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November 2013 Momentum

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November 2013
In Search of the Next Impossible Thing
AIAA Is Celebrating You, the Aerospace Professional, Through an Ongoing Campaign Highlighting Our Community’s Accomplishments!

AIAA is celebrating you, the aerospace professional! We celebrate your unending thirst for knowledge, your tenacity in solving the seemingly unsolvable, and your steadfast commitment to using your skills and knowledge in an endless quest to learn more about the universe we inhabit, while improving life for all of humanity. How are we celebrating you? Through an ongoing campaign highlighting the aerospace community’s accomplishments, so that the public knows just how important a role you play in making all our lives better! To see what we mean, watch our new video “In Search of the Next Impossible Thing,” and take a moment to celebrate yourself, your peers, and our global community!

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AIAA Announces 2014 Associate Fellows
165 New Associate Fellows to be Honored at AIAA SciTech Forum in January

AIAA is pleased to announce the selection of the AIAA Associate Fellows class of 2014. The 165 new Associate Fellows will be honored at the AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner on Monday, 13 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the AIAA SciTech 2014 Forum.

“The individuals comprising this year’s class of Associate Fellows represent outstanding achievement and leadership in the international aerospace community. Each can be very proud of their accomplishments, and their admittance to the rank,” said AIAA President Mike Griffin.

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Magnus: Budgetary Impasse Holding Nation’s Future “for Ransom”
Op-Ed Published in the 21 October Edition of Space News

In a recent op-ed for Space News titled “Ransoming Our Future,” AIAA Executive Director, and former astronaut, Sandra Magnus writes that because the federal government has shown itself unwilling to compromise, the future of the aerospace industry and the United States is being “held for ransom.” Magnus details how small and mid-size aerospace businesses are especially impacted when the government fails to pass budgets because they receive a significant percentage of DoD and NASA contracts and subcontracts. Magnus states that America needs “principled, well-thought-out and sustained budgeting” with a “long-term strategic focus.” She concludes by noting the AIAA SciTech 2014 Forum, to be held in January 2014 near Washington, DC, will focus on important issues and priorities facing the aerospace community, including ways to maintain our leadership in R&D and science and technology.

(Pictured: AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus addresses attendees at AIAA AVIATION 2013)
Full Story > (Space News)

AIAA Members Testify on UAS and Commercial Space Before CA Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace
Hearing Held 29 October at Mojave Air & Space Port

On Tuesday, 29 October 2013, AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus and AIAA Commercial Space Group Chair Bruce Pittman testified before the California Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace. The hearing was held at Mojave Air & Space Port in California. Dr. Magnus briefed the Members of the Committee on the status of the FAA’s UAS Test Flight Sites as well as UAS legislation enacted by the state of California. Noting the large amount of states that considered UAS language this year, Dr. Magnus stressed that AIAA “will continue to monitor the policy debate and contribute where appropriate to facilitate the maximum benefit of the UAS in the proper context for society.”

(Pictured: AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus speaks during the hearing — at Mojave Air & Space Port)

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AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) Embraces AIAA Scholarship Program

Over the past decade, the AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) has embraced the AIAA Scholarship Program. The committee has funded four endowed undergraduate scholarships and named them after people within the DATC who have contributed significantly to their field, and have provided meaningful outreach. They are:

  • The Dr. Amy Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • The Ellis Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • The Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • The Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship

(Pictured, from left to right: Denise Ponchak, Tom Smith, Sandra Magnus)
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Conferences and Events
SciTech 2014: More than 3,500 Innovators at the World's Largest Event for Aerospace Research, Development, and Technology

Research Shows that the Aerospace and Defense Industry Supports 3.5 Million Jobs. That represents some $109.14 billion in salaries — real earnings that are pumped back into our economy as workers go about their daily lives. This makes the research and development (R&D) associated with our industry one of our nation’s leading economic powerhouses.

And never before in the history of aerospace has the climate for government R&D funding experienced such instability. At the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2014), set for 13–17 January 2014 in National Harbor, MD, we will hear from industry, government, and academic leaders regarding their vision for government-funded aerospace R&D, and explore how changes in policy and the broader R&D landscape will affect the aerospace industry.

Register Now!

2014 AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner

165 Institute members have recently been elected to the grade of Associate Fellow. These new Associate Fellows will be inducted during the Associate Fellows Dinner, which will be held at 1930 hrs, Monday, 13 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

Each year, the Institute recognizes exemplary professionals for their accomplishments in engineering or scientific work, outstanding merit and contributions to the art, science, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

Please support your colleagues, and join us for the induction of the 2014 Associate Fellows. Tickets to this celebrated event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $100 via the AIAA SCITECH 2014 registration form or on site based on availability. Business attire is requested.

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2014 AIAA Congressional Visits Day

The 2014 AIAA Congressional Visits Day program will be held 12 March 2014 in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the chance to engage congressional decision makers on many topics related to critical issues in civil aeronautics, civil astronautics, and defense.

As always, our goal is to educate members of Congress, congressional staffers, key administration officials, and other decision makers about the long-term value that science, engineering, and technology brings to the Unites States. Only your participation, enthusiasm, and passion remind our lawmakers that aerospace is a key component of an economically strong and secure nation. If you are interested in the future of your profession, the advancement of technology, the furthering of scientific research, and the strengthening of our nation’s security, this event is for you! Register Today!

SpaceOps 2014: Conference Registration Will Open 15 November

Explore Innovation is the theme for the 2014 conference, set for 5–9 May 2014 in Pasadena, CA. SpaceOps 2014 provides the opportunity for you to share your experiences, challenges, and innovative solutions with colleagues from around the globe, and take home new ideas and new connections. Be it civil or military applications, educational, scientific, or commercial objectives, space segments or ground segments, the space operations community greatly values, and benefits from, collaboration and the sharing of ideas. To this end, we enthusiastically invite you to Explore Innovation!

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AIAA AVIATION 2014 Submission Site Closes 14 November 2013
Closes at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AVIATION 2014), set for 16–20 June 2014, in Atlanta, GA, is now accepting submissions in over 125 technical topics in the following focused areas:

  • Environmental Impact of Aerospace Systems
  • Measuring, Testing, and Validation of Aerospace Systems
  • Aerodynamic, Fluids, and Thermal Sciences
  • Design and Optimization of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Aerospace Systems, Operations, and Life Cycle

New! ITAR Compliant Sessions have been added to the technical program!

Don't delay. Make your submissions today!

Discover What You Missed at SPACE 2013

You’ll find highlights, summaries, and videos at

Call for Papers Open for the NEW AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum

Leveraging Aerospace and Energy Technology Synergies to Address Future Challenges is the theme for the new AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition. Join us in Cleveland, 28–30 July 2014, as we roll up our sleeves to help answer the following questions: (1) How do we Define Propulsion and Energy System Architectures that are Safe, Clean, and Economical? (2) How do we Develop High Energy and Power Density Technologies for Clean, Sustainable Energy Production, Power Generation, and Propulsion? (3) How do we Implement Advanced Manufacturing Solutions for Propulsion and Energy Systems?

In addition, we are accepting abstracts (unrestricted as well as ITAR) in more than 20 energy and propulsion topic areas. Visit for more details.

Sharpen Your Skills via AIAA Continuing Education Courses

AIAA provides an ongoing source for learning and professional development for the aerospace community. Through our Continuing Education offerings, we help keep aerospace professionals at their technical best.

Check out our upcoming courses:

View the complete course list and scheduled courses. Missed a Webinar? No worries – download any one of our on-demand webinars!

AIAA Seeks Members for the Standards Executive Council

The Standards Executive Council, which represents a diverse group in the aeronautics and astronautics field and oversees the development of standards at AIAA, is seeking to increase its membership.

Members are responsible for providing policy, direction, and guidance to approved consensus bodies, AIAA staff, and the AIAA Board of Directors on all issues related to the standards program, from formation of Committees on Standards to approval of standards for publication. Candidates are recommended by the chairperson (VP, Standards) and appointed by the AIAA president for a 1-year term, with re-appointments on the recommendation of the chair.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Ms. Laura McGill, VP, Standards, at or the AIAA Program Manager, Standards at

Honors & Awards
AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence Nominations Being Accepted
AIAA’s Highest Award

The AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees invites you to nominate your colleagues, teams, programs, or organization for the highest award presented by the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees, to recognize excellence within the aerospace community. Nominations are due to AIAA by 1 December. The 2014 award will be presented 30 April 2014 during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.

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New Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering Seeks Nominees!

The Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering has been established in the memory of Yvonne Brill, pioneering rocket scientist, AIAA Honorary Fellow, and NAE member. Nominations are now being solicited for the inaugural lectureship in September 2014. The ideal nominee should have a distinguished career involving significant contributions in aerospace research and/or engineering and will be selected based on technical expertise, originality, and influence on other important aerospace issues such as ensuring a diverse and robust engineering community. NAE or AIAA members are eligible to place a nomination. Contact to request the nomination form. Nominations are due to AIAA on or before 15 December 2013.

Member Spotlight
AIAA Congratulates Dr. Luisella Giulicchi

The Member Spotlight swept across the seas this month, focusing on Dr. Luisella Giulicchi for the November column. Dr. Giulicchi is an AIAA Associate Fellow, and Director of AIAA’s Region VII, AIAA's international membership region. Giulicchi is currently responsible for the spacecraft system engineering of the European Union/European Space Agency (EU/ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, based in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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Featured Products

Hot Off the Press!

Civil Avionics Systems, Second Edition

Ian Moir; Allan Seabridge; Malcolm Jukes
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Civil Avionics Systems, Second Edition is an updated and in-depth practical guide to integrated avionic systems as applied to civil aircraft. This new edition has been expanded to include the latest developments in modern avionics. It describes avionic systems and potential developments in the field to help educate students and practitioners in the process of designing, building, and operating modern aircraft in the contemporary aviation system.

AIAA Members: $89.95
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Primer for the Finite Element Multidisciplinary Analysis Computer Program – STARS

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Primer for the Finite Element Multidisciplinary Analysis Computer Program – STARS is a companion publication that describes several new modules in STructural Analysis RoutineS (STARS), a multidisciplinary, finite element-based, graphics oriented, linear and nonlinear analysis tool. It addresses such disciplines as structures, heat transfer, linear aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, acoustics, propulsion, and controls engineering, and their interactions.

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Book of the Month

Introduction to Helicopter and Tiltrotor Flight Simulation

Mark E. Dreier
Hardback – AIAA Education Series
ISBN: 978-1-60086-208-3

This unique book presents first-hand histories, case studies, and lessons learned from many of the pioneers who built the satellite industry. They share the experiences, technologies, and business challenges that led to the successful development of an industry that is woven into the very core of our everyday lives. Historically important photographs throughout the book help to illuminate these compelling narratives.

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Quick Takes
November Trivia

On 2 November 2000, the International Space Station (ISS) receives its first crew when Soyuz TM-31, launched 30 October, docks with the space station for a 115-day mission.

Trivia Question: The crew consisted of three. Who were they?

Bonus Trivia Question: What was the name of the mission?

Trivia Answers >

Contest Looks for Inexpensive UAV Designs to Help Monitor for Poachers

Popular Science (10/5, Atherton) reported that in order to deal with the threat of poachers to endangered animals like rhinos, a contest is being sponsored by Kashmir Robotics, the Reserve Protection Agency, the South African National Parks, and other UAV companies, which asks entrants to develop a UAV that can “patrol South Africa’s Kruger National Park on the Mozambique border.” Designs are due 1 December, with the winner awarded $25,000.

November Aerospace America Digital Magazine Now Online

The November 2013 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “China’s Bold Lunar Plan,” by Craig Covault, which discusses previously secret details about Chang’e 3, the new Chinese robotic lunar lander. Experts in China and the U.S. say the craft is a precursor to a scaled-up vehicle designed to carry human crews to the moon. “Other countries will be joining what has turned into a surge in lunar space plans,” Covault contends. And as things now stand, “the U.S. will be contributing very little; a fact that two luminaries of the American lunar program suggest NASA should change.”

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

AIAA in the News

12 November 2013
AIAA Fellow Heiner Klinkrad Featured in Story on Satellite Impacting the Atlantic Ocean
ABC News – ABC World News – Coverage of Satellite Begins at the 12:28 Mark

22 October 2013
Design by AIAA Associate Fellow Bob Parks Nets Red Bull Flugtag World Record for Distance Traveled
San Jose Mercury News – Mountain View-Based Team Wins National Red Bull Flugtag, Sets New World Record

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