges, but by far the greatest will be the scorching entry, descent, and landing, scheduled for early August. Whether it succeeds or fails, the mission will have far-reaching ramifications for the U.S. planetary exploration program.”

    To access the July–August issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to "Access Publications & Materials" to select "Aerospace America."

    Career Resources

    The AIAA Career Center has the most comprehensive career and recruiting tools for the aerospace industry. Set up an account today and gain access to a variety of aerospace job postings, salary information, professional career timelines and much more! Also, Career Resources for job seekers is now available via the AIAA Career Center.

    View the full suite of career resources on the AIAA website!

    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Dr. John P. Sullivan

    AIAA’s Member Spotlight shines on Dr. John P. Sullivan, AIAA Fellow, Professor, and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, for the month of August. Sullivan is the 2012 winner of the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award.

    Sullivan’s research interests include experimental aerodynamics, laser instrumentation, and molecular sensors including temperature and pressure sensitive paints. His current research is in experimental aerodynamics, comparing experimental data with computational analysis for various wind tunnel models, gas turbine engines, and flight tests. In addition, he is working to develop wall shear sensors with the necessary space and time resolutions for high Reynolds number turbulent flows.

    Sullivan’s desire to enter the aerospace profession stemmed from one of his earliest classroom experiences – taking model aircraft to his first grade class for show-and-tell. Much later on, in high school, Sullivan stated that “a teacher was a strong influence through all four years – from receiving the early Sputnik signals to visiting the NASA Lewis Research Center, now the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field.”

    (Pictured: Dr. John P. Sullivan, AIAA Fellow, Professor, and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, at Purdue University)
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