Standards Domains Outreach

The AIAA Standards Steering Committee (SSC) is looking for volunteers to participate on its Growth Area Domains.

You do not need to be an AIAA member to participate. And if you are aware of other candidates, please share this webpage with them. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shekar Sonwane,, with your nomination(s) (you can nominate yourself), indicating which area is of interest to you and including a curriculum vitae or biography.

The role of the Domain Members is to:

  • Recommend new standards projects
  • Report on any current issues
  • Maintain a list of best practices
  • Provide cutting-edge guidance and input
  • Maintain an ongoing list of possible new standards members
AIAA SSC Growth Area Domains

1. Commercialization of Space (Space)

This includes the provision of goods or services of commercial value by using equipment sent into Earth orbit or space. Operators of such services typically contract the manufacture of satellites and their launch to private or public companies, which form an integral part of the space economy.

  • Architecture/Systems
  • Operations
  • Ground Equipment/Systems

2. UAS (Aviation)

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) components include a UAV, the equipment necessary to operate it, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two.

  • Evolving technology certification
  • Safety
  • Operations

3. Cybersecurity (Aviation, Information Systems, Space)

This includes safeguards to protect the aviation industry as it becomes more interconnected and more vulnerable to cyberattack.

  • Digital assurance on aircraft

4. Manufacturing (Space, Aviation)

Supply chain automation and additive manufacturing are covered in this area.

  • Supply chain automation: The aerospace supply chain is complex and made up of many different links that are spread around the globe and that rely on thousands of suppliers that come together to deliver the world’s air transport vehicles.

  • Additive manufacturing: The process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.

5. Runway Independent Aircraft (Aviation)

This includes aircraft that combine the safety, reliability, and cost effectiveness of fixed-wing aircraft with the runway independence of a helicopter.

6. Automation/Autonomy (Space, Aviation, Information Systems)

Aerospace manufacturers use automated systems based on predefined heuristics while autonomous systems can learn and make predictions, decisions, and plans, which render the systems self-directed.

7. Big Data Analytics (Information Systems)

These analytics are used as a part of business enterprises to settle on more educated business choices and by researchers and specialists to check or invalidate logical models, speculations, and theories.

8. Communication Technology (Space, Information Systems)

Terrestrial and space communication are covered, including communications between space-based assets and Earth using high-frequency electromagnetic radiation (radio waves).

9. Energy (Space, Aviation)

Renewable fuels and propulsion are covered.

  • Renewable fuels: The space industry is advancing fuels produced from renewable resources, producing power without damaging the environment or depleting natural resources.

  • Propulsion: Various methods used to accelerate aircraft, spacecraft, and artificial satellites within the Earth's environment and in space.

10. Training Simulation (Aviation, Information Systems)

Modeling tools are used for training purposes, and convert complex systems into models that are easier to understand and manipulate.