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  • A P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E A M E R I C A N I N S T I T U T E O F A E R O N A U T I C S A N D A S T R O N A U T I C S

    December 2012

    2012Year in review

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    Where It All Comes Together! The Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exposition is the first, and largest, major multidisciplinary event of the year for aerospace scientists and engineers from around the world to share and disseminate scientific knowledge and research results.

    Program HighlightsNew Horizons ForumLt Gen Larry James, Commander, USAF, Maj Gen Neil McCasland, Commander, AFRL, and other keynote speakers and insightful panelists engage in timely topical discussions about the issues, solutions, and opportunities that are likely to impact our professional lives.

    Technical SessionsThousands of the most innovative advances in science and technology are the result of aerospace research and development. At ASM, more than 1,300 papers present research that can address a multitude of business sectors beyond aerospace.

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  • Aerospace America (ISSN 0740-722X) is published monthly, except August, by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. at 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Va. 20191-4344[703/264-7500]. Subscription rate is 50% of dues for AIAA members (and is not deductible therefrom). Nonmember subscription price: U.S. and Canada, $163, foreign, $200. Single copies $20 each.Postmaster: Send address changes and subscription orders to address above, attention AIAA Customer Service, 703.264.7500. Periodical postage paid at Herndon, Va. and at additional mailingoffices. Copyright 2010 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., all rights reserved. The name Aerospace America is registered by the AIAA in the U.S. Patent and TrademarkOffice. 40,000 copies of this issue printed. This is Volume 50, No. 11.

    December 2012

    Adaptive structures 4Aeroacoustics 12Aerodynamic decelerators 26Aerodynamic measurementtechnology 14

    Air-breathing propulsion systemsintegration 46

    Aircraft design 28Air transportation 27Applied aerodynamics 15Astrodynamics 17Atmospheric and space environments 16Atmospheric flight mechanics 13Balloon systems 29Communication systems 36Computer systems 40Design engineering 5Digital avionics 41Directed energy systems 70Electric propulsion 47Energetic components 48Energy optimized aircraftand equipment systems 71

    Flight testing 30Fluid dynamics 18Gas turbine engines 49General aviation 31Gossamer Spacecraft 31Ground testing 20Guidance, navigation, and control 19High-speed air-breathing propulsion 50Hybrid rockets 51Hypersonics technologyand aerospace planes 73

    Intelligent systems 42

    Legal aspects 36Life sciences and systems 58Lighter-than-air systems 32Liquid propulsion 52Management 37Meshing, visualization and computational environments 22

    Microgravity and space resources 59Missile Systems 60Modeling and simulation 21Multidisciplinary design optimization 6

    Nuclear and future flight propulsion 53Plasmadynamics and lasers 23Propellants and combustion 54Sensor systems 43Society and aerospace technology 38Software 44Solid rockets 55Space architecture 61Space automation 62Space colonization 63Space exploration 74Space operations and support 64Space resources 65Space systems 66Space tethers 67Space transportation 68Structural dynamics 8Structures 9Survivability 10Systems engineering 39Terrestrial energy systems 56Thermophysics 24Weapon system effectiveness 69






    BULLETINAIAA Meeting Schedule B2AIAA Courses and Training Program B4AIAA News B5Meeting Program B12Calls for Papers B18

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  • In light of the November 2012 elections, taking part in the 2013 Congressional Visits Day Program is more important than ever.

    Come to Washington to let the newly elected Congress hear how vital our community is to national and economic security, and take an active role in helping shape the future of that community.

    On Wednesday, 20 March, AIAA members will share their passion about aerospace issues on Capitol Hill.

    Join us as we meet with congressional decision makers to discuss the importance of science, engineering, and technology to our national security and prosperity.

    To register for AIAA Congressional Visits Day 2013 please visit or contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558.



  • As we look back over significant events of the year, two remarkable accom-plishments immediately come to mind, and remind us of the possibilities forgreatness that can be found in both the public and private sectors of the aero-space industry.

    In May, even as many of us were still watching the fleet of space shuttlesbeing ferried to their final destinations, SpaceX made history when its Dragonspacecraft, on its first demonstration flight, became the first commercial vehiclein history to successfully berth with the international space station. After anexchange of cargo, the capsule returned to Earth and was successfully retrieved. This was followed in October by a commercial delivery flight to thestation and then a safe splashdown with return cargo. The resumption of U.S.deliveries to and from the ISS is an exciting first step toward the return of domestic crew transportation.

    Excitement of another kind came for many in the early morning hours, as people around the world watched the celebration at the Jet PropulsionLaboratory as the Mars Science Laboratory landed its automobile-sized roverwith pinpoint accuracy on the surface of that planet. This astounding feat wasdocumented not just by signals transmitted from the surface but by an imagecaptured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as it passed overhead. Just hourslater, after a 36-week, 350-million-mile journey, Curiosity started beaming backimages of its new home.

    Either of these accomplishments alone would have made 2012 a red letteryear. Together, they resulted in an outstanding one.

    But there is one more event to be considered as we examine the year andthe significant role aerospace can play. An enormous storm hit the East Coastof the United States in October, with a force most of the nation, or the world,had not witnessed before. Sandy leveled homes, buildings, beaches, andwhole towns, leaving populations struggling to find food, shelter, and lovedones, and to grapple with the enormity of its devastation.

    Sadly, lives were lostbut not the untold thousands that might have been.To a great degree, possessions were destroyed, but families were not. Businesseswere wiped out, but possibilities remained. It may take months or even yearsto recover, but the opportunity for recovery was preserved.

    That the horror that might have been did not happen was thanks to someold, but dependable, resources. NOAA satellites, along with Europes newlylaunched Metop-B, provided the detailed data that enabled remarkably accuratecomputer models to forecast the path of the storm days ahead of landfall, allowing the majority of the population in its path to escape from harms way.

    As happy an ending as this story has, it also comes with a warning. Thepolar orbiting satellites that provided most of the data showing us Sandyspath and power are aging, and by one estimate many of the instruments havejust a few years of useful life left. Their replacements, however, are far fromready, delayed by a combination of funding and technology woes.

    We were not luckywe were informed. It is up to us to make sure we staythat way.

    Elaine CamhiEditor-in-Chief

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