31 August–2 September 2015
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California


von Kármán Lecture

Monday, 31 August 2015, 1800 – 1900 hrs, Grand Ballroom DE


Robert Q. Fugate
Manager and Owner, Arctelum, LLC
Senior Research Advisor, Emeritus, New Mexico Tech
Former Senior Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Revolution for Ground-Based Astronomy

William H. Pickering Lecture

Tuesday, 1 September, 1800–1900 hrs, Ballroom D-E

The William H. Pickering Lecture is named for the former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director to honor his initiation and leadership of America’s unmanned scientific space program, from Explorer I in 1958 through the development of the Viking orbiters and Voyager outer planet and interstellar missions. The lecture is open to all attendees and the general public.

“New Horizons: The Engineering and Science behind the Pluto Encounter”

Glen Fountain   Bonnie J. Buratti
Project Manager
New Horizons Mission
Applied Physics Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
  Principal Scientist and Supervisor:
Comets, Asteroids, and Satellites Group
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


 A mission to Pluto was inspired by Voyager as it explored Neptune and its moon Triton. Yet it took over another decade for such a mission to get funded and another fifteen years of development and flight for the science community and the public to see the results. What were the barriers to get such a mission started and what were the strategies to keep such a long duration mission on course? This talk will explore these issues, describe the history of New Horizons and what the lessons learned imply for future missions.

The surprising new scientific results from the Mission include the discovery of nitrogen glaciers on Pluto, substantial mountains, nearly crater-free areas signifying recent geologic activity, and some very dark surfaces that are full of craters. Pluto has a prominent haze layer that may be composed of complex organic molecules. New Horizons also revealed major differences among its collection of 5 moons. Just as the Earth, Pluto appears to have seasonal transport of its surface frost.

Recognition Luncheon—Celebrating Achievements in Space and Astronautics

Wednesday, 2 September, 1200–1400 hrs, Grand Ballroom D-E

A ticket for the luncheon is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased on site, as space is available. The following awards will be presented:

Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award
Dennis R. Jenkins, Aerospace Historian
Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits–Wiley Post to Space Shuttle

Space Operations and Support Award
Wind Operations Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Award accepted by Eric Smith, Engineering Manager-Wind
For exceptional ingenuity and personal sacrifice in the recovery of NASA’s Wind spacecraft

Space Systems Award
Herschel and Planck Project Team, European Space Agency, European Space Research and Technology Centre
Award accepted by Göran Pilbratt, Project Scientist of the Herschel Mission
For outstanding scientific achievements recognized by the worldwide scientific community and for outstanding technical performances of the two satellites

von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management
Lt. Gen. John T. “Tom” Sheridan, USAF (Ret.), Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Group
Vencore, Inc.
For exceptional performance in management of military and evolutionary space programs and excellent leadership in achieving national security space superiority
(Award to be presented at a later date by the AIAA National Capital Section)

Certificate of Merit
Space Architecture Best Paper
David Akin, Katherine McBryan, Nicholas Liomparis, Nicholas D'Amore, and Christopher Carlsen, University of Maryland
ICES-2014-264, Habitat Design & Assessment at Varying Gravity Levels

The luncheon will be immediately followed by the plenary panel discussion, Future Explorations: Our Solar System's Origins, Water, and Life.

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