Orbital ATK


2018 NSMMS & CRASTE Plenary Session

Col Colin Tucker
USAF Military Deputy,
Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Science,
Technology, and
Dr. Shari Feth
Director, Science and
Technology, Missle
Defense Agency
Dr. Rodney Miller
Chief Scientist, Air
Force Global Strike
Mr. Steven Wofford
SLS Liquid Engines

Welcome to the
NSMMS & CRASTE Joint Symposium

25 - 28 June 2018

Madison, Wisconsin

NSMMS & CRASTE will once again co-locate for the 6th Annual event at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. These co-located symposia continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation. Key discussion involves key technology issues related to space, missile, 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.

NSMMS Information

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.

CRASTE Information

CRASTE matches system integrators with subsystem technology providers to enable new responsive space access capabilities. CRASTE focuses on integration of emerging technologies and emerging space access architectures to satisfy new and existing markets. CRASTE has a special focus on near term technologies that are approaching flight.

Almost all launch systems projected for the next 10 years such as SLS and EELV upgrades are beyond S&T. NASA Launch System contracts are all in place including studies/tech insertion to replace the solid strap-ons for SLS. Pico/nano launch, high tempo for conventional strike, disaggregated satellites, hosting, etc. appear to be the current next generation focus of DoD. Technical Sessions include:

  • Systems Integration
  • Sub-Orbital Concepts & Capabilities & Pico/Nano Launch
  • Thermal Management/Protection
  • Reducing Cost, Increasing Safety
  • Reusability
  • Range & Ground Operations
  • Heavy Lift
  • In-space Transportation
  • Lightweight Expendables