Dates to Remember

Call for Content Opens:
28 March 2023

Abstract Deadline:
25 May 2023, 2000 hrs ET

Author Notifications:
25 August 2023

Registration Opens: 
September 2023

Manuscript Deadline:
4 December 2023, 2000 hrs ET

Adaptive Structures

Please direct questions to:
Ruxandra Mihaela Botez, École de technologie supérieure, University of Quebec
Francis Phillips, DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

The Adaptive Structures Technical Committee solicits papers addressing intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever-changing operational environments and/or tailored control stimuli. These sessions provide an active forum to discuss the latest breakthroughs in smart structures, the cutting edge in adaptive structure applications, and the recent advances in both new device technologies and basic engineering research exploration. Papers are invited in areas ranging broadly from basic research to applied technological design and development to integrated system and application demonstrations. Contributions from industry, government, and academia are all encouraged. Students presenting a paper are encouraged to demonstrate hardware operation. Students interested in participating in the paper competition are also reminded to select the Student Paper Competition option during abstract submission. General topic areas of interest are listed below. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • Active and Passive Adaptive Concepts/Systems
  • Adaptive Materials and Structures for Defense
  • Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures/Materials
  • Engineered Materials with Adaptive Properties
  • Morphing and/or Biomimetic Adaptive Structures/Materials
  • Multifunctional Structures/Materials
  • Smart Sensors/Actuators Design
  • Special Session: Adaptive Aircraft Structures and Systems for Aeroacoustic Applications
  • Special Session: Adaptive Rotors in Wind Energy
  • Special Session: Adaptive Spacecraft Structures and Systems
  • Special Session: Adaptive Spacecraft Structures and Systems (SCS/AS)
  • Special Session: Adaptive Structures Concepts on UAVs
  • Special Session: Autonomous and Intelligent Aircraft Technologies
  • Special Session: Bio-Inspired Innovations
  • Special Session: Canadian Smart Materials and Adaptive Structures Research
  • Special Session: Clean Aviation
  • Special Session: INCAS (National Institute of Aerospace Research Elie Carafoli) Research
  • Special Session: Italian Smart Materials and Adaptive Structures Research
  • Special Session: Load Control
  • Special Session: Mr. Martin Brenner Memorial Session (joint AS/MST/SD)
  • Special Session: Smart Materials for Adaptive Applications (AS/MAT)
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis
  • Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures
  • Other Topics in Advanced Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Julian Winkler, Raytheon Technologies
Daniel R. Cuppoletti, University of Cincinnati

Technical papers are solicited that present original research in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental aeroacoustics. The program's technical content will include topics that address the generation, propagation, and control of aerospace vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals. Studies in related areas, particularly potential interrelationship with non-aerospace industries, are also encouraged. This can include, but is not limited to, the application of aerospace noise suppression technologies in other industries, and non-aerospace research with potential application to the aerospace industry. 2023 AVIATION and 2024 SciTech Forum papers of superb technical quality, notable originality, and scholarly accuracy will be considered for the 2024 AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Best Paper Award. Topics of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Acoustic / Fluid Dynamics Interactions
  • Advanced Air Mobility Noise (joint AA/TF)
  • Advanced Testing Techniques
  • Airframe / High-Lift Noise
  • Community Noise, Sonic Boom and Metrics
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Duct Acoustics
  • General Acoustics
  • Interior Noise / Structural Acoustics and Metamaterials
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Propeller, Rotorcraft and V/STOL Noise
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

Please direct questions to:  
Chloe DedicUniversity of Virginia
Mark Gragston, University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Space Institute

Papers are solicited on topics covering new developments and applications of aerodynamic measurement technologies for laboratory, ground-test, or flight-test conditions. Submissions are encouraged encompassing all types of flows (from incompressible to hypersonic), thermodynamic conditions (non-reacting to combustion and plasma systems), spatial and temporal scales (from microns to meters and sub-Hz to MHz), and measurement approaches (from surface sensors & probes to laser-based imaging). Papers should emphasize advancements, innovations, and research challenges related to the measurement technique itself or its implementation rather than details of the fluid dynamic or structural problem of its application. A select number of 15-minute oral-only presentations will also be accepted, for which authors should simply submit a 2-page abstract indicating at the top of the first page “oral-only (no paper) submission.” Specific topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Planar, Volumetric, and High-Speed Imaging Techniques
  • Combustion & Propulsion Systems, Sprays, and Aerothermal Flows Diagnostics
  • Error Analysis, Uncertainty Quantification, and Novel Data Analysis Techniques
  • High-Speed Measurements for Hypersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers (joint Topic: FD/AMT)
  • Instrumentation & Diagnostic Techniques for High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion (joint HSABP/AMT)
  • Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques for Challenging Environments & Test Facilities
  • Measurements for Data-Driven Modeling, Model Validation, & Experimental-Computational Efforts
  • Measurements for Fluid-Structure Interactions, Aeroacoustics, and Wind Energy Applications
  • Measurements for Structural Characterization and the Development of Novel Materials
  • Measurements for Turbulence, Compressible Flows, Boundary Layers, and Hypersonic Systems
  • Novel Sensors and Diagnostics for Plasmas (joint AMT/ PDL subtopic)
  • Novel Techniques, Methodologies, and Instrumentation
  • Optical and Laser Diagnostics for Facility Characterization (joint AMT/ GT subtopic)
  • Spectroscopic Techniques such as PLIF, CARS, LIBS, Raman Scattering, and Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Surface Measurements such as PSP, TSP, Skin Friction, and Shear Stress Sensing
  • Velocimetry Techniques such as PIV, MTV, DGV, and FLEET
  • Other Topics Related to Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Aerospace Education

Please direct questions to:
Raymond LeBeau, Saint Louis University 
Sanjay Jayaram, Saint Louis University
Robert Frederick, University of Alabama-Huntsville   

Aerospace engineering is both highly specialized and highly diverse, challenging the aerospace education community to educate students that contribute to the broad needs of the profession either in industry or higher education. Papers as well as panel sessions are sought that address all aspects of aerospace education including courses, curriculum, course delivery methods, pedagogies, inter-collegiate and industry collaborations, and assessment methods. Specific topics of interest for SciTech 2024 include curriculum design; capstone design; diversity, equity, and inclusion in the aerospace workplace; and principles to guide the development aerospace ABET criteria.

  • Autonomous Aerial Systems in Undergraduate Aerospace Education
  • Best Practices for Robust ABET Assessment
  • Better Preparation of Graduates for a Rapidly Evolving Work Environment
  • Broader Innovative Collaboration of Industry and Academia in Engineering Education
  • Curricula Addressing the Multidisciplinary Nature of Aerospace System Analysis and Design
  • Innovative Pedagogical Initiatives
  • Inspiring Sustainability, Green Engineering Practices, and Entrepreneurship in the Classroom
  • Novel Outreach Activities
  • Online Course Offerings - Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices
  • Undergraduate Educational Experiences in Space Exploration and Space Systems
Aerospace Power Systems

Please direct questions to:
Jeremiah McNatt, NASA Glenn Research Center
Greg Semrau, Moog

Papers are sought on all aspects of Aerospace Power Systems, from the component and system level to mission usage. Discussions of study findings, results of practical applications, tests, simulations, short and long term performance, and R&D efforts are encouraged. Power Generation (solar photovoltaic, nuclear, thermal), Power Storage (batteries, fuel cells, flywheels), and Power Management and Distribution are included in this area. Power systems that support lunar architectures including orbital platforms and surface systems are especially encouraged. Specific topical areas are listed below. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on other innovative concepts related to Aerospace Power Systems.

  • CubeSat Programs: Ground Testing and Flight Results, Lessons Learned, and Special Requirements
  • Design, Fabrication and Performance of Aerospace Power System Components
  • Energy Storage Technologies for Aerospace Applications
  • High Voltage Electrical Power System Design and Distribution
  • Lunar Orbital and Surface Power Systems
  • Nuclear and Radioisotope Power Systems for Planetary, Satellite, or Deep Space
  • Power Generation Control and Distribution
  • Power Generation Designs for Interplanetary Missions, Small Sats, Cubesats, and Concentrator Systems
  • Spacecraft Power System Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Experience
  • Wireless Power Transfer Systems and Components including Beamed Energy Systems
  • Other Topics in Aerospace Power Systems
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Taylor Fazzini, Northrop Grumman
Imon Chakraborty, Auburn University

Papers are sought on all aspects of Aerospace Power Systems, from the component and system level to mission usage. Discussions of study findings, results of practical applications, tests, simulations, short and long term performance, and R&D efforts are encouraged. Power Generation (solar photovoltaic, nuclear, thermal), Power Storage (batteries, fuel cells, flywheels), and Power Management and Distribution are included in this area. Power systems that support lunar architectures including orbital platforms and surface systems are especially encouraged. Specific topical areas are listed below. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on other innovative concepts related to Aerospace Power Systems. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques (Joint APA/ACD)
  • Aircraft Configurations (Sailplanes, BWB, Joint Wing, Folding Wing, Canard, Multi-Wing, etc.)
  • Aircraft Design Education
  • Aircraft Design Optimization (Multidisciplinary Design, Integration, Methods & Processes, etc.)
  • Aircraft Electrification-Primary Power (Electric, Hybrid and/or Distributed Propulsion, etc)
  • Aircraft Electrification-Secondary Power (More Electric Aircraft, Electrified System Architectures)
  • Aircraft Structural Design (Methods, Materials, Morphing Structures, Multifunctional Structures)
  • Design for Performance and Operations (Braced-Wing, Boundary Layer Control, Formation Flying)
  • Design Processes and Tools (Integration, Estimation Methods, Concurrent Design, Life-Cycle, etc.)
  • Light Aircraft Design (General Aviation, On-Demand Mobility Aircraft, Personal Air Vehicle, etc.)
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Aircraft Design
  • Trends in Aircraft Design: Technology Impact, Requirements, Cost, Propulsion, Automation, etc.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Design, Including Micro Air Vehicles
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Michelle Banchy, NASA Langley Research Center
Tin-Chee (TC) Wong, US Army
Jennifer Abras, HPCMP CREATE
Wei Liao, Bihrle Applied Research, Inc

Papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, flight or ground vehicle aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. For more information on special sessions, please click Additional Details .

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques (joint APA/ACD)
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint APA/INSPI)
  • Aero-Propulsive Interactions and Aerodynamics of Integrated Propellers
  • Aero-Structural Interactions
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied Aeroelasticity and Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmentally Friendly / Efficient Aerodynamics
  • Flow Control: Methods and Applications (joint APA/FD)
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics (joint APA/FD)
  • Low Speed & Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Meshing, Geometry Modeling, and Visualization for Applied Aerodynamics (joint APA/MVCE)
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamic Modeling & System Identification
  • Special Session: Applied Aerodynamics: State of the Art (Invited)
  • Special Session: Applied Surrogate Modeling
  • Special Session: Artemis I Aerosciences Flight Data Analysis (Invited)
  • Special Session: Certification of Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft
  • Special Session: Drag Reducing Surfaces
  • Special Session: HPC Multi-Physics CREATE
  • Special Session: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Science and Technology Organization
  • Special Session: Rotor-in-Hover Simulation
  • Special Session: Sailplane Aerodynamics and Design
  • Special Session: University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) (joint GNC/AA/APA)
  • Special Session: Updates to the NASA SUSAN Electrofan Trade Study (Invited)
  • Supersonic Aerodynamics (joint APA/SPSN)
  • Transonic Aerodynamics
  • Turbulence and Transition Modeling
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Design
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Daoru Han, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Miles Bengtson, University of Colorado Boulder

Technical papers are being solicited on the space environment and its effects on spacecraft. All orbital environments are considered, including Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Polar Orbit (Polar), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), Interplanetary Space, and planetary environments. Submissions on the lunar surface, lunar orbit, and cislunar space are especially encouraged. Specific topical areas are listed below. Authors are encouraged to submit papers on other novel ideas and topics related to Space Environments.

  • Atmospheric and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma, Dusty Plasmas, Lightning, etc.) (joint ASE/PDL)
  • Environmental Effects on Spacecraft Material Properties
  • Exploitation, Modification, and Passivation of the Space Environment
  • Ground Testing of Space Environment Effects
  • Lunar Environments and Effects on Lunar Exploration (joint ASE/EXPL)
  • On-Orbit Instrumentation and Data
  • Simulation, Measurement, and Mitigation of Spacecraft Charging and Arcing
  • Synergistic Effects of Combined Environmental Factors
  • Other Topics in Space Environments
Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Christopher D. Karlgaard, Analytical Mechanics Associates
Brian Taylor, Bolder Flight Systems
Jared Grauer, NASA Langley Research Center

The Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Committee solicits papers related to atmospheric flight mechanics across all disciplines (including flight performance, flight and ground test, flying and handling qualities, system identification, etc.), across all flight regimes and missions (including formation flying, gliding and powered flight, planetary aeroassist, etc.), and across all vehicle types and configurations (including conventional aircraft, rotorcraft, multirotor vehicles, urban air mobility concepts, vertical and short take-off aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, electric aircraft, biomimetic vehicles, hypersonic and aeroassist vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, projectiles, aerodynamic decelerators, etc.). Papers are also encouraged that discuss education in atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and projects with international collaboration. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aircraft Dynamics, Performance, Stability, and Control
  • Handling Qualities and Flying Qualities
  • Hypersonic and Spacecraft Flight Mechanics
  • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Mechanics
  • Special Sessions
  • System Identification and Flight Test
  • Unique Aircraft Configurations
  • Other Topics in Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Complexity in Aerospace (CASE)

Please direct questions to:
Samantha Infeld, NASA Langley
Anna McGowan, NASA Langley

In complex systems, many interacting active components interact in non-trivial or non-linear ways, resulting in attributes/behaviors for which there are fundamental limits to prediction. Especially challenging are complex systems whose components are learning or modifying their behavior, with the potential for self-organization, multi-scale behavior, and truly emergent qualities. We would like to focus especially on applications to Advanced Air Mobility, Certification, and Air and Space Traffic Management, and the issues of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning involved.

Papers and panel topics with at least two proposed panelists are sought that examine how complexity manifests in aerospace contexts, implications of complex adaptive systems for operational and engineering challenges, and organizational, cognitive and technical approaches for dealing with complexity in aerospace contexts. Of particular interest are papers dealing with the opportunities and challenges that new technologies and engineering approaches such as digital engineering, digital twins, artificial intelligence and machine learning present in improving our ability to develop, test and operate complex systems, as well as papers exploring how our engineering methods must transform to deal with complexity phenomena effectively.

  • AI and Machine Learning as Approaches for Dealing with Complexity
  • AI and Machine Learning as Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Characterization of Complex and Complex Adaptive Systems in Aerospace Contexts
  • Complexity-Related Workforce Issues
  • Demonstrations or Visualizations (presentation without paper)
  • Digital Twins and Other Model-Based Approaches for Complex and Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Methods and Approaches for Dealing with Complexity in Air and Space Traffic Management
  • Training and Curricula for Complexity
CFD Vision 2030

Please direct questions to: 
Francisco D. Palacios, Boeing
Mark Turner, University of Cincinnati

The CFD2030 Vision report laid out a bold vision for future computational capabilities and their potential impact on aerospace engineering and design, and recommended the establishment of Grand Challenges (GCs) in four areas: Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of powered aircraft configuration across the full flight envelope, off-design turbofan engine transient simulation, Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) of a highly-flexible advanced aircraft configuration, and probabilistic analysis of a powered space access configuration. In 2021, three GCs were published in the following areas: high-lift aerodynamics (AIAA Paper 2021-0955), full engine simulation (2021-0956), and CFD-in-the-loop for space vehicle design (2021-0957). Under the CFD2030 topic, we are soliciting papers that address current efforts to advance CFD technology, to both highlight the current state-of-the-art and to help identify where technology advancements are needed to make significant progress towards achieving the GCs. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • CFD technology to predict aerodynamic characteristics at the edges of the flight envelope
  • Development of high-resolution aerodynamic databases including Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)
  • Development of testing techniques to validate coupled aero/structural computational analysis
  • Meshes for Complex Aircraft Configuration (joint MVCE/CFD2030)
  • Propulsion related simulations toward Full Engine Simulation and Propulsion-Airframe Interaction
Communication Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Khanh Pham, Air Force Research Laboratory

Design, development and operation of communications systems for aerospace applications, and associated architectures and technologies – including small, lightweight, low power, and COTS technologies for UAV and smallsat applications; software-defined radio and software-defined networking technologies; quantum communication advancements; RF, optical and combined component technologies to realize higher bandwidths; and security improvements from the physical to application layers.

  • Quantum communication advancements
  • RF, optical and combined component technologies to realize higher bandwidths
  • Security improvements from the physical to application layers
  • Small, lightweight, low power, and COTS technologies for UAV and smallsat applications
  • Software-defined radio and software-defined networking technologies
Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
James L. Paunicka, The Boeing Company
Christopher J. Coley, United States Air Force Academy

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving cyber, computer, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer hardware supporting AI processing for ground systems supporting aerospace vehicle operation
  • Computer hardware support for vision systems and sensors with built-in intelligent algorithms
  • Computer hardware supporting artificial intelligence (AI) processing on aerospace vehicles
  • Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and DoD Cybersecurity Frameworks and Maturity Models
  • Embedded and Energy Efficient (Low Power) Computing Systems
  • Formal Verification: Computer and Cyber-Physical Systems, Boolean Satisfiability
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Processing: Hardened, Secure, and Fault Tolerant
  • Processing: Parallel, GPU, and Multicore
  • Other Topics in Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Gregory Falco, Cornell University
Wayne Chris Henry, Air Force Institute of Technology

The aerospace systems of today integrate embedded systems, communication links and control systems that are susceptible to cyberattacks. Unauthorized access to aerospace systems could have devastating impacts on critical infrastructure and undermine capabilities our society relies on, such as GPS. The dual-use nature of aerospace systems has made both commercial and government systems prime targets for adversaries seeking to wreak havoc on these cyber-physical systems. Planetary spacecraft, Earth orbiting smallsats, unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial and military aircraft, and high altitude balloons, present a diverse set of research cybersecurity challenges.

  • Detection, Isolation and Containment Mechanisms
  • Distributed system capabilities to enable cybersecurity
  • Machine learning-based approaches to cybersecurity
  • Resilience capabilities for aerospace systems
  • Security-by-design aerospace architectures
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jessica Widrick

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design efficiency improvements and robust products in service. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory design phase through the detailed design phase, manufacturing and service. Papers on advances in model-based design processes and related activities are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development, class content, student design/build activities, and student access to space. Design Process and Enabling Digital Systems Technologies papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications to enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial and military aerospace industries. Papers are solicited on open-source digital design aids in areas covered by the Aerospace Design Engineers Guide including structural design, mechanical design, geometric design and tolerancing, electrical/electromagnetic design, aircraft design, air breathing propulsion design, spacecraft design. Papers submitted in this area should be submitted with code, as a python library. These papers and code will form the basis for the initial digital release of the design guide. Papers that discuss improved designs using multi-disciplinary design analysis and optimization (MDAO) and emerging design processes, tools and technologies (e.g. cloud computing, IoT, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, VR/AR, AI/ML, etc.) are also strongly encouraged.

  • Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing
  • Cloud Computing, Industrial Internet of Things
  • Composite Structural Analysis, Design, Testing and Manufacturing (Joint STR/DE)
  • Computer Aided Design including intelligent master (parametric feature-based, etc.) modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Methods, Tools and Processes in support of Aircraft Design (joint ACD/DE)
  • Design Methods, Tools and Processes in support of Spacecraft Structures (joint SCS/DE)
  • Design Tools and Processes for Rapid Prototyping
  • Digital Environment - Provides digital twin context through entire life cycle (joint DGE/DE)
  • Early Design Approaches for increased -ilities (reliability, availability, maintainability, etc.)
  • Improved Robust Designs using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & creative designs in aerospace and other areas, incl. (XR/VR/AR)
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering for retention and reuse of engineering knowledge and data (joint DGE/DE)
  • ML/AI Applications to Design (e.g., AI/Human Teaming, Inverse Design, Generative Design, etc.)
  • Model-Based Design applied to complex systems and structures
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and environment digital twin simulations (joint DGE/DE/MST)
  • Optimization in Design (joint MDO/DE)
  • Role of Virtual Platforms in Design (e..g. Omniverse)
Digital Avionics

Please direct questions to: 
Maarten Uijt de Haag, Technical University of Berlin
Evan Dill, NASA

Papers are sought on all aspects of digital avionics required for safe, secure and efficient operation of civilian and military aircraft in the national airspace system either manned or unmanned (e.g. aircraft, UAS and air taxis). These aerial vehicles will require onboard (integrated) avionics systems and air traffic management systems to support their operation in the various airspaces. Areas of interest include avionics technologies to support:

  • Autonomous systems, Autonomy and Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Avionics technologies for safe and efficient vehicle operation in national airspace
  • Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems for manned and unmanned aircraft systems
  • Ensuring compliance of military aircraft in civilian airspace
  • Flight critical systems
  • In-time aviation safety management systems (IASMS)
  • Operations of UAS and manned aicraft in the same airspace
  • Performance-based operations in NextGen and SESAR including PBN
  • Security and safety aspects of avionics systems
  • Separation assurance systems: geofencing, detect and avoid, and collision avoidance
  • Traffic management for manned (ATM) and unmanend aicraft systems (UTM, U-Space)
  • Urban air mobility (UAM) and operation of aerial vehicles in challenging environments
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
John F. Matlik, Rolls-Royce Corporation
Dave Kepczynski, GE
Natalie Straup, Northrop Grumman
Olivia Fischer, Georgia Tech

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system.

The DEIC will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constitutent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • DevSecOps – Agile Software Development
  • Digital Certification - Toward realizing certification by analysis for Aerospace Industry
  • Digital Ecosystem - Digital Engineering in context with Ecosystem, Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Digital System Model - A digital representation of a system which define all aspects of the system
  • Digital Thread - Framework of authoritative data, information, and knowledge to inform decisions
  • Digital Twin - Virtual representation of a connected physical asset
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering applied to retention and reuse of engineering knowledge and data
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and environment digital twin simulations
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Digital Engineering
  • Virtual Verification - Advanced Computational Methods & Analytics through CAE, AI, and ML, with HPCE/NDA)
Electric Propulsion

Please direct questions to: 
Gabe Xu, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Benjamin Jorns, University of Michigan

Papers are solicited for sessions on spacecraft electric propulsion (or related) technologies, systems, components, modeling, and fundamental physics. Of particular interest are papers relating to a range of spacecraft electric propulsion technologies including, but not limited to: missions utilizing electric propulsion, flight systems, Hall thrusters, ion thrusters, power processing units, propellant management systems, gimbals, micropropulsion concepts, electrospray thrusters, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed-plasma thrusters, pulse-inductive thrusters, electrothermal thrusters, and tethers. Papers are also sought on topics regarding innovative and/or advanced spacecraft electric propulsion technologies, propulsion and plasma diagnostics, and electric propulsion simulations.

  • Advanced Concepts for Space Exploration
  • Advanced Materials for Electric Propulsion
  • Applications of Machine Learning to Electric Propulsoin
  • Cathodes
  • CubeSate, SmallSat, and Micropropulsion Systems
  • Electric Propulsion Diagnostics
  • Electric Propulsion Flight Programs and Missions
  • Electric Propulsion Modeling
  • Electric Propulsion Thruster Plume and Spacecraft Interactions
  • Electrospray Thruster
  • Hall Thrusters
  • Ion Thrusters
  • Low SWaP Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Power Processing Units of Electric Propulsion Applications
  • Propellant Management for Electric Propulsion Applications
  • Radio Frequency Electric Thrusters
  • Other Topics in Electric Propulsion
Electrified Aircraft Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Jonathan Gladin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Shengyi Liu, The Boeing Compoany

The continued evolution of electrification on aircraft systems has necessitated the technological development, design, evaluation, characterization, modeling, and integration of electrified aircraft components and systems. Pursuant to advancing this field, abstract submissions across various disciplinary areas ranging from enabling and core technologies, component design, novel aircraft concepts and systems, life cycle aspects & analysis, engineering design methods, modelling, tools and standards are sought. A more complete list is provided below:

  • Electrical Energy Generation and Storage (Battery, Fuel Cell, Solar, Regeneration, etc)
  • Electrified Aircraft Design (Fixed & Rotary Wing) & Mission Operation (Cost, Energy, Emissions)
  • Failure / Fault Mode Protection, Diagnostics & Modelling
  • Power Electronics, Electric Machines & Drives
  • Power Management, Distribution & High Voltage Considerations
  • Propulsion, Architectures & Systems Integration
  • Superconducting & Cryogenic Systems & Components
  • System Dynamics, Modelling & Control
  • Testing, Validation, Safety & Certification
  • Thermal Management
Energetic Components and Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Stephanie Sawhill, Systima Technologies
Jose Guadarrama, Lockheed Martin

Papers are solicited related to the development, demonstration, qualification and production of energetic formulations, propellant- or explosive-actuated mechanisms and gas generators used in aerospace, military aircraft, and commercial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Energetic Manufacturing, Explosive Theory and Initiation, Cartridge Actuated Devices; Propellant Actuated Devices; Thrusters; Propellant and Explosive Compositions; Ballistic Analysis; Non-Pyrotechnic Mechanisms; Systems Integration; and Studies on Acceptance Criteria and Manufacture.

  • Advanced Research of New Propellant and Explosive Formulations and Their Application
  • Design, Testing and Acceptance of Space Mechanisms and Systems
  • Detonation Theory and Initiation
  • Energetic (Explosives, Propellants and Combustible) Component Heritage
  • Energetic Components Used in Military or Commercial Aircraft, and Safety Systems
  • Explosive and Propellant Compositions and Manufacturing Methods
  • Explosive- or Propellant- Actuated Mechanisms and Systems
  • Innovation in Failure Investigation and Analysis, and Environment Testing
  • Physics of Interior Ballistics in Explosive, Propellant, Combustible Devices
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Andrew Freeborn, USAF Test Pilot School
Cody Hydrick, Lockheed Martin
Joe Nichols, Raytheon Technologies

The Flight Testing Technical Committee invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of testing aerospace vehicles. Successful abstracts shall cover the testing of aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, acceptance, or operational testing of these craft and/or associated equipment. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: application of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in instrumentation and data handling; approaches to test education and training; flight testing of unmanned aerospace systems; flight testing electrically powered air vehicles intended for transportation; testing of aerospace vehicles incorporating machine learning or intelligent systems; and the use of modeling and simulation in testing of aerospace vehicles. Papers should provide interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing, and/or include any lessons learned from the planning or execution of testing.

  • Flight Test Techniques, Measurement Technologies, and Other Novel Approaches
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment
  • Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerospace Systems
  • Flight Testing Systems with Intelligent Flight Controls
  • Testing Aerospace Systems that Transit the Earth's Atmosphere
  • Testing Ground and Air-Launched Missiles and Rockets
  • Other Topics in Flight Testing
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Will Tyson, Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD)
Iman Borazjani, Texas A&M

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into the flow physics, address emerging technologies, introduce innovative ideas and techniques, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research activities, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors should submit an extended abstract to the most appropriate topic below. Extended abstracts should consist of a comprehensive introduction, a description of the methodology, and preliminary results. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • Bio-Inspired and Low-Reynolds Number Flows
  • CFD Methods and Applications
  • Control-Oriented Modeling of Fluid Flows
  • Flow Control: Methods and Applications (Joint Topic: FD/APA)
  • Fluid Structure Interaction (Joint Topic: FD/SD)
  • High-Speed Measurements for Hypersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers (Joint Topic: FD/AMT)
  • Hypersonic Flows (Joint Topic: FD/APA)
  • Instability and Transition
  • Joint Session (FD/MVCE): Mesh Requirements for RANS/LES/Hybrid Methods
  • Joint Session (FD/MVCE): Moving Meshes and Mesh Adaptation
  • Modal Analysis and Deep Learning for Fluid Flows
  • Multiphase Flows
  • RANS/LES/Hybrid Turbulence Modeling and Applications
  • Shock / Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Special Session: High-Speed Flow Control
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Wall-Bounded and Free Shear Flows
  • Wing-Gust Interactions
  • Other Topics in Fluid Dynamics
Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to: 
Keun Ryu, Hanyang University
Andrew Nix, West Virginia University

Papers are solicited relating to the advances in science, engineering, and technology of gas turbine engines for applications in propulsion, energy, and power. Papers concerning the efforts to develop environmentally friendly gas turbine engines with fuel flexibility, increased operational flexibility, reduced operating costs, reduced emissions and improved reliability are very much encouraged. Various innovative methods and tools utilizing the theoretical, analytical, experimental, computational and data-driven modeling using machine learning for fundamental understanding, engine design, analysis, and development will be considered. Technical disciplines include aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, combustion, heat transfer, materials and structures, manufacturing, data science, optimization, and controls. Primary areas of interest include but not limited to:

  • Advanced Gas Turbine Engines and Cycles, and Gas Turbine Hybrids (Electric, Fuel Cell Systems etc.)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Concepts for Gas Turbine Engines
  • Advances in Exhaust Technologies (Diffusers, Nozzles, and related systems)
  • Combustors, Fuel Injectors, Alternative Fuels, Emissions, Fuel Flexible Combustion Systems
  • Engine Controls, Operability, and Propulsion Health Management
  • High-Fidelity Simulations and Validation Experiments
  • High-Speed Low Pressure Turbines
  • Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis/Optimization of Engine Systems and Components  (joint GTE/MDO)
  • Structures and Dynamics
  • Thermal Management, Heat Transfer and Cooling, Materials, and Coatings
  • Turbomachinery: Compressors, Fans, and Turbines
  • Other Topics in Gas Turbine Engines
Green Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Keiitchi Okai, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Tarek Abdel-Salam, East Carolina Univesrsity

The Green Engineering Integration Committee promotes a holistic, systems approach to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, renewable energy and ‘cradle-to-cradle’ design. Papers are sought from all areas that explore advances in the creation of sustainable energy sources and their usage in the aerospace sector. Topics can include research and in-production technology used to produce renewable energy sources and materials.

  • Airborne Wind Turbines
  • Airport Electric infrastructures
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Geoengineering including aerosol injection at high altitude
  • Green Energy Grids
  • Hybrid and Green Propulsion
  • Hydrogen Economy
  • Space Solar Power
  • Zero Emission Power Sources
Ground Test

Please direct questions to:
Pat Goulding II, National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, AEDC US Air Force 716th Test Squadron
Damiano Baccarella, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

GTTC supports collaboration between practitioners and researchers across the ground test research sector. GTTC welcomes submissions on all research and facility topics concerning wind tunnels, engine test cells, arc jet heaters, water channels, environmental chambers, and other ground-based testing for all speed ranges and scales. Please click Additional Details for more information.

  • Data Review and Assessment
  • Facility Commissioning, Improvement, or Expansion
  • Improvements or Advancements in Model Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing
  • Novel and Emerging Applications in Ground Testing
  • Optical and Laser Diagnostics for Facility Characterization (joint AMT/ GT subtopic)
  • Test Operation and Administration
  • Test Techniques and Measurements
Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to: 
Michael Niestroy, Lockheed Martin
Luca Massotti, European Space Agency
Joe Connolly, NASA Glenn

The Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee invites papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) of aerospace systems. Papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the GNC of aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, air and space robots, unmanned/autonomous systems, and other aerospace systems; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation, position and timing; sensors and data fusion; multidisciplinary control; uncertainty quantification for GNC performance analysis; and validation and verification. Paper selection for GNC will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper; abstracts will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 pages, formatted in accordance with the AIAA SciTech manuscript template. If you are a graduate student and would like your paper to be considered for the GNC Graduate Student Paper Competition, then please see the eligibility and submission information within the supplemental information document. If you are interested in proposing an Invited Session for GNC, then please see the proposal submission criteria and timeline within the supplemental information document. Please click Additional Details  for more information.

  • Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence for Aerospace Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Command and Control (C2) of Complex Autonomous GNC Systems (joint GNC/I&C2)
  • Control Theory for Aerospace Applications
  • Distributed, Cooperative, and Multi-Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • GNC Invited Sessions
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control in Intelligent Systems (joint GNC/IS)
  • Missile and Trans-Atmospheric Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Modeling and Simulation for Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control (joint GNC/MST)
  • Motion Planning, Sensing, and Operations for Aerospace Robotic Systems
  • Navigation, Estimation, Sensing, and Tracking
  • Space Situational Awareness (joint GNC/ASTRODYNAMICS)
  • Spacecraft and Launch Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Special Session: Small Satellite Guidance Navigation and Control (joint GNC/SATS) listed under Spacecraft and Launch Guidance, Navigation, and Control
  • Special Session: University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH)
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Analysis of Complex Aerospace Systems (joint GNC/NDA)
High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Friedolin T. Strauss, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Suo Yang, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

High-speed air-breathing propulsion technical committee solicits papers which address the design, analysis, optimization, testing, and evaluation of technologies and systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic air vehicle propulsion. The key technology areas include but are not limited to ramjet, scramjet and combined cycle engines, inlets, isolators, combustion chambers, nozzles and other enabler components, the design methods and optimization, thermodynamic analysis, the measurement techniques and numerical methods facilitating the interpretation of the physics observed within High-Speed propulsion systems as well as materials, structures and manufacturing methods aiming at construction of the engines.

  • Engine Component Materials, Structures and Manufacturing
  • Ground or Flight Tests on High-Speed Propulsion Systems
  • High Fidelity Combustion Modeling for High-Speed Propulsion
  • High-Speed Inlets, Isolators and Nozzles
  • Instrumentation & Diagnostic Techniques for High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion (joint HSABP/AMT)
  • Instrumentation, Diagnostics Techniques, and Test Methods
  • Numerical Analysis of Scramjet Engines
  • Scramjet and Alternative High-Speed Engine Design, Thermodynamics and Optimization
  • Other Topics in High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Kevin Rusnak, Historian, USAF AFLCMC/HO
Louis Edelman, NASA Langley Research Center

Air and Space History encompasses all aspects of the air and space enterprise and community. Papers are solicited that trace the evolution of flight within and beyond the atmosphere focusing on topics and subtopics within the domains of Aeronautics, Aerospace R&D, and Space, particularly if they offer new perspectives, case studies, and lessons learned.

  • Case Studies and Summary Histories on Advanced Air Mobility
  • Case Studies and Summary Histories on Certification
  • Case Studies and Summary Histories on Space Exploration
  • Historical Perspectives on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Historical Perspectives on Space Sustainability
  • Historical Perspectives on Space Threats
  • Historical Perspectives on Space Traffic Management and Coordination
  • Historical Perspectives on the Space Economy
  • Pioneers previously neglected, unknown or unappreciated, and/or marginalized
  • Significant milestones in the evolution of air and space science and technology
  • The evolution and impact of Autonomy/AI/Machine Learning
  • The evolution of aerospace best practices, and Advanced System Engineering Tools
  • The evolution of the air and space enterprise and the growth of the community of practitioners
  • The historical evolution of concern over Carbon Emissions and Sustainability
  • The influence of the academic community upon the evolution of air- and spaceflight
  • The international transfer of air and space knowledge, acumen, and practice
  • The quest for Resilient and Assured Systems
  • The social, cultural, and transnational impact of flight on nations and the global community.
  • Transformational developments in RDT&E
Human Machine Teaming

Please direct questions to:  
B Danette Allen, NASA
Nicholas J. Napoli, University of Florida

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for advances in human machine teaming where the paper can focus on one of three genernal elements: the human, the machine, and interactions and interdependencies between them.  Concepts regarding human physiology, psychology, human factors, cognitive models, and human performance that support aspects of human machine teaming are of interest. Additionally, concepts regarding artificial intelligence, explainable AI (xAI),  machine learning, modeling, feature engineering (e.g., biosignal processing), and human-machine interfaces, which support the mapping of the human to the machine, the interaction with the machine, elucidates trust, and other facets of the human machine system are all topic areas of focus.

  • Biosensor Design
  • Biosensor Fusion
  • Biosignal Processing
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Decision Support Analystics
  • Human Autonomy Function Allocation
  • Human Factors
  • Human Machine Interaction (HMI)
  • Human Performance
  • Human Physiology and Medicine within Aerospace Applications
  • Human Psycho-Physiology in Aerospace Applications
  • Machine Learning and AI/xAI within HMT
  • Non-traditional HMI interfaces
  • Trust and Trustworthiness in Cyper Physical (Human) Systems
Hybrid Rockets

Please direct questions to:
Matthew Hitt, USASMDC
Trevor S. Elliott, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

This topic involves experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to design, novel fuel chemistry, enhancement of fuel and oxidizer performance and internal geometry requirements for liquid, solid, and gaseous fueled Hybrid and Bi-Propellant Rocket Systems for stable operation.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques and Contemporary Materials
  • Combustion Stability, Combustion Dynamics, Mixing, Motor Performance, and Related Issues
  • Descriptions of Current Programs – their Objectives and Progress to Date
  • Design and Development of Novel Hybrid Rocket Motor Concepts
  • Development and Evaluation of Novel Oxidizer and Fuel Formulations and Combinations
  • Educational STEM Initiatives for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Fuel Characterization, Visualization, and Controls for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Green Propulsion Systems: Design and Application
  • Internal Ballistics Modeling including Predictive Capability
  • Oxidizer Vaporization, Heat Transfer, Species Evolution, and Mixing of Oxidizer and Fuel Species
Information and Command and Control Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Jimmie McEver, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 
Ali Raz, George Mason University
Mike Sotak

Information and Command and Control Systems (IC2S) provide end-to-end solutions for decision making via integration of distributed and heterogeneous sets of systems, resources, processes, and policies. IC2S applications are seen in a variety of domains, including both military and commercial applications. For example, in a military context, IC2S may provide operations personnel, warfighters, and decision makers with a common operating picture (COP) of the battlefield, decision aids and synchronization mechanisms; similarly, in a commercial context, IC2S may enable management of air transportation systems or establish space situational awareness by tracking satellites and debris. Papers are sought that explore new insights, approaches and capabilities across this space, with particular interest in papers examining the future of command and control. Additional areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of AI/ML for Decision Making in Complexity
  • C2 for Extreme Time Pressure Environments (e.g., Hypersonics, Cyber Attack/Defense)
  • C2 in Space: Satellite and Spacecraft Operations
  • C2 Perspectives on Autonomy and Human-Machine Teaming
  • C2 Resilience/C2 in Contested Cyber Environments
  • Modeling and Simulation of C2 and C2 Systems
  • Multi-Domain C2: Integrating Air, Space, Ground, Sea and Cyber Operations
  • Situational Awareness and Visualization to Inform C2
  • The Future of C2: Drivers and Considerations
  • Other Topics in Information and Command and Control Systems
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:
Pavlos Zachos, Cranfield University UK
Ann Khidekel, Collins

Integration of advanced and innovative propulsion systems, especially inlets, nozzle and thrust reverser systems, has received renewed interest in recent years owing to increased integration requirements for airframe concepts, engine technologies, and system level requirements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technology are being investigated that allow gains in air-breathing aircraft performance and operability. In addition to inlets and exhausts, there is interest in secondary systems and thermal systems that enable new propulsive capabilities and increased system performance.

  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint with APA)
  • Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • Electrified Aircraft and Systems
  • Fan Intake interactions (GTE)
  • Inlet/Exhaust System Design, Integration, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Inlets and Nozzles for High-Speed Systems (joint with HSAB)
  • Integration of Hydrogen Propulsion and Cryogenic Systems
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Technologies, Health Monitoring and Prognostics
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Power/Thermal Management Systems Integration
  • Propulsion System Integration for High-Speed Propulsion Applications (joint with HSAB)
  • S-Duct Inlet Design and Fan Distortion Effects
  • Supersonic Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • System Integration for Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  • Technologies and Integration for Sustainable Aviation
  • Unducted Fan and Propeller Design, Performance, and Analysis
  • Other Topics in Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:
David Casbeer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Isaac Weintraub, Air Force Research Laboratory
Yan Wan, University of Texas at Arlington

Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering. The application of such technologies to problems that highlight advanced air mobility, certification, carbon emissions/sustainability, space traffic management, and cislunar operations are of particular interest. Please click Additional Details  for more information. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems
  • Autonomy
  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems (joint with Software and Cybersecurity)
  • Formal Methods in Aerospace Engineering
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control in Intelligent Systems (joint with GNC)
  • Human – Automation Interaction
  • Learning, Reasoning, and Data Driven Systems
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems
  • Sensor Fusion and Systems Health Management (SHM)
  • Trusted Space Autonomy
Liquid Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Nathan Andrews, Southwest Research Institute
Naveen Vetcha, ERC Inc./Jacobs Space Exploration Corp.

Papers are sought from all areas related to liquid rocket propulsion, including component and system level technologies, new concepts and applications, novel or enabling manufacturing technologies, storable and cryogenic propellant applications, related research and development programs, associated test facilities, modeling approaches, and sustainability and economic impacts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials for Application to Liquid Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced System Engineering Tools & Techniques for Liquid Propulsion Systems
  • Carbon Sustainability and Economics of Launch Vehicles in a Competitive and Burgeoning Space Economy
  • Certification Considerations for Launch Vehicles, Landers, and Satellite Propulsion Systems
  • Combustor Design, Analysis and Testing, Including Igniters, Cooling Methods, and Instability Studies
  • Cryogenic Propellant Application for Vehicles, Ground Use, Space Transfer and In-Situ Utilization
  • Current and Historical Lessons Learned in Liquid Propulsion Development and Operation
  • Green and Non-Toxic Propellant Studies, Development, Applications, and Associated Technologies
  • Injector Design, Analysis and Testing, Including Atomization and Mixing Studies
  • In-Space Liquid Propulsion System Design, Analysis, Testing and Operation, Including Cube/Nanosats
  • Launch Vehicle Liquid Propulsion System Design, Analysis, Testing, and Operation
  • Modeling and Simulation of Liquid Propulsion Systems, Components, and Processes
  • Nozzles Design, Analysis and Testing, Including Thrust Vectoring Methods
  • Propellant Feed System Design, Analysis, and Testing
  • Propellant Management and Storage Design, Analysis, Testing, and In-Orbit Refueling
  • Test Facilities and Advanced Diagnostic Techniques for Liquid Propulsion Systems
  • Turbomachinery and Electric Pump Design, Analysis and Testing, Including Structural Dynamics and FSI
  • Other Topics in Liquid Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Jessica Piness, Aegis Aerospace
Richard Li, Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

The TC seeks papers related to cutting-edge research and development of aerospace materials. Submissions are encouraged in topic areas such as modeling, synthesis, processing, testing, and characterization. Applications may include, but are not limited to, structural and nonstructural, adaptive, smart, and renewable materials, coatings, and thin films. Special focus areas include multifunctional materials, manufacturing process models, material property models, novel experimental methods, coatings and protective materials, lifecycle studies, affordability, inspection, repair, maintenance, and environmental impact. Papers on experimental and analytical methods that lead to understanding of mechanical performance, environmental sensitivity, fatigue and fracture, time- and rate-dependent behavior, durability, damage tolerance, aging, and in-service performance are included. Special emphasis will be given to emerging technologies, such as nanomaterials, materials for extreme environments and hypersonics, multidimensional composites, cryogenic materials, advanced fiber forms, lightweight materials, multifunctional materials and integration of material models into the product development process. Joint sessions will be held on topics such as Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). Please click on the Additional Details  for more information on session topics.

  • 3D Woven Composites for Materials and Structures (with STR)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Materials and Structures (with STR)
  • Design and Analysis of Structures and Materials in Extreme Environments (with STR)
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • High Performance Materials for Extreme Environments
  • High Strain Composite Materials and Structures (with SCS)
  • ICME & the Digital Thread (with DGE)
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  • Multifunctional Materials for Aerospace
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Process Modeling of Composites
  • Self-Healing Composite Materials and Structures
  • Smart Materials for Adaptive Applications (with AS)
  • Survivable Materials and Structures (with SUR)
  • Testing and Characterization of Materials
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Nitin Bhagat, University of Dayton Research Institute
Devina Sanjaya, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

You are invited to present innovative as well as matured technologies, opportunities & challenges in the real-world problems of computational field modeling & simulation including all parts of the pre- & post-processing toolchains. Special considerations will be given to the efforts that impact the domains of Aeronautics and R&D. Students are encouraged to submit to the MVCE Student Paper Competition. Joint sessions across multiple technical disciplines are being organized to facilitate collaborative interaction. The sessions will cover following four broad areas of interests:

  • Geometry: detection of imperfections in geometry models, generation of analysis-specific representations from a central repository, efficient representations for additive manufacturing, and geometry systems for HPC environments.
  • Meshing: structured, unstructured, hybrid, and overset meshes, deforming & moving configurations, adaptive meshing techniques including error estimation & uncertainty quantification, high-order meshes, exa-scale meshes, and grid quality metrics.
  • Visualization: new graphical representations, automated feature detection & knowledge extraction, visualization of higher-order grids & solutions, and automated workflows & toolchains for exa-scale post-processing.
  • Computational Environments: automated workflows for analysis & design, and mesh storage & workflows for HPC.


  • Adaptive Meshing, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification (joint MVCE/NDA)
  • Automated Workflows and Frameworks for Engineering Analysis and Design
  • Geometry Modeling and Meshing for MDO (joint MVCE/MDO)
  • Geometry Modeling, Visualization Technologies, Feature Detection, and Knowledge Extraction
  • Mesh Generation Methods for Structured, Unstructured and Overset Meshes
  • Mesh Requirements for RANS/LES/Hybrid Methods (joint MVCE/FD)
  • Meshes for Complex Aircraft Configuration (joint MVCE/CFD2030)
  • Meshing, Geometry Modeling, and Visualization for Applied Aerodynamics (joint MVCE/APA)
  • Moving Meshes and Mesh Adaptation (joint MVCE/FD)


Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Stephanie Simon, Air Force Research Laboratory
Fred Wieland, Mosaic ATM

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation for aerospace vehicles and their operating environments with an emphasis on flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are human-in-the-loop simulations, development of flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, space vehicle dynamics, LVC (live, virtual, and constructive) simulation, certification by analysis, simulation for aerospace cybersecurity, and modeling in digital twins or digital system models . Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to system or system of systems modeling and simulation are more appropriate for other disciplines. Please click Additional Details  for more information.

  • Adapting New Technology to Modeling and Simulation Infrastructure for Aerospace
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations
  • Human Factors, Perception and Cueing
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Modeling and Simulation for Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Modeling and Simulation for Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control (joint GNC/MST)
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
  • Special Session: Mr. Martin Brenner Memorial Session (joint AS/MST/SD)
  • X-in-the-Loop Simulation and LVC (Live, Virtual, and Constructive)
  • Other Modeling and Simulation Topics
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Graeme Kennedy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kai James, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee has brought together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization for decades.

With significant progress in algorithms and computing power, multidisciplinary optimization has been successfully carried out for problems ranging from the design of individual components to complex system. Additionally, theoretical advances, from new optimization algorithms to approaches for robust and reliability-based design are playing an ever-growing role in this rapidly evolving field.

Technical papers are sought in areas related to the development and application of numerical optimization, uncertainty quantification, multi-fidelity analysis methods, and machine learning approaches to multidisciplinary and/or single disciplinary design optimization. Please click Additional Details  for more information.

  • Aerodynamic Design Optimization
  • Application of MDO for Vehicle Design
  • Design Under Uncertainty (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms, and Software Development in MDO
  • Geometry Modeling and Meshing for MDO (joint MVCE/MDO)
  • Machine Learning and Optimization
  • MDO with Model-Based Design Engineering
  • MDO/Sensitivity Analysis with Aeroelasticity/Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Metamodeling, Reduced Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Optimization with Digital Thread
  • Physics-Informed Machine Learning (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Probabilistic Machine Learning for Uncertainty Quantification in Complex Systems (joint MDO/NDA)
  • Sailplane Aerodynamics and Design (joint MDO/AA)
  • Shape and Topology Optimization
  • Special Session: High-Fidelity Aeroelastic Design Optimization Applications and Benchmarks
  • Special Session: NASA 2040 Vision
  • Special Session: Structural Optimization Application for Aircraft and Spacecraft
  • Use of Optimization in Design Under Uncertainty
Non-Deterministic Approaches

Please direct questions to:
Pankaj Joshi, ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research
Ashwin Renganathan, Penn State University

Non-Deterministic Approaches are technologies aimed at understanding and managing the variations and uncertainties inherent in the design, production, and operation of physical systems. These technologies include computational and experimental methods to quantify uncertainty, propagate uncertainty in complex physical systems, design systems under uncertainty, and estimate the reliability and performance of these systems for confident decision making. The NDA conference is a forum to discuss both the development of new methods for solving these problems and the application of non-deterministic approaches to problems of interest to the aerospace community. Student submissions are welcome and encouraged for competition for the The Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches. Please click Additional Details  for more information.

  • Design Under Uncertainty (joint NDA/MDO)
  • Mesh Quality, Adaptive Meshing, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification (joint MVCE/NDA)
  • Model Order Reduction & Surrogate Modeling
  • Physics-informed Machine Learning (joint NDA/MDO)
  • Probabilistic Machine Learning for Uncertainty Quantification in Complex Systems (Joint NDA/MDO)
  • Reliability and Risk Analysis Methods and Applications
  • Uncertainty Analysis Advancements for Wind Energy Applications (joint NDA/WE)
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Analysis of Complex Aerospace Systems (joint NDA/GNC)
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Model Validation for ICME (joint MAT/NDA)
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Acoustics and Structural Dynamics (Joint NDA/SD)
Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion

Please direct questions to:
Abdul M. Ismail, Interplanetary Expeditions Ltd
Brian D. Taylor, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

The requirements for the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion (NFFP) technical committee for SciTech 2024 is to encourage papers that will afford *incremental progression towards the realization of advanced propulsion systems*. Traditional, theoretical 'future flight' propulsion papers are also welcome but will be parallel to the primary focus.

  • Antimatter (e.g., beam core, gas core, solid core, plasma core)
  • Gravitational propulsion
  • High energy density (e.g., fluidised metal powder)
  • In Situ Resource Utilisation (e.g., lunar & Martian propellants)
  • Laser pushed light sails
  • Nuclear fission (e.g., NTP)
  • Nuclear fusion
  • Solar sails
  • Wormhole technologies
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to:
Suo Yang, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Stanislav Gordeyev, University of Notre Dame

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aeronautics, astronautics and energy. Works on fundamentals of plasma dynamics and kinetics, as well as femtosecond and short-pulsed laser physics are especially encouraged. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Aero-optics and atmospheric optical turbulence
  • Atmospheric and space plasmas
  • Computational methods for plasmas and lasers
  • Hypersonics and entry flow plasmas
  • Plasma and laser diagnostics
  • Plasma-assisted aerodynamics
  • Plasma-assisted ignition and combustion
  • Plasma and laser-based propulsion
  • Plasma and laser physics (dynamics and kinetics)
  • Novel Sensors and Diagnostics for Plasmas (joint AMT/PDL subtopic)
  • Other topics in plasmas and lasers
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Dan Paxson, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John Bennewitz, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Papers are sought that address the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) for propulsion and power generation systems. PGC includes both deflagration and detonation combustion, and is broadly defined as a fundamentally unsteady process whereby gas expansion by heat release is constrained, causing a rise in stagnation pressure and allowing work extraction by expansion to the initial pressure. Examples of PGC include (but are not limited to) resonant pulse combustion (PC), pulse detonation combustion / engine (PDC / PDE), rotating detonation combustion / engine (RDC / RDE), internal wave rotor combustion (WRC), and constant volume combustion (CVC). Relevant research topics range from fundamental research to applied technologies, with the following subtopics:

  • Applications, System Integration and Thermal Management
  • Combustor Operability, Optimization and Performance with Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Computational Modeling, Simulation and Validation
  • Fundamental Investigation of Pressure Gain Combustion Concepts
  • Measurement and Diagnostics including Experimental Design, Uncertainty Analysis and Machine Learning
Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to:
Jacqueline O'Connor, The Pennsylvania State University
Hong Im, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Papers are sought that describe experimental, numerical, theoretical, and/or applied results in all areas of combustion relevant to propulsion and energy generation in aerospace systems. Submissions are encouraged from academia, government, and industry. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Additive Manufacturing in Combustion Applications
  • Advanced Combustion, Propellants, and Combustor Concepts
  • Combustion Chemistry
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Combustion Dynamics and Instabilities
  • Combustion and the Environment
  • Combustion Modeling and Simulation
  • Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion
  • Fuels, Propellants, and Energetic Materials
  • Laminar and Turbulent Flames
  • Machine Learning for Combustion
  • Micro-Scale Combustion
  • Rocket and Air-Breathing Combustion
  • Spray and Droplet Combustion
  • Other Topics in Propellants and Combustion
Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

Please direct questions to: 
Stephen Cain, Air Force Institute of Technology
Nicholas Napoli, University of Florida

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, and autonomous resource management. Advances in the fusion of sensor networks, cooperative sensing, autonomy, and multi-system collaboration are of particular interest. Concepts regarding Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Joint All Domain Operations (JADO) are of interest as well. Additionally, advanced sensors (neuromorphic, quantum, etc.), sensors for situational awareness, and new sensor designs and/or sensor hardware are encouraged topic focus areas.

  • Advanced Sensor Data Processing Techniques
  • Applications of Sensor and Information Fusion
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Autonomy and/or Collaboration
  • Cyber Fusion
  • Developing Trust in Autonomous Systems
  • Fusion or Integration of Networked Sensors or Systems
  • Human Interface with Complex or Autonomous Systems
  • Identification, Situation Awareness, and Sensemaking
  • Joint All Domain Operations (JADO)
  • Multi-Sensor Field/Flight Experiment Planning, Implementation, and Analyses
  • Neuromorphic and Quantum Sensors
  • New Sensor Designs and Hardware
  • Novel Sensors for Aerospace Applications
  • Sensor/Resource Management
  • Sensors for Situational Awareness
Small Satellites

Please direct questions to: 
Jonathan Sauder, NASA Joint Propulsion Laboratory
Scott Palo, University of Colorado Boulder

Papers are sought in all areas of small satellite systems (SATS) and subsystem design, construction and operation in addition to education and workforce development. Submissions are encouraged from academia, government, and industry. There will be a student paper competition for graduate and undergraduate students. For details on how to be considered for the student paper competition see Additional Details . Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Cybesecurity
  • Education, Workforce Development and Public Outreach
  • Multi Satellite Constellations
  • Novel Technology
  • Propulsion
  • Results from Prior Missions
  • Small Satellite Deployable Structures (joint SATS/SCS)
  • Small Satellite Guidance, Navigation and Control (joint GNC/SATS)
  • Software and Autonomy
  • Upcoming Missions
Society and Aerospace Technology

Please direct questions to:
Amir Gohardani, Springs of Dreams Corporation

The Society and Aerospace Technology Outreach Committee (SAT OC) promotes activities linked to AIAA’s mission to inspire and advance the future of aerospace for the benefit of humanity. The SAT IOC is soliciting papers that examine the societal benefits of aerospace technologies/products, as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Astrosociology
  • Group Dynamics & Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica)
  • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (Art, Literature, Movies/TV, & Music)
  • Influences of Popular Culture on Aerospace Technology (i.e. Science Fiction as Inspiration for R&D)
  • Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science Aspects of Aerospace
  • Societal Consequences of United States and/or International Aerospace Policy
  • Societal Impacts of Aerospace Technology and their Spin-Offs
  • Societal Issues Involving the Use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, Satellite Imagery, etc.)
  • Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams

Please direct questions to: 
Jean-Baptiste Jeannin, University of Michigan
Jason Kelly, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Advances in automation and autonomy, emerging target architectures, and trending engineering approaches are pushing the community for innovation to continuously improve the economy, safety, and security of aerospace software. We will bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science to foster synergy across the divide between the two academic communities. Papers are sought in the following areas: requirements engineering, software design, verification and validation, certification and accreditation, software development methodologies, architecture considerations, model-based approaches, domain-specific languages, formal methods, and run-time monitoring. Recent topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Agile Approaches, DevOps and DevSecOps
  • Architectural Patterns for Safety and Security
  • Enabling Open Source and COTS
  • Formal Methods
  • Model-Based Software Safety Analysis, Design and Assessment
  • Resilient and Fault-tolerant Software
  • Safe Software Parallelization
  • Safe Systems Programming (e.g. Rust-like Languages)
  • Scenarios and Simulation for Verification and Validation
  • Software Engineering for AI-Based Systems
  • Software Maintenance and Evolution
  • Streamlined Certification
  • Trusted Computing
  • Other Topics in Software
Solid Rockets

Please direct questions to:
Wesley Ryan, NASA
Scott Weinberg, Johns Hopkins Univsersity

Papers are solicited that relate to all aspects of solid rocket propulsion systems, including component and system-level design, material development/selection, manufacturing, testing, ballistic prediction methodologies, performance evaluation, and state-of-the art technology advancements. Additional areas of interest include overviews of historical solid propulsion systems, lessons learned from development, testing and flight experience, and current status of upcoming solid rocket motor systems/programs. Discussions focused on STEM initiatives, university capabilities, and shifting or emerging trends in government and industry are also welcome.

  • Acoustic Characterization and Combustion Stability
  • Analytical Uncertainty Quantification and Risk Assessment
  • Case, Nozzle, and Ignition System Design Innovations
  • Controllable Solid Propulsion/Thrust Management Techniques
  • Current Solid Propulsion System Development Efforts and Program Status
  • Future Solid Propulsion Technologies
  • Historic Solid Propulsion Systems and Lessons Learned
  • Modeling and Simulation Advancements
  • Motor Design and System Optimization
  • Propellant Chemistry, Synthesis, and Characterization
  • Propellant Geometry and Motor Ballistics
  • University-Based Solid Rocket Motor Programs
Space Exploration

Please direct questions to: 
Surendra P. Sharma, NASA Ames Research Center 
Narayanan R Ramachandran, Jacobs Space Exploration Group

The Space Exploration track serves as the focal point for promoting awareness and advancement of space exploration, and to disseminate relevant information on leading-edge, current, new, emerging space exploration programs, general knowledge and awareness of exploration systems, technological needs and gaps, applications identification and activities, inter-disciplinary and inter-agency interactions, and national & international space policy matters and challenges. Papers are solicited describing the following activities: 1) ongoing experimental, computational and theoretical, or applied research, 2) activities related to the current and future technological needs, 3) planning, policy matters and Implementation ideas, in the technical disciplines relevant to Space exploration and sustaining the human presence in Cis-Lunar space and beyond. Please follow this link for Additional Details . Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Accelerating the Space Economy-Building InSpace Infrastructure, and related opportunities
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Space Exploration
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Flight Systems
  • Humans in Space Logistics, Medical issues, Bio-Research
  • Impact of Space Activities on Climate and Atmosphere
  • In-Space Infrastructure
  • Lessons Learned from Previous Human Exploration History as Applied to Modern Spaceflight
  • Life Sciences and Human Systems Integration: Humans in Space Logistics, Medical issues, Bio-Research
  • Longer Duration Space Missions (50+ years)
  • Lunar Environments and Effects on Lunar Exploration:Joint session with ASE TC
  • Lunar Exploration
  • Mission Architectures
  • National Science Priorities
  • Planetary Defense
  • Space Logistics: Joint session with Space Logistics TC
  • Using ISS and Terrestrial Analogs for Exploration
  • Other Topics in Space Exploration
Space Operations and Support

Please direct questions to: 
Jillian Redfern, Southwest Research Institute
Michael Ferguson, Applied Physics Laboratory

Space Operations and Support includes all aspects of space operations from low-earth and geosynchronous orbit, to lunar and planetary environments as well as supporting ground systems. It also provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from space operations. Papers in this technical discipline will explore the unique technology and challenges in operating orbital and interplanetary missions.

  • Automation, Autonomy, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Innovations in Mission Financing
  • Commercial and International Standardization
  • Legal Obstacles to Expanded Orbital Operations
  • On-Orbit Servicing
  • Orbital Collision and Debris Mitigation of Risk
  • Reducing Spacecraft Total Cost of Ownership including Small and Nano-Satellites
  • Reusable Launch Vehicles
  • Security Innovations and Operations
  • Simplified Mission Communications
Space Tethers

Please direct questions to: 
Eleonora Botta, University at Buffalo
Riccardo Bevilacqua, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Space Tethers covers the development and applications of space tethers, including electrodynamic tether propulsion, cable-based active debris removal technology, tether-based momentum transfer systems, remote sensing tether-based systems, tether-based space structures, and related supporting systems and technologies. Technical papers are solicited on modeling, identification, estimation, guidance, navigation and control of space systems that use tethers and of space systems entirely based on tethers. Hardware solutions, spacecraft designs, and mission designs are also relevant to this topic. Results from missions are welcome.

  • Actuators for Tether Control
  • Cable-Based Robots for Active Debris Removal and On-Orbit Servicing
  • Electrodynamic Tethers and E-sails
  • Estimation and Control for Tethered Systems
  • Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, and Contact Modeling for Tethers
  • Novel Continuous Theory for Tether Modeling
  • Numerical Methods for Tether Modeling in Simulation
  • Sensor Placement for Tether Monitoring
  • Space Elevators
  • Other Topics on Space Tethers
Spacecraft Structures

Please direct questions to: 
Maria Sakovsky, Stanford University
Francisco Lopez Jimenez, University of Colorado Boulder

Spacecraft Structures provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts, and applied demonstrations emerging from spacecraft technology. The Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee is focused on the unique challenges associated with structural systems that operate in a space environment. This discipline is specifically focused on the challenges of design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of those lightweight structural systems that must be ground tested in a simulated zero-gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment. Papers are invited in a broad range of areas from academia, government, and industry.

  • Adaptive Spacecraft Structures and Systems (joint SCS/AS)
  • Design Methods, Tools and Processes in support of Spacecraft Structures
  • High Strain Composite Materials and Structures (joint SCS/MAT)
  • Lightweight and Inflatable Space Structures
  • Small Satellite Deployable Structures (joint SCS/SATS)
  • Solar Sails, Solar Shields, and Other Membrane Structures
  • Spacecraft Antennas, Reflectors, and Other Optical Apertures
  • Spacecraft Booms and Trusses
  • Spacecraft Structures Test, Analysis, and Correlation
  • Structural topics related to in-space assembly and manufacturing
  • Other Spacecraft Structures Topics
Spaceflight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Kyle DeMars, Texas A&M University
Arnaud Boutonnet, ESA/ESOC

The Astrodynamics Technical Committee (in collaboration with the Space Flight Technical Committee of the American Astronautical Society) solicits papers addressing topics across all disciplines of space flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including advances in dynamical systems theory for astrodynamics applications; optimal space flight trajectories; space flight mission design, analysis, and operations; estimation theory and applications for orbit determination, spacecraft navigation, and space domain awareness; attitude dynamics, determination, and control; and formation flight, close proximity operations, and constellations for space flight. Contributions from industry, government, and academia are all encouraged. Papers are also encouraged that include multidisciplinary efforts, as well as international collaborations. Please follow this link for Additional Details .

  • Asteroid and Small Body Missions
  • Attitude Dynamics, Determination, and Control
  • Cislunar Astrodynamics, Missions, and Operations
  • Dynamical Systems Theory for Space Flight
  • Earth Orbital and Planetary Mission Studies
  • In-Space Assembly, Manufacturing, and Space Robotics
  • Interplanetary Mission Design
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Space Flight
  • Orbit Determination and Estimation
  • Orbital Dynamics and Debris
  • Satellite Constellations, Formations, and Relative Motion
  • Satellite Rendezvous and Proximity Operations
  • Space Situational Awareness (joint GNC/ASTRODYNAMICS)
  • Special Session: Space Maneuver and Logistics
  • Trajectory Maneuver Design and Optimization
Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Todd Griffith, University of Texas at Dallas 
Kaitlin Spak, Exponent

The field of structural dynamics covers the study of response, stability, control, and adaptation of aerospace structures exposed to a wide variety of external/internal dynamic excitations. Such excitations can arise from the coupling of multiple disciplines such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics, control and flight mechanics; interactions among multiple components such as wings, rotors, pylons, airframe, engines and drive systems; and high intensity external disturbances such as gusts, acoustics, shocks, impact, or thermally-induced loads in the vehicle operational environments. Papers are invited which report on fundamental understandings of such phenomena, development of new analytical, computational, and experimental methods for their prediction and analysis, and innovative methodologies for the design, development and deployment of advanced technology of structures and components that exploit or mitigate them. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all-inclusive. Please submit abstracts to the topic that best covers your research or to "Other Topics in Structural Dynamics" if your research is outside the scope of the list. Several special sessions are offered this year, please see Additional Details .

  • Aeroelastic Problems for Electric-Aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Aeromechanics of Rotorcraft and Vertical Lift Aircraft
  • Computational Aero-, Servo-, Thermo-Elastic Phenomena
  • Computer Methods, HPC Algorithms, & Reduced Order Modeling
  • Dynamic Loads, Response, Vibration and Stability of Aerospace Vehicles 
  • Finite Element Modeling of Aero-mechanical Structures
  • Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) of Hypersonic Aircraft and Missiles
  • Fluid Structure Interaction (Joint SD/FD)
  • Flutter and Limit Cycle Oscillation Problems
  • Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Loads and Environments Definition
  • Lessons Learned in Human Spaceflight Day-of-Launch Loads – Mercury to Artemis
  • Machine Learning in Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, Contact/Constraint Modeling
  • Spacecraft Structural Dynamics & Operations
  • Special Session: Advances in Whirl Flutter Testing and Prediction
  • Special Session: Dr. Dave Ewins Memorial Session
  • Special Session: Fatigue Loads and Spectrum Generation and Application
  • Special Session: International Collaborations Advancing Materials and Combustion
  • Special Session: NASA LOADS
  • Special Session: Operator-Theoretic Methods for Reduced-Order Modeling in SD and Aeroelasticity
  • Special Session: Mr. Martin Brenner Memorial Session (joint AS/MST/SD)
  • Special Session: Structural Dynamic Aspects of Shocks
  • Special Session: Structural Dynamics and Crashworthiness of Unconventional Aircraft
  • Structural Dynamic Testing Methodologies & Techniques
  • Structural Health Monitoring, HUMS & Fatigue Damage Prognosis
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Acoustics and Structural Dynamics (Joint NDA/SD)
  • Vibration & Vibroacoustic Control, Energy Harvesting & Damping
  • Other Topics in Structural Dynamics

Please direct questions to:
Jeffrey Chambers, Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company
Philip Knoth, AFRL

The Structures Technical Discipline covers any aero-structure-, aircraft- and/or spacecraft- (e.g., launch vehicles) related science and technology in design, analysis, computer modeling, optimization, manufacturing, and testing. Its topics include the latest development in both traditional structures and innovative concepts, ranging from coupons and components to vehicles and comprising metallic, composite, and/or hybrid materials. It also covers refinement, improvement and development of current approaches, and exploration in structural repair, damage, fatigue, fracture, stability, and manufacturing. Papers on advancements in durability, damage tolerance, aging, fail-safe and/or safe life are also encouraged. We welcome papers on best practices, historical lessons learned, and advances in structural applications. Papers on other topics in structures not explicitly mentioned above are also strongly encouraged.

AIAA Structures Technical Discipline at SciTech 2024 will include joint sessions in 3D Woven Composites, Analysis and Structures. Structures and Materials in Extreme Environments, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Problems in Structures and Materials, Fatigue Loads and Spectrum Generation, and Structural Optimization Application for Aircraft and Spacecraft.

Please see Additional Details  for information on Special Sessions.
  • 3D Woven Composite Materials and Structures
  • Additive Structures
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft Structural Design, Analysis, and Test
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Problems in Structures and Materials
  • Buckling and Stability of Aircraft and Spacecraft Structures
  • Composite Sturctural Analysis, Design, Testing, and Manufacturing
  • Crashworthiness of eVTOL/UAM Vehicles
  • Fatigue Loads and Spectrum Generation
  • Fatigue, Fracture, and Impact Damage of Structures
  • Multifunctional Concepts and Approaches in Aircraft and Spacecraft Structures
  • Special Session in Honor of Dr. Anthony Palazotto
  • Special Session in Memory of Dr. Harry Hilton
  • Stitched Composite Structures
  • Structural Health Monitoring & Non-Destructive Evaluation
  • Structural Joints and Repairs
  • Structural Optimization Application for Aircraft and Spacecraft
  • Structures and Materials in Extreme Environments
  • Other Topics in Structures

Please direct questions to: 
David Lazzara, The Boeing Company
Darcy Allison, Raytheon

The Supersonics session is sponsored by the Supersonics Integration and Outreach Committee and co-hosted with the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee. Innovative research contributions related to the application of civil supersonic flight vehicles with cruise Mach up to 2.5 are solicited (hypersonic applications are not solicited). A focused set of special sessions will be dedicated to the environmental impact of supersonic transport and hosted in a workshop-like format. Both papers and oral-presentations (without paper) are solicited in that topic area. Papers are also solicited that cover broader topics in civil supersonics including, but not limited to, takeoff and community noise, low-speed operations, air traffic management/ integration of supersonic vehicles, sonic boom and low-boom design, environmental impact (including high altitude emissions), policy, market analysis, modeling and simulation, vehicle design, engine design and integration for civil supersonic aircraft, structures, ground/flight testing, manufacturing, economics, operational forecasting, materials, and aeroelasticity.

  • Aerodynamic Performance
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Air-Traffic Management/Integration of Supersonic Vehicles
  • Application of MDAO to Supersonic Vehicle Design
  • Community Noise
  • Conceptual Design Methods
  • Economics
  • Engine Design and Integration for Civil Supersonic Aircraft
  • Environmental Impact, Including High Altitude Emissions
  • Ground/Flight Testing
  • Low-Boom Design
  • Low-Speed Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operational Forecasting
  • Policy
  • Market study
  • Structures
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Supersonics Vehicles
  • Other Topics in Supersonics

Please direct questions to: 
Joshuah Hess, Air Force Institute of Technology
Beldon Lin, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

The survivability discipline covers the capability of an aircraft or spacecraft system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment, man-made or otherwise. As part of the systems engineering process, survivability is affected by many other engineering disciplines, including materials (e.g., space debris protection, additive manufacturing for faster repairs), structures (e.g., damage tolerance, crashworthiness), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) is seeking papers that highlight current and state-of-the-art research and development of technologies and concepts to improve design, analysis, modeling, optimization, health monitoring, and/or testing for survivability. The SURTC is also looking for game changers that revolutionize the discipline in areas such as digital technologies to enable survivability testing and assessment of systems against kinetic and non-kinetic threats. Digital technologies include models, simulations, and digital twin capabilities. Special and joint sessions will be held on Survivable Structures and Materials for Survivability. Please click Additional Details  for more information.

  • Aircraft Survivability
  • Digital Technologies for Survivability Testing and Evaluation
  • Materials for Survivability (joint SUR/MAT)
  • Space Survivability (e.g., orbital debris protection, extreme thermal environments)
  • Survivability against Non-kinetic Threats (e.g., directed energy, cyber)
  • Survivable Structures (joint SUR/STR)
Systems Engineering

Please direct questions to:  
Alejandro Salado, University of Arizona
Michael W Sievers, University of Southern California

Papers in all areas of systems engineering (SE) are encouraged. All types of papers will be considered, including case studies, developmental work, and technical analysis. Topics include but are not limited to digitalization of systems engineering (MBSE, DE), systems engineering processes, systems engineering applications, systems engineering education and research, system thinking, value of systems engineering for the development of space systems, system science and foundations of systems engineering, and future trends in systems engineering. Applications of SE to the development of resilient and assured systems, and systems in the competitive and burgeoning space economy are especially sought.

  • Digital Engineering and Model-Based Systems Engineering.
  • General Systems Engineering.
  • Sociotechnical engineering.
  • Systems engineering applications (in process or analysis on completed).
  • Systems engineering approaches to complex systems.
  • Systems engineering in New Space.
  • Systems engineering or systems thinking education, research, and theory.
  • Systems engineering processes and methods.
  • Systems modeling and simulation support.
  • Systems verification and validation.
Terrestrial Energy Systems

Please direct questions to:
Bhupendra Khandelwal, University of Alabama
Lulin Jiang, Baylor University

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fossil-fuel power systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Renewable Energy
  • Alternative Fuels, Novel Pathways, and Novel Combustion Concepts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in Energy Systems
  • Carbon Capture, sequestration, Storage, Utilization and Sustainability
  • Certification of Fuels
  • Clean Fuel, Heat, Power, and Value Added Products from Waste and Other Sources (Solar and Wind etc.)
  • Combined Heat and Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants
  • Combustors, Micro-Combustors, Turbines, Advanced Cycles & Designs
  • Energy Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Hybrid Power/Propulsion Concepts, Modeling and Systems
  • Hydrogen, Ammonia, and other Hydrogen Carrier Fuels and the Powered Systems
  • Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Fossil/Renewable-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
  • Other Topics in Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Vidya Vishwanathan, United States Naval Academy
Francesco Panerai, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Diane Pytel, Lockheed Martin Space

The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. The abstract must be an extended abstract or draft manuscript with a minimum of 1,000 words. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Discipline Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
  • Experimental and Computational Non-Equilibrium Flows and Radiation
  • Heat pipes, loop heat pipes, and two-phase devices and processes
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
  • Spacecraft Thermal Applications
  • Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Heat Transfer
  • Theory, modeling and experiments on shape-stable high-temperature materials
  • Thermal Management & Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices & Applications including AI and ML
  • Thermal systems for in-space nuclear power and propulsion systems
  • Transport and Thermophysical Properties
  • Variable property thermal materials including variable emissivity devices
  • Other Topics in Thermophysics
Transformational Flight

Please direct questions to: 
Anthony B. Linn, Boston University
Nicholas Borer, NASA Langley Research Center

Technical papers are requested relating to advanced manned or unmanned concepts, regional air mobility, urban air mobility, on-demand mobility and other emergent aviation market studies, hybrid or electric propulsion integration and component technologies, piloted/autonomous/self-flying aircraft, simplified aircraft/vehicle operation, distributed propulsion. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/ESTOL aircraft including design, analysis and test, regardless of propulsion system type.

  • Aero Acoustics of Urban and Advanced Air Mobility (joint AA/TF)
  • Air Traffic Management for Advanced /Transformational Aircraft Concepts
  • Autonomous Vehicle Operations, and Simplified Vehicle Operations
  • Design and Analysis of Advanced Air Mobility Vehicles (joint ACD/TF)
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for Flight
  • Integration of renewable energy systems, supporting ground infrastructure, and sustainability considerations
  • MDO for Advanced Air Mobility (joint MDO/TF)
  • Transformational System Design, Development, Analysis, Materials, Operations and Support
  • Urban, Regional, and On-Demand Air Mobility, Emergent Aviation Market Studies
  • V/ESTOL Aircraft Design, Aircraft Analysis and Aircraft Ground and/or Flight Test
Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to:
Zohaib Mian, Astra Space, Inc.
Sricharan Ayyalasomayajula, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

Integration of technical and operational areas enabling unmanned and uncrewed systems domain. Areas include autonomous, automated, and intelligent systems, and remote operations. Composing domains include design (SW/HW/Data), machine intelligence, CONOPs(e.g. UAM), operational aspects, certification, and regulation. The focus of the submissions must be on the underlying principles, models, algorithms, and governing equations.

  • Autonomous Mission Management Concepts & Technologies
  • Autonomous Systems and Capabilities for Unmanned, Deep Space Missions
  • Autonomous Task and System Integration
  • Autonomy for Advanced Air Mobility Systems
  • Certification Concepts for Increasingly Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Intelligence and SW defined HW
  • Systems Design and Optimization for Unmanned/Autonomous Systems
  • Unmanned Air Systems - Optimizing the Human Crew-Machine Relationship
Wind Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Todd Griffith, University of Texas at Dallas

Papers are solicited for the 43nd Wind Energy Symposium covering a broad range of topics related to onshore and offshore wind-turbine and wind-plant technology. Technical areas of interest include aerodynamics, acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, fatigue and extreme loads, design, performance optimization and control, uncertainty quantification, atmospheric inflow, innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing, testing, sensors, health monitoring, reliability, and transition to turbulence modeling and experiments. There will also be joint sessions with Applied Aerodynamics, Non-Deterministic Approaches (e.g., for uncertainty quantification), Structural Dynamics and Aerodynamic Measurement Technology. Individuals with expertise in these areas are encouraged to submit to these sessions -- please see the addendum for more information. The Wind Energy Technical Committee will be considering all submissions for the Best Paper Award.

  • Active Flow Control, Active Load Control
  • Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, and Loads Prediction
  • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
  • Blade Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
  • Blade Structural Mechanics, Materials, Manufacturing, and Structural Testing
  • Field Testing of Wind Energy Systems
  • Innovations and Novel Concepts
  • Machine Learning in Wind Energy Applications
  • Offshore Wind Technology (shallow water and floating)
  • Optimization and Control at Turbine and Plant Level
  • Uncertainty Analysis Advancements for Wind Energy Applications (joint WE/NDA)
  • Wake Physics, Modeling, and Experimentation
  • Wind Turbine/Rotorcraft/Propeller Multi-Physics Modeling Approaches

Networking at the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum

Attendees greet one another at the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum

Technical Session at the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum

Signature Sponsor

Joint Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Executive Sponsors

Lockheed Martin Corporation

The Boeing Company

Northrop Grumman





Ball Aerospace


FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Los Alamos National Laboratory

PACE Aerospace & IT

Bastion Technologies