Feature Presentations
  • Voyager Space Holdings

Matthew Kuta President and Cofounder–Voyager Space Holdings

  • CRADLE-California Research Analog for Deepspace and Lunar Environments

Hunter Singh University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Airborne Drone Traffic Broadcasting and Alerting System

Rick Zelenka, CEO and Founder Drone Traffic

Session 1: Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN)
  • A New Advanced Medium Accuracy Star Tracker from Ball Aerospace

E. Tchilian and S. Lutgring, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • CONFERS: The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations

Fredrick Slane, Space Infrastructure Foundation

  • Colorado Boulder Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) student designed and built 6U CubeSat

Brodie T. Wallace –CU-E3 Project Manager University of Colorado Boulder

Session 2: Autonomous Systems (AUT)
  •  Improved Reliability of UAS Through Machine Learning

Austin Anderson Black Swift Technologies, LLC

  • Machine Learning and Data Aggregation for UAS Data Analysis

Loren Anderson Spectrabotics, LLC

  • Autonomous Planetary Landing Operations with the Vision Navigation Sensor (VNS) LIDAR. 

R.R. Rohrschneider, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Session 3a: Bioastronautics (Bio)
  • Space Veggies: Regenerative Life Support System, Food, and Inflammation-Fighting Micronutrients

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Christine Escobar, Jared J. Stewart, Gabrielle Glime, Cedric M. Zeller, Naiara D. Garcia, William W. Adams III
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; University of Colorado at Boulder

  • In-situ CO2 utilization with a supported ionic liquid membrane

James Nabity, Mitchell Woolever and Christine Escobar University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Benefits and Challenges in Developing a Passive Capillary Driven Growth Bed for Aquatic Plants in Microgravity

Brett Shaffer Space Lab Technologies, LLC

Session 3b: Human Spaceflight
  • Smart Technology Infusion for Deep Space Exploration Habitats

T.K. Clark, A.P. Anderson, J.A. Nabity, R. Braun, N.T. Banerjee, S.P. Eshima, J.R. Kintz, A.E. Rollock, S. Zaccarine, P.K. Pischulti, D.M. Klaus

  • Ensuring Each Breath: An Oxygen Compatible Flowmeter for the Exploration PLSS

Adam Escobar President and CEO Space Lab Technologies, LLC.

  • Orion Ascent Abort 2 Flight Test

Heather McKay, Roger McNamara, Sandy Mossman, Launch Abort System, Orion Program Lockheed Martin Space

Session 4: Fluids, Structures and Materials (FSM)
  • Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM)

Christopher McLean Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • An Analytical Optimization of Heatsink Thickness for Concentrated Heat Loads

    Sean Cohen Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • The Role of Acoustics & Vibration in the Space Industry

Dr. Indranil Dandaroy, LM Fellow,  Lockheed Martin Space

  • Folding Airfoil Structures through Utilization of High Strain Composites

    Zachary McConnel, Roccor LLC

  • Efficient High-Fidelity Analysis of Composite Beam Structures

Qi Wang Siemens Wind Energy

  • Rapid Development of the Mach 2.2 inlet for Boom’s supersonic demonstrator XB-1

Byron Young and Chandler Clifton, Boom Supersonic

Session 5: Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science (RSESS)
  • Remote Sensing with Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) Single Photon LIDAR Receiver Technology

Peter K. Kondratko, Ronda Irwin, Jeffrey Wilhite, Jacob Wilson, Leye Aina Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • Simplified field radiometric validation method for UAV acquired spectral images

    Bogdan Lita, Innovation and Research 2u, Boulder, CO
    Alex Olsen-Mikitowicz, Kevin Yemoto, and Huihui Zhang, Water Management and Systems Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, CO
    William Rock, Leah Bartnik, and Basil Desousa, Headwall Photonics, Inc., Bolton, MA

  • A Cubesat Infrared Imaging Radiometer with On-Board NIST-Traceable Calibration System for Earth and Planetary Science Applications

David Osterman, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • Rosetta mission operations of the Alice Ultraviolet Spectrograph Instrument

Jon Pineau Sr. Space Systems Engineer SwRI / Stellar Solutions

  • The Global Environmental Monitoring Systems (GEMS) Constellation of Passive Microwave Satellites

Brian Sandrs VP of Space Systems, Co-Founder Orbital Micro Systems

  • Task and View Satellite Imagery On-Demand from the Web with the Rapid Access Program

Nicholas Zinner Maxar Technologies

Session 6: Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) Satellite Constellations
  • Development and Adaptation of Origami Folding Algorithms to Compact Deployable Ground Planes

Kassi Butler, Mechanical Engineer Roccor LLC

  • Improved Data Collection Using Model Predictive Control for Constellation Pointing
    R.R. Rohrschneider, M. Leiber, and C. Weimer Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • RIPPLE- Providing Increased Temporal Resolution to Surface Wave Topography: JPL’s Next Mission Augmentation CubeSat

    Hunter Singh University of Colorado, Boulder

Session 7: Space Resources
  • Membrane Bioreactors for In-Situ Carbon Upcycling

Johan Vanneste Research Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines/Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC)

  • Thermal Mining of Celestial Bodies

Curtis Purrington Colorado School of Mines

  • Microwave Sintering: A low-cost, Method of Infrastructure Production on Planetary Bodies

Liz Scott, PhD Student, Colorado School of Mines

Session 8: Space Systems Technologies
  • Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform (MAPP): A Robust, Adaptable Robotics Platform for Providing Commercial Lunar Prospecting and Surface Mobility Services

AJ Gemer Chief Technology Officer Lunar Outpost, Inc

  • Re-architecting the Systems Engineering Enterprise at Lockheed Martin Space to Meet the Challenges of DoD Mission Needs

Calvin Craig Systems Engineering Director Lockheed Martin Space

  • Aerospace Research Simulator (AReS) Cockpit Simulation

Carlos Pinedo University of Colorado Boulder

Poster Presentations
  • GPS-Denied Exploration with Self-Healing Comm Network

Dr Mike Anderson, United States Air Force Academy

  • Aerial Resupply of Small Teams Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Lt Col Eric Dittman, United States Air Force Academy

  • Open Water Search, Rescue, and Recovery of Downed Aviators

Lt Col Matt Obenchain, United States Air Force Academy

  • The Power of Measurement and Prediction: Lessons Learned from Project Management

Kari S. Sanders, Ruag Space

  • Development and Design of an Innovative Mechanism for Increased Mobility in Air-to-Air Missiles

Chris Hoppe , United States Air Force Academy

  • Computationally Efficient Shape Modeling Techniques to Enable the Autonomy of Small Body Exploration

Dahlia Baker, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Laser Power Beaming Demonstration for CLPS Landers

David Dickson, Colorado School of Mines

  • Alternative Navigation Techniques for use in GPS-Denied Environments

Cadet Jedd Lebrilla, United States Air Force Academy

  • Distributed Planning for Communication-Aware Information Gathering by Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

Sangwoo Moon, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Rover Wheel Designed for Maximum Payload Efficiency

Claire Thomas Colorado School of Mines

  • Mitigating Clandestine Cross-Border Small-Unnmaned Aerial Systems SUAS Operations

Cadet First Class Adam Wilmer, United States Air Force Academy

  • Gravitational Force-Model Aliasing with Non-Gravitational Force Coefficients in Dynamic Prediction

Vishal Ray, University of Colorado Boulder 

  • Repeatable Tethered Aerobraking Maneuver

Lluis Umbert and Dr. Steve Tragesser, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

  • Comprehensive Safety Risk Assessment Studies in UAS

Chris Roseman University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Aerodynamics and Performance of a 300 MPH Bonneville Land Speed Record Vehicle

Ioan Feier, United States Air Force Academy

  • Overview of the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2)

Jordan Marks, Edward J. Knight, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • A New Method of Radiometric Calibration for the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite

Tyler McCracken, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

  • MARKUS (Multi-functional Autonomous Rover and Kinetic Untethered System)

Joshua Ehrlich, Colorado School of Mines

  • Near Earth Asteroids or the Moon: A Comparative Study
    Delivering Water to the Earth Moon Lagrangian Point 1 from NEOs or the Moon

Alexander Jehle Colorado School of Mines

  • Hypersonic Flight In the Turbulent Stratosphere (HYFLITS)

Andrew Mahon University of Colorado Boulder

  • Design of a Lunar Surface Access Vehicle

Dr. Lynnane George, Noble Kilman, Dylan Hansen; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

  • Duckweed:  A Tiny Aquatic Plant with Enormous Potential for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems

Christine Escobar; Space Lab Technologies, LLC

  • Quantifying ECLSS Robustness for Deep Space Exploration

Christine Escobar; Space Lab Technologies, LLC


Abstract submission and notification is now Closed

Deadline for submitting is October 15th 2019

The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s Annual Technical Symposium brings together innovative, enthusiastic, and technical minds for a one-day event to collaborate, network, and share ideas about new technologies and implementation strategies, and to see how the next generation is training for careers in the aerospace industry. The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday November 19th at The University of Colorado, University Memorial Center, Boulder Colorado. 

This year’s symposium will feature one full day of speakers, exhibitors, poster presenters, and networking opportunities. This year’s ATS will have focus areas in the following fields:

  1. Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN)
  2. Autonomous Systems (AUT)
  3. Bioastronautics and Human Spaceflight (Bio)
  4. Fluids, Structures and Materials (FSM)
  5. Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science (RSESS)
  6. Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) Satellite Constellations
  7. Space Resources
  8. Poster

Do you have new or innovative ideas in one of these areas? Is your company offering a new technical resource? Now’s your chance to share your ideas with others and offer a glimpse of what lies ahead for the large and growing aerospace industry in Colorado.

In submitting your abstract, you can choose whether you’d like to:

  • Present a 15-30 minute talk in one of our breakout sessions
    • For presentations please select one of the above categories your presentation best fits.
  • Be a poster presenter,  giving you the chance to interact and answer questions while attendees peruse the poster gallery during our networking sessions.
    • Poster topics may be on any aspect or technology related to aerospace and aeronautical engineering or related science.
    • Poster presentations can be up to 48″x60″ (WxH)