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Posted by Samuel Eiferman on 30th September 2011 in Space and Aerospace
Story by Hiram Ash, special for the Reporter
The annual AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) Space Conference & Exposition was held in Long Beach on Sept. 27-29, 2011. A gathering of scientists, engineers, and space military people, the expo presents a unique meeting and sharing opportunity. In addition to keynotes & an exhibit hall, various scientists and engineers present their research & study in seminars and poster sessions. 

The conference took a different turn this year. In past years, the conference looked forward to future space projects. But this year, with the end of the U.S. manned space programs for the foreseeable future, there was more of a reflection of the past combined with a regret to the end of many projects envisioned last year & in prior years. Highlights of the conference were appearances of the final space shuttle crew, Atlantis, who made a presentation both to the general attendees, and to a special Education Alley expo designed to encourage young children to pursue engineering & science careers. This was emphasized by the appearance of Sandra Magnus, a crew member aboard the last shuttle and in previous shuttles and the International Space Station, who urged girls to pursue their interests in a field which was once the sole domain of men. The appearance of Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski,  the 3 star commander of the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center at El Segundo, California, as a keynote luncheon speaker, was certainly an inspiration to the older “girls.” But again, her speech emphasixed  the new model of private industry satellite development and leasing by the Air Force of  those satellites, rather than ownership.
An aerospace doctor, shuttle commander, and engineer who helped design the space suits, reviewed the problems of the body in space. Another session reviewed the legacy of the space shuttle. Buzz Aldrin, the first with Neal Armstrong to land on the moon, sat in a session on possible use of ice on the moon in future missions, missions which are not even on the drawing board. Significantly was the absence of NASA high officials in the keynotes, unlike past years.
A special presentation was made Wednesday night, by the JPL officials, of the Dawn JPL mission to the asteroid Vesta. Presented as part of the William Pickering lecture series, and open free to the public, it featured the just obtained photos of Vesta and presentations by the designers and mission directors. There was also a presentation of the James Webb Space Telescope which will replace Hubble, not due to be launched until 2018, and fighting for continued funding in the Congress due to higher than originally anticipated costs.
In the end, it was a retrospect of the past and a summary of things in flux. With planned U.S. manned programs cancelled and nothing on the horizon, and several spectacular unmanned programs in flight or soon to be launched, it was a snapshot of national space policy still being reformed, and those who participate in it trying to salvage what they can and create a new future. It will be interesting to see what has evolved when next year’s convention convenes.

Hughes Executive to Address 28th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference on Infrastructure Protection

Posted by Samuel Eiferman on 25th August 2010 in Space and Aerospace

Session to Discuss Industry and Government Collaboration in Defending against Cyber Attacks
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced today that it will participate in the 28th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC-2010).
Rajeev Gopal, PhD, senior director in the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes, will participate in a panel discussion on “Protecting Critical Earth Terminal Infrastructure.” Dr. Gopal will discuss the importance of protecting data carried over satellite technologies, as sensitive government and military information increasingly travels via these networks. The panel will address threats such as cyber attacks, jamming, disruption of tracking, telemetry and physical attacks, as well as how industry and government can work together to defend these attacks and mitigate the attackers’ efforts.
WHO: Rajeev Gopal, PhD, Senior Director, Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes
WHAT: 28th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference
WHEN: 2:30pm – 4:00pm, August 31, 2010
WHERE: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
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