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You are invited to participate in the 2016 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS), 20 – 23 June in Westminster, Colorado.

The NSMMS brings together the Nation’s technology leaders to review the critical challenges of materials, processing, and manufacturing for space, missile, and hypersonic systems. System engineers, designers, scientists, researchers, managers, and senior leaders will be in attendance from the joint services, NASA, DOE, academia, and industry. The government’s active participation in this event helps provide direction to our senior leaders, research scientists and engineers in the industry, in order to keep our capabilities internationally competitive and our defense systems the best in the world.
The Symposium has established a format that focuses on key materials and processing challenges associated with system and component needs on the critical path to enabling current and future capabilities. The NSMMS maintains this focus to directly convey to a diverse audience of researchers, planners, managers, and senior leadership the importance of supporting advanced materials technology development. Advanced materials are crucial to the improved performance and reliability of both commercial and defense systems. As a national materials community, it is important to establish and continue an exchange with our leaders emphasizing that advanced materials research must be a priority for the country.

2016 Plenary Speakers

Mr. Thomas Lockhart,

Director, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
Welcome by:
NASA Astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore
Ms. Adele Ratcliff,
Director, DoD Manufacturing Technology Program, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy
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Mr. Robert Lightfoot, Jr.,
Associate Administrator, NASA
Mr. Mark Sirangelo,
Corporate Vice President, Space Systems Sierra Nevada Corporation
Mr. Michael Kelly,
Chief Engineer, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
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Mr. Tommy Sanford,
Executive Director, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
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Joint Conference

NSMMS will once again co-locate with the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) for the 4th Annual event.  These symposia continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation to discuss key technology issues related to space, missile, and hypersonic systems and a variety of ground-breaking commercial space topics necessary for our Country’s defense and research and development pursuits.  What this means for you – you can attend two events with one trip, experience an expanded exhibit show and poster session, have more people to network and exchange ideas with, and have even more technical talks to participate in.  For more information on CRASTE, visit

Travel Restrictions & Approval

For those working for government agencies, you are encouraged to submit your travel requests now. Though travel restrictions for many government agencies are beginning to loosen, many still require 6 months advance notice with conference travel. Because of this, we encourage you to get your paperwork submitted now and to contact us if you need any additional information or justifications at

ITAR Restriction

These Symposia are restricted to U.S. CITIZENS ONLY and is ITAR Restricted in accordance with DoD directive 5230.5 under the provisions of Public Law 98-94, “Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1984,” Section 1217, Sept 24, 1983. These Symposia are not open to the general public. Presentations may not be more restrictive than Distribution C. More information about NSMMS attendance requirements can be found on the security page. CRASTE is being held at the same security level.

Please Note: Each service may choose how they implement this new guidance by the Secretary of Defense, and may choose to be more restrictive. You should check with your service officials to determine how this affects you.







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