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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Special Events and Networking

    Special Activities and Networking

    Below are some of the informal networking activities that will be scheduled throughout the conference. Developed for different audiences on a variety of aerospace issues. 


    Knight Cap: A View from Sacramento with California Senate Select Committee on Aerospace and Defense Chairman Steve Knight

    Monday, 9 September 2013
    1830–2000 hrs

    Steve Knight An update and discussion on the latest aerospace issues pending before the California legislature and how Federal Legislation impacts state development.    

    AIAA Corporate Member Business-to-Business (B2B) Networking

    Tuesday, 10 September 2013
    1000–1330 hrs

    This B2B (matchmaking) event will help both our prime and our small business members of the space supply chain to learn about the latest technology opportunities, to form new alliances and partnerships, and to maximize business resources. After companies outline what they are looking for in partnerships, there will be one-on-one matchmaking and detailed discussions about programs and opportunities. Registration is required for this event, and is complimentary for AIAA corporate members.

    There is a $200 fee for those who are not AIAA corporate members

    Speakers: Raul Alvarado, Jr., The Boeing Company and Michael Chang, Lockheed Martin Corporation

            1000        Speaker Introductions
      1010  Mr. Raul Alavardo, Jr. to begin with presentation on The Boeing Company opportunities for partnerships
      1030  Mr. Michael Chang to continue with presentation on Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company opportunities for partnerships
      1050  Break and sign up for attendee one-on-one discussions. Each person will get 15 minutes with Mr. Alvarado and Mr. Chang
      1100  Begin One-on-One Match Making-a chime will indicate when time is up
      1130 Lunch will be available
      1330  Event ends



    William H. Pickering Lecture:
    Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory

    Wednesday, 11 September 2013
    1730–1900 hrs

    The William H. Pickering Lecture is named for the former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director to honor his initiation and leadership of America’s unmanned scientific space program, from Explorer I in 1958 through the development of the Viking orbiters and Voyager outer planet and interstellar missions. The lecture is open to all attendees and the general public. Download the Pickering Lecture flyer to share with your colleagues. 


    Confirmed Speakers:

    John Grotzinger Adam Steltzner
    John Grotzinger
    Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology and Curiosity Project Scientist
    California Institute of Technology
    Adam Steltzner
    Manager, Planetary Entry, Descent, and Landing and Small Body Access Office
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    AIAA’s Commercial Space Group Presents: “The Commercial Leverage Model and Private/Public Partnerships”

    Wednesday, 11 September
    1900 – 2100 hrs

    Presented by:


    Daniel Rasky
    Daniel J. Rasky
    Director, Emerging Commercial Space Office
    NASA Ames Research Center

    Over the last 20 years NASA has worked in a collaborative fashion with private industry making use of its "Other Transaction Authority" that Congress gave NASA. This new partnership model has now become known as the "Commercial Leverage Model" (CLM). Dr. Rasky will present an historic overview of how the CLM has been used to both speed up the development process while also dramatically reducing costs. Agreements with a wide variety of companies will be discussed including: SpaceHab, SpaceX, Rocketplane Kistler, Orbital Sciences, Sierra Nevada, Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Orbital Sciences, Blue Origin and Nanoracks. The success criteria for such agreements will be discussed as well as the applicability of the CLM to future NASA development needs will be discussed.