Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
3 October 2023

Abstract Deadline:
12 December 2023, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author Notification:
18 March 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
10 June 2024, 1159 hrs Eastern Time Zone

Manuscript Deadline:
24 June 2024, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

*Dates are subject to change.

Presentations and papers can be an effective way to hone scientific and technical ideas, introduce your work to aerospace colleagues, and hone your research questions. Forum paper presentations typically consist of a written document and an oral presentation. Presenting at AIAA AVIATION Forum is a great opportunity for gaining valuable feedback from a community of scholars and for increasing your professional stature in aerospace engineering, research and development.

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Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems

Please direct questions to:
Michael L. Petersen, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Terence Rose, U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center

Advances in aerodynamic decelerator systems.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Student Paper Competition.

  • Decelerator Systems Design
  • Instrumentation
  • Mars Parachute Systems
  • Parachute Modeling & Analysis
  • Parachute Simulation
  • Parachute Systems Testing
  • Ram-Air Parafoil Systems
  • Sub-Orbital Decelerator Systems
  • Textiles
Aerospace Traffic Management

Please direct questions to:
Vincent Schultz, NASA
Joseph Post, University of South Florida

Papers are sought relating to policies and strategies that will advance the modernization of Aerospace Transportation Systems, to include space and air traffic management (STM/ATM), airspace/space operations integration, capacity improvements, UAS/UTM integration, autonomous operations integration, space operations integration, and related safety enhancements/issues.

  • Collaboration Approaches to Address the ATM Operational Challenges of UAP (Joint with UAP)
  • Economic and Cost/Benefit Analyses to Support Modernization
  • Enabling Growth of Space Operations
  • Enabling Improved Separation Assurance and Self-Separation
  • Innovative Systems Approaches to Aerospace Traffic Management
  • Innovative Systems Approaches to Improve Space Traffic Management
  • International Approaches to Traffic Management and New Vehicle Integration
  • Novel Business Models and Policies for Traffic Management
  • Overcoming Barriers to Integration of Autonomous Vehicles (Joint w/TF)
  • Overcoming Barriers to Integration of New Entrants into the National Airspace System (Joint w/TF)
  • Performance-Based Regulations
  • Policy Trade-Offs between Airspace User Segments
  • Societal Impacts/Lessons Learned of UAS/UTM Integrated Operations
  • Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena impact on Aerospace Traffic Management (Joint with UAP)
Air Transportation Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Peng Wei, George Washington University
Min Xue, NASA Ames Research Center
Priyank Pradeep, NASA Ames Research Center
Marc Brittain, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Air Transportation Systems Technical Committee (ATS-TC) invites technical papers that describe the advancements of air transportation systems and operations, including concepts, technologies, procedures, algorithms, functions, analyses that can help improve safety, efficiency, scalability, sustainability of existing airspace, airline and airport management systems; concept, development, algorithms, testing, operations of new traffic systems for improved access to the NAS for new vehicle operations, such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), extensible Traffic Management System (xTM) and their integration into the National Airspace System (NAS); Applications of new technologies and methods such as data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in related topics; modeling and simulation techniques that help advance conventional and non-conventional air transportation systems. For more information, please see Additional Details.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Air Transportation Systems Student Paper Competition.

  • Advanced Operational Concepts for ATC/ATM
  • Air Transportation Safety and Reliability
  • Air Transportation System Economics, Policy, Social Impacts and Operational Implications
  • Airline and Flight Operator Planning, Operations and Decision Making
  • Airport and Metroplex Operations and Technologies
  • Applications of Advanced Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Technologies
  • Autonomy and Electrification in Aviation and the NAS
  • Development of AAM/UAM Operational Concepts
  • Flight Path Management and Trajectory-Based Operations
  • Human Factors in Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Info-Centric ATM Services and Operations
  • Integration and Operation of AAM/UAM/UAS in the NAS
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Non-Conventional Air Traffic Management such as Commercial Space and Upper Class E
  • Simulation, Modeling, and Analysis of ATC/ATM Technologies and Procedures
  • Sustainable Aviation
  • Weather Impacts on Air Transportation Systems and Operations
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University 
Nathaniel Blaesser, NASA Langley Research Center

We seek technical papers in all of areas of atmospheric flight vehicle design from subsonic through hypersonic, at all scales from micro air vehicles to very large aircraft. The Aircraft Design TC collaborates with the Transformational Flight, General Aviation TC and the Multi-Disciplinary-Optimization TCs. We seek papers on system level design studies of complete aircraft (both traditional and unconventional). We also seek papers covering the requirements development process as well as discipline-level studies most applicable to the conceptual and preliminary design process including aircraft performance, aerodynamics, propulsion, flight mechanics, structures, manufacturing, overall aircraft sizing as well as subsystem component sizing.

  • Aircraft Design Case Studies incl. Operational Market and Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Aircraft Design Tools & Processes (Aero, Perf, Prop, S&C, Flt Mech, Structures, Weight, Sizing...)
  • Aircraft Design Methods supporting Regulatory Compliance (incl. AAM, Supersonics & Hypersonics)
  • Aircraft System Design Requirements Studies (incl. AAM, Airline Ops, Supersonics & Hypersonics)
  • Aircraft Subsystems Design, Tools & Processes (i.e. Size, Weight, Power, Thermal, Redundancy)
  • Assessment of Integrated New Technologies at Aircraft Level (Performance, Production, Cost)
  • Assessment of Aircraft Level Propulsion Concepts (Powered Lift, Electric, Hydrogen, Supersonic...)
  • Complete Aircraft Design (Military, GoFly, UAV, UCAV, UAM, MAV, Supersonic, Hypersonic...)
  • Aircraft Design to Minimize Environmental Impact (Carbon Emissions & Sustainability)
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Shreyas Narsipur, Mississippi State University
Brent W. Pomeroy, NASA
Anthony S. Ashley, Lockheed Martin

Papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, flight or ground vehicle aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. For more information, please click Additional Details. Note that oral-only presentations (no paper publication) will only be accepted for special sessions.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques (joint session APA/MDO)
  • Aerodynamic Flow Control: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing (joint session APA/GT)
  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint session APA/HSABP/INPSI)
  • Aero-Propulsive Interactions and Aerodynamics of Integrated Propeller Systems
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics (joint session APA/ACD)
  • Applied Aeroelasticity and Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (joint session APA/ATS)
  • Boundary-Layer Transition for Aerodynamic Applications
  • CFD Methods for Aerodynamics Applications (joint session APA/CFD/MST)
  • High- and Low-Speed Flows: Optical Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (joint session APA/PDL)
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics (joint session APA/FD)
  • Integration of Ground Testing with CFD and Flight Testing (joint session APA/GT)
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Missile/Projectile/Munition Aerodynamics, Carriage & Store Separation
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamics Modeling & System Identification
  • Small/Medium Uncrewed, Bio-Inspired, and Solar Powered Aircraft Systems (joint session APA/TF)
  • Special session: AVT-351: Enhanced Comp Performance and S&C Prediction for NATO Military Vehicles
  • Special Session: AVT-390: Further Studies of the Aero Characteristics of a Generic Missile Airframe
  • Special Session: Cavity Flow Effects on Stores and Store Separation
  • Special Session: Overview of the X-59 Supersonic Flight Test Activities
  • Special Session: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Science and Technology Organization
  • Transonic and Supersonic Aerodynamics (joint session APA/SPSN)
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Massively Separated Flows (joint session APA/FD)
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Zhongquan Charlie Zheng, Utah State University
Tadas Bartkus, Ohio Aerospace Institute / NASA GRC

Papers are sought that provide the aerospace community with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environment. In addition, new or refined information improving the basic understanding of the atmosphere or their applications to aviation and aerospace vehicle design and operations issues is solicited. For more information, please see Additional Details.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition.

  • Aircraft Icing/Deicing
  • Contrails
  • Environmental Impacts to the National Airspace System
  • Observations and Modeling of the Atmospheric Environment
  • Wake Turbulence, and other Atmospheric Hazards to Aviation Operations
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to:
Prahladh S. Iyer, Analytical Mechanics Associates
Pedro Paredes, National Institute of Aerospace

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) seeks papers on a broad range of topics relevant to the development, analysis, and application of CFD algorithms for aerospace applications. Submission of papers presenting new algorithms, analysis and evaluation of algorithms, or applications accompanied by rigorous analysis of discretization errors, are strong encouraged. Papers specific to mesh generation should be submitted to the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE), although papers on topics such as solution algorithms on overset meshes, adaptive meshing and error analysis, present areas with substantive overlap with CFD and may be submitted to either CFD or MVCE. Suggested topics for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. Specific session topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Computational Fluid Dynamics Student Paper Competition.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Advances in Turbulence Modeling and Data-driven Methods towards CFD Vision 2030 Goals (CFD/CFD2030)
  • Boundary Layer Transition Modeling and Applications
  • CFD for Emerging HPC architectures
  • CFD for Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (CFD/TP)
  • CFD Methods for Applied Aerodynamics (APA/CFD/MST)
  • Convergence Acceleration
  • Data-Driven Methods for Modeling and Applications
  • DNS/LES of Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Exascale Computing Applications
  • High-Order Methods: Spatial and Temporal Discretizations
  • Industrial Applications
  • Meshing Strategies for CFD Applications
  • Multidisciplinary Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization
  • Novel Algorithms and Analysis
  • Scale-resolving Simulation including DNS/LES/Hyrbid Methods
  • Shock-capturing/ Shock-fitting Methods
  • Supersonic/Hypersonic Applications
  • Turbulence Modeling and Applications
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification (CFD/TP)
  • Wall-modeling for Turbulent Flows
  • Other Topics in CFD
CFD Vision 2030

Please direct questions to: 
Francisco Palacios, The Boeing Company
Mark Turner, University of Cincinnati

The CFD2030 Vision report laid out a bold vision for future computational capabilities and their potential impact on aerospace engineering and design, and recommended the establishment of Grand Challenges (GCs) in four areas: Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of powered aircraft configuration across the full flight envelope, off-design turbofan engine transient simulation, Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) of a highly-flexible advanced aircraft configuration, and probabilistic analysis of a powered space access configuration. In 2021, three GCs were published in the following areas: high-lift aerodynamics (AIAA Paper 2021-0955), full engine simulation (2021-0956), and CFD-in-the-loop for space vehicle design (2021-0957). Under the CFD2030 topic, we are soliciting papers that address current efforts to advance CFD technology, to both highlight the current state-of-the-art and to help identify where technology advancements are needed to make significant progress towards achieving the GCs. For more information, please see Additional Details.

  • Advances in turbulence modeling and data-driven methods towards CFD Vision 2030
  • Development of high-resolution aerodynamic databases including Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)
  • Development of testing techniques to validate coupled aero/structural computational analysis
  • Propulsion related simulations toward Full Engine Simulation and Propulsion-Airframe Interaction

Please direct questions to: 
Krishna Sampigethaya, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Terrence Lewis, NASA Ames Research Center

Aviation cybersecurity seeks papers that describe advances and challenges in protecting the safety, security, and continuity of the complex aviation ecosystem. Relevant areas of interest include the security and privacy of, but are not limited to, the following: aircraft, UAS/UAM/AAM, and commercial space vehicles; avionics and control systems of aircraft; flight-critical software and data distribution; crew devices; CNS-ATM technologies; UTM; integrated vehicle health management; aeronautical and space networks; airport and airline networks and information technology; emerging applications of cloud computing, machine learning/artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, and Internet-of-Things in the aviation ecosystem.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Cybersecurity Student Paper Competition.

  • Crew human factors and cybersecurity
  • Cyber resilience and high assurance
  • Cyber-related strategies, case studies, trends, and best practices
  • Cybersecurity incident response and management
  • Cybersecurity regulations and standards
  • Emerging cyber threats and mitigations
  • Flight and passenger privacy
  • Machine learning and cybersecurity
  • Safety, security, and cybersecurity
  • Vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, and risk management
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Ian Marks, Virgin Galactic
Gregory Roth, Air Force Research Laboratory

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design efficiency improvements and robust products in service. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory design phase through the detailed design phase, manufacturing and service. Papers on advances in model-based design processes and related activities are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development, class content, student design/build activities, and student access to space. Design Process and Enabling Digital Systems Technologies papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications to enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial and military aerospace industries. Papers that discuss emerging design processes, tools and technologies (e.g. cloud computing, IoT, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, VR/AR, AI/ML, etc.) are also strongly encouraged.

  • Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing
  • Composite Structural Analysis, Design, Testing and Manufacturing (Joint STR/DE)
  • Computer-Aided Design including intelligent master (parametric feature-based, etc.) modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Methods, Tools and Processes in support of Aircraft Design (joint ACD/DE)
  • Design Methods, Tools and Processes in support of Spacecraft Structures (joint SCS/DE)
  • Design Research and Design Science
  • Design Tools and Processes for Rapid Prototyping
  • Digital Environment - Provides digital twin context through entire life cycle (joint DGE/DE)
  • Early Design Approaches for increased -ilities (reliability, availability, maintainability, etc.)
  • Improved Robust Designs using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & creative designs in aerospace and other areas
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering applied to retention and reuse of eng. knowledge and data (joint DGE/DE)
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications to Design (e.g. generative design, etc.)
  • Model-Based Design applied to complex systems and structures
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and environment digital twin simulations (joint DGE/DE/MST)
  • Optimization in Design (joint MDO/DE)
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Melanie Lorang, The Boeing Company

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system.

The DEIC will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constitutent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • CAE/HPC/ML/AI – Advances in CAE, HPC, ML/AI, and HW, SW, applications, and integrations
  • Cultural aspects of Digital Engineering infusion/implementation
  • DevSecOps – connectivity between DevSecOps / Digital System Model / Digital Ecosystem / MBSE
  • Digital Certification and Airworthiness (joint DGE/DE/ACD)
  • Digital Ecosystem - environment and infrastructure for interconnectivity between digital artifacts
  • Digital System Model - A digital representation of a system which define all aspects of the system
  • Digital Thread - Framework of authoritative data, information, and knowledge to inform decisions
  • Digital Twins - Digital Twins in System-of-Systems Contexts
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints about aggregation of elements
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering applied to retention and reuse of engineering knowledge and data
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and environment digital twin simulations (Joint DGE/DE/MST)
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/physical relationship between simulation and reality
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Digital Engineering and Digital Twins (joint DGE/NDA)
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI associated with enterprise level digital transformations
Electric Aircraft Technology (will be presented as part of EATS)

Please direct questions to: 
Vincent Schultz, NASA
Herb Schlickenmaier, HS Advanced Concepts, Inc.

Please note: All Electric Aircraft Technologies papers will be presented within the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS).

The continued evolution of electrification on aircraft systems has necessitated the technological development, design, evaluation, characterization, modeling, and integration of electrified aircraft components and systems. Pursuant to advancing this field, abstract submissions across various disciplinary areas ranging from enabling and core technologies, component design, novel aircraft concepts and systems, life cycle aspects & analysis, engineering design methods, modelling, tools and standards are sought. A more complete list is provided below:

  • Diagnostics and Predictive Analytics
  • Electric Aircraft Design (Fixed & Rotary Wing) (Joint w/GA & Rotary Wing)
  • Electric Aircraft Mission Ops considerations (Cost, Energy, Emissions) (Joint w/GA & Rotary Wing)
  • Electric Aircraft Propulsion, Architectures & Systems Integration (Joint w/TF)
  • Electrical Energy Generation, Storage, & Mgmt (Battery, Fuel Cell, Solar, Regen HYDROGEN, etc.)
  • Flight Demonstration Effort Status and Results
  • Flightworthiness and Aircraft Operations considerations
  • Power Electronics, Electric Machines & Drives
  • Power Management, Distribution & High Voltage Considerations
  • Superconducting & Cryogenic Systems & Components
  • Sustainability of Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Aircraft
  • System Dynamics, Modeling & Control
  • System Safety Analytics - Failure/Fault Mode Protection, Solid State Cntrl, Diagnostics/Modelling
  • Testing/Flight Demonstration, Validation/Stds Development, to include approaches to Certification
  • Thermal Management (Including High Temperature Electronics)
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
James Childress, The Boeing Company
Or Dantsker, Indiana University
Derek Spear, U.S. Air Force

The Flight Testing Technical Committee invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of the flight testing of all aerospace vehicles (fixed-wing, rotorcraft, UAV, spacecraft, etc.). Successful abstracts shall cover the flight testing of these vehicles in their natural environment including but not limited to the research, development, and certification missions of said vehicles. Papers should cover one or more of the following topics: Applications of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in instrumentation dealing with data capture and handling; approaches to flight testing education and training; flight testing of autonomous aircraft systems. Other areas of interest are new flight test methods used to validate and verify the performance of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) algorithms; autonomous aircraft decision making; new certification standards; improved flying techniques for standard flight maneuvers; new methods of showing compliance with regulations.

  • Advancements in eVTOL and Rotorcraft Flight Testing
  • Advancements in Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, and Solar-Powered Flight Testing
  • Aircraft and Autonomous Systems Testing (Joint with Flight Test and Transformational Flight Systems)
  • Commercial Spaceflight Certification Testing
  • Current State of Hypersonic and Supersonic Vehicle Design, Integration, and Flight Testing
  • Electric Aerospace Vehicle Flight Test Preparations and Lessons Learned
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment
  • Flight Testing Results for both Manned and Unmanned Vehicles
  • Flight Testing Techniques for Space Vehicles
  • Flight Testing with Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • General Flight Test Lessons Learning from a Safety, Execution, and Certification Standpoint
  • General Flight Testing Topics
  • GNC Flight Testing in Normal and Abnormal Conditions
  • Special Session: And now a word from the FAA Flight Test Office
  • Special Session: Flight Test Updates from Passenger, to Business, to General Aviation Aircraft
  • Special Session: Military and Commercial Lessons Learned in Flight Testing
  • Techniques, Measurement Technologies, and Approaches to Acquire Crucial Flight Data in Flight Test
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Theresa Saxton-Fox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chi-An Yeh, North Carolina State University

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of computational, experimental, and theoretical fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications. Emphases should be on basic research and development, and any methodologies/approaches that rely heavily on (or expand) theoretical understanding. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into fluid flow physics, address emerging technical challenges, introduce innovative ideas and tools, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Extended abstracts should consist of a comprehensive introduction, a description of the methodology, and preliminary results. Please click Additional Details for more information.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Flow Control Devices and Applications
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics (co-sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
  • Instrumentation and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Low-Reynolds-Number and Bio-Inspired Flows
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Multiphysics and Cross-Disciplinary Flows
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (co-sponsored with Thermophysics)
  • Reduced-Complexity Modeling and Machine Learning
  • Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Stability and Transition
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flow Physics
  • Theoretical Flow Physics
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Massively Separated Flows (co-sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
  • Vortex Dynamics and Rotating Flows
General Aviation

Please direct questions to:
Mayank Bendarkar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Nicholas Borer, NASA

Technical papers and oral presentations are requested in the area of General Aviation, broadly defined as aviation for nonscheduled personal or business use. Topics of interest include aircraft design, technology integration, airspace design/usage, safety, passenger experience, and other challenges associated with this type of travel, as well as novel designs, operations, infrastructure, and approaches to enable Advanced Air Mobility and Regional Air Mobility. Given the broad scope of General Aviation topics, papers may be jointly sponsored with other Technical Disciplines within the conference.

  • Advanced Air Mobility Operations and Sustainability
  • Advanced Regional Air Mobility Concepts and Operations
  • Advances in Propulsion, Power, and/or Energy Systems to Enhance Air Mobility
  • Approaches to Increase Affordability, Utility, and/or Experience of General Aviation Operations
  • Design, Requirements, or Performance of General Aviation Concepts
  • Improved Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts
  • Quantification/Improvement of General Aviation Safety through Analysis or New Technologies
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for Advanced Air Mobility
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:
Rebecca Rought, Arnold Engineering Development Complex
Melissa Rivers, NASA Langley Research Center

Submissions are solicited by the Ground Test Technical Committee on topics related to ground testing research, development, application, and administration. Topics may incorporate facility capabilities, test techniques, test instrumentation, and integration of computational fluid dynamics or flight test data. Submissions are welcome from all types of ground test facilities (aerodynamic, propulsion, space environments and systems, etc.) related to any and all speed regimes, Reynolds numbers, and physical scales. Topics on all aspects of test planning, execution, data review, and test and facility administration are encouraged. Specific topics include but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Test Techniques, Test Processes, and Facility Management
  • Data Management and Model Based Engineering Integration in Ground Test Facilities
  • Design, Development, and Performance of New/Modified Ground Test Facilities
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics for Use in Ground Test Facilities
  • Developments Resulting in Facility Operational Cost or Productivity Improvements
  • Flow Quality, Data Quality, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Integration of Ground Testing with CFD and Flight Testing
  • Real-Time Facility Control Systems, Data Acquisition, Processing and Presentation
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, and Utilization Improvements
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing Ground Test Facilities and Support Systems
  • Use of Additive Manufacturing Techniques in Ground Test Facilities and Models
  • Other Topics in Ground Testing
High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:
Justin Kirik, Leidos
Ragini Acharya, University of Tennessee Space Institute

Technical papers are sought for fundamental research and applied development efforts to advance the state of the art of high-speed, air-breathing propulsion. Topics in numerical analysis, theoretical development, ground test, and flight test are desired. Papers should be relevant to the development, analysis, optimization, or integration of scramjets, ramjets, and their components (e.g. inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, and nozzles).

  • Additive Manufacturing Techniques, Including Thermal-Mechanical Material Characterization
  • Advanced Diagnostics for High-Speed, High-Enthalpy Flows
  • Chemical Mechanisms or Thermal Models for New Fuels, Including Reduced Models
  • Developments in Ground Test Facilities and Techniques
  • Experiments and Simulations in Fuel Injection, Mixing, and Flameholding
  • Flight Experiments, Including Mission Architectures and Measurement Techniques
  • Flowpath and Component Optimization and Performance Prediction
  • Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion System Integration for High-Speed Systems (Joint HSABP/INPSI/APA)
  • Modeling and Simulation Development, Including Efforts in Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Pulse and Rotating Detonation Engines for High-Speed Applications (Joint HSABP/PGC)
  • Solid-Fuel Ramjet Development
  • Turbine- or Rocket-Based and Other Combined-Cycle Concepts
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation
Human Machine Teaming

Please direct questions to:
B. Danette Allen, NASA
Karen Feigh, Georgia Tech

Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for advances in human machine teaming where the paper can focus on one of three genernal elements: the human, the machine, and interactions and interdependencies between them.  Concepts regarding human physiology, psychology, human factors, cognitive models, and human performance that support aspects of human machine teaming are of interest. Additionally, concepts regarding artificial intelligence, explainable AI (xAI),  machine learning, modeling, feature engineering (e.g., biosignal processing), and human-machine interfaces, which support the mapping of the human to the machine, the interaction with the machine, elucidates trust, and other facets of the human machine system are all topic areas of focus.

  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Decision Support Analystics
  • Human Autonomy Function Allocation
  • Human Factors
  • Human Machine Interaction (HMI)
  • Human Performance
  • Human Physiology and Medicine within Aerospace Applications
  • Human Psycho-Physiology in Aerospace Applications
  • Machine Learning and AI/xAI within HMT
  • Non-traditional HMI interfaces
  • Trust and Trustworthiness in Cyper Physical (Human) Systems
Information Systems

Please direct questions to:
Chetan Kulkarni, NASA Ames Research Center

The scope of the Information Systems and Software topic broadly includes all aspects of architecture, design, development, operations and maintenance of information systems for aviation, including flight and ground hardware and software. Specifically, papers are solicited in the following areas:

  1. Computer Systems: Applications of computers and information processing techniques to aviation, including embedded and energy efficient (low power) computing systems; High-Performance Computing (HPC); parallel, GPU, and multicore processing; and fault-tolerant processor architectures.
  2. Information and Command and Control Systems: Integrated application of data acquisition, data assessment, and data dissemination functions required for timely and efficient command and control of air transportation systems.
  3. Sensor Systems and Information Fusion: Applications of sensor systems and distributed sensor networks to aviation, including detection, collection, fusion, processing, storage, retrieval, distribution, and reception of information at the local sensing node and at the distributed sensor network level.
  4. Software: Innovative software architectures and software engineering methodologies and tools for aviation, across the software engineering lifecycle, including requirements, design, code, test, verification and validation, evaluation, operation and maintenance.
  • Computer Systems
  • Information and Command and Control Systems
  • Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
  • Software
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:
Ann Khidekel, Collins Aerospace

Integration of advanced and innovative propulsion systems, especially inlets, nozzle and thrust reverser systems, has received renewed interest in recent years owing to increased integration requirements for airframe concepts, engine technologies, and system level requirements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technology are being investigated that allow gains in air-breathing aircraft performance and operability. In addition to inlets and exhausts, there is interest in secondary systems and thermal systems that enable new propulsive capabilities and increased system performance.

  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint with APA)
  • Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • Inlet/Exhaust System Design, Integration, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Inlets and Nozzles for High-Speed Systems (joint with HSAB)
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Technologies, Health Monitoring and Prognostics
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Power/Thermal Management Systems Integration
  • Propulsion System Integration for High-Speed Propulsion Applications (joint with HSAB)
  • S-Duct Inlet Design and Fan Distortion Effects
  • Supersonic Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • System Integration for Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  • Technologies and Integration for Sustainable Aviation
  • Unducted Fan and Propeller Design, Performance, and Analysis
  • Other Topics in Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to:
B. Danette Allen, NASA
Liang Sun, New Mexico State University

Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering. The application of such technologies to problems that highlight advanced air mobility, certification, carbon emissions/sustainability, space traffic management, and cislunar operations are of particular interest.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptive and Intelligent Outer Loop Control Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cybersecurity in Aerospace Systems (joint with Software)
  • Formal Methods in Aerospace Engineering
  • Guidance and Navigation in Intelligent Systems (joint with GNC)
  • Human – Automation Interaction/Teaming
  • Learning, Reasoning, and Data Driven Systems
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems
  • Sensor Fusion and Systems Health Management (SHM)
  • Trusted Autonomy

Please direct questions to: 
Kyle Crawford

Interest in the potential of lighter-than-air (LTA) systems to meet modern requirements continues to grow as the cost and limitations of conventional aircraft transportation infrastructures increase. Major advances are also being made in the development of key enabling technologies essential to the creation and operation of long endurance, unmanned LTA systems. Automation and Autonomous Systems have come to maturity that now makes autonomous LTA systems feasible.

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 holds potential for both Government and commercial missions. New hybrid LTA systems which incorporate a substantial degree of dynamic lift also offer great promise for providing additional air transportation services and access to remote regions.

The LTA Technical Committee is soliciting papers that include, but are not limited to the following topic areas:

  • Analytical Studies, Modeling, and Simulation of LTA Systems
  • Automation and Autonomous Systems
  • Current and Planned LTA Projects and Technologies
  • Hybrid LTA Systems
  • LTA Cargo Transport Concepts
  • LTA Operations and Ground Support
  • Manufacturing and Material for LTA Systems
  • Markets and Market Analysis
  • Missions and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) Analysis
  • Stratospheric Airships
  • Tethered Aerosat Developments
  • Unmanned LTA Systems
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Nick Wyman, Cadence Design Systems
Nitin Bhagat, University of Dayton

The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including all parts of the pre- and post-processing toolchains. Papers are sought for both new techniques and first-of-a-kind applications. For Geometry: (1) detection of imperfections in geometry models, (2) generation of analysis-specific representations from a central repository, (3) efficient representations for additive manufacturing, and (4) geometry systems for high-performance computing (HPC) environments. For Meshing: (1) structured, unstructured, hybrid, and overset meshes, (2) deforming and moving configurations, (3) adaptive meshing techniques, including error estimation and uncertainty quantification, (4) high-order meshes, (5) exa-scale meshes, especially for HPC, and (6) grid quality metrics. For Visualization: (1) new graphical representations, (2) automated feature detection and knowledge extraction, and (3) automated workflows and toolchains for exa-scale post-processing. For Computational Environments: (1) automated workflows for both analysis and design, and (2) mesh storage and workflows for HPC. These lists are not intended to be exhaustive, but papers whose main contribution is specific to flow solver algorithms should be submitted elsewhere.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Computational Environments
  • Geometry
  • Meshing
  • Visualization
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Frederick Wieland, Mosaic ATM Inc.
Nishanth Goli, Supernal

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, space vehicle dynamics, and aerospace cybersecurity. Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to the development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other disciplines. For more information, please see Additional Details.

  • CFD Methods for Aerodynamics Applications (joint session APA/CFD/MST)
  • Design, Development, Test, and Evaluation of Simulated/Emulated Digital Twins of Aviation Systems
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations
  • HITL Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Modeling and Simulation for Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
  • Using AI and Other Technologies within Modeling and Simulation Infrastructure for Aerospace
  • X-in-the-Loop Simulation and LVC (Live, Virtual, and Constructive)
  • Other Modeling and Simulation Issues
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Andrew Ning, Brigham Young University
John Hwang, University of California San Diego

AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee has been bringing together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization for decades.

Technical papers are sought demonstrating theoretical advances or novel application in the areas of numerical optimization, uncertainty quantification, multi-fidelity analysis methods, and machine learning approaches to multidisciplinary and single disciplinary design optimization of aircraft, spacecraft, watercraft, or individual components.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Student Paper Competition.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Shape Optimization Techniques (joint APA)
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Challenges in Industry MDAO Applications: Barriers, Gaps, and Solutions
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms, and Software Development in MAO
  • MDO for Advanced Air Mobility Systems
  • Metamodeling, Reduced-Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Model Based Systems Engineering Integration with MDO
  • Multi-Fidelity Methods for Vehicle Applications
  • Multiscale Methods
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Physics-informed Machine Learning
  • Topology Optimization for High-Performance Structures or Aerothermal (Fluidic) Devices
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Albina Tropina, Texas A&M University
Andrey Starikovskiy, Princeton University

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, and/or theoretical research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with a focus on applications to aerospace systems. Works presenting cutting-edge ideas, new computational approaches and novel diagnostics in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to studies addressing complex interdisciplinary problems related to aerospace system applications of plasma and laser technologies. Comprehensive reviews on the current state of the art, and historical perspectives are also encouraged.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase

  • Astronautical & Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma Flow, Space Plasmas, Dusty Plasmas, etc.)
  • Computational Methods (Plasma-Flow Coupling Simulation, Particle Simulation, etc.)
  • Diagnostics & Experimental Techniques (Plasma & Flow Characterization, New Facilities, etc.)
  • Plasma & Laser Physics (Basic Processes, Plasma Kinetics/Dynamics, MHD, DBD, Laser Plasmas, etc.)
  • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
  • Plasma Aerodynamic Flow Control (DBD-Based Flow Actuation, Active Flow/Shock Wave Control, etc.)
  • Plasma Assisted Ignition & Combustion
  • Plasma/Laser Devices & Technologies in Aerospace (Engineering, Material Processing, Dual-Use, etc.)
  • Special Session (joint with APA): High-Speed Flows: Optical Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques
  • Special Session (joint with APA): Low-Speed Flows: Optical Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Mirko Gamba, University of Michigan

Papers are sought that address the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) for propulsion and power generation systems. PGC includes both deflagration and detonation combustion, and is broadly defined as a fundamentally unsteady process whereby gas expansion by heat release is constrained, causing a rise in stagnation pressure and allowing work extraction by expansion to the initial pressure. Example of PGC include (but are not limited to) pulse combustion (PC), pulse detonation combustion / engine (PGC / PDE), rotating detonation combustion / engine (RDC / RDE), wave rotor combustion (WRC), and constant volume combustion (CVC). Relevant research topics range from fundamental research to applied technologies, with the following subtopics:

  • Applications, System Integration and Thermal Management
  • Combustor Operability, Optimization and Performance with Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Computational Modeling, Simulation and Validation
  • Fundamental Investigation of Pressure Gain Combustion Concepts
  • Measurement and Diagnostics including Experimental Design, Uncertainty Analysis and Machine Learning
  • Pulse or Rotating Detonation Engines for High-Speed Applications (Joint with HSABP)
Solid Rockets

Please direct questions to: 
Wes Ryan, NASA
Scott Weinberg, Johns Hopkins Unversity

Papers are solicited that relate to all aspects of solid rocket propulsion systems, including component and system-level design, material development/selection, manufacturing, testing, ballistic prediction methodologies, performance evaluation, and state-of-the art technology advancements. Additional areas of interest include overviews of historical solid propulsion systems, lessons learned from development, testing and flight experience, and current status of upcoming solid rocket motor systems/programs. Discussions focused on STEM initiatives, university capabilities, and shifting or emerging trends in government and industry are also welcome.

  • Acoustic Characterization and Combustion Stability
  • Analytical Uncertainty Quantification and Risk Assessment
  • Case, Nozzle, and Ignition System Design Innovations
  • Controllable Solid Propulsion/Thrust Management Techniques
  • Current Solid Propulsion System Development Efforts and Program Status
  • Future Solid Propulsion Technologies
  • Historic Solid Propulsion Systems and Lessons Learned
  • Modeling and Simulation Advancements
  • Motor Design and System Optimization
  • Propellant Chemistry, Synthesis, and Characterization
  • Propellant Geometry and Motor Ballistics
  • University-Based Solid Rocket Motor Programs

Please direct questions to: 
Darcy Allison, Raytheon
David Lazzara, The Boeing Company
Juliet A. Page, Blue Ridge Research
Gerald Carrier, ONERA

The Supersonics Integration & Outreach Committee (IOC) invites the submission of papers and presentations on technical and policy advances related to civil supersonic aircraft. In cooperation with the Applied Aeronautics Technical Committee, a special session will be held on the topic of transonic and supersonic aerodynamics. Other topics include, but are not limited to, general experimental and test results, supersonic aircraft system design, subsystem design, community noise, low-speed operations, air traffic management/integration of supersonic vehicles, sonic boom, low-boom design, engine integration, environmental impact (including high altitude emissions), policy, structures, ground/flight testing, manufacturing, economics, operational forecasting, materials, and aeroelasticity.

  • Aerodynamic performance
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Air-Traffic Management/Integration of Supersonic Vehicles
  • Community noise
  • Economics
  • Engine Design and Integration for Civil Supersonic Aircraft
  • Environmental Impact, Including High Altitude Emissions
  • Fleet design
  • Ground/Flight Testing
  • Low-Boom Design
  • Low-Speed Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operational Forecasting
  • Policy
  • Sonic Boom
  • Structures
  • Subsystem design
  • System design
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Supersonics Vehicles
  • X-59
  • Other Topics in Civil Supersonics
Terrestrial Energy Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Xiuling Wang, Purdu University Northwest
Tarek Abdel-Salam, East Carolina University

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fuel power and propulsion systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Renewable Energy
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in Energy Systems
  • Carbon Capture, sequestration, Storage, Utilization and Sustianability
  • Certification of Fuels
  • Combined Heat and Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants
  • Combustors, Micro-Combustors, Turbines, Advanced Cycles & Designs
  • Energy Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Fuel, Heat and/or Power from from Waste and Other Sources
  • Fuels, Alternative Fuels and Novel Combustion Concepts
  • Hybrid Power/Propulsion Concepts, Modeling and Systems
  • Hydrogen/Hydrogen Carrier Fuels-Powered Systems
  • Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Fossil/Renewable-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
  • Other Topics in Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Bob Tramel
Erin Mussoni, Sandia National Laboratories
Durgesh Chandel, MIT

The AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee is soliciting papers on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy and heat transfer along with their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. Contributions based on analytical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Please contact on of the three Technical Chairs listed above if you would like to help organize a special session.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Ablation: Modeling, Experiments, and Applications
  • Advanced Thermal Management Technology Development and Validation
  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems
  • Air Quality and Comfort in Stationary and Mobile Confined Spaces
  • Application of Local or Global Optimization Techniques in Modeling of Heat Transfer Applications
  • CFD of Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint TP/CFD)
  • Computational Modeling of Heat Pipes
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments
  • Emerging Thermal Technologies: 3D Printing, Oscillating Heat Pipes, Thermionics, and Other Areas
  • Fundamentals of Ice Formation and De-Icing
  • Heat and Mass Transfer for Natural and Stationary or Mobile Built Environments
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Heat Transfer in Chemically Reacting, Explosive, UV and Corrosive Medium, Multicomponent Plasma
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems
  • Inverse Analysis Methods in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Methods and Effects of the Urban Heat Island
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint TP/FD)
  • Novel Computational Methods for Inverse Analysis and Optimization in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications
  • Theoretical and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change
  • Thermal Analysis of Industrial Equipment and Systems Operating under Extreme Process Conditions
  • Thermal Management and Thermal Control: Applications, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification (joint TP/CFD)
Transformational Flight

Please direct questions to:
Cedric Justin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Siddhartha Krishnamurthy, NASA Langley Research Center

Transformational Flight seeks technical papers that address new research about crewed and uncrewed aircraft concepts, operations and airspace considerations for these concepts, and pertinent contributing technologies for emerging low altitude markets (LAM), urban air mobility markets (UAM), regional air mobility markets (RAM) - collectively known as Advanced Air Mobility Markets -, as well as supersonic and hypersonic markets and other innovative markets. Topics of interest for these include aircraft configuration and design, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion integration (components, systems, and grid integration), hydrogen powertrains and their integration (component, systems, aircraft and ground infrastructure integration), autonomous systems and contributing technologies, vehicle operations, and market studies. Papers researching environmental and sustainability aspects, ground-infrastructure integration, airspace integration, multi-modal integration aspects, and other challenges related to the operations of transformational vehicles may be submitted. Papers are also sought on transformational applications, designs, and operations of fixed wing aircraft, short take-off and landing (STOL) and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft systems, regardless of propulsion type.

  • Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft and other Innovative Concepts (joint AD)
  • Advanced Air Mobility Integration as part of a Multi Modal Transportation System
  • Advanced Air Mobility Market Studies
  • Advanced Air Mobility Operations and Airspace Management (joint ATM/GA)
  • Advanced Air Mobility Sustainability Considerations
  • Electrified Aircraft Propulsion, Architectures & Systems Integration (joint EAT)
  • Hydrogen Propulsion, Architecture and System Design and Integration
  • Improved Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts (joint GA)
  • Simplified Operations and Autonomy for Transformational Mobility (joint ATM/GA)
  • Small/Medium Uncrewed, Bio-Inspired, and Solar Powered Aircraft Systems Concepts (joint UAS/APA)
  • Transformational Civil Supersonic/Hypersonic Vehicle Design, Market Studies, and Operations (w/SPSN)
  • Transformative Propulsions Systems to Reduce CO2 Emissions (joint INPSI)
  • Transformative and Autonomous Systes Testing (joint FT)
  • V/STOL Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft Design, Analysis, Testing, and Contributing Tech (joint VSTOL)
Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Zohaib Mian
Omar Kassim Ariff, University of Salford
Sricharan Ayyalasomayajula, Blue Halo

Integration of technical and operational areas enabling uncrewed and autonomous systems domain. Areas include autonomous, automated, and intelligent systems, and remote operations. Composing domains include design (SW/HW/Data), machine intelligence, CONOPs(e.g. UAM), operational aspects, certification, and regulation. The focus of the submissions must be on systems optimization and integration, simulation, flight testing, and implementation of technologies for the advancement of the unmanned systems domain.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Student Paper Competition.

  • Autonomous Mission Management Concepts & Technologies
  • Autonomous Systems and Capabilities for Unmanned, Deep Space Missions
  • Autonomous Task and System Integration
  • Autonomy for Advanced Air Mobility Systems (+ joint Air Trans. Sys, GA, Transformational Flight)
  • Certification Concepts for Increasingly Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Intelligence and SW defined HW
  • Systems Design and Optimization for Unmanned/Autonomous Systems
  • Unmanned Air Systems - Optimizing the Human Crew-Machine Relationship
Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena

Please direct questions to:
Patrick Donovan, Schneider Electric
Nick Orenstein, HStar Space Transport

Technical papers are requested in the area of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP). Topics of interest include how to detect, characterize, and evaluate UAP; UAP reporting system design, implementation, and analysis; design and application of data analytics and AI models for UAP detection/evaluation; aerospace industry and governmental policy recommendations related to UAP; and collaborative approaches to address challenges of UAP. Note, all abstracts will be evaluated by qualified individuals from industry, academia, and/or government.

  • Detection, Characterization, and Evaluation (Hardware Factors)
  • Reporting and Occupational Health Frameworks (Human Factors)
  • Policy Recommendations and Collaborative Strategies
  • Other Topics in Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena
Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Geoffrey Jeram, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command
Kasey Ackerman, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Puneet Singh, Overair
Matthew A. Clarke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Vertical / Short Takeoff and Landing Technical Committee (V/STOL TC) invites authors from industry, academia, or government to present technical papers covering advances in science, technology, and operation of V/STOL aircraft and their requirements, applications, business, and governance. The V/STOL TC will accept extended abstracts with a length between 750 and 2500 words, or a draft of the intended paper, submitted in PDF format. Abstracts of the intended paper should present the background and status of the endeavor (ex. project, experiment), include sample figures & illustrations, and a summary of important conclusions. The TC will evaluate the submissions by significance, originality, technical quality, and prospect of successful completion & presentation.

The V/STOL TC seeks papers supporting V/STOL advances (as above) and gives special attention to the following topics:

  • Advances in Pilot Vehicle Interfaces, Handling Qualities, and Control Laws for V/STOL Aircraft
  • Breaking developments in V/STOL-enabling Sciences and Technologies
  • Case studies on successful V/STOL commercial applications, especially for Powered Lift
  • Collaborative Lift Systems Technologies, Designs, and Testing
  • Current & Historical V/STOL Technology Overviews, Program updates, and Business case studies
  • Defining, Building, Populating, and Sustaining a V/STOL-enabling Industrial Base
  • Heavy through Ultra-Heavy V/STOL lift solutions (>20,000 kg payload)
  • Issues and Advances for V/STOL in Air Traffic Management
  • Research, Design, and Testing of STOL solutions for Supersonic and Hypersonic Aerospace Vehicle
  • Research, Design, and Testing of VTOL systems for Supersonic and Hypersonic Aerospace Vehicles
  • V/STOL Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft Design, Analysis, Testing, and Contributing Tech (joint TF)
  • Vertiport Architecture: considerations, designs, lessons, and viability

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