7–11 January 2019
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego,
San Diego, California

Forum Schedule

The 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum will explore how our industry is being transformed by on-demand delivery of customized products and services. Learn how advances in additive manufacturing, high-speed networked computers, autonomous systems, and big data analytics, are reshaping aerospace supply chains, improving productivity, and opening the market to new entrants.

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Saturday, 5 January-Sunday, 6 January, 2019

0800-17002nd AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshops (GMGW) assess the current state-of-the art in geometry and mesh generation technology and software as applied to aircraft and spacecraft systems. They will help identify and develop understanding of areas of needed improvement (performance, accuracy, applicability) in geometry and mesh generation technology software. And they will provide a foundation for documenting best practices for geometry and mesh generation. 

0800-1700Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification Engineering Methods for Manned and UAV Applications with Hands-on Training using CIFER®
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This course will review the fundamental methods of Manned and UAV aircraft and rotorcraft system identification methods with Hands-on Training using CIFER®, illustrate the benefits of their broad application throughout the flight vehicle development process, and provide the attendees with an intensive hands-on training of the CIFER® system identification using flight test data and extensive Lab exercises. 

Mark Tischler-Senior Technologist and Flight Control Technology group leader with the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate at Moffett Field, CAMark TischlerSenior Technologist and Flight Control Technology group leader with the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate at Moffett Field, CA
0800-1700Design of Aircraft Structures
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This comprehensive 2-day course covers: an introduction to design philosophy and criteria; airframe configuration; margin of safety concept; validation and testing; materials, material selection, design allowables and values; failure theories and interaction methods; fundamental concepts including load paths; free body diagrams; idealization and classical, empirical and finite element analysis methods. This course also includes design of structures under tensile, compressive, shear, and combined loads, and design of joints, fittings, and lugs.  An introduction to design for fail safety, durability and damage tolerance is also presented.  Design and analysis competencies are also discussed.  The course includes practice problems and a design project. 

Michael Mohaghegh -Chief Editor, The Boeing CompanyMichael Mohaghegh Chief Editor, The Boeing Company
-Design of Electrified Propulsion Aircraft
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

In this course, participants learn about current developments in electrified propulsion, with an emphasis on hybrid electric aircraft. Participants will learn how to design electrified propulsion aircraft starting from the top-level aircraft requirements. Design examples will include electric and hybrid-electric aircraft of various sizes and missions. Various powertrains will be examined including pure electric, parallel hybrid, serial hybrid, and combinations. It will be demonstrated which design variables are unique to electric and hybrid electric aircraft and how the sizing and performance process of the powertrain components can be executed. Historical and recent electric and hybrid electric aircraft system studies will be reviewed, and standard reporting parameters will be recommended.

Marty Bradley-AIAA Fellow, Technical Fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Advanced Concepts Group, The Boeing CompanyMarty BradleyAIAA Fellow, Technical Fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Advanced Concepts Group, The Boeing Company
Jonathan Gladin-Research Engineer, Aerospace Systems Design Lab, Georgia TechJonathan GladinResearch Engineer, Aerospace Systems Design Lab, Georgia Tech
Charles Lents-Associate Director, United Technologies Research CenterCharles LentsAssociate Director, United Technologies Research Center
Roelof Vos-Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of TechnologyRoelof VosAssistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology
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0800-1700Diagnostics for Plasmas and Gases (NEW!)
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

The course presents diagnostic techniques for the measurement of plasmas and gases. These include passive optical methods such as emission spectroscopy, laser diagnostics such as laser induced fluorescence and Rayleigh scattering, and physical probe diagnostics such as Langmuir probes. The course will be taught by experts in each diagnostic and cover the background theory, practical considerations, data analysis, and applications. The course is intended for new practitioners such as students, young professionals, test engineers, or anyone else with interest in deploying diagnostics in their work. As such, the material will be presented in a tutorial format to cover the fundamentals through use and applications.

Christ Limbach-Assistant Professor, Texas A&M UniversityChrist LimbachAssistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Robert Lobbia-Research Engineer, Jet Propulsion LaboratoryRobert LobbiaResearch Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Earl Scime-Professor, Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia UniversityEarl ScimeProfessor, Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University
Alexey Shashurin-Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue UniversityAlexey ShashurinAssistant Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
Azer Yalin-Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State UniversityAzer YalinProfessor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
Kunning G. Xu-Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of AlabamaKunning G. XuAssociate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama
0800-1700Fundamentals of Space Systems
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This 2-day course “Fundamentals of Space Systems” provides an introduction to the concepts and technologies of modern space systems. Space systems combine engineering, science, and external phenomena. We concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of spacecraft systems and interactions among various subsystems. The fundamentals of subsystem technologies provide an indispensable basis for system engineering. The basic nomenclature, vocabulary, and concepts will make it possible to converse with understanding with subsystem specialists. This introductory course is designed for engineers and managers – of diverse background and varying levels of experience – who are involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space systems and spacecraft subsystems and components. The course will facilitate integration of engineers and managers new to the space field into space-related projects.

Mike Gruntman-Professor of Astronautics, University of Southern CaliforniaMike GruntmanProfessor of Astronautics, University of Southern California
0800-1700Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics of Space Vehicles (NEW!)
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This short course presents a coherent treatment of both the fundamental principles and recent advances in guidance, control, and astrodynamics of space vehicles. It is intended for guidance, navigation and control (GNC) engineers, spacecraft systems engineers, space mission designers, and/or technical managers, who are interested in a comprehensive overview of the GNC and astrodynamical problems of advanced space systems, launch vehicles, and robotic/human exploration of the moon, Mars, and asteroids. This course is based on the instructor’s second AIAA textbook “Space Vehicle Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics (2015),” included with registration.

Bong Wie-Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State UniversityBong WieProfessor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
0800-1700Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering Course
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

As Systems Engineering and Program Management have evolved since World War II, missions have to be achieved within the constraints of cost, schedule and expected performance.   Systems engineering is attempting to describe and define the optimal solution while the program management is attempting to determine the necessary work components and develop the plan.  Both are keys to the success of a program.  Bringing these two disciplines together with a common success measure requires the integration of functions within programs.  Taking this course will learn how to apply systems engineering processes, tools, methods and techniques on program management’s organizing and staffing, planning, performance measurement, decision, and cost control on how to execute an accurate Earned Value Management System (EVMS).  

John C. Hsu-Adjunct Professor, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, California State University Long BeachJohn C. HsuAdjunct Professor, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, California State University Long Beach
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Sunday, 6 January, 2019

0800-1700A Unified Approach for Computational Aeroelasticity (NEW!)
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This one-day short course covers concepts and terminology associated with aeroelasticity, including structural dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, aeroservoelasticity, and recent developments such as computational reduced-order models. An important component of this course is to familiarize the participants with the classical methods as well as the more modern methods in aeroelasticity, in order to understand the various options available to the aeroelastician. The course will also cover basic experimental concepts, including videos of wind-tunnel flutter incidents.

Walt Silva-Senior Research Engineer, Aeroelasticity Branch, NASA Langley Research CenterWalt SilvaSenior Research Engineer, Aeroelasticity Branch, NASA Langley Research Center
0800-1700Additive Manufacturing: Structural and Material Optimization Course (NEW!)
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This course will provide a practical understanding of topology optimization and additive manufacturing. It will uncover the numerical machineries of a range of topology optimization methods and reveal how to formulate the design problems and select numerical parameters to yield successful designs. It will also discuss the state-of-the-art topology optimization capabilities in the context of material and structural designs under multiphysics. The course will also offer an overview of rapidly developing additive manufacturing technologies, including those commercially available as well as the state-of-the-art methods for the future.  It will discuss the material types and capabilities for each method and the associated considerations for design, both at material and structural scales. The course will also include a practical hands-on element using an open source topology optimization code.

H Alicia Kim-Professor, University of California San Diego and Director, Multiscale and Multiphysics Design Optimization (M2DO) LabH Alicia KimProfessor, University of California San Diego and Director, Multiscale and Multiphysics Design Optimization (M2DO) Lab
Christopher Spadaccini-Director, Additive Manufacturing Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)Christopher SpadacciniDirector, Additive Manufacturing Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
0800-1700Hypersonics: Test and Evaluation
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

The Hypersonics Test and Evaluation short course is a one-day offering that introduces students to high speed and hypersonic test. The course will introduce the concept of hypersonic flight and describe the critical physics that is encountered at this unique and formidable speed regime. It will briefly discuss the system benefits and uses for this flight regime and put in perspective, why system performance and evaluation through test for this important speed regime can create difficulties for the tester, test facility developer and project manager. 

Daniel Marren-Director, White Oak Site, AEDC Test Division, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Air Force Materiel Command, Arnold Air Force BaseDaniel MarrenDirector, White Oak Site, AEDC Test Division, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Air Force Materiel Command, Arnold Air Force Base
1600-1800Meet the Employers Recruiting Event
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

This event offers students and young professionals the opportunity to meet AIAA corporate members and government agencies. This is a fun and dynamic environment where students and professionals interact with organizations regarding employment opportunities. Participating companies/organizations will present a brief organizational overview and opportunities available, then have follow-on discussions with the attendees. Organizations will host a table and attendees will switch every 10 minutes.

1800-1930Student Welcome Reception
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher. This reception provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member. All students welcome.

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Monday, 7 January, 2019

0730-0800Speakers' BriefingRoom: Session Rooms
0800-0900Enabling the Replicator
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Improvements in additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing techniques can and are transforming aerospace supply chains, improving productivity, increasing customization, and enabling decentralized sites, including in-field customized parts. The plenary will highlight techniques, concepts and approaches in today’s modern factories. What is changing on the shop floor? How fast are today’s factories? What are the benefits, challenges, and issues? 

Heather Bulk-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Special Aerospace Services and SAS ManufacturingHeather BulkChief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Special Aerospace Services and SAS Manufacturing
Jeff Miller -Senior Technical Fellow, Production Engineering, The Boeing CompanyJeff Miller Senior Technical Fellow, Production Engineering, The Boeing Company
Tony Gingiss (Invited)-Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb SatellitesTony Gingiss (Invited)Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb Satellites
Robert Gold-Director, Engineering Enterprise, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense Robert GoldDirector, Engineering Enterprise, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense
0900-0930Networking Break
0930-1130Forum 360: In-Space Factories
Tom Cwik (Moderator - Invited)-Manager, Space Technology Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tom Cwik (Moderator - Invited)Manager, Space Technology Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Robert Hoyt -Chief Executive Officer, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.Robert Hoyt Chief Executive Officer, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
Andrew Rush (Invited)-President, Chief Executive Officer, Made In Space, Inc.Andrew Rush (Invited)President, Chief Executive Officer, Made In Space, Inc.
Alfred Tadros-Vice President, Space Infrastructure and Civil Space, SSLAlfred TadrosVice President, Space Infrastructure and Civil Space, SSL
John Vickers (Invited)-Principal Technologist, Advanced Manufacturing, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASAJohn Vickers (Invited)Principal Technologist, Advanced Manufacturing, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA
0930-1230Technical Sessions
1100-1230A Collision of Worlds: MDO vs. Digital Thread vs. MBSE in Today's Complex Systems Engineering
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) Session

1230-1400Durand Lecture for Public Service and Luncheon
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation

The Durand Lecture, named in honor of William F. Durand, presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind. Lunch will be provided to the first 200 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will be presented after lunch and is open to all attendees at that time.

Lecture Topic: Guarding the “High Frontier” and preserving its capability for commercial use – what is necessary to assure a secure future for our nation and a thriving space industry?

Douglas L. Loverro-Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy (retired), Office of the Secretary of DefenseDouglas L. LoverroDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy (retired), Office of the Secretary of Defense
1230-1400Networking Lunch On Own
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

If you miss the Durand Lecture luncheon, take this time to have lunch with a colleague or someone new.

1400-1600Forum 360: On-Demand Metal Manufacturing
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

While the concept of on-demand manufacturing is not new and can arguably be traced back to the time of blacksmiths, innovations in additive manufacturing technologies, materials, and processes have ultimately culminated in on-demand metal manufacturing capabilities with meaningful benefits to aerospace and aviation systems. These capabilities, which were once somewhat viewed as lab curiosities, are increasingly being incorporated into mainline efforts, with the biggest advantages being added design flexibility often resulting in novel manufacturing solutions, as well as tangible cost and schedule gains. This Forum 360 session will examine the state-of-the-art for on-demand metal manufacturing technologies, as well as how an increase in additive machine vendors has catalyzed increased adoption, qualification, and use in the aerospace and aviation industries.

Niki Werkheiser (Moderator)-Manager, NASA In-space Manufacturing, NASA Marshall Spaceflight CenterNiki Werkheiser (Moderator)Manager, NASA In-space Manufacturing, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center
Mohammad Ehteshami-Vice President, Additive Integration, GE Aviation Mohammad EhteshamiVice President, Additive Integration, GE Aviation
Aaron Stebner (Invited)-Rowlinson Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of MinesAaron Stebner (Invited)Rowlinson Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
David Waller-Principal Engineer, Ball AerospaceDavid WallerPrincipal Engineer, Ball Aerospace
1400-1730Technical Sessions
1530-1600Networking Break
1600-1730Rising Leaders in Aerospace - Meet the AIAA Technical Committees
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Learn how you can excel in your career and within the aerospace industry. Members of several AIAA Technical Committees will be taking the time to meet with the Rising Leaders in Aerospace participants and highlight their role within AIAA as well as how their committees serve the industry and Institute at large. This interactive event is a great way to get insight from your peers, gain industry contacts and meet your fellow young professionals. 

1730-1900Rising Leaders in Aerospace - Networking Reception
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Continue your conversation and networking at the reception, which will immediately follow “Meet the AIAA Technical Committees.” Come socialize with your fellow young professionals who are also attending the conference. Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity.

1830-2230Associate Fellows Reception and Dinner (Ticket required)
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Tuesday, 8 January, 2019

0730-0800Speakers' BriefingRoom: Session Rooms
0800-0900Exploration for Everyone
Richard DalBello (Invited)-Vice President, Business Development and Government Affairs, Virgin OrbitRichard DalBello (Invited)Vice President, Business Development and Government Affairs, Virgin Orbit
Ariane Cornell-Head, Astronaut Strategy and Sales, Blue OriginAriane CornellHead, Astronaut Strategy and Sales, Blue Origin
Richard Leshner (Invited)-Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Planet LabsRichard Leshner (Invited)Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Planet Labs
Lon Levin (Invited)-President and Chief Executive Officer, GEOshareLon Levin (Invited)President and Chief Executive Officer, GEOshare
John Tylko (Invited)-Chief Innovation Officer, Aurora Flight SciencesJohn Tylko (Invited)Chief Innovation Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences
0900-0930Networking Break
0930-1130Forum 360: Rapid Responsive Launch
0930-1230Technical Sessions
1230-1400Excellence in Aerospace Awards Luncheon: Honoring Aerospace Sciences and Information Systems (Ticket required)
1300-1630Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
1430-1630Forum 360: Engineering Apollo
1430-1730Technical Sessions
1530-1600Networking Break in Exposition Hall
1730-1830Dryden Lecture in Research
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

The Dryden Lecture in Research was named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden in 1967, succeeding the Research Award established in 1960. The Lecture emphasizes the great importance of basic and applied research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers.

Lecture Title: Truss-Braced Wing Designs for High-Speed Transport Aircraft

Joseph A. Schetz-Holder of the Fred D. Durham Chair, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityJoseph A. SchetzHolder of the Fred D. Durham Chair, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1800-2000Opening Reception in the Exposition Hall (Ticket required)
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Wednesday, 9 January, 2019

0730-0800Speakers' BriefingRoom: Session Rooms
0800-0900Flying Anyone from Here to There - Anytime, Anywhere
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

A confluence of technologies such as distributed electric propulsion, high power density batteries, reliable autonomy, advanced sensors, and adaptive GN&C are enabling the development of electric air taxis that are economically viable inter-urban and intra-urban on-demand transportation systems. Seamless integration of door-to-door ground and air transportation with vast improvements in travel time and fuel efficiency are possible. Highly autonomous electric VTOL and CTOL flight vehicles operating in a “democratized” open airspace can relieve congestion and reduce travel time. Uber-style ride sharing apps coupled with real-time traffic and weather models and used by connected vehicles can provide transformational capabilities.

Bruce Holmes (Moderator)-Vice President, Digital Aviation, SmartSky Networks, LLCBruce Holmes (Moderator)Vice President, Digital Aviation, SmartSky Networks, LLC
Eduardo Dominguez Puerta (Keynote - Invited)-Head, Urban Air Mobility, AirbusEduardo Dominguez Puerta (Keynote - Invited)Head, Urban Air Mobility, Airbus
0845-1600Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
0900-0930Networking Break in the Exposition Hall
0930-1130Forum 360: On Demand Aviation - Challenges and Solutions
Douglas Stanley (Moderator)-President and Executive Director, National Institute of AerospaceDouglas Stanley (Moderator)President and Executive Director, National Institute of Aerospace
William Crossley (Invited)-Professor, Purdue UniversityWilliam Crossley (Invited)Professor, Purdue University
Brian German -Langley Associate Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of TechnologyBrian German Langley Associate Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Patterson -Aerospace Technologist, NASA Langley Research Center Michael Patterson Aerospace Technologist, NASA Langley Research Center
Wes Ryan (Invited)-Unmanned Systems Certification Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, FAAWes Ryan (Invited)Unmanned Systems Certification Lead, Policy & Innovation Division, FAA
0930-1230Technical Sessions
1230-1400Luncheon in the Exposition Hall (Ticket required)
1430-1600Rising Leaders in Aerospace - Speed Mentoring
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Leaders in the aerospace industry will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight and make new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event.

1430-1630Forum 360: Lindbergh Innovation Forum
1430-1730Technical Sessions
1530-1600Networking Break in the Exposition Hall
1700-1800Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize Reception (Invite Only)
1800-1900Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Lecture
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Thursday, 10 January, 2019

0730-0800Speakers' BriefingRoom: Session Rooms
0800-0900Manned vs. Unmanned
The Honorable Heather Wilson (Invited)-Secretary of the Air ForceThe Honorable Heather Wilson (Invited)Secretary of the Air Force
0845-1600Exposition Hall Open featuring the HUB
0900-0930Networking Break in the Exposition Hall
0930-1100Rising Leaders in Aerospace - Panel: Contemporary Emerging Trends in Aerospace
SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

More information coming soon.

0930-1130Forum 360
0930-1230Technical Sessions
1200-1400Recognition Luncheon: Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Design/Structures and Aerospace Literature
1400-1600Forum 360: Verification & Validation in the Age of Autonomy
Julie Parish (Moderator)-Senior Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National LaboratoriesJulie Parish (Moderator)Senior Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
John Koelling (Invited)-Project Manager, System Wide Safety, NASAJohn Koelling (Invited)Project Manager, System Wide Safety, NASA
James Paunicka (Invited)-Technical Lead, Boeing Phantom Works, Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing CompanyJames Paunicka (Invited)Technical Lead, Boeing Phantom Works, Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing Company
John Valasek (Invited)-Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M UniversityJohn Valasek (Invited)Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
1530-1600Networking Break in the Exposition Hall
1400-1730Technical Sessions
1730-1930Women at SciTech Social Hour and Keynote
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Friday, 11 January, 2019

0730-0800Speakers' BriefingRoom: Session Rooms
0800-0900Customized Learning, When and Where You Need It
0900-0930Networking Break
0930-1130Forum 360: Workforce Needs of the 21st Century
Dan Dumbacher (Moderator)-Executive Director, AIAADan Dumbacher (Moderator)Executive Director, AIAA
0930-1300Technical Sessions
1230-1330Networking Lunch On Own
1330-1700Technical Sessions
1530-1600Networking Break
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