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Headlines from SciTech 2015


Friday, 9 January 2015, 12:15 p.m.

Virgin Galactic Poised to Soar Again and Open Space for All

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

George T. Whitesides, chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic (VG) and The Spaceship Company, addressed today’s plenary session of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2015), telling the audience that while the October accident that destroyed SpaceShipTwo and took the life of co-pilot Michael Alsbury was the “the toughest thing we could undergo, nine weeks later, we are turning the corner and looking toward the future – our team and investors remain committed to the goal of opening space for all.”

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Friday, 9 January 2015, 11:15 a.m.

The Future is Autonomy

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

The future of controlled flight is an autonomous one according to a Forum 360 panel held Thursday afternoon at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (AIAA SciTech 2015). This is especially true when it comes to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in the national air space (NAS), according to Doug Rohn, program director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA.

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Thursday, 8 January 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Aerospace Vehicle Technology Trends Panel – Forum 360

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

AIAA hosted a panel on aerospace vehicle technology trends that gave a big picture view of where different segments of the industry see room for advancement with the vehicles they are designing. As might be expected, companies with a more commercial aspect tended to focus on efficiency-related goals, while those focused on space or military products see the need to constantly push the envelope in terms of raw capability.

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Thursday, 8 January 2015, 12:45 p.m.

Diversity: It’s What Will Drive Aerospace Forward

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

“Improving diversity in the aerospace community, and closing the existing educational achievement gap between whites and minorities would boost the American economy by $2.3 trillion dollars by 2050,” Wesley Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told today’s opening plenary session...

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 9:15 p.m.

Bringing Order to the Defense Acquisition System

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

It is almost a given that the existing defense acquisition system has never been described as easy by those who work within it. With long-term projects, high costs, and uncertain ends in program development, cost overruns and program failures are not uncommon. However, the digital systems model holds promise to make acquisition smoother and more predictable for all, according to a panel discussion at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2015).

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 2:15 p.m.

Advanced Manufacturing Reshaping Design

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA Web Editor

Advanced manufacturing has become increasingly important to how aerospace systems are designed and to the viability of the aerospace engineering industry as a whole. That was the main theme echoed by a panel of industry and academic experts on Wednesday morning at AIAA SciTech 2015 when discussing, “Advanced Manufacturing and Its Impact on the Design Process of the Future.”

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 11:15 a.m.

The Future of Design: Unleash the Creativity!

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), composite materials, distributed propulsion systems and higher bypass engines will eventually change the future of aerospace vehicle design, the fundamentals of design will remain the same according to this morning’s plenary panel at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015 (AIAA SciTech 2015).

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 8:45 p.m.

Dryden Lecture in Research

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

A loud buzzing sound was heard in the Osceola Ballroom, and it wasn’t an issue with the AV equipment: it was an example of aircraft noise during Professor Dame Ann P. Dowling’s Dryden Lecture in Research at the AIAA SciTech 2015 forum. Ann Dowling is Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and has many exceptional achievements in her field. Unsurprisingly, she delivered an excellent and highly technical presentation on aeroacoustics and aircraft noise reduction.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Big Data Analytics

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Big Data has been a hot topic in the information and computing world in recent years, and on Tuesday, AIAA hosted a Forum 360 panel on Big Data Analytics in Aerospace. Ashok N. Srivastava, the chief data scientist for Verizon, introduced the panel and gave a big picture overview of some of the topics. Aerospace systems produce many kinds of data, some within the machines themselves and others within the environment in which they operate.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Aerospace Engineers Must Become More Business Savvy

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA Web Editor

Industry experts gathered Tuesday morning at AIAA SciTech 2015 in Kissimmee, FL, to discuss some of the significant changes that have taken place in the defense acquisition market over the past 10 years, and to offer their advice as to how engineers can improve their business practices, skills, and processes related to the technical side of the aviation and defense industry.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 11:15 a.m.

International Cooperation Is Good for What Ails U.S. Defense Efforts

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

“The United States (U.S.) faces an incredible array of challenges: North Korea, nuclear proliferation, Al-Qaeda, Syria, Iran, cybersecurity, Putin’s Russia, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and Ebola, to name a few,” James N. Miller, president, Adaptive Strategies LLC, and former under secretary of defense for policy, told the audience at today’s opening plenary session at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech 2015) in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Monday, 5 January 2015, 5:45 p.m.

Climate Change and National Security

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Climate change and national security might not seem to be the most directly linked topics, but AIAA held a Forum 360 panel to discuss how the military might prepare for rising sea levels. “The environment is too important to be left to environmentalists,” Professor John M. Lanicci of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said in his remarks...

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Monday, 5 January 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Public Service An Opportunity to “Help the Future”

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA Web Editor

“The call to do public service can involve more than the job assigned and should be seen as an opportunity to help the future,” said Michael W. Wynne, former secretary of the Air Force and senior advisor to the president of The Stevens Institute, during Monday afternoon’s Durand Lecture on Public Policy.

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Monday, 5 January 2015, 3:45 p.m.

Technology Roadmaps Pave the Way to Our Future

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

A panel discussion earlier today at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015 (AIAA SciTech 2015) stressed the importance of technology and science roadmaps. From laying out concrete metrics to establishing firm foundations for program support and development, roadmaps are essential to progress. Representatives from NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Lockheed Martin explained how roadmaps function in each of their agencies, and how roadmaps guide science and technology development.

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Monday, 5 January 2015, 10:45 a.m.

Samanta-Roy Discusses Importance of Partnership in Technology Advancement

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Solid partnerships “between government, academia and industry, will be critical to shaping the future policies that will allow the United States to thrive in an increasingly chaotic global arena,” Robie Samanta-Roy, vice president of technology and innovation at Lockheed Martin Corporation, told a packed room this morning at the opening plenary session of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015 (AIAA SciTech 2015).

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