8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Headlines from the 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum


Friday, 13 January 2017, 3:30 p.m. EST
Workforce Needs for Advances in Aerospace
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

The aerospace industry will undoubtedly continue to transform society in positive ways for decades to come despite the challenges it faces with attracting and retaining younger talent...

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Friday, 13 January 2017, 9:00 a.m. EST
NASA's Far-Out Space Concepts
by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

Imagine a rover on the surface of Venus, propelled by the slow movement of the planet's thick atmosphere; or a submarine exploring the depths of a hydrocarbon lake on Saturn's moon Titan...

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Thursday, 12 January 2017, 7:30 p.m. EST
Enhancing Aerospace Capabilities With Computing, Robots and Automation
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Machines are capable of doing more with less input from humans and will soon be able to assemble other structures or machines, inevitably opening up new possibilities

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Thursday, 12 January 2017, 5:30 p.m. EST
Disruptive Technologies: Riding the Wave of Change
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

From the keystone that allowed ancient civilizations to build arches to the iPhone, humans have excelled at technological invention and disruption...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:30 p.m. EST
FAA Eager to Start Space Traffic Transition
by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

The U.S. is gravitating toward giving the FAA the job of warning satellite operators about potential collisions, something the Air Force currently does.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:00 p.m. EST
Balancing Piloted Flights Tests Against Automation
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Flight testing is vitally important to advance aircraft development, and the industry should not overly rely on machines to do that testing...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 1:15 p.m. EST
Presidential Transitions and How They Shake Things Up
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Presidential transitions really alter the aerospace landscape, bringing new people, new policies, new politics and new perspectives to Washington, D.C., a panel of experts...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 10:30 a.m. EST
Flying Safer, Flying Steadier — the Role of Active Flow Control Technology
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Active flow control technology holds much promise for helping aircraft designers design safer and more efficient aircraft, Israel J. Wygnanski said...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:30 p.m. EST
Wild Ideas for Stopping Climate Change
by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

If humanity wants to get serious about stopping human-caused climate change, it's going to have to actively intervene ...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:30 p.m. EST
Getting Humans to Mars Requires Global, Collaborative Effort
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Realizing the goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s requires continuous funding and dedicated research...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 5:45 p.m. EST
NASA's Langley Research Center Directors Talk About Time at Center
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Past directors of NASA's Langley Research Center reflected on their time at the center Jan. 9 during the 2017 AIAA SciTech Forum in Grapevine, Texas.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 3:30 p.m. EST
Future Aerospace Workforce Needs Include Flexibility, Inspiration
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

The aerospace industry faces great challenges in the coming years in attracting, retaining and encouraging workers ...

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Monday, 9 January 2017, 10:45 p.m. EST
Computer Prototyping Enhances Efficiency in Aircraft Design
by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

The U.S. Department of Defense and private companies are using Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments, or  CREATE.

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Monday, 9 January 2017, 8:15 p.m. EST
Còrdova: Basic Research Is Key to Sustaining Innovation
by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

To ensure the U.S. maintains its standing as the global leader in innovation and scientific advancement, basic research needs support, said France A. Còrdova.

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Monday, 9 January 2017, 1:45 p.m. EST
Aerospace and Disruption Go Hand in Hand
by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

Aerospace is a disruptive industry — making the seemingly impossible possible as a matter of routine — but the pace of disruption is quickening, panelists said...

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