January brings with it not only New Year’s resolutions, but also a time to look forward to one of the highlights in the aerospace calendar — the AIAA SciTech 2017 conference takes place January 9th-13th in Grapevine, Texas, with the theme of full spectrum disruption in aerospace.
And what has been more disruptive in recent years than the rise and acceptance of the commercial space industry? What was not so long ago the terrain of dreamers is now part of the mainstream space industry. Long standing companies in the industry have had to rapidly adjust to this new paradigm.
Couple this with the success of relatively new space faring nations such as India and China and once again we can say we are in the midst of a space race. And of course technology innovation supported in many cases by ANSYS simulation tools underpins this success. For those attending AIAA SciTech 2017, my colleague Bala Sasanapuri will actually be presenting a paper on behalf of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)*.
What better way to inspire the next generation of engineers than seeing private rocketeers set off for the International Space Station and beyond?
This rise of the commercial space sector has recently been chronicled by Julian Guthrie in the book How to Make a Spaceship that includes contributions by Richard Branson and Stephen Hawking. But there is no need for a spoiler alert here as I will be not revealing any insights about the book except to say sign me up for a trip to Mars!
To celebrate the story encapsulated in Guthrie’s book and the theme of disruption at the upcoming AIAA SciTech 2017 conference, I am pleased to say that we have a limited number of copies of the book available to give away at our SciTech booth 412.
But to get one you have to come and see me at booth 412 and tell me your story of disruption in the aerospace sector and the engineering challenges you are facing. And don’t dawdle because they won’t last long.
So here is to a happy new year of disruption and I look forward to hearing how you are going to make your story!
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Here’s just a few of the talks you don’t want to miss:
Finite-Element Formulation of a Jacobian-free Solver for Supersonic Viscous Flows on Hybrid Grids
S. Gao, W. Habashi, M. Fossati, McGill University, Montréal, Canada; D. Isola, G. Baruzzi, ANSYS, Inc., Montréal, Canada
Prateek Garg; Abhishek Sharma; Deepak K. Agarwal; Mohan Varma