Call For Poster Abstracts

Call For Poster Abstracts

Poster Abstract Due Date: 26 May 2017

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You are invited to participate in both the 2017 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and the 2017 Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) from 26 -29 June, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. These co-located conferences 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, hypersonic systems, and a variety of ground-breaking commercial space topics necessary for our Country's defense and research and development pursuits.

The NSMMS focuses on the materials industry needs and advances in order to enable new capabilities for challenges associated with new and future space and missile systems. A special focus is given to advanced materials technology development as it is crucial to the improved performance and reliability of both defense and commercial systems.

CRASTE's focus is on matching system integrators with subsystem technology providers to enable new responsive space access capabilities. Special focus is given to the integration of emerging technologies and emerging space access architectures to satisfy new and existing markets.

Submitted poster 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). (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 26 May 2017. 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.

Password Protecting Your Document

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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. New materials (monolithic, graded, composites, or coatings) development for space applications and methodology of that development 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 a design and development of AM processed components and the status of verification, validation, and part qualification of AM processed components.
Abstracts in this session address emerging materials innovations at lower TRL level (1-3), encompassing both materials science and process development. Topic areas include next generation materials providing improved properties, novel materials processing, and 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 ceramics/UHTCs, metal alloys, composites, innovative thermal protection materials, sensor & nanomaterials. Novel Materials Processing � This area focuses on novel materials processing methods to improve material properties. Special focus areas include flash sintering and spark plasma sintering (SPS). 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 which 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, thermal management, hot structures, seals, Integrated System Health Monitoring (ISHM), the use of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), ground test methods, and 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 supporting missile defense, tactical missiles, strategic systems, high energy kinetic projectiles, and reentry 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 advances and innovative techniques. Program and system overviews with pertinent materials issues and program materials updates related to current missile programs are also of interest. Focus areas include development and ground/flight testing of missile thermal protection systems, radomes and infrared windows and domes, structural insulators, axial rocket motors and propulsion control system materials, material technologies for novel propulsion systems (excluding propellants), 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 on materials in space or simulation on the ground. Space operation technology interests include communications, optics, optical benches, solar arrays, sensors, and other payload materials. Space exploration technologies for atmospheric entry to landing and surface operation including thermal protection systems will also be addressed. Additional areas of interest under this topic 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)). 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 structures, propulsion systems, 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 sub-systems. It also includes the use of the cubesat/smallsat platform as a test/demonstration capability to improve technology readiness levels (TRLs) of technologies that may be useful to larger satellites, launch vehicles, and upper stages such as (but not limited to) guidance, communication, and propulsion in a relevant environment. We encourage abstracts that look at progress in using this method of test/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 for Responsive Space Access). Propulsion topics here include, but are not limited to, test/demonstration of: Low-thrust propulsion systems for attitude control systems or small upper stages, propulsion system components such as valves and propellant management devices/sensors, and basic technology that can be scaled up 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/experiments into their desired location (high altitude, sub-orbital or orbital environments). This would include concepts for novel use of vehicles as a flying testbed. We are seeking abstracts with a focus on near term capabilities in development for delivering payloads up to 1,000 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/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. We are also seeking abstracts on range utilization of autonomy/automation and/or artificial intelligence to streamline and reduce ground operation costs or timelines. Finally, we are also seeking abstracts that discuss the developments/initiatives to minimize impact of launch (orbital and sub-orbital) 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 increase safety and/or flight rate of launch (orbital and sub-orbital), and re-entry to be as �commercial aircraft like� as possible in the future. Topics would include but are not limited to non-toxic propellants/monopropellants, minimization of launch and re-entry noise, improved noise modeling of launch and re-entry operations, and subsystem and vehicle integrated health management systems, and associated sensors for severe environments. This includes public safety, as well as safety of crew and other occupants for manned vehicles. This topic also includes increasing reliability.
This topic area addresses lessons learned and information gathered from recent flight test experiments on high altitude balloons and suborbital rockets. This includes both commercial and government platforms. These lessons could 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, and low cost expendable engines (experimental demonstrators and emerging operational systems), and propellant development. Recommended technology roadmaps and demonstrations are also encouraged.

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

Please consider submitting an abstract for inclusion in this workshop. The intent of this workshop is to identify and examine two of the key steps for optimizing an IVHM/ISHM system for space applications:

  • 1) Processes by which safety, reliability, performance, affordability and reusability requirements are established, and how their gaps are identified and allocated will be discussed.
  • 2) Benefits of various technologies will be quantified to provide visibility into how such approaches are used in closing requirement gaps, which enable a specific IVHM/ISHM system to be optimized.

A rigorous process enables IVHM/ISHM customers and designers to establish a requirements gap baseline for the inherent design (without IVHM/ISHM), and a pathway to ultimately meet the sometimes-conflicting requirements. A variety of processes will be explored in this workshop, ranging from a historical probability-based approach to a detailed physics-based tactic.

IVHM/ISHM technology benefits are strongly dependent upon their application (expendable versus reusable, human-rated versus unmanned systems, etc.). Benefits will be quantified in terms of requirement gap closure capability, where IVHM/ISHM system optimization is achieved via selection of the best benefits-to-cost ratio. 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.