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Headlines from SciTech 2016


Friday, 8 January 2016, 4:15 p.m. EST
Treggon Owens: UAS Set to Transform Aerospace and the World
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Unmanned aerial systems – drones – soon will transform the aerospace industry and the world, and drones will one day be everywhere, predicted Treggon Owens, founding partner and CEO of Aerial MOB, an unmanned aerial services company. Owens provided insight into his company’s business, which is known for “making movies with drones,” Jan. 8...

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Friday, 8 January 2016, 1:30 p.m. EST
Leveraging Hollywood to Elevate Science
by Karen Berry, AIAA Marketing

Entertainment in the U.S. can impact culture more than esoteric scientific journals, according to Rick Loverd, program director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2016, 5:55 p.m. EST
Educators Incorporate Engineering Principles Into Student Learning
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Engineering principles can be challenging to incorporate into student learning, but educators and engineers who participated in a panel Jan. 7 at the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition...

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Wednesday, 7 January 2016, 1:55 p.m. EST
Aerospace: Collaboration Makes It Soar
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Collaboration and cooperation are critical to driving future growth in aerospace science and technology, according to a Jan. 7 panel of experts at the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum...

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Tuesday, 6 January 2016, 9:45 p.m. EST
If You Set Out to Explore the Universe, Sound Technology Is a Must
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

As planetary exploration efforts ramp up in future years, we must ensure that we have the technology to make those explorations safe and successful, a panel of experts told attendees...

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Tuesday, 6 January 2016, 7:30 p.m. EST
3-D Printing Creates Opportunities in Aerospace
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, offers many opportunities for engineers and product designers, but there are some constraints. Several representatives from the space sector spoke on these pros and cons...

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Tuesday, 6 January 2016, 3:05 p.m. EST
Ensuring Resilient Weapons Engineering That Can Keep Pace with Changing Threats
by Kyung M. Song, associate editor of Aerospace America

From its first flight in 1954, the B-52 has served as the dominant U.S. heavy bomber. It has been modified, retrofitted and upgraded since then to reflect changing missions and technologies, carrying gravity bombs to precision-guided missiles to drones.

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 2:15 p.m. EST
Robert H. Liebeck Delivers AIAA 2016 Dryden Lectureship in Research
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Robert H. Liebeck, senior technical fellow at Boeing, delivered the 2016 AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research on the evening of Jan. 5 at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego. The lecture was titled “Blended Wing Body Technology Readiness.” 

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 10:45 p.m. EST
Embedded Electronics Add Capability, Cybersecurity Risks
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

On average, there are 205 days between a cyberattack and the discovery of the breach, said Chan D. Lieu, senior legislative adviser with Venable LLP, kicking off the cybersecurity panel Jan. 5 at the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 9:45 p.m. EST
The International Space Station: A U.S. National Laboratory for the World
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Panelists told the audience at a Jan. 5 session of the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition that the international space station is far more than a manned space station

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 2:45 p.m. EST
Innovations in Aerospace: From the Cold War to Kickstarter
by Kyung M. Song, associate editor of Aerospace America

World War II, Kickstart and social media don’t often come up together in conversations. But they embodied some of the key themes from a panel on aerospace innovation at AIAA’s SciTech 2016 in San Diego Tuesday.

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Monday, 4 January 2016, 10:45 p.m. EST
Cislunar One-Year Mission Could Be Important Step Toward Mars Exploration
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Should the U.S. consider building a habitat on the moon before exploring Mars? Some scientists and engineers believe that the moon could be a proving ground for Mars colonization technology.

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Monday, 4 January 2016, 7:45 p.m. EST
Ronald Sega Delivers AIAA 2016 Durand Lectureship for Public Service
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Ronald M. Sega, director of Systems Engineering Graduate Programs and a Woodward professor of systems engineering at Colorado State University, delivered the 2016 AIAA Durand Lectureship for Public Service Jan. 4, 2016, at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego. The lecture was titled “Thoughts on Complex Systems Solutions in the 21st Century.”

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Monday, 4 January 2016, 7:15 p.m. EST
Communicating Complex Ideas: Pairing Hard Science With Storytelling
by Karen Berry, AIAA Marketing

Conveying complex ideas can be a challenge for many researchers, yet it is often the key to securing support for research and programs. Christine O’Connell, associate director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science...

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Monday, 4 January 2016, 6:45 p.m. EST
U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise Requires Realignment to Current Strategic Threats
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Panelists kicked off the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in San Diego Jan. 4, 2016, with a discussion on the current state of the U.S. aerospace science and technology policy and many of the associated challenges... 

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