Call For Poster Abstracts

Poster Abstract Due Date: 30 May 2018

We are no longer accepting abstracts for oral presentations, however there is still time to be a part of the 2018 NSMMS & CRASTE Poster Session! Submit your abstract today to be a part of the 2018 program.

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We invite you to submit an abstract that discusses the leading-edge technology or research your organization is working on, as well as engage your organization through exhibiting, sponsoring, or participating in our outreach programs. Please ensure your abstract is not a sales or marketing pitch for a company product.

Submitted abstracts must be unclassified and should be no more than 300 words long. Please be sure to include the title of your abstract in the body of the submission (the title does not count against the 300 word count). You will be contacted in early February 2018 regarding the status of your acceptance. (PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR NOTIFICATION TO SUBMIT A TRAVEL REQUEST WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION. START THAT PROCESS NOW.)

Final presentations, and optional papers for the proceedings, will be due 30 May 2018. This event is conducted at the ITAR level and therefore presentations given at the Symposium do not need to be cleared for public release. However, presentations and papers should not contain proprietary information and may not be more restrictive than Distribution C (Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies and their Contractors). All abstracts should fall into one or more of the described topics below. Please note, presentation of an abstract does not waive any applicable registration fees.

Abstracts may include ITAR information, but MUST BE PASSWORD PROTECTED if they do. Acceptable distribution levels for abstracts include A or C ONLY. Though abstract submission is done on-line, passwords for the password protected documents should be emailed to Sherry Johnson at Instructions for password protecting your abstract are below. Non-ITAR documents do not need to be password protected. For questions concerning submission of your abstract, please contact Sherry Johnson at, 937-554-4671.

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NSMMS Topics

This topic area focuses on recent developments in additive manufacturing methods and production of materials for diverse aerospace applications including structural, thermal management, and propulsion components. Development of new AM materials (monolithic, graded, composites, or coatings) and methodology for space and missile applications and materials development methodology will also be addressed. Additional areas of interest under this topic include the non-destructive inspection, post processing heat treatments, residual stresses, in-situ monitoring, integrated computational and materials engineering tools, and database development and processes for assessment. This topic area also includes the results of design and development of AM processed components and the status of verification, man-rated and spacecraft validation, and part qualification.

This topic area focuses on the utilization of ground test facilities to support material technology development. Significant investment is currently being applied to the revitalization of the national test infrastructure. The renewed interest in hypersonics, as well as, space access has resulted in the identification of gaps in the available test infrastructure. The DoD has recognized these gaps and has directed funding to be applied to improve the test capability supporting flight and space system material development. These investments are focused on risk reduction to ensure technology maturation is adequately accomplished prior to flight demonstrations and fielding. Topic areas include hypersonics, aerothermal testing, airbreathing engine testing, combined thermostructural testing, electromagnetic and optical test capability, adverse environments, weather encounter, boundary layer transition test capability, and performance in space environments testing.

This topic area addresses emerging materials innovations at lower TRL level (1-3), encompassing both materials science and process development. Topic areas include next generation materials with improved properties, novel materials processing, manufacturing techniques, and integrated computational materials science.
Next Generation Materials – This area focuses on the development of new materials that provide unique combinations of properties and/or demonstrate property retention in extreme environments. This includes multifunctional materials, ceramics, UHTCs, metal alloys, composites, innovative thermal protection materials (ablative and non-ablative), sensor, and nanomaterials.

Novel Materials Processing – This area focuses on novel materials processing methods to improve material properties. Special focus areas include electronic, optical, and structural metamaterials, flash sintering, and spark plasma sintering (SPS).

Integrated Computational Materials Science – This area focuses on novel approaches to computationally driven materials design, verification of predicted structure/property relationships models to accelerate materials development, and lower materials development costs.

This topic area addresses materials and structural concepts that support single use or reusable hypersonic flight and responsive strike systems. Additional topics include, but are not limited to, affordable & high performance: aero-structures, propulsion, tanks, durable and rapid turnaround thermal protection systems, integrated thermal management, hot structures, leading edges, apertures, seals, Integrated System Health Monitoring (ISHM), the use of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), and applied ground test methods/operations/test facilities. Abstracts on materials and structures are sought that are TRL 4 and above, are planned for flight, have recently flown, or are in trade studies that are enabling affordable hypersonic flight.

This topic area includes materials and material processes that support missile defense, strategic systems, tactical missiles, high energy kinetic projectiles, and re-entry systems for military applications. Abstract topics may include missile material/component performance, properties, analysis, material producibility, affordability, corrosion prevention, and sustainability; ground and flight-test materials evaluations; weather encounter; and material manufacturing advancements and innovative techniques. Program and system overviews with pertinent materials issues and updates related to current missile programs are also of interest. Focus areas include development and ground/flight testing of missile thermal protection systems, radomes, infrared windows and domes, divert and attitude control component materials, structural insulators, axial rocket motors and propulsion control system materials, material technologies for novel propulsion systems (excluding propellants), integrated health monitoring, aging and surveillance, and technologies for insensitive munitions.

This topic area addresses key materials technologies, requirements, novel designs, or materials innovations for current and future space missions/operations and planetary exploration for commercial or government customers focusing on materials and environmental effects in space or simulation on the ground. Space operation technology interests include rad hard electronics, advanced processors, next generation storage solutions, communications, optics, optical communication, optical benches, windows, solar arrays, sensors and integrated vehicle health monitoring, and other payload materials. Space exploration technologies for atmospheric entry to landing and surface operation including ablative thermal protection materials will also be addressed. Additional areas of interest include the tools and processes for assessment including computational modeling, ground testing, and actual space environment experimentation (including results from Materials on International Space Station Experiments (MISSE)) and orbital debris. This topic area also includes environmental simulation chambers, radiation effects, and atomic oxygen effects.

This topic area addresses space propulsion critical materials and processing technologies enabling access to space including single use or reusable crewed and robotic launch and orbital boost systems. Topics of interest include innovative structures, materials, processes, structures design, development, and manufacturing fabrication concepts for launch vehicle and inspace propulsion system structures, propellant tanks, engine systems, solid and liquid rocket boosters, tankage, and thermal management/protection systems.


This topic covers the advancements in cubesat and smallsat systems and subsystems. It also includes the test and demonstration capabilities of the cubesat/smallsat platform to improve technology readiness levels (TRLs) of systems and components that may be useful to future satellites, launch vehicles, and upper stages such as guidance, communication, and propulsion in relevant environments. We encourage abstracts that look at progress in using this method of test and demonstration to reduce risk and cost for existing small, medium, and heavy lift systems and next generation responsive access to space and sub-orbital systems. (Note: medium to high thrust propulsion systems are covered in CRASTE Topic 6 – Emerging Propulsion Systems). Propulsion topics here include, but are not limited to, test and demonstration of low-thrust propulsion systems for attitude control systems or small upper stages, propulsion system components such as valves and propellant management devices and sensors, and scalable technology to support medium to high-thrust propulsion systems such as new propellants, new propellant combinations, and new engine designs.

This topic includes existing and emerging platforms for delivering small payloads and experiments into their desired location (high altitude, sub-orbital or orbital environments). This would include concepts for novel use of vehicles such as a flying testbed. We are seeking abstracts with a focus on near term capabilities in development for delivering payloads up to 1000 lbs into the desired environment for less than $5M per launch. This topic area includes requirements and understanding of projected payloads, orbits, and capabilities of emerging systems. Technical challenges and time lines should be addressed where practical. This topic area also includes government practices, programs, and technologies which potentially benefit the emerging sub-orbital and small launch industry.

This topic area focuses on the ground segment and how to reduce costs while improving operability. We encourage abstracts that discuss advanced and/or low-cost range concepts; data collection technologies; air & launch traffic control; clean pad concepts; vertical versus horizontal integration; innovative ground test methods; and other technologies that will reduce cost per launch (or re-entry), turn-around time, and overall life cycle costs. This topic includes FAA commercial launch license and (experimental) permit process issues. Abstracts on range utilization of autonomy/automation and/or artificial intelligence to streamline and reduce ground operation costs or timelines are desired, including space object tracking. Finally, we are seeking abstracts that discuss the developments/initiatives to minimize impact of launch (orbital and suborbital) and re-entry on other National Airspace (NAS) users.

This topic area will cover concepts and/or progress in developing low cost (or lower cost) subsystems, systems, or architectures that will help make access to space operate more “commercial aircraft like” (i.e. high reliability, dependable schedules, etc.). Topics include, but are not limited to, non-toxic propellants/monopropellants, minimization of launch and re-entry noise, improved noise modeling of launch and reentry operations, subsystem and vehicle integrated health management systems, and associated sensors for severe environments. This topic includes increased reliability and public safety, as well as safety of crew and other occupants for manned vehicles.

This topic area addresses lessons learned and information gathered from recent flight test experiments on high-altitude balloons and sub-orbital rockets. This includes both commercial and government platforms. Lessons learned may include test conduct, safety, and mission performance.

This topic area addresses industry and government propulsion development programs that can support future responsive space access needs. The topic includes traditional rocket engines and emerging technologies to develop lower cost propulsion solutions for medium (1k - 10k lb) and large (10k+ lb) orbital payloads. Of interest are rocket engines and propulsion technologies that can be used in support of next generation of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), reusable boost system architectures, low-cost expendable engines (experimental demonstrators and emerging operational systems), and propellant development. Non-traditional approaches are encouraged. Recommended technology roadmaps and demonstrations are also encouraged.

This topic covers emerging concepts to permit safe, low cost, efficient recovery of on-orbit payloads. Included are reusable upper stages, fairing recovery, and unique CONOPS approaches. Abstracts should discuss mission need, system description, uniqueness, and roadmap towards developing the capability. Emerging methods for disposal of on-orbit assets are also encouraged.

Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) & Integrated Systems Health Monitoring (ISHM) Workshop

An Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) / Integrated System Health Monitoring (ISHM) Workshop is planned for the 2018 NSMMS-CRASTE. The intent of the workshop is to address current use and perspectives of IVHM/ISHM as an integral part of space systems. Applications will include, but are not limited to solid motor, liquid rocket, hypersonic and electric propulsion.

Please consider proposing an abstract which addresses one of the following IVHM/ISHM topics:

  • How IVHM/ISHM was used to improve safety, reliability, performance, affordability and reusability.
  • Challenges during the IVHM/ISHM process, including requirements definition, design, integration and test activities.
  • Lessons learned from achieving IVHM/ISHM optimization.
  • Technology advancement needs to enable future IVHM/ISHM capabilities.

Given that CRASTE Topic 4 focuses on reducing cost and increasing safety (and includes IVHM), and NSMMS Topic 3 addresses Hypersonics (including ISHM), this joint workshop will be a cross-cutting activity of interest to both communities.