John Glenn Memorial Symposium

July 13-15, 2021
Online

Registration rates: 

  • $250 AAS non-member, Government, Academia
  • $200 AAS members
  • $50 students (The first 20 students are free)

Convergence: Deep Space, Near Space, and Aeronautics Coming Together 

As we move through the 21st century, boundaries we have traditionally used to define separate sectors within aerospace are becoming less rigid, more blurred. The various environments and activities within aerospace are finding greater valence, resonance, and connectivity. Skills and capabilities developed for one area are now often applicable broadly across nearly all areas of flight. In this symposium we will examine how our research, development, and utilization of skills, technology, and capabilities will be used across the range of deep space, near space, and aeronautics applications. Join us to discuss how research, development, and utilization of skills, technology, and capabilities will be used across the range of deep space, near space, and aeronautics applications.

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Agenda

Day 1 - Sponsored by Moog

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11:00 - 11:15 AM - Welcome Remarks

Introduction and Welcome: American Astronautical Society and NASA Glenn Research Center


Marla Pérez-Davis, Center Director, NASA Glenn Research Center

11:15 - 11:45 AM - Keynote Speaker - Jim Bridenstine

Keynote Speaker – NASA HQ/Administrator – Jim Bridenstine


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Artemis, an update on SLS, Orion and Ground Systems

Artemis, an update on SLS, Orion and Ground Systems – Session Sponsored by:


Speakers

Moderator: Marcia Lindstrom, Strategic Communications Manager, NASA MSFC
Andrew Allen, Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs Space Operations Group, Former NASA Astronaut
Jim Maser, Senior Vice President, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman Space, Former NASA Astronaut
John Shannon, Vice President and Program Manager, Space Launch System, Boeing
Kerry Timmons, Systems Engineering Design & Integration Senior Manager, Orion Program, Lockheed Martin Space

Description

NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft are set to embark on the Artemis I mission next year. This panel discussion is comprised of industry primes leading the path to the pad who will provide updates on the SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft, Exploration Ground Systems, and progress towards Artemis II and beyond.

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Workforce and Education

Workforce and Education


Speakers

Moderator: Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University
Lisa Callahan, VP and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space
Eileen Collins, Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the User Advisory Group (UAG) of the National Space Council (NSpC)
Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator, NASA HQ

Description

The human capital needs in aerospace are rapidly changing. Academia is at the front end of that talent pipeline. In this conversation, Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder will talk with Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s Associate Administrator, Lisa Callahan, Lockheed Martin’s,Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, and Eileen Collins, 4 time Shuttle Astronaut, first female Shuttle Commander, and member of the National Space Council Users Advisory Group to explore the issues facing the aerospace industry workforce and ways that academia can better prepare graduates for what is to come.

2:15 - 2:30 PM - Macauley Award Winning Presentation

A laboratory test to evaluate seeded hydrogen in a nuclear thermal rocket engine – Session Sponsored by:


Macauley Award Recipient – Science and Engineering Track

Dennis Nikitaev, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Description

Seeding hydrogen is the process of adding a heavy noble gas (the seed) such as argon, krypton, or xenon to the hydrogen propellant. This is done to reduce pressure losses, improve convective heat transfer, and densify the propellant at the expense of specific impulse and wetted vehicle mass. A numerical study was conducted which predicted and examined the effects of varying the seed concentrations within the hydrogen propellant. The numerical model for pure hydrogen propellant was validated against the power balance model of an actual nuclear thermal propulsion engine currently under development and also the PEWEE-1 engine developed and tested by NASA in the 1960s. To examine the predicted effects of the seeded propellant, the next step is to design and conduct an experiment which would analyze the predicted effects and enable conclusions concerning whether seeded hydrogen will indeed provide the predicted benefits in a nuclear thermal rocket engine. It is expected that NTREES will be available for testing with only slight modifications needed to test seeded hydrogen flow with the fuel elements.

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Opening Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Pathways

Opening Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Pathways – Session Sponsored by:


Speakers

Moderator: Jim Free, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Consultant, Lead Off the X
John Abrams, Vice President, Advanced Projects, Analytical Mechanics Associates
Ryan Whitley, Director of Civil Space Policy, National Space Council

Description

Exciting new options for nuclear thermal propulsion, are being explored to consider utilizing high assay low enriched uranium and advanced materials resulting in new propulsion designs for crewed missions to Mars. Hear from the National Space Council and an industry expert on the bridge between national policies and industry’s capabilities to enable future missions.

Day 2 - Sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne

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11:00 - 11:30 AM - Gateway Update

Gateway Update


Speakers

Vince Bilardo, Senior Executive Program Director, NASA Programs, Maxar Space Solutions
Dave Oberg, HALO Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
Jon Olansen, Gateway Production Manager/HALO Module Manager, NASA JSC

Description

The Lunar Gateway will be a staging base for expeditions to the moon and beyond. The Gateway mixes commercial partnerships with international participation to enable a unique, innovative, and rapid establishment of this exploration outpost. The first two modules, the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE – produced by Maxar) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO – developed by Northrop Grumman) will be launched together in 2023. Under its own power, it will spiral out to a Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) for operations starting in 2024.

In this session NASA will brief the system architecture, future development, and operations plans for the Lunar Gateway. Maxar will discuss the progress on the PPE as well as the unique enabling partnership with NASA. Northrop Grumman will provide the status of the HALO and plans for future human habitation.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Speaker - Janet Karika

Evolution of Power Synergies – How Payloads and Visions Drive Launch Vehicles


Speaker

Janet Karika, Principal Advisor for Space Transportation,NASA HQ

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Policy

Policy


Speakers

Moderator: Marcia Smith, Founder and Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com
Representative Adam Holmes (R), Ohio House District 97, Chairman, Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee
Joel Graham, Professional Staff Member, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Pam Whitney, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Joseph Zeis, Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense to Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine

Description

Join us for a status on aeronautics policy from Capitol Hill and activities in Ohio regarding NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Hear from the Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee and House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and remarks from State House of Representative and Governor DeWine’s office regarding policies, partnerships and the future of aeronautics and aviation in Ohio.

1:00 - 1:30 PM - Luncheon Break and Guided Virtual Tour of the Electric Propulsion and Power Laboratory at NASA GRC

Luncheon Break and Guided Virtual Tour of the Electric Propulsion and Power Laboratory at NASA GRC


NASA Glenn Virtual Tours

🚨Virtual Tour and Q&A Opportunity🚨

Join us for a virtual tour of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Electric Propulsion and Power Laboratory (EPPL), guided by Mike McVetta, Mechanical Test Engineer, NASA GRC.

Join us for a virtual tour of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Electric Propulsion and Power Laboratory (EPPL). This tour will be guided by NASA GRC Mechanical Test Engineer, Mike McVetta.

1:30 - 2:30 PM - In-Space Power Systems

In-Space Power Systems – Session Sponsored by:


Speakers

Moderator: James Reuter, Associate Administrator, STMD, NASA HQ
Karin Bozak, Project Engineer, Exploration Systems Project Office, NASA GRC
Darvin Remington, Chief Project Engineer, Moog
Joe Troutman, Manager, Business Development, Medical and Space, EnerSys
June Zakrajsek, RPS Program Manager, NASA GRC

Description

As space systems get larger and we endeavor to return to the moon and on to Mars, Power Systems become of growing importance as part of the In-space equation. How will we generate, store and distribute this power in the harsh environment of space. Temperatures, space radiation and system compatibility are some of the drivers for the new systems under development. Please join us for an electrifying conversation on In-space Power the new directions being developed.

2:30 - 3:30 PM - In-Space Electric Propulsion

In-Space Electric Propulsion – Session Sponsored by


Speakers

Moderator: James Reuter, Associate Administrator, STMD, NASA HQ
Jorge Delgado, Vice President, Apollo Fusion Inc.
Andy Hoskins, Senior Specialist, In-Space Propulsion, Washington Operations, Aerojet Rocketdyne
David Jacobson, Chief, Electric Propulsion Systems Branch, NASA GRC
Mitchell Walker, Professor, Laboratory Director, High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab, Georgia Tech

Description

The use of Electric Propulsion has increased significantly over the past 20 years as a major contributor for In-space propulsion. Join us for a discussion that includes electric propulsion leaders from NASA, Academia and Industry to discuss the activities that are on the forefront of Electric Propulsion.

Day 3 - Sponsored by Dynetics

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11:00 - 11:45 AM - Speaker - Kathy Lueders

Explore as One: Artemis Program and Beyond


Speaker

Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, HEO, NASA HQ

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - The Future of Aircraft Propulsion

The Future of Aircraft Propulsion


Speakers

Moderator: Bob Pearce, Associate Administrator, ARMD, NASA HQ
Arjan Hegeman, General Manager, Advanced Technologies Operation, GE Aviation
Jimmy Kenyon, Director, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, NASA HQ
Tim McCartney, Director, Aeronautics, NASA GRC
Frank Preli, Vice President, Engineering, Propulsion & Materials Technologies, Pratt & Whitney

Description

Sustainability and speed are two key themes for the future of aviation. Hear NASA and industry experts discuss the path to sustainability and new forms of mobility through electrified aircraft propulsion while also looking to the future of supersonic and even hypersonic propulsion that can further link our world.

12:45 - 1:15 PM - Luncheon Break and Guided Virtual Tour of the Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory at NASA GRC

Luncheon Break and Guided Virtual Tour of the Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory at NASA GRC


NASA Glenn Virtual Tours

🚨Virtual Tour and Q&A Opportunity🚨

Join us for a virtual tour of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory (SLOPE), guided by Erin Rezich, Aerospace Engineer, NASA GRC.

Join us for a virtual tour of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory (SLOPE). This tour will be guided by NASA GRC Aerospace Engineer, Erin Rezich.

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Advances in Aerospace Communications

Advances in Aerospace Communications


Speakers

Moderator: Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, ARMD, NASA HQ
Parimal Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA ARC
Paul Nelson, Integration Manager for Cybersecurity and Communications, NASA GRC
Jennifer Richter, Partner, Akin Gump
Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator, SCaN, NASA HQ

Description

Communications systems are the unsung heroes of every successful aerospace mission. From lift-off to touch-down, communications plays a critical role in the execution of virtually all aerospace activities conducted in the public and private sector. Join us virtually on July 17 to hear from industry leaders as they share their firsthand knowledge on the latest breakthroughs in aerospace communications research and development, and how these advances in communications technology will impact the future of space exploration and life on Earth for years to come.

2:15 - 2:30 PM - Macauley Award Winning Presentation

Regional constellations as alternative business strategy: Overcoming startups’ challenges in the space-based communications industry – Session Sponsored by:


Macauley Award Recipient – Business/Space Policy Track

Hang Woon Lee, Georgia Tech

Description

The space-based communications industry is characterized as a market with high barriers to entry and unpredictable demand. Most of operational or planned low Earth orbit communication constellations are for global coverage. A global coverage satellite constellation requires hundreds and even thousands of satellites to provide global coverage given high-throughput communication service requirements. Regulatory, economic, and technical challenges that reside in the space-based communications industry are addressed. This presentation introduces a regional constellation as an alternative form of a business model that startups can adopt to overcome their liabilities of newness. Qualitative analysis is conducted to justify why regional constellations are beneficial and to discuss how these systems can be employed given the context of the market landscape.

2:30 - 3:30 PM - 20 Continuous Years of Humans in Orbit – The GRC Story

20 Continuous Years of Humans in Orbit – The GRC Story – Session Sponsored by


Speakers

Moderator: Joel Kearns, Director, Facilities, Test and Manufacturing, NASA GRC
Daniel Dietrich, Project Scientist, NASA GRC
Ryan Reeves, Program Director, Advanced Materials, ISS U.S. National Laboratory
David Urban, Chief, Low-Gravity Exploration Technology Branch, NASA GRC
Mark Weislogel, Professor, Fluidics Research, Portland State University

Description

NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program at the International Space Station (ISS) has conducted striking fundamental and applied research leading to improved space systems and new, advantageous products on Earth. The Glenn Research Center has been integral to this effort from before the ISS was launched. Glenn managed the design, development and operations of the Electrical Power System (EPS) and related systems. Glenn is responsible for the sustaining engineering and future modifications to these systems. In 1993 GRC developed NASA’s first Telescience Support Center (TSC) to provide ground support for experiments on-board Space Shuttle flights. Recognizing the future needs of ISS utilization, the TSC went through major renovation and expansion in 2000 becoming the Glenn ISS Payload Operations Center (GIPOC) charged with managing the GRC Fluids and Combustion Facility on-board ISS. As we move forward to ISS and LEO commercialization Glenn is ready to expand its work already being developed in other government, academic, and commercial organizations.