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    Technical Program

    The 23rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar provides the world’s leading scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers, as well as promising students within the field of parachute and aerodynamic decelerator systems, an opportunity to present recent advances before a knowledgeable international audience. Topics include: Modeling and Simulation, System Applications and Operations, Testing, Materials and Manufacturing, Design and Development, and more.

    Co-located with the PIA Meeting and Symposium

    The AIAA event will be held in conjunction with the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) Meeting and Symposium. PIA’s primary areas of interest are the manufacture of parachute systems and materials, along with the more hands-on aspects of rigging, maintenance, and operation. The AIAA and PIA events will complement each other by providing a broader perspective of the field of aerodynamic decelerators.  Joint activities will offer interaction between the groups and increase the value to all participants! For more information on PIA, please visit


    AIAA/PIA Joint Sessions and Activities


    AIAA attendees are encouraged to visit the PIA exhibit hall at the Ocean Center Convention Center and attend the PIA networking functions (tickets required).


    PIA Plenary

    Alan Eustace and the StratEx Program 

    Wednesday, 1 April 2015

    0900 hrs

    Coquina Ballroom A-B-C-D (Hilton)


    PIA Exhibit Hall Hours

    Monday, 30 March, 2015   1730 - 2000 hrs
    Tuesday, 31 March 2015 1500 - 2000 hrs
    Wednesday, 1 April 2015 1500 - 2000 hrs
    Thursday, 2 April 2015 1500 - 1800 hrs


    PIA Opening Reception 

    (Separate Ticket Required)

    Monday, 30 March 2015

    1600 - 1700 hrs

    Oceanview Room (Hilton)


    PIA Closing Reception and Banquet

    (Separate Ticket Required)

    Thursday, 2 April 2015

    1800 - 2300 hrs

    Coquina Ballroom (Hilton)

    Special Activities

    ADS Seminar - Simulation and Modeling of Modern Aerodynamic Decelerators: A Systems Engineering Perspective


    On Monday, 30 March 2015, the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee will host one-day seminar on modeling for design and testing.  

    Computer modeling and simulation has become an essential analysis tool for aerodynamic decelerator system design and testing, from the low order modeling of interacting point masses to the more sophisticated techniques of CFD and FSI. This seminar will review the modeling techniques that are currently being used to answer questions both at system- and element-level. Several case studies of recent parachute, inflatable, and deployable aerodynamic decelerator programs shall be discussed as well, in order to show how modeling has been used to guide decisions on design and testing issues.
    Registration and separate ticket purchase is required to attend.

    Best Student Paper Competition 


    The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee (ADS TC) is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at this year’s conference. Finalists will present their papers during technical sessions at the conference and all finalists will be recognized at the conference awards dinner on 1 April 2015. 


    Industry Reception


    There will be an industry-sponsored reception on Tuesday, 31   March 2015, starting at 1830 hrs in the Oceanview Terrace at the Hilton Daytona Beach. All conference attendees and their guests are welcome to attend.