Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
3 December 2020

Abstract Deadline:
11 February 2021, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Registration Opens: 
21 April 2021

Author Notifications:
30 April 2021

Manuscript & Presentation Deadline:
8 July 2021, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Virtual EATS Events: 
11–13 August 2021

The 2021 AIAA Propulsion and Energy forum will showcase traditional aeronautics, space propulsion and energy technologies, as well as systems and electric aircraft technologies. Unmatched by any competitive event, the forum will educate, inspire, and challenge attendees to think outside the box and create solutions that will impact change throughout the aerospace industry.

Student Paper Competitions: Additional Information

For 2021, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Additive Manufacturing for Propulsion Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Paul R. Gradl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Papers are requested describing recent developments in the use of additive manufacturing for propulsion systems for space vehicles and aircraft (manned and unmanned). These sessions are sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

  • Case Studies in Process and Material Certification towards Flight
  • Design and Anlaysis Approaches using Additive Manufacturing
  • Lessons Learned
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Novel Additivie Manufacturing Materials and Application
  • System Concepts
  • Test Results and Feasibility under Simulated/actual Conditions
Advanced Integrated Intelligent Propulsion Controls

Please direct questions to: 
Al Behbahani, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Papers are requested in the areas of Advanced Controls and Health Management technologies that address the current challenges of Autonomy and Intelligent Propulsion to enhance the safety, reliability, and operation of aircraft systems while optimizing fuel use and integrated with thermal management System and power system.

  • Active/Adaptive Control, Centralized/Decentralized Fault Tolerant Tracking Control Systems  
  • Advanced Diagnostics/Prognostics Engine Health Management, Engine Health Monitoring  
  • Autonomous Propulsion Systems, Intelligent Flight Control, Intelligent Aerospace Systems  
  • Communication Bus, Databus, Smart Sensors and Actuators, Flexible/Extensible Smart Components  
  • Data Analytics Using Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Network Configurations and Other Artificial Intelligence-Based Models  
  • Hierarchical/supervisory Control Algorithms, Logic Controller Designs, Redundancy Issues  
  • Intelligent/Robust Sensor Network, Wireless Sensor Networking, Fiber Optic Sensing/Communication  
  • Optimal Fuel Use Strategies, Advanced Thermal Management, Integrated Power Systems
Advanced Mechanical Components

Please direct questions to:  
Patrick Dunlap, NASA Glenn Research Center

Papers are requested describing recent developments in: system-level trade studies evaluating competing sealing approaches on the basis of performance metrics, new seal design concepts and sealing approaches showing promise, methods for seal design and predicting seal performance under service conditions, coupled techniques, test results demonstrating concept feasibility under simulated/actual conditions, and novel test rigs and seal material advancements.

  • Advanced Seal Technology
  • Coupled Techniques (Exp. or Analytical) to Study Interaction between Seal, Cavity, and Main Flows
  • Descriptions of Novel Test Rigs Used to Evaluate Seal Concept Performance
  • Methods for Seal Design and Predicting Seal Performance under Service Conditions
  • New Seal Design Concepts and Sealing Approaches Showing Promise of Meeting Performance Requirements
  • Seal Material Advancements to Improve Performance or Extend Life
  • System-Level Trade Studies Evaluating Competing Sealing Approaches Based on Performance Metrics
  • Test Results Demonstrating Concept Feasibility Under Simulated/Actual Conditions
Advanced Propulsion Concepts

Please direct questions to:  
John Robinson, Boeing (retired)  

Papers are sought in the area of unique propulsion systems for Earth-to-orbit launch systems, advanced compact systems, nano-propulsion systems and lightweight aircraft engines. In the area of Innovative approaches and advanced conventional systems, papers are sought that show theoretical, computational and / or experimental results; mission analysis; and instrumentation and diagnostic techniques. Papers on in-situ propellants for lunar or Mars missions should address propellant production, theoretical and experimental designs, and evaluation and analysis for current and future applications.

  • Innovative Approaches and Advanced Conventional Systems
  • In-Situ Propellants for Asteroid, Lunar or Mars Missions
  • Unique Propulsion Systems
Advanced Vehicle Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Frank Chandler, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Timothy Chen, Innovative Rocket Technologies

Papers are solicited for advanced vehicle system concepts including small satellite launch vehicles, large launch systems and hypersonic vehicles. Particular interests in the recent advances in the development of small launch vehicles for CubeSat delivery to orbit, hypersonic vehicle flight experiments, and new launch systems for delivery of commercial and/or National Security Payloads. Papers covering the following are sought: development status, and flight test results for innovative, advancing state-of-art, vehicle systems for atmospheric, trans-atmospheric, and space exploration vehicles (novel spacecraft concepts, flight experiments, etc.) systems. Papers on critical subsystem technologies that enable new missions are also welcomed, including but not limited to integrated propulsion systems, space power generation, storage, management & distribution (PMAD), robotic & autonomous systems (sensing, mobility, autonomy, autonomous rendezvous & docking (AR&D), deep space communication & tracking systems, advanced habitat/ life support systems, In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) for propellant manufacturing, abort/crew escape system, and critical vehicle thermal management systems. This session is sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

  • Abort/Crew Escape Systems and Critical Vehicle Thermal Management Systems
  • Advanced Habitat/Life Support, In-Situ Resource Utilization for Propellant Manufacturing Systems
  • Critical Enabling Subsystem Technologies
  • Deep Space Communication and Tracking Systems
  • Hypersonic Vehicle Flight Experiments
  • Large Launch Vehicle Systems
  • Robotic and Autonomous Systems; Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (AR&D) Systems
  • Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Systems
  • Space Power Generation, Storage, Management and Distribution
  • Vehicle Systems for Atmospheric, Trans-Atmospheric and Space Exploration
Aerospace Power Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Abbas Salim, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)

Papers are sought on all sorts of Space Power Systems discussing study findings, results of practical applications, tests, simulations, short and long term performance, and R&D initiatives. Specific topical areas are listed below. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on other innovative ideas and topics related to Space Power Systems.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Aerospace Power Systems Student Paper Competition.

Power Systems & Components

  • Balance of Plant for Nuclear Power or Radioisotope Systems
  • Beamed Energy Solutions
  • Building New Technologies through NASA's Solar Electric Power (SEP) Program
  • CubeSat Programs: Ground Testing and Flight Results From Custom-Made and COTS Systems; Lessons Learned From Mission Failures; and Coping with Special Requirements
  • Design, Fabrication and Performance of Power System Components Including Solar Arrays, Energy Storage and Power Management and Distribution Electronics
  • End of Life Passivation of Spacecraft Electric Power Eneration and Storage Devices
  • Large Solar Array Design (>25 KW) and Flight Performance
  • LEO/MEO/GEO Spacecraft Power System Design, Fabrication, Testing, in-Orbit Experience and Lessons Learned
  • Lunar and Mars Surface Power Systems
  • New and Unique Power System Technologies for Space Platforms
  • Next Generation High Voltage Electrical Power System Design and Distribution for >50+ KW Space Applications
  • Nuclear Power Systems for Planetary Power Production (Mars or Other Planets)
  • Nuclear Power Systems for Satellite/Deep Space Power Production
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion And/or Nuclear Electric Propulsion
  • Power Generation, Control and Distribution for Electric Propulsion including Power Processing Units
  • Power System Design for Large LEO Spacecraft Constellations including Maintenance and Refurbishment
  • Solar Array Concentrator Mission Design
  • Solar Array Design for High Current and High Voltage Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS)
  • Solar Array Design for Interplanetary Missions, Smallsats and CubeSats
  • Solar Sail: Novel Approaches, Control, Deployment, Sail Materials and Sail Missions
  • Space Exploration with Solar Arrays and EPS
  • Space Probes Based On Nuclear Power or Radioisotope Systems
  • Space Transportation Topics Using Nuclear Power
  • Spacecraft Power Systems and Flight Experience for Near and Deep Space Missions
Electric Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Jay Polk, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dan R. Lev

Papers are solicited for sessions on electric propulsion related technologies, systems, components, modeling, and fundamental physics. Of particular interest are papers relating to a range of electric propulsion technologies including, but not limited to: missions utilizing electric propulsion, flight systems, hall thrusters, ion thrusters, power processing units, propellant management systems, gimbals, micropropulsion concepts, electrospray thrusters, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, pulsed-plasma thrusters, pulse-inductive thrusters, electrothermal thrusters, and tethers. Papers are also sought on topics regarding innovative and/or advanced electric propulsion technologies, propulsion and plasma diagnostics, and electric propulsion simulations.

  • Advanced Concepts
  • Cathodes
  • Cubesat/Smallsat and Other Micro-Electric Propulsion
  • Electric Propulsion Flight Programs and Missions
  • Electric Propulsion Spacecraft Integration
  • Electric Thruster Plumes
  • Electrospray Thrusters
  • EP Diagnostics
  • EP Modeling
  • Hall Thrusters
  • Ion Thrusters
  • Power Processing
  • Propellant Management for Electric Propulsion Applications
  • RF Electric Thrusters
Energetic Components and Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Stephanie Sawhill, Systima Technologies, Inc.
John Zevenbergen, TNO

Papers are solicited related to the development, demonstration, qualification and production of energetic formulations, propellant- or explosive-actuated mechanisms and gas generators used in aerospace, military aircraft, and commercial applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Energetic Manufacturing, Explosive Theory and Initiation, Cartridge Actuated Devices; Propellant Actuated Devices; Thrusters; Propellant and Explosive Compositions; Ballistic Analysis; Non-Pyrotechnic Mechanisms; Systems Integration; and Studies on Acceptance Criteria and Manufacture.

  • Advanced Research of New Propellant and Explosive Formulations and Their Application
  • Design, Testing and Acceptance of Space Mechanisms and Systems
  • Detonation Theory and Initiation
  • Energetic (Explosives, Propellants and Combustible) Component Heritage
  • Energetic Components Used in Military or Commercial Aircraft, and Safety Systems
  • Explosive and Propellant Compositions and Manufacturing Methods
  • Explosive- or Propellant- Actuated Mechanisms and Systems
  • Innovation in Failure Investigation and Analysis, and Environment Testing
  • Physics of Interior Ballistics in Explosive, Propellant, Combustible Devices
Energy Conversion Technology

Please direct questions to:  
Greg Semrau, Moog, Inc.
Ed Lewandowski, NASA Glenn Research Center

Technical papers are requested on research and development in the area of space and terrestrial power system energy conversion. Contributions may address initial concepts, simulation, prototype testing, fabrication, applications of, and novel system integration and analysis. Areas also include performance, modeling, analysis, testing, calibration, and operation of static and dynamic energy conversion devices.

  • Cryogenic Technologies for High Power Density for Aerospace
  • Dynamic Energy Conversion Devices (Brayton, Rankine, Stirling, etc.)
  • Emerging, Small Scale Energy Conversion Devices - Sensors and Power Systems
  • Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Power Conversion
  • Static Energy Conversion Devices (PV, Thermionics, Thermoelectrics, Thermo-PV, etc.)
  • Stirling Engines and Radioisotope Power Systems

Students are encouraged to submit to the Energy Conversion Technology Student Paper Competition.

Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies

Please direct questions to:  
David Carrington, Los Alamos National Laboratory       
Scott Duncan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Xiuling Wang, Purdue Northwest University

Renewable Energy Technology includes Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, and Geothermal Energy. Energy-Efficient Topic includes supercritical combustion, combined heat and power, energy saving technology, advanced combustion and power-cycles, innovative energy management and controls, nuclear power for aerospace, energy storage, thermal management, and advanced materials for power cycles. Also, technical papers are being sought that address the latest research, developments, and viable new technologies applicable to energy delivery for terrestrial systems, e.g., electric grids, micro grids, district thermal energy systems, ground-based battery charging.

  • Demand-Side Energy Management Technologies, including Demand Response
  • Energy-Efficient Protocols and Power Management
  • Energy-Efficient Transmission Technologies
  • Experimental Studies in Energy-Efficient Systems
  • Green Energy Issues
  • Green Energy Power Generation Simulation and Modeling
  • Grid Impacts of Techs That Pair Electric & Thermomechanical Energy Production e.g., Cogen and CHP
  • Grid Reliability, including Fault Current Limiters, Smart Grid Systems, Fault Detection, etc.
  • Simulation/Modeling for Energy Efficient Solutions
  • Transmission and Distribution Technologies, including Distributed Generation and Power Electronics
  • Special Session: Wind Energy Technology for Land Moored Systems*
  • Special Session: Wind Energy Technology for Large Bodies of Water Systerms*

* Symposiums for Wind Energy where oral presentations are permitted on the general subject of wind energy including but not limited to: research, placement design, anchoring, environmental impacts, grid system engineering, machinery design and manufacture, and operation.

Fuel and Power Generation Technology

Please direct questions to:
Li Qiao, Purdue University
David Carrington, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Technical papers in simulation, modeling and experiments as related to combustion of fossil fuels to deliver work and power. This topic area includes the combustion process to release chemical energy available in any carbon-based fuel in burners or engines, the processes of direct conversion of energy from engines or turbines, or indirect conversion to a working fluid and subsequent conversion in turbines or engines. Also of interest is waste heat recovery, fuel type conversion, and combustion product treatments and mitigation.

  • Applications of Nanotechnology for Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Combined Heat and Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants and Particulates
  • Combustion Turbines, Advanced Combustion and Power Cycles
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Fuel and Gas from Shale and Deep-Water Regions
  • Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Coal, Natural Gas, Oil, Gas from Methane Hydrate
  • Gasification, Innovative Energy Management in Smart Cities, Big Data, and Controls
  • Lean Coal and Natural Gas Power Systems, Combustion, Advanced Designs, Micro-Combustors
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
Gas Turbine Engines

Please direct questions to: 
Justin Locke, Raytheon Technologies Research Center
Shashank Yellapantula, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

This solicitation covers Gas Turbine Engine propulsion for air vehicles in the subsonic and transonic flight regimes including Power Extraction architectures for More-Electric, Turbo-Electric, and Hybrid-Electric propulsion systems. Papers are requested relating to the science, research, technology development, design, and testing of these gas turbine engine-based propulsion systems and components. Technical disciplines include aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer, materials and structures, manufacturing, and controls.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology for the Gas Turbine Engine Core (Metallurgy, Composite, Additive)
  • Combustors: Computational and Experimental Work on Combustor Design and Performance
  • Cycle Performance Matching with Aircraft Performance
  • Engine Architecture: Cycles/Variable Cycles/Energy Management
  • Engine Controls, Operability, and Propulsion Health Management
  • Engine Design Tools: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Engine Test Techniques (Component Tests, Data Analysis, the Comparison of Flight and Ground Tests)
  • Engine-Related Heat Transfer, Thermal Management, Cooling, and Secondary Flow Management; Durability
  • Gas Turbine Engine Power Extraction Architecture and Integration
  • Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis/Optimization of Engine Systems and Components
  • System Interactions: Turbine/Electrical/Thermal
  • Technologies for Higher Efficiency and Lower Noise (such as Geared Turbofans and Auxiliary Systems)
  • Turbomachinery: Computational and Experimental Work on Compressor/Turbine Design and Performance

Joint Sponsored Sessions

The development of many hybrid-electric and turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems features a complex coupling of electromechanical systems and gas turbines. The following topics will be jointly sponsored between Gas Turbine Engines and the Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium to address key aspects of these complex interactions, in areas such as:

  • Design, analysis, and modeling of engine/motor drivetrain architectures
  • Power extraction and addition through gas turbine/electric machine integration
  • Controls of coupled gas turbines and electromechanical power systems
  • Interaction of mechanical, electrical, and thermal influences in electrified propulsion systems

Jointly Sponsored Sessions with the Electric Aircraft Technology Symposium will be scheduled on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.


High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Zekai Hong, National Research Council Canada
Robin Hunt, NASA

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, theory, ground test, or flight test are desired. Papers should be relevant to the development, analysis, optimization, or integration of scramjet, ramjet, dual-mode, or pressure gain engines and their components (e.g. inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, nozzles). General session topics may include:

  • Additive Manufacturing Techniques, including Thermal-Mechanical Material Characterization
  • Chemical Mechanism or Thermal Models for New Fuels, including Reduced Models
  • Combined Cycle Concepts
  • Flowpath or Component Optimization and Performance Prediction
  • Fuel Injection, Mixing, and Flameholding, including Characterization of Losses or Gains
  • Modeling and Simulation Development, including Efforts in Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Thermal Management
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation
  • Special Session: The Hypersonic Gap: Connecting Industry Need with Academic Rigor
Hybrid Rockets

Please direct questions to:  
Trevor S. Elliott, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga  

This topic involves experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to design, novel fuel chemistry, enhancement of fuel and oxidizer performance and internal geometry requirements for liquid, solid, and gaseous fueled Hybrid and Bi-Propellant Rocket Systems for stable operation.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques and Contemporary Materials
  • Combustion Stability, Combustion Dynamics, Mixing, Motor Performance, and Related Issues
  • Descriptions of Current Programs – their Objectives and Progress to Date
  • Design and Development of Novel Hybrid Rocket Motor Concepts
  • Development and Evaluation of Novel Oxidizer and Fuel Formulations and Combinations
  • Educational STEM Initiatives for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Fuel Characterization, Visualization, and Controls for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Green Propulsion Systems: Design and Application
  • Injector Designs and Effect on Engine Performance and Stability
  • Internal Ballistics Modeling including Predictive Capability
  • Oxidizer Vaporization, Heat Transfer, Species Evolution, and Mixing of Oxidizer and Fuel Species
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:  
Ragini Acharya, The University of Tennessee Space Institute

Integration of affordable and innovative propulsion systems has received renewed interest in recent years owing to new vehicle missions, airframe concepts, engine technologies, and exciting ways to exploit these factors for system level improvements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technologies are being investigated that present unique integration challenges for existing and new aircraft designs operating in flight regimes from subsonic through hypersonic. Likewise, new vehicle concepts present interesting integration challenges to these new propulsion systems and technologies in terms of performance and operability. We seek papers exploring the above topics and trends and in the following areas:

  • Inlet/Exhaust System Integration Design, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Propulsion Controls and Integration of Propulsion and Vehicle Controls
  • Propulsor and Subsystems for Air Breathing Electric Propulsion
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance
  • Unducted Fan Design, Performance or Analysis

Please direct questions to:    
James Horton, Aerojet Rocketdyne

In the ongoing effort to improve the impact of AIAA events for members, ITAR sessions will continue to be organized with the intent of expanding the breadth of topics and emphasizing sessions with relevance to Forum 360 events and major elements of the open technical sessions. Submission of groups of presentations representing major accomplishments or status updates of significant system development programs are encouraged. Key focus areas are air-breathing, electric, hypersonic, nuclear and rocket, primary and secondary propulsion systems and energetics. Topics aligned with technical committee tutorials or panel sessions planned for 2021 are also encouraged.


All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. Click here to make sure you meet the attendance and submission requirement to present in ITAR sessions.

Liquid Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Philipp Behruzi, ArianeGroup

Papers are sought from all areas related to liquid rocket propulsion, including component and system level technologies, new concepts and applications, related research and development programs, associated test facilities, and modeling approaches. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Combustor Design, Analysis, and Testing including Igniters, Cooling Methods, and Instability Studies
  • Current and Historical Lessons Learned in Liquid Propulsion Development and Operation
  • Green and Non-Toxic Propellant Studies, Development, Applications, and Associated Technologies
  • Injector Design, Analysis, and Testing including Atomization and Mixing Studies
  • In-Space Liquid Propulsion System Design, Analysis, Testing, and Operation including Cube/nanosats
  • Launch Vehicle Liquid Propulsion System Design, Analysis, Testing, and Operation
  • Modeling and Simulation of Liquid Propulsion Systems, Components, and Processes
  • Novel Manufacturing Technologies and Advanced Materials for Application to Liquid Propulsion Systems
  • Nozzles Design, Analysis and Testing including Thrust Vectoring Methods
  • Propellant Feed System Design, Analysis, and Testing
  • Propellant Management and Storage Design, Analysis, Testing, and in-Orbit Refueling
  • Test Facilities and Advanced Diagnostic Techniques Relevant to Liquid Propulsion
  • Turbomachinery and Electric Pump Design, Analysis, and Testing including Structural Dynamics and FSI
Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion

Please direct questions to:  
Stephanie Thomas, Princeton Satellite Systems
Jason Cassibry, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Papers should address approaches for nuclear-powered rocketry and alternative, physics-based propulsion systems. Relevant topics include all aspects of nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) design, testing, and utilization as well as innovative or emerging concepts for fusion-based, antimatter or hybrid space systems. “Future Flight” topics include concepts for both near- and far-term propulsion architectures that require significant advancements in physics and propulsion science. Applications of space-time manipulation, gravity modification, electromagnetic coupling, particle/quantum physics, relativistic assessments or fluidic continua are valid for this area. Future Flight papers should be well-founded in theory and clearly identify a propulsion application. Please refer to our standard AIAA SP-108-2004 for describing fusion concepts.

  • Fusion, Alternative Nuclear, and Antimatter Concepts
  • Future Flight Propulsion Systems
  • Nuclear Electric and Bimodal Concepts
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Engine Modeling
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Fuels and Materials
  • Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Testing and Programmatics
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to:  
Douglas Schwer, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory 

Papers are sought relevant to the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) to propulsion and power generation. Applications of PGC combustors include terrestrial power generation, aircraft propulsion, and rocket propulsion. PGC utilize alternative thermodynamic cycles to produce near constant volume combustion, with a resultant pressure rise that has the potential to increase overall combustion efficiency. Relevant subtopic areas include modeling and simulation, wave dynamics, detonation kinetics and physics, heat release coupling, propellant injection and mixing, characterization of system efficiency, and diagnostics development for fundamental characterization. As PGC technology matures, understanding of the device efficiencies, related loss mechanisms, and how these relate to detonation combustion fundamentals increase in importance.

  • Applications
  • Detonation Physics
  • Device Measurements and Efficiencies
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • PGC Diagnostics
Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to:  
Lance L. Smith, Raytheon Technologies Research Center  

Papers are sought describing experimental, analytical, and numerical work in all areas related to combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels in rocket, air-breathing, and other propulsion and power systems. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Alternative Fuels for Power & Propulsion
  • Combustion and Fuels in Clean Energy Systems
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Combustion Dynamics and Instabilities
  • Combustion Emissions & Environment
  • Combustion Performance of Additively Manufactured (AM) Components
  • Data Analysis and Data Assimilation Techniques
  • Development of New Fuels, Propellants, and Energetic Materials
  • Formulation and Decomposition of Monopropellants and Endothermic Fuels
  • Ignition
  • Kinetics of Solid-, Liquid-, and Gas-Phase Combustion
  • Micro-Scale Combustion
  • New Combustion Concepts, and Advancements in Combustor Designs
  • Physics-Based/High-Fidelity Models
  • Reduced-Order and Multi-Fidelity Models
  • Spray Behavior and Combustion
Propulsion Education

Please direct questions to:  
Robert A. Frederick, Jr., UAH Propulsion Research Center
John Bennewitz, Air Force Research Lab

Papers can cover STEM outreach programs, university curriculum, student projects and research, university research programs and history, new university laboratory capabilities, new university curricula, international partnerships, student launch projects, capstone design project involving propulsion, safety aspect of university projects, technology control plans for university research, and propulsion literature reviews. Topics of interest include the following:

  • Cooperative Education: University, Government, and Industry Teaming for Workforce Development
  • STEM Outreach: K-12 Outreach, Minority Outreach, and Community Outreach Programs in Propulsion
  • Student Projects: Student Capstone Design Projects, Student Research Projects
  • University Programs: Propulsion Curricula, Laboratories, Academic Programs, or New Programs
  • University Propulsion Safety: Safety Considerations for University Projects and Research
  • University Research: Research Program Overviews, Laboratory Capabilities, Program History
Small Satellites

Please direct questions to:
Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University  

This track covers all aspects of small satellites and their missions. Papers are particularly encouraged that have a focus on small satellite propulsion topics; however, papers on other areas of small satellites are also welcomed. Topics include small satellite design, development and systems engineering, mission operations and spacecraft subsystems. We are also interested in papers discussing launch capabilities for small spacecraft and policy considerations related to small spacecraft and their use. Papers are also welcome that discuss success factors for small spacecraft missions, as are those regarding education related to small spacecraft development or the use of small spacecraft in other educational activities (formal or informal).

  • Board/Chip SATS
  • Control (including Autonomy) for Small Spacecraft
  • CubeSats
  • Dedicated Launch Capabilities for Small Satellites
  • Educational Activities (Informal and Formal) Related to or Using Small Spacecraft
  • ESPA-Class Spacecraft
  • Other Small Satellites
  • Rideshare Capabilities
  • Small Satellites
  • Small Spacecraft Communications
  • Small Spacecraft Missions (including Flown and Planned)
  • Subsystems for Small Spacecraft
Solid Rockets

Please direct questions to: 
Reid Young, Northrop Grumman  
Wes Ryan, NASA  

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 Ballistics
  • University-Based Solid Rocket Motor Programs
Thermal Management Technology

Please direct questions to:  
Michael K. Choi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  
Greg Semrau, Moog, Inc.  

Papers discussing study results, operational performance, results of practical applications, analysis, simulations, tests, and research and development initiatives of thermal management technology for aerospace and terrestrial applications are encouraged.

  • Heat Transfer & Transport, Including Multiphase, Phase Change, Ablation, Advanced Materials & Spray Cooling
  • Nanotechnology for Thermal Management, Including Nanoscale Particles, Channels, Wires & Films
  • Thermal Energy Storage, Including Phase Change Material, Advanced Materials, Applications & Issues
  • Thermal Modeling, Simulation & Analysis, Including Analytical Techniques, Software & Correlation to Test Data
  • Thermal System Applications & Unique Environment, Including Propulsion, Spacecraft, Aircraft & Launch Vehicles
  • Thermal Systems & Components, Including Electronics Cooling, Engines, Turbomachinery & Cryogenic Systems
  • Thermal Testing & Measurements on Components, Subsystems & Systems in Vacuum or Ambient Pressure
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Propulsion, Energy and Applications

Please direct questions to:  
Lea-Der Chen, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi  
Esteban Valencia, Escuela Politécnica Nacional

Technical papers are sought on propulsion and power of unmanned aerial systems. Topics of interest include (a) energy harvesting and management; (b) conventional and alternative power systems: combustion engines, fuel cell, solar panel, and battery; (c) dynamics and control; and (d) applications of unmanned aerial systems. Papers of exploratory investigations, modeling and simulation, payload implementation, and sensor integration are also welcome. This session is sponsored by the ASME Propulsion Technical Committee.

  • Air Mobility, including Sense and Avoid
  • Advanced UAV Data Management: Edge Computing, AI
  • Alternative and Hybrid Power Systems: Fuel Cell, Solar Panel, Battery
  • Applications in Agriculture, Environmental Sensing, Wetland Mapping, Extreme Conditions, etc.
  • Combustion Engines: Gas Turbine, Internal Combustion, and Pulse Detonation
  • Dynamics and Control: Aerodynamics, Flight Control, Payload Implementation, Sensor Integration
  • Energy and Power Management of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation of Power Sub-Systems
  • Operations and Control of Multi-Agents/multi-Modal Systems

Please direct questions to:  
David K. Hall, Pennsylvania State University
Gökçin Çınar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Driven by ambitious goals for the future of aviation, electrified aircraft propulsion has emerged as a key enabling technology for concepts ranging from more-electric aircraft to hybrid-electric propulsion systems and all-electric urban air mobility. Recognizing the growing importance of this multi-disciplinary field, AIAA and IEEE have identified the need to bring together electrical, propulsion system, and aerospace engineers as the industry looks to electrified propulsion technologies for future aircraft. The 3rd annual EATS event, held virtually in 2020, featured keynote addresses, panel sessions, and multiple technical presentation sessions over three days. More than 300 people from industry, government and academia attended.

The 4th annual AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium will take place 11–13 August 2021. We are currently anticipating a hybrid symposium format, where authors have the choice to present their work virtually or in person. Abstracts with a minimum length of 1500 words are encouraged, though successful submissions must include sufficient detail to demonstrate the purpose of the paper, the technical foundation for the topics to be discussed, any preliminary results to date, and the expected results of the final paper, including key figures, equations, tables, and references, as appropriate. Authors should submit to the topic, "Electric Aircraft Technology," during Step 2: Submission Details of the abstract submission process.

Papers are solicited in all relevant areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Electrified Aircraft Design (Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing)
  • Electric Machines
  • Electric Power Management and Distribution
  • Electrical Energy Generation and Storage (Battery, Fuel Cell, Solar, Regeneration, and Others)
  • Electrified Propulsion System Architectures
  • Failure/Fault Mode Protection, Diagnostics, and Modeling
  • High Voltage Considerations
  • Mission Operation (Energy, Cost, Emissions)
  • Power Electronics
  • Safety, Certification, and Standards
  • Superconducting and Cryogenic Systems and Components
  • System Dynamics, Modeling, and Control
  • Thermal Management
  • Vehicle, Propulsion, and Electric System Integration
  • Verification, Validation, and Testing

All are welcome at the Electric Aircraft Technology Symposium, however, please note this event will be co-located with the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and will require a separate registration fee for participants and attendees. For more information, view Additional Details.  

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the forum:


Please direct questions to:  
Ann Delleur, NASA Glenn Research Center

Undergraduate and graduate students (Master’s level and PhD level) are invited to submit papers for consideration in the Aerospace Power Section Student Paper Competition. Papers should report on original work conducted by the student in collaboration with faculty advisor(s), mentors, and/or industry/government mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author.

Entries to the Aerospace Power Section Student Paper Competition must undergo the regular abstract review process, and if accepted, will be included in the regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and be archived as AIAA conference papers. When submitting an abstract for the Aerospace Power Student Paper Competition, authors must choose the “Student Paper Competition” Presentation Type at step 2 of abstract submission, and then select one of the following topics:

  • Aerospace Power Systems 
  • Energy Conversion Technology 

The manuscript submission deadline for the Aerospace Power Section Student Paper Competition is the same as the submission deadline for the AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum. All entries to the Student Paper Competition must be received by this date to be considered in the competition. The submissions will be judged based on the paper ONLY. Criteria for judging the paper include 1) originality of the work; 2) scientific integrity, 3) relevance to the field of Aerospace Power; 4) significance technical quality and completeness of the work; and 5) written clarity and style consistent with AIAA paper guidelines.

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