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Powered Flight -- The Next Century

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Huntsville - Oct 25, 2002
More than 1,500 leading scientists, engineers and aerospace industry executives are expected to gather in Huntsville, Ala., next summer for the 39th annual Joint Propulsion Conference, organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Event coordinators currently are calling for papers; abstracts must be received Nov. 6, 2002. Complete submission guidelines and other information can be found at IAAA.

Hosted July 20-23, 2003, by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the conference is sponsored by AIAA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Mindful that 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of powered flight, the conference theme, "Powered Flight -- The Next Century," challenges participants to look a century ahead, determining together how the propulsion industry can meet the needs of science, industry, government and commerce over the next 100 years.

The four-day conference will be held in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The center is named for Dr. Wernher von Braun, whose arrival in Huntsville in the 1950s -- to lead the technology research that would enable the nation's push into space -- helped foster the city's reputation as a national resource for propulsion innovation.

The Marshall Center continues to uphold that tradition of excellence, providing cutting-edge propulsion research and development to support the nation's space program.

Representatives from more than 300 organizations, including NASA and Department of Defense contractors, are expected to attend the conference.

With its rich history spanning more than four decades, the Marshall Center remains one of NASA's largest field centers, occupying over 1,800 acres and employing more than 2,700 civil servants. More than 23,000 contractor personnel are engaged in work for the Center, which has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion.

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