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AIAA CASE, Laura McGill, Friday, 9-7-12 September 8, 2012

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AIAA CASE, Laura McGill, Friday, 9-7-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1850-BWB-2012-09-07.mp3

Guest:  Laura McGill.  Topics: AIAA Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) Conference, systems engineering, testing, modeling, & lessons learned.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed to the program Laura McGill, the Deputy VP of Engineering for the Raytheon Missile Systems Division of the Raytheon Company and also the General Chair of the AIAA CASE Conference which is being held at the Pasadena, CA Convention Center from Sept. 11-13, 2012.  Please follow along with us at the conference website, www.aiaa.org/CASE.  During our one hour program, Ms. McGill not only took us through the full conference program, but she helped us to understand systems engineering in all aspects of complex aerospace systems.  As you will hear, the conference sessions and the tracks delve into complex aerospace engineering issues in some detail, ranging from system development and integration, testing, modeling, simulation and verification to studying and understanding system failures, late term failures, and even program failures.  The CASE conference is new for AIAA and runs a full 2.5 days side by side with the AIAA Space 2012 Conference.  Your registration for either Space 2012 or CASE enables you to attend and participate in all the events of the other conference.  In addition, some events are shared such as keynote addresses, socials, lunches, and networking opportunities.  In discussing systems engineering with Laura in terms of the conference agenda, it was easy to see the application of what our guest was talking about as well as the conference sessions to all aspects of the aerospace industry, including suborbital, lunar development, space tourism, and even commercial airline usage. In fact, CASE speakers include experts from American Airlines, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747 projects.  A question regarding the AIAA App for smart phones came for management of this year’s conference.  You can get information about the App and download info for your smartphone at www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=4582. Scroll down to the section “Conference Mobil App.”  Toward the end of our hour discussion, our guest went over conference pricing, logistics, and hotels.  Note that there is special pricing for undergraduate students, graduate students, and for those that are retired.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  If you want to email Ms. McGill, send your note to me and I will forward it on your behalf.

Susan Holden Martin, Monday, 7-30-12 July 31, 2012

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Susan Holden Martin, Monday, 7-30-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1824-BWB-2012-07-30.mp3

Guest:  Susan Holden Martin.  Topics:  Mars Society 2012 Conference, MSL & Curiosity landing, JPL.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted
without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Susan Holden Martin, the new Executive Director of The Mars Society, to the program to discuss this year’s conference, the MSL mission & landing, and more. You can follow along with us regarding the conference program at www.marssociety.org/convention2012. The conference is being held in Pasadena, CA from August 3-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center. As our program was an ongoing conference and JPL-Mars Science Lab discussion, I am summarizing our discussion without regard to segments.  Note the discussion on conference registration and hotels in the area given the conference begins in just a few days and online registration is now closed.  We summarized most of the agenda, highlighted the special programs, panels, and guests, and talked conference logistics.  Listeners asked about the Curiosity landing, putting heavy payloads on the surface of Mars, and the Sky Crane which will be used in the landing process.  Later in the program, Susan discussed the arrangements with The Planetary Society & their program at the Pasadena Convention Center, Planetfest 2012 which is going on at the same time.  We also talked about the Conference banquet, the award to Elon Musk, Falcon 9 models on Amazon (use the OGLF code if you buy one so that Amazon will donate to The Space Show, www.amazon.com/SpaceX-Falcon-Dragon-Flying-Rocket/dp/B006GX14R8/ref=onegiantlea20).  Another key part of the conference is direct feed from JPL to see the Curiosity landing Sunday evening, August 5, 10:30 PM PDT.  During the last few minutes of the
program, Susan updated us on other Mars Society programs including MDRS, the University Rover Competition, the Musk Observatory, the Mars Society in the UK, and more.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you have conference questions or want to be in touch with Ms. Martin, you can email her at susanm@marssociety.org.