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Technical Paper Tracks

The central focus of the NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference technical program is its suite of technical papers.  The conference is organized around ten aerospace technical tracks, which encompass the breadth and the depth of the aerospace industry.

Call for Papers

Aerospace professionals are requested to submit papers within the scope of one of the conference tracks.  Whether you are a first time author or an experienced presenter, the Aerospace Systems Conference offers an invaluable opportunity to make a technical contribution to the industry.

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We are continuing to accept new paper submissions.  Please submit a paper today.  Final versions of papers with corrections incorporated are due by November 8.

Track Details

Aerodynamics and Aviation

The scope of this track includes research topics, experiments, and applications of recent research results in both computational and theoretical aerodynamics, as well as commercial aviation advancements in design, materials, and m procedures. Aircraft relevant to this track are those primarily designed and manufactured for civilian service, including both commercial and recreational vehicles, and are in service or current production. Papers discussing aircraft design and analysis tools are also of interest. Papers associated with current aerospace programs or related systems are especially encouraged, as well as papers on future concepts and new research methodologies.

Aerospace Simulation & Testing 

No aircraft or spacecraft would ever be successful without an extensive network of simulation and testing facilities.  Declining budgets force developmental programs to consider consolidating or eliminating traditional test and verification activities.  Further, with many national test facilities retired or aging, it is important to develop innovative approaches to certifying new aerospace vehicles.  This track seeks to highlight and address such issues with papers related to technical developments in ground elements that support the development, simulation, or testing of aerospace vehicles.

Avionics, Robotics, and Software 

The past several decades have seen revolutionary changes in the avionics packages on modern aircraft and spacecraft.  Glass cockpits, collision avoidance, and health management are only a few examples of the new generation of avionics features for aerospace vehicles, and of upgrades that have kept next existing airframes such as the Boeing 737 up-to-date.  With the miniaturization of computers, faster processors, advanced hardware architectures, and increased radiation tolerance, flight software engineering and embedded systems have rapidly emerged as critical among aerospace disciplines.  Increased volumes of data to be acquired processed, distributed, and stored have imposed tough challenges on flight and ground data systems. Both new capabilities and new vulnerabilities have resulted.  Additionally, intelligent systems and robotics have seen increased deployment in both air and space based platforms.

National Defense Aviation & Space Systems

Advanced research continues to fuel military aircraft programs and related engineering solutions. Aging of some military aircraft calls for innovative upgrades and/or retrofits while other aircraft require increased performance and enhancements in both quality and safety. In addition, anti-air and new aircraft developments of other nations create a need for new military aircraft.  The use of space for national defense is of increasing importance for national security programs. New capabilities and technological advances for space, air, sea, and ground systems continue to be needed to acquire, process, and disseminate intelligence to military decision makers. Space assets require improved robustness as well as better protection against threats of increasing sophistication.  This track calls for papers that are cleared for public release on research and applications supporting national defense.

Systems Engineering

As systems have become increasingly complex, architectures expansive, and integration across multiple platforms commonplace, the role of systems engineering in aviation and space programs has become even more important.  The successful application of the systems engineering method plays an increasingly critical role in design, development, technical management, and acquisition of complex aerospace systems.  The risks associated with these challenges can be reduced by utilizing adaptive strategies and tools to manage systems and their interfaces, and optimizing concepts for complex systems using modeling & simulation.  Many of the recent cost overruns and programmatic disappointments in various military, commercial, and civil aerospace programs suggest the need for new and innovative techniques in systems engineering.  The systems engineering community continues to create tools and refine processes to meet the challenges of developing future aerospace systems.

Space Commerce, Tourism, & Utilization 

As a space-faring civilization, our knowledge and capabilities have advanced to a point where it makes perfect sense to consider what can be done in space to benefit our civilization beyond science and exploration.  Telecommunications was the first major industry of space commerce, with remote sensing following in its wake. Numerous commercial satellite constellations orbit the Earth, providing imagery, phone, video, and Internet communications services, and even navigation functions for the public.  Today, space tourism is emerging as a new sector along with consideration of contracts for commercial re-supply of the International Space Station. Several companies have achieved significant milestones towards the capability to provide operational orbital or suborbital passenger flights and orbital cargo delivery and a few have even suggested lunar and Martian tourist ventures.  Energy is being viewed by many as a commercial frontier of limitless potential.  The Moon, Mars, and asteroids have long been eyed by energy speculators as sources of energy for a space-faring civilization.  Ultimately, many believe that space holds the potential for long term colonization.  These destinations also contain numerous mineral resources of potential interest for mining and manufacturing applications.  This track covers plans, research, studies, designs, and engineering associated with the commercialization of space and viable approaches to commerce, tourism and utilization. Papers considering the profitability of space pursuits and resources are desired as well as papers on long term exploration and settlement.

Space Exploration

Since February 2010, there has been considerable national debate regarding the future of human spaceflight.  The Constellation lunar architecture has been transitioned to a Flexible Path intended to develop capabilities to send humans beyond Earth orbit.  This plan includes the use of commercial providers to send humans to low Earth orbit and potential exploration destinations including LaGrange points, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.  The scope of this track spans technology and concepts for crewed spacecraft, advanced robots and robotic systems, mission design and architectures, and advanced space flight systems that enable human exploration beyond low earth orbit.

Space Launch Vehicles & Facilities

The key to all space activities is the nation’s launch capability.  NASA, military, and commercial partners employ a diverse staple of boosters to conduct atmospheric, suborbital, orbital, and planetary missions.  Expendable and reusable launch vehicles must find ways to reduce cost without sacrificing performance.

Space Research of NSBE

The National Society of Black Engineers pursues space technology development through its Space Special Interest Group and several of its NSBE Professionals chapters.  NSBE space-related research seeks to expand national spaceflight capabilities, provide rationale for US space activity, and enhance the technical expertise of its members.

Space Science 

NASA and its partners around the world develop and deploy satellites, deep space probes, landers, and rovers to answer fundamental science questions requiring views from and into space as well as planetary in situ observations. This track seeks papers addressing design of such spacecraft and associated instruments, papers presenting data and analyses from space science missions, and papers describing future space science missions and investigations.