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Emerging Technologies Committee. 49 th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. Daniel T. Jensen, ETC Chair. January 5, 2011. Agenda. 1800 – 1830      Dinner 1830 – 1930      ETC Guest Speaker Robert Braun 1930 – 2050      Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

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emerging technologies committee

Emerging Technologies Committee

49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

Daniel T. Jensen, ETC Chair

January 5, 2011


1800 – 1830      Dinner

1830 – 1930      ETC Guest Speaker Robert Braun

1930 – 2050      Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

Opening Remarks and ETC Overview (Dan Jensen)

2011 Goals (Dan Jensen)

Technical Subcommittee Reports

Aviation (Bob Winn) / Space (Tony Gross) / Multidisciplinary and Systems (Jack Agee)

Watch List Review, Proposed 2011 Submittals to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and “Top 10” List

Update for 2011

                     Operations Update

                            Membership Subcommittee (Sam Bruner)

                            New Members / Membership Diversity (Corporate/Academia/Government)

                            Membership Gaps / "Retirements"

                          Communications (Dan Jensen)

                     Old Business

                            Green Engineering PC (Jason Slagle)

                     New Business

                           USAF Technology Horizons Report (Andy Berryann)

                      Public Policy Position Paper

                     Action Item Review (Elizabeth Carter)

                     Next Subcommittee Teleconferences and Next Face-to-Face ETC Meeting

2050 - 2100     Close

guest speaker
Guest Speaker
  • Robert D. Braun, NASA Chief Technologist
  • 02.03.10
  • Robert D. Braun was named NASA Chief Technologist by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden on Feb. 3, 2010. Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs.Braun has more than 20 years experience performing design and analysis of planetary exploration systems as a member of the technical staff at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research has focused on systems' aspects of planetary exploration, where he contributed to the design, development, test and operation of several robotic space flight systems. Braun was a member of the Mars Pathfinder design and landing operations team from 1992 to 1997 and has been part of development teams for the Mars Microprobe, Mars Sample Return and Mars Surveyor 2001 projects. He also has provided independent assessment and served on NASA review boards for the Mars Polar Lander, Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rover, Phoenix Mars Scout, Genesis, and Mars Science Laboratory flight projects.Braun has received the 1999 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, two NASA Inventions and Contributions Team Awards, and seven NASA Group Achievement Awards. He is an AIAA Fellow and the principle author or co-author of over 175 technical publications.

ETC Overview and Update

  • The Scope of the ETC is to identify both new and expanding technologies and programs that have the potential for significant AIAA involvement, to identify champions for new AIAA activities, and to identify products and services that AIAA could provide to support new emerging initiatives.
  • The business of the ETC is conducted in large part within three technical subcommittees:
    • Aviation (Chair: Bob Winn)
    • Space (Chair: Tony Gross)
    • Multidisciplinary and Systems (Chair: Jack Agee)

Each subcommittee has the ability to select its preferred ways of working between the face-to-face ETC meetings.

  • The whole ETC meets face-to-face three times per year. Each subcommittee will submit its current Watch List and recommendations for the Parking Lot and Launch Pad prior to each face-to-face ETC meeting. The ETC as a whole will review these at the meeting.
  • The ETC Leadership Team will have additional teleconferences as required.
External Sources

Contracted Studies

Web based input

Sponsored Workshops


ETC Process






  • Personal Knowledge
  • Company contacts
  • Extended networks

Parking lot

  • Revisit
  • Recheck facts







Multidisciplinary and Systems

Other AIAA Sources

  • Other committees
  • Other members
  • etc.

Launch Pad

  • Augment Current TC/PC activity
  • New TC/PC/WG
  • New AIAA Initiatives


  • Watch List
    • An Excel spreadsheet maintained by the ETC which lists technologies and programs which are being monitored for new or increased AIAA future involvement
    • Each technical subcommittee maintains its own sheet (tab) in the spreadsheet
    • Prior to each face-to-face meeting, the three sheets (tabs) are combined into an updated ETC master Watch List
    • Each Watch List item should have a PRI on the responsible technical subcommittee, and each item should be reviewed during each telecon or meeting
    • In general, items should remain on the Watch List no longer than one year prior to moving to either the Parking Lot or Launch Pad.
  • Parking Lot
    • Watch List items which are not progressing toward the Launch Pad, or are progressing too slowly to warrant continuous monitoring, are moved to the Parking Lot.
    • Each technical subcommittee should review its Parking Lot items annually.
    • When warranted, Parking Lot items can be “promoted” back to the Watch List.
  • Launch Pad
    • Watch List items which have enough interest and momentum are moved to the Launch Pad.
    • The ETC will identify a Champion for the item and will assist in moving it forward within the AIAA as a Working Group, PC or TC.

2011 Goals

  • Strengthen the Organization
    • Leadership team and ETC members fully engaged and contributing
    • Membership roster scrubbed and updated
    • Membership gap analysis completed and targeted recruiting begun
  • Standardize and Consolidate Watch Lists
    • Best practice identified and shared
    • Watch lists submitted and consolidated regularly
    • 2011 “Top 10” List provided to TAC
  • Identify Liaisons to Other AIAA Committees
    • International Activities Committee
    • Public Policy Committee
    • TAC New Initiatives Subcommittee
  • Continue and Expand Support to External Stakeholders
    • United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
    • Other branches of service advisory boards identified for future support
  • Expand ETC Awareness
    • Introduce ETC at a Young Professionals Reception
    • Submit an article to Aerospace America which introduces the ETC
technical subcommittee reports
Technical Subcommittee Reports
  • Aviation (Bob Winn)
    • Watch List Review
    • Proposed 2011 Submittals to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
    • “Top 10” List for 2011
  • Space (Tony Gross)
    • Watch List Review
    • Proposed 2011 Submittals to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
    • “Top 10” List for 2011
  • Multidisciplinary and Systems (Jack Agee)
    • Watch List Review
    • Proposed 2011 Submittals to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
    • “Top 10” List for 2011
operations updates
Operations Updates
  • Membership (Sam Bruner)
    • New Members
    • Membership Diversity (Corporate/Academia/Government)
    • Membership Gaps
    • “Retirements”
  • Communications (Dan Jensen)
old business
Old Business
  • Green Engineering PC (Jason Slagle)
new business
New Business
  • Technology Horizons Report (Andy Berryann)
  • Public Policy Position Paper (Dan Jensen)
technology horizons report
Technology Horizons Report

The strategic context and enduring realities identified in "Technology Horizons" lead to a set of 12 "Overarching Themes" to vector S&T in directions that can maximize capability superiority. These shifts in research emphases should be applied judiciously to guide each research area.

From ... Platforms          To ... Capabilities

From ... Manned       To ... Remote-piloted

From ... Fixed                  To ... Agile

From ... Control    To ... Autonomy But … complete V&V impossible

From ... Integrated            To ... Fractionated

From ... Preplanned        To ... Composable

From ... Single-domain        To ... Cross-domain

From ... Permissive             To ... Contested

From ... Sensor                    To ... Information But … humans become weak link

From ... Operations             To ... Dissuasion/Deterrence

From ... Cyber defense       To ... Cyber resilience

From ... Long system life     To ... Faster refresh

technology horizons report continued
Technology Horizons Report (continued)

A further key theme is the need to focus a greater fraction of S&T investments on research to support increased freedom of operations in contested or denied environments. Three main research areas are of particular importance: (i) cyber resilience, (ii) precision navigation and timing in GPS-denied environments, and (iii) electromagnetic spectrum warfare.

Additionally, the study identifies further key priority areas where S&T investment will be needed over the next decade to enable essential capabilities, including processing-enabled inteligent sensors, directed energy for tactical strike/defense, persistent space situational awareness, rapidly composable small satellites, and next-generation high-efficiency gas turbine engines.

action item review
Action Item Review
  • Review of Open Action Items (Elizabeth Carter)
next etc teleconferences and meeting
Next ETC Teleconferences and Meeting
  • Aviation Subcommittee
  • Space Subcommittee
  • Multidisciplinary and Systems Subcommittee - monthly
  • Leadership Telecon
  • Face-to-Face ETC Meetings
    • Inside Aerospace (May 10-12, Washington, DC / Arlington, VA)
    • Joint Propulsion Conference (July 31 – August 3, San Diego, CA)
      • or
    • Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference (August 8 – 11, Portland, OR)
top 10 list for 2009
“Top 10” List for 2009

1.  "Greener Aviation" Technologies - including emission-reduction and noise-reduction technologies (ref. FAA's Continuous Low Emissions, Energy and Noise (CLEEN) program and European Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) program and "Clean Sky" Joint Technology Initiative.)

2.  Alternative Fuels - including biofuels (ref. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and FAA Grant to the X PRIZE Foundation to Spur Renewable Aviation Fuels and Technologies)

3.  High-Speed Flight Technologies - including supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics, sonic boom reduction, thermal management etc.)

4.  Efficient Propulsion Technologies - including Open Rotors and Geared Turbofans (ref. European program DREAM - valiDation of Radical Engine Architecture systeMs)

5.  Active Flow Control Technologies - including plasma actuators

6.  Advanced Materials - including nanotechnology, composites, etc.

7.  Active Structures - including Shape Memory Alloys, morphing, flapping, etc.

8.  Health Management - including monitoring, prognostics, self-healing, etc.

9.  Remote Sensing Technologies - including UAVs and satellites (ref. Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) program)

10.  Advanced Space Propulsion Technologies - including plasma-based propulsion (ref. Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) and solar sails

2009 submittals to air force scientific advisory board
2009 Submittals to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

1.  Ultra-Lightweight Materials for Aerospace Applications (Multidisciplinary and Systems)

2. The Role of Humans and Machines in the Future of Space Operations (Space)

3. Active Aviation Structures (Aviation)

4. Next-Generation High Speed Flight (Aviation)