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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Paper Submission

    Paper Submission Information

    Important Dates to Remember:

    Website Open for Abstract Submission
    16 April 2012
    Abstract Deadline
    5 September 2012
    Author Notification
    8 November 2012
    Final Manuscript Deadline
    5 March 2013


    Technical Topics


    22nd Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference

    The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference 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, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Modeling and Simulation: Advances in applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology, applications, and techniques; structural modeling techniques; progress in fluid structure interaction capabilities; simulation environments; studies combining experimental, analytical and/or numerical techniques; CFD/FSI verification and validation; atmospheric modeling; and prediction techniques.

    • System Applications and Operations: Decelerator systems for personnel, cargo, aircraft escape, spacecraft reentry, ordnance retardation, and unmanned aerial vehicles; logistics; environmental effects that affect system life cycle, aging, damage, maintenance, and repair; life-cycle extension programs; system studies; definition of new decelerator applications; visual training simulations and training; airdrop/aerial delivery planning methods; and wind field and environmental data processing techniques.

    • Testing: Ground and flight testing of systems and components; instrumentation; advanced data acquisition techniques; data processing methods; low-cost airborne measurement methods to estimate trajectory and dynamics; miniaturized sensor technologies; remote sensing technologies; in-flight measurement techniques used at ground test facilities; and atmospheric measurement techniques.

    • Materials and Manufacturing: New materials; weaving; material forming methods; sewing; bonding; fabrication methods; automation and inspection techniques; quality assurance; statistical process control; production cost reduction processes; material specifications; and material science.

    • Design and Development: Precision aerial delivery programs; development of ballistic parachutes, gliding parachutes, parachute clusters, paragliders, and inflatable structures; packing methods; deployment and extraction systems; reefing and staging methods; parachute system components and hardware, including attachment structures, release and dis-reef devices, mortar systems, ejection seats, composites, and airbags; updates on the development programs of aerodynamic decelerator systems, including new programs, completed programs, and lessons learned; and guidance and navigation development.

    • Other: Decelerator system and components aerodynamics; structural analysis; drag characteristics and stability; scaling; flow field and wake characteristics; pressure distributions; databases, storage and retrieval; technology transfer; education; and historical aspects.

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    AIAA Balloon Systems Conference

    The AIAA Balloon Systems Conference provides a forum for the world’s leading experts, scientists, and engineers in free flight balloon systems technologies to present recent advances in the field. Technical papers are being solicited in all areas consistent with the stated purpose of the conference and that touch on any aspect of ballooning. Papers on design, analysis, projects, programs, systems, software, operations, materials, and other related topics are encouraged. Topics may range from basic research and development to applied and advanced technologies. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Modeling and Simulation: Advances in thermal analysis for pressure, temperature, and factor of safety determination; atmosphere/environment generation and modeling; model testing of new systems to verify their integrity prior to flight; design qualification; and other theoretical efforts to predict the performance of inflatable structures.

    • Materials and Manufacturing: Monolayer and co-extruded film capabilities for flight vehicles; composite materials as high-strength gas barriers; high-tenacity fibers; material testing methodologies; manufacturing quality; reliability and quality assurance processes; fusion and adhesive bonding; and other advances in the development of materials and manufacturing methods for inflatable structures.

    • Flight Operations: Unique flight opportunities from Hawaii, Sweden, Antarctica, and other locations around the world; over-the-horizon communication; control of balloon functions and data recovery; flight systems; flight system qualification; dissemination of flight information/data; unique range capabilities; safety considerations pertaining to launch, flight, and recovery; recent advances in the ability to control multiple missions simultaneously around the world; and other advances in balloon deployment technology.

    • Balloon System Applications: Inflatable system considerations for long-duration observations in flight; new designs; deployment and operation in hostile environments; unique terrestrial and planetary missions; and use of inflatable devices for orbit insertion and other planetary activities.

    • Near Space/High Altitude Opportunities: Systems that take advantage of their position in the stratosphere as a platform for remote sensing, communication, earth observation, and satellite control for both commercial and military applications; free flight balloon projects and science overviews; and technologies that may be used to achieve station-keeping in the rarefied atmosphere between commercial airspace and low earth orbit.

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    20th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference

    Interest in the potential of lighter-than-air (LTA) systems to meet modern requirements continues to grow as fuel prices and the cost of conventional aircraft transportation infrastructures increase. An added incentive to airship and aerostat development comes from the worldwide concern over the negative environmental effects of jet aircraft on the global climate. LTA systems have become the subject of renewed interest due to their unique qualities of low energy (propulsion) needs and significant static lift, which hold potential for commercial as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. New hybrid LTA systems that incorporate a substantial degree of dynamic lift also offer great promise for providing additional air transportation services, and access to remote regions. At the same time, major advances are being made in the development of key enabling technologies essential to the creation and operation of long endurance, unmanned LTA systems. These topics and more will be explored by industry experts at the 20th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference. The conference is seeking papers that best reflect the latest advances in LTA designs, systems development, and operations. Topics of greatest interest include, but are not limited to, the following:



    • Current and Planned LTA Projects, Systems, Initiatives, and Technologies: Airship and aerostat research and development, manned and unmanned systems, and high altitude and low altitude unmanned systems.

    • Missions and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) Analysis: Military support, homeland defense, commercial operations management, and cargo operations in remote regions.

    • Markets and Market Analysis: Commercial, military, scientific, economic and business analysis, market demand, and price sensitivities.

    • Flight Operations and Ground Handling: Infrastructure and logistics, safety considerations, and techniques to reduce ground crew size. “Lessons learned” from past successes or failures.

    • Analytical Studies and Modeling and Simulation: Vehicle and payload design analysis, advanced power and propulsion systems, CFD, aerodynamics, structural analysis, operational support models, and cost models. There is particular interest in flight-test or wind-tunnel validated CFD, aeroelastic analysis, and gust response.

    • Systems Engineering and Optimization: System analysis that highlights either the integration/design of the air vehicle, its assembly and testing, or the function of the air vehicle as a “node” within a larger system that might include other airborne or ground assets. Multi-disciplinary optimization including structural, aerodynamic, and operational tradeoffs.

    • Regulations and Standards: FAA, EASA, and Asian aviation regulations for LTA systems. Certification criteria, fabric tear criteria, and updated gust criteria. Unique considerations for LTA UAVs.

    • Manufacturing and Material Considerations and Methods: Reliability and quality assurance processes, test methodologies (static, ground, and flight), platform design and innovations, and structural analysis.

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