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    September 2012
    AIAA News
    Join Us in Honoring Neil Armstrong’s legacy
    The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund, Established by AIAA at the Request of the Armstrong Family, Supports the Dreams of Future Generations.

    The AIAA Foundation, at the request of the family of Neil A. Armstrong, who was the first person to set foot on the Moon, and an AIAA Honorary Fellow, has established the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Endowment Fund.

    “We are honored to have been selected by the Armstrong family as one of three recipients of gifts made in memory of Neil Armstrong,” said Robert S. Dickman, executive director of AIAA. “Donations will fund the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund, to help ensure that the students of today have the opportunity to pursue the education necessary for them to follow in Neil’s footsteps as the aerospace leaders of tomorrow.”

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    See also:
    AIAA Mourns the Death of Neil A. Armstrong (25 August 2012)

    AIAA to Livestream Sessions from the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition

    The Honorable Lori B. Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA; Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt Gen Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, and other high-level leaders from government, industry, and academia will gather in Pasadena, CA, 11–13 September, at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition. Livestreaming for Tuesday, 11 September begins at 0800 hrs EDT. This year’s conference theme is “Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space.” Visit for a complete schedule and to view the sessions.

    See also:
    AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference Set for 11–13 September in Pasadena
    Focus is on "Creating a Sustainable Vision for Space"

    Download the SPACE 2012 Event Preview >

    AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) Set for 11–13 September
    Pasadena Event to Tackle Important System-Level Execution Issues Facing the Aerospace Industry

    AIAA President Michael Griffin talks about the value of attending CASE >

    August is for Aerospace! A Round-Up of This Year’s Programs

    This year’s August is for Aerospace program saw continued strong support from AIAA sections across the nation, with 27 sections taking part in this year’s program, thus far. From office meetings to larger events involving the community, AIAA members were determined that all elected officials they could reach out to understood the importance of aerospace to their individual states and to the United States as a whole.

    As is traditional for each year’s A4A program, several sections hosted or co-hosted events, beyond office visits, which stressed the importance of aerospace to lawmakers.

    (Pictured: Delaware Section Members with Congressman Congressman Andy Harris (M.D. – 1))
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    NASA's Curiosity Rover Maximizes Data Sent to Earth by Using International Space Data Communication Standards

    NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission began its planned 2-year Mars surface exploration mission on August 6 after the successful landing of its large, mobile laboratory called Curiosity. The goal of the mission is to assess whether Mars has, or has ever had, environmental conditions favorable to microbial life.

    Curiosity, with its one-ton payload carries 10 science instruments that will gather samples of rocks and soil, and process and distribute them to onboard test chambers for analysis. Some of the rover’s scientific data, including images of the surface of Mars collected by Curiosity’s 17 onboard cameras, are sent directly to Earth via NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) of large ground antennas.

    (Pictured: Artist's rendition of Curiosity Rover. Credit: NASA)
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    AIAA Collaborates on Aviation Week's 16th Annual Workforce and Young Professional/Student Study
    Study Finds 63% of A&D Young Professionals Plan to Stay in Aerospace Workforce

    AIAA collaborated with other leading aerospace groups to support the development of Aviation Week’s authoritative 16th Annual Workforce and Young Professional/Student Study, released 20 August 2012.

    The study indicates that 63% of young professionals in aerospace and defense related industries plan to stay in the sector through retirement, despite recent market disruption. The study also found that the aerospace and defense sector plans to “fill some 28,000 jobs next year, and the forecast is for continued hiring as the industry bring into balance retirements, emerging talent needs, growth in the commercial sector and potential declines in defense and space.”

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    Virginia Tech Team Wins Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce that the team from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, has won the 2011–2012 AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design 11 September 2012, at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA.

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    University of Illinois Team Wins Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce that team “Local Space Systems” from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, has won the first prize in the AIAA Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design 11 September 2012, at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA.

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    University of Kansas Team Wins Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce that the team “Jayhawk-Jet-120” has won first prize in its 2011–2012 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition. This year the competition was cosponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute.

    The competition asked teams to design an engine with high power extraction potential, which would power a half-scale model of the Joint Strike Fighter. After submitting their reports, the top teams were invited to make presentations at the AIAA/ASME/ASCE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference held 30 July–1 August 2012, in Atlanta, GA. Final decisions were based on a combination of the report scores and presentation scores.

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    How Do You Sharpen Your Skills?
    AIAA Continuing Education Courses

    AIAA continuing education courses provide you with the knowledge you need to excel in your field ... or the leg up you need to move into a new field. With more than 100 available courses offered through AIAA and its partners, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics, you’re sure to find a course that suits your needs.

    Learn at home, at work, or at an AIAA conference. When you register for a AIAA continuing education course held in conjunction with an AIAA conference, you'll gain useful knowledge as well as important contacts because your course registration includes full conference participation at no extra cost.

    Coming This Fall! You can sharpen your skills with our webinars on topics such as missile defense, UAV conceptual design, composite materials, and more.

    View the complete course list and scheduled courses.

    AIAA Foundation Awards Iridium NEXT Scholarships to Three Students
    Winners Selected for Academic Excellence in "STEM" Subjects

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce the award of Iridium NEXT scholarships to three undergraduate students who have demonstrated a high standard of academic excellence in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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    AIAA to Dedicate Two New Historic Aerospace Sites

    The next Historic Aerospace Site ceremony will take place at Pearson Field, in Vancouver, WA, on 8 September 2012. Pearson Field is one of the oldest operating airports in the United States, and was a major military airfield in the interwar years.

    On 14 October 2012, AIAA will designate the Bell Aircraft Manufacturing Plant, in Wheatfield, NY, as a Historic Aerospace Site. The ceremony will take place at the Calspan Corporation facility. The Bell Aircraft Corporation was an aircraft manufacturer that designed and built several types of fighter aircraft during World War II, but is most famous for the Bell XS-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier.

    (Pictured: The Goodyear blimp at Pearson Field in June 1973. Image Credit: Wikipedia)
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    ISO/TC20/SC13 U.S. Technical Advisory Group Announces Formation of SUMO-SIG

    In response to public and private sector incentives to decrease the costs of satellite design and integration and to establish spacecraft modularity to improve interoperability, adaptability, and agility, a “Space Universal MOdular architecture – Special Interest Group (SUMO-SIG)” is being established within the framework of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 20, Subcommittee 13 (ISO/TC20/SC13), Space Data and Information Transfer Systems.

    This group will evaluate candidate architectural frameworks for standardized spacecraft avionics and will examine:

    • Common areas where architectures and frameworks are the same
    • Differing areas and subsequent assessment of which set is better
    • Gap areas – where there is a lack of definition and further development is needed.

    Participation in the SUMO-SIG is open to qualified representatives of U.S. government, industry, and academia who have a bona-fide interest in the subject matter. Interested U.S. parties who wish to participate in the SIG are invited to submit their names, affiliation, and professional interest, and contact information to the US-SUMO-SIG convener, Karen Jones (

    View the complete announcement and Terms of Reference >

    Conferences and Events
    AIAA Conferences Now Accepting Papers

    These co-located events will be held in Boston, MA from 8–11 April 2013. Selection of papers for all conference sessions will be based on extended abstracts of no less than 1,000 words (5 to 6 pages in length with 12 point font, including cover page, figures, tables and text) in which the authors must clearly identify the aspects of the work that are new and significant.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit Or you may download the Call for Papers in a PDF format.

    49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and the 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference

    The 2013 event will be held 15–17 July 2013 in San Jose, CA. The submission deadline for abstracts is 11 November 2012.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit or Or you may download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control and Co-located Conferences

    The 2013 GNC event will be held 19–22 August 2013 in Boston, MA, along with several co-located conferences including AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, and the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. The submission deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2013.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit Or you may download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

    Join Us at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
    ASM Is Where It All Comes Together!

    Registration is now open for the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, set for 7–10 January 2013 in Grapevine, Texas {Dallas–Fort Worth area). Join us as members of industry, government, and academia converge at aerospace’s first major multidisciplinary event of the year to share their scientific knowledge and research results with a view toward new technologies for aerospace systems. The 2013 conference features a wealth of plenary sessions addressing critical topics for the future of the industry, as well as a number of presentations on current state-of-the-art technologies, panel sessions, and student paper competitions.

    As an attendee, begin your day in the Exposition Hall with a continental breakfast, and second-to-none networking opportunities with other attendees and guest speakers. In the evening, take advantage of more networking opportunities while grabbing a drink at the Aerospace Happy Hours. Gain insight into the various options that are available for protecting Intellectual Property by attending the Intellectual Property Law Workshop. No matter where you go at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting, there is always something happening! Register before 10 December 2012 to save up to $200 off the on-site registration fee. You don’t want to miss this exciting event! Register today at

    Registration Now Open for ISPCS 2012

    AIAA is proud to support the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), uniquely designed to increase the momentum of commercial space by fueling the demand for commercial space products and services that will focus the direction of the industry. Don’t miss this relevant, high-value commercial space conference featuring the industry thought leaders and cutting-edge technologies with commercial applications for military, scientific and personal spaceflight. Join us. Collaborate with us. Become a part of the dialogue. The conference is set for 17–18 October 2012 in Las Cruces, NM.

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    Honors & Awards
    Call for Nominations – AIAA’s Premier Awards

    AIAA members are urged to submit nominations to recognize colleagues for accomplishments or dedicated service with AIAA’s highest awards, which are presented at the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Awards include the Reed Aeronautics Award, Goddard Astronautics Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the International Cooperation Award. Log in to MY AIAA to submit your nomination. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Carol Stewart, Honors and Awards Manager.

    View Photos from the GNC Awards Luncheon

    Nominations Are Now Open for the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award

    Do you know a deserving K–12 Classroom teacher who deserves to be recognized? Make sure to nominate them for the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award Nominations are now open. Please download the nomination package and email it and all supporting documents to by no later than 31 October 2012.

    Nomination Form >

    Reminder: New Award Nomination Process
    Effective 1 January 2013

    Effective 1 January 2013 all award nominations must be submitted to AIAA through the online nomination system or by using the streamlined nomination form. All award nomination packages will be limited to seven pages, including a one-page nomination form, a one-page basis of award, a one-page resume, a one-page public contributions summary, and three signed one-page letters of endorsement from AIAA members in good standing. AIAA will accept the old format (i.e., nomination packages of more than seven pages) through COB on 31 December 2012; however, nominators are highly encouraged to begin NOW to transition to the shorter nomination package.

    As of January 2013, nomination packages that exceed the page limit will be returned to the nominator and not submitted to the selection committee. Contact AIAA Honors and Awards at for further information.

    Featured Products
    Coming Soon!

    Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification, Second Edition

    Mark B. Tischler, Robert K. Remple
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 808 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-820-7

    Presenting proven methods, practical guidelines, and real-world flight-test results for a wide range of state-of-the-art flight vehicles, Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification, Second Edition addresses the entire process of aircraft and rotorcraft system identification from instrumentation and flight testing to model determination, validation, and application of the results. In this highly anticipated second edition, authors Tischler and Remple have added dedicated in-depth chapters presenting extended model structures and identification results for large flexible transport aircraft, and the detailed methodology to develop a continuous full flight envelope simulation model from individual system identification models and trim test data.

    AIAA Members: $89.95
    Nonmembers: $119.95

    The Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft

    Dietrich Küchemann
    AIAA Education Series
    2012, 564 pages, Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-60086-922-8

    Dietrich Küchemann’s The Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft is as relevant and as forward looking today as it was when it was first published in 1978. Based upon material Küchemann taught in a course at Imperial College London, the physical insight and intuition conveyed by this text are timeless. With its republication, Dietrich Küchemann’s influence will extend to the next generation of aerospace industry students and practitioners and the vehicles they will produce.

    AIAA Members: $54.95
    Nonmembers: $74.95

    Quick Takes

    What was the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon and return to Earth, and in what month and year did it occur?

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    AIAA Member Dr. Jerry LeMieux Develops Technical Solution to Birdstrike Problem

    AIAA Educator Associate Member, Dr. Jerry LeMieux, also an engineer and pilot, as well as the President of Unmanned Vehicle University, has patented a bird strike warning system for pilots to avoid birds. The book describes how a ground based radar, aircraft data link, cockpit display, and collision avoidance system can be combined into a permanent technical solution to solve the aircraft bird strike problem.

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    See Also: Dr. LeMieux's interview with Small UAS News

    September Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The September 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Aeronautics, Frontiers of the Imaginable,” in which author Dennis Bushnell discusses how the technology revolution is changing human activities, including aeronautics, with unprecedented speed. As the author writes, “Experts who analyze the resulting trends are attempting to project, in a responsible way, what new capabilities are likely to materialize, and how these will alter our daily lives.”

    To access the September issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to “Access Publications & Materials” to select “Aerospace America.”

    Career Resources

    The AIAA Career Center has the most comprehensive career and recruiting tools for the aerospace industry. Set up an account today and gain access to a variety of aerospace job postings, salary information, professional career timelines and much more! Also, Career Resources for job seekers are now available via the AIAA Career Center.

    View the full suite of career resources on the AIAA website!

    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Dr. Christopher Mattson

    AIAA Member Spotlight for September shines on Dr. Christopher Mattson, AIAA Senior Member, associate professor, mechanical engineering, Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, and a recent recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Mattson was nominated for the award by the National Science Foundation in recognition of his “innovative research to enable product design for sustainable poverty alleviation, and for dedication towards establishing third-world outreach and learning experiences for engineering students.” His research work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

    The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. They were established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Honorees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and for their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

    (Pictured: Dr. Christopher Mattson, AIAA Senior Member)
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