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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Special Activities

    Special Activities

    ADS Seminar

    On Monday, 25 March 2013, the ADS Technical Committee will host a one-day seminar on Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL). Engineers presently involved in EDL research, development, and flight missions will present this seminar. The objective of this seminar is to introduce the attendees to the challenges associated with EDL, the technologies used to address these challenges, and the nomenclature typically used to discuss EDL. Topics will include trajectories, hypersonic aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics, rigid and deployable aerodynamic decelerators, supersonic retropropulsion, and landing systems. The seminar will conclude with a case study: The Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover EDL System. Registration and separate ticket purchase is required to attend. Tickets for the seminar may be purchased upon registration.

    Best Student Paper Competition

    The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator System 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. All finalists will receive a $1,250 award (to offset travel expenses and conference registration) and a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner after attending and presenting their paper. An overall best paper and presentation will be selected from the finalists, and the overall winner will be presented with an additional $1,250 prize. All prizes are provided by the ADS TC. Questions about the ADS Best Student Paper Competition should be referred to the chair, Nathan Slegers, University of Alabama in Huntsville.