9–12 July 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Headlines from the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum


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AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus kicks off the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum with opening remarks on July 10, in Atlanta.

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 1:30 p.m. EDT

Realism and Ambition in Civil Space

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

A growing space industry is opening new opportunities for business and exploration, but NASA will play a key role by clearing a path for companies to follow, Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, said July 12 during a speech at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:30 a.m. EDT

Powering a Mars or Moon Base

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

Durable power sources will be crucial to keeping astronauts alive on the frozen surfaces of the moon or Mars, a panel of NASA engineers and aerospace executives said July 12 during the “Planetary Surface Power” discussion at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 11:15 p.m. EDT

Getting Humans to Mars Dependent on Public-Private Collaboration, Merging Technologies

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

To develop the propulsion technologies needed for a manned mission to Mars or other human deep space exploration, merging technologies and collaboration between...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Designing Propulsion for Mars Travel

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

Engineers must revisit and improve rocket engine design to acheive ambitious goals like sending humans to Mars, said Vigor Yang, chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology on July 11 during a speech....

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Engineers as Space Policy Influencers

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

Aerospace professionals can make a major impact by bringing their technical expertise to federal policy discussions, two former members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s NASA transition team....

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Electrical Lessons From Outside Aviation

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

The aviation industry can more effectively research and develop electric propulsion by learning from other sectors and their experiences with hybrid electricity and energy innovation, a panel of experts said July 11 at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta....

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hypersonic Vehicle Experts Concerned About Pace of Research, Program Stability

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Technical, financial and other obstacles must be overcome for hypersonic flight research to progress, a panel of experts said July 11 during the “Transition From Expendable to Reusable Hypersonic Platforms” session...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 4:45 p.m. EDT

Convergence of Existing Technologies Propelling New Era of Aviation

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

The convergence of existing and rapidly advancing technologies has set the stage for a 21st century industrial revolution and a new era in aviation...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Fully Electric Aviation ‘Unlikely’ in Near Future

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

Despite demand to reduce carbon emissions by researching and developing electric-powered aircraft, executives in the “Aircraft Propulsion — What Does the Future Bring?” panel July 10...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Custom Propulsion Needed for Unmanned Aircraft

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

The unmanned aircraft sector is expanding to meet a wide range of military and commercial tasks, and custom building propulsion for those types of craft could optimize that potential, a panel of executives said...

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Monday, 10 July 2017, 10:00 p.m. EDT

Aerospace Engineers Learn Propulsion Needs From End Users

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

To help bridge the gap between the expectations of designers and the expectations of end users of complicated aerospace systems, designers could benefit by thinking more like end users, a panel of experts said July 10 at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta.

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Monday, 10 July 2017, 4:45 p.m. EDT

Bending the Cost Curve Could Sustain Military Aviation’s Edge

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

For the U.S. to sustain its long-standing level of excellence and its global edge in military aviation, propulsion costs must go down as readiness increases, said Rafael A. Garcia, director of Air Force Materiel Command’s Propulsion Directorate.

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Dates to Remember

  • Open for Abstract: 19 Oct 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 04 Jan 2018
  • Manuscript Deadline: 13 Jun 2018
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 18 Jun 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 25 Jun 2018

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