JAXA Cleans Up on AIAA Awards

AIAA PR — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present awards recognizing key achievements in space science and technology, space program management, and sustained service to the Institute, at a noon awards luncheon on September 28 as part of the AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition, September 27–29, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif. JAXA’s Hayabusa and ETS-VII/JEMS teams will received awards during the ceremony.


Live Webcasts as SpaceX’s Musk, Shotwell Speak at AIAA Conference

SpacX Founder Elon Musk

Today SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and President Gwynne Shotwell are speaking at the AIAA propulsion conference.

At 4:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM PDT, Elon Musk will discuss “Getting to Mars”

At 5:00 PM EDT/2:00 PM PDT Gwynne Shotwell will participate in the Commercial Space Panel

Both should be webcast live at: https://www.livestream.com/aiaa

If you miss them live, AIAA says videos may be available for a limited time in the on-demand section at Livestream, then later at www.aiaa.org and/or the AIAA YouTube channel www.youtube.com/wwwAIAAorg.


FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference to Feature Bigelow, Babbit

AIAA Press Release

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will co-sponsor the 14th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, to be held February 9–10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

The conference will feature high-level speakers and panels examining the state of technology and capabilities in the commercial space transportation sector, including new space technologies, government customers for commercial space, and commercial space transportation regulatory issues.


Lori Garver’s Remarks at AIAA Conference

Deputy NASA Administrator Lori Garver

“Through the proposed budget, the President is encouraging us really think hard about where we want to be in a generation, which is the basic foundation of our budget request, not just the next five years. To move beyond our vehicle-driven approach to think in broader terms about the capabilities we need in order to do a wide range of things and serve a wider range of people — from other government users of space to our international partners, industry, academia and the private citizen….


AIA, AIAA Applaud as Obama Administration Moves Forward on ITAR Reform

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) have both applauded efforts announced this week by the Obama Administration to continue reforming the nation’s restrictive ITAR export reform laws.

“AIAA applauds President Obama’s recently announced changes to the ITAR policy that will consolidate the export review process under one agency, and will better enable the flow of U.S. products into the international marketplace without compromising national security,” said AIAA President Mark Lewis.


Aerospace Companies Need to Revamp Efforts to Attract and Keep Employees


Aerospace companies must consider offering newly recruited workers flexible job assignments and a variety of projects to remain competitive with other scientific fields of employment. This was among the conclusions of the “2009 Survey of Aerospace Student Attitudes” discussed at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Joint Societies Capitol Hill Reception, April 13, on Capitol Hill.


FAA Commercial Space Transporation Conference Set for February



The 13th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference will be held on Wednesday–Thursday, 10–11 February 2010, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Conference panel sessions, designed to amplify the conference theme of “Igniting the Space Economy,” have been categorized into three tracks: Commercial Space Technologies, Commercial Space Business, and Commercial Space Regulatory Concerns.


AIAA: U.S. Facing Major Aerospace Workforce Crisis


AIAA President Dave Thompson today testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology on “Decisions on the Future Direction and Funding for NASA: What Will They Mean for the U.S. Aerospace Workforce and Industrial Base?” Thompson and his fellow panelists were asked to address the effects of NASA’s future direction and funding on the country’s aerospace industry and the nation as a whole.

Thompson said that the number of retiring professionals exceeds the supply of younger aerospace engineers entering the profession, and warned the committee that over half of all current aerospace engineers will reach retirement age within five years. “If talented young engineers and scientists are not recruited, retained, and developed to replace the generation that is near retirement, then the U.S. stands to lose the critical economic and national security benefits of the domestic aerospace industry.”


AIAA Panel to Discuss Augustine Commission Report


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host a panel of experts to discuss the implications of the Augustine Commission report, “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans.” Scheduled for Monday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. EDT* as a live, streaming, Internet radio broadcast, the discussion will be moderated by Dr. David Livingston, host of “The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston,” and may be accessed at www.thespaceshow.com. (*Note: Scheduling is subject to the actual release of the final report.)


AIAA to Honor Chandrayaan-1 Team With Award



The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present the following awards, recognizing key contributions to space science and technology, at a noon awards luncheon on September 16 as part of the AIAA SPACE 2009 Conference & Exposition, September 14, at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif.

  • The Chandrayaan-1 Mission, India Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bangalore, India, will receive the AIAA 2009 Space Systems Award.

The Space Show This Week…


David Livingston has the following guests on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, August 17, 2009; 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome Bob Dickman and Bob Wilson to talk about AIAA Space 2009 Conference in Pasadena, CA from Sept. 14-18, 2009.

2. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. John Brandenburg regarding the new book, “Asteroid 20-2012 Sepulveda.”

3. Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT : We welcome D.K. Sachdev regarding his book, “Success Stories in Satellite Systems.”

4. Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Paul Hardersen from UND SpSt to discuss a special K-12 space education and North Dakota Space Grant program. We will also get an update on the SpSt observatory.

Listeners can talk to the guests and the host by using toll free 1 (866) 687-7223, by sending e-mail during the program using [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or chatting on AOL/ICQ/CompuServe Chat using the screen name “spaceshowchat.”

Congratulations Ames: You’re Officially Old

A P3 Navy aircraft with Hanger One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
A P3 Navy aircraft with Hanger One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced that it will designate the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, Calif., as a Historic Aerospace Site. A historic marker will be unveiled during a ceremony at the center on Thursday, August 25th at 10:00 a.m.


AIAA Pushes STEM Education


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present a “Passport to the Future” Teacher Workshop on Aug. 3 – 4 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The event will be sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.


“Green Energy” and Futuristic Space Propulsion to Take Center Stage at AIAA Denver Conferences


Alternative fuels, electric propulsion systems, fuel cells, and futuristic aerospace propulsion systems will take center stage in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center from August 2 to 5 at the 7th International Energy Conversion and Engineering Conference (IECEC) and the 45th Joint Propulsion Conference (JPC).