2020 Conference on Advanced Power Systems for Deep Space Exploration

Exploration of the solar system is entering its seventh decade. Along the way, innovations in power systems have played a critical role in expanding this exploration campaign, which now features missions to Kuiper Belt objects and interstellar space. The key role of power systems is evidenced by the Voyager spacecraft; these systems that still operate on radioisotope thermoelectric generators after more than 40 years in space. The Juno mission is utilizing the largest area solar array ever flown into deep space, operating at the farthest distance an array has ever powered a spacecraft.

Innovation continues to drive an ever-growing list of mission-enhancing and mission-enabling technologies for deep space exploration, including higher efficiency power electronics, low-irradiance/low-temperature solar cells, radioisotope and fission power systems, and advanced energy storage technologies. Exciting new missions driven by these innovations are on the horizon, including sample return missions, powered flight on Mars and Titan, exploration of the ocean worlds, missions to the ice giants, and plans to return to the Moon. Advanced mission concepts such as in situ resource utilization, power beaming, climbing robots, landers surviving the lunar night and subsurface access/exploration on ocean worlds will all depend on more capable power systems in the coming decades.

The 2020 Conference on Advanced Power Systems for Deep Space Exploration will pick up where the 2018 conference left off and look again to the future of deep space power systems.

The Amercian Ceramic Society

This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule. As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact, and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC’s highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference, and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities scheduled to meet in this timeframe.

Many of the most interesting and technologically-relevant properties of ceramics derive from coupled phenomena (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, and optical) that originate at the atomistic- and nanometer-length scales – the complex behavior of ceramics under extreme conditions and/or away from equilibrium leads, on the one hand, to challenges in deciphering behavioral mechanisms, and on the other, opportunities to create ceramics with unprecedented properties. A wide variety of experimental and theoretical tools have recently emerged to reveal multiphysical, multiscale mechanisms that govern material behavior during processing and service. These specifically include the emergence of data driven atomistic and mesocontinuum computational modeling approaches, novel in situ experiments, and measurements under extreme conditions.

This conference is the latest in the series of highly successful GRCs on Solid State Studies in Ceramics that started in 1954. It examines the above issues in structural and functional ceramics. Topics include, among others, additive manufacturing, the behavior of hierarchical materials, understanding thermal-mechanical response under extreme conditions, in situ experiments (including transmission electron microscopy), coupled phenomena during processing and service, and fundamental studies in perovskites.

Participants in the conference will experience a stimulating and diverse environment in which they can discuss the forefront of ceramics science and engineering. Students and young professionals will enjoy opportunities to interact with experts in the field during the oral presentations (by invitation only) as well as the poster sessions (all participants are encouraged to submit). The discussion sessions will be structured to identify both challenges and opportunities in the discipline. A Power Hour will be organized to promote the inclusion and professional development of women and underrepresented minorities in ceramics research. The accompanying Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) offers additional career development and networking opportunities for students and young researchers.


The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science is pleased to host the co-located ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) 2020, the 48th NAMRI/SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Leading Edge Manufacturing/Materials & Processing (LEM&P) Conference 2020.

Join more than 800 researchers and manufacturers from around the world to share the latest manufacturing innovations and developments in manufacturing systems and processes, additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and materials processing.

The conference schedule includes keynotes, expert panels, student poster and presentation competitions, an exhibition of industry partners, an early career forum, industry tours, and awards ceremony.

2020 Tri-Service Radar Symposium (TSRS)

The Tri-Service Radar Symposium (TSRS) is the most prestigious and oldest continuous meeting of defense radar engineers, scientists, and technologists.  The TSRS will celebrate its 66th Symposium on 22-26 June 2020 in Monterey, CA.  The symposium provides a forum for presenting a wide range of radar technology programs that range from research and development (R&D) through currently fielded systems of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  The Chair rotates yearly among the Army, Navy, and Air Force. This rotation synergistically benefits the Services, the broader government, and U.S. Department of Defense contractors through peer interactions that enhance the quality of work and stimulate creativity by sharing ideas and progress across the Services and corporate organizational boundaries. Over the years, participation by industry partners has increased, with the TSRS becoming a truly integrated community event.

Since its inception, the TSRS has focused on providing a forum for peer review and exchange of R&D information that is typically not available in the open literature. Information that is classified, limited distribution, and/or ITAR-restricted is given preference by the program committee. The symposium consists of lectures, workshops, tutorials, and poster sessions, with all papers published in the proceedings and delivered to every attendee.

The 2020 TSRS will feature 3 days of selected presentations and poster sessions and an additional 2 days of short courses and workshops.  There will be a “Women in Radar” luncheon, as well as plenary, TS/SCI, and invited speaker sessions. The 2020 TSRS will provide a great opportunity to gain insight into the latest radar technology and military applications across the tri-Service radar community.

NSMMS & CRASTE Joint Symposia

NSMMS and CRASTE, two space- focused symposia, will co-locate events for the 8th year at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rockville, MD. These co-located symposia continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation. Key discussion involves key technology issues related to space, missile, hypersonic systems, and a variety of ground-breaking commercial space topics necessary for our country’s defense and research and development pursuits.

What this means for you – you can attend two events with one trip, experience an expanded exhibit show and poster session, have more people to network and exchange ideas with, and have even more technical talks to participate in.

NSMMS Information

The NSMMS brings together the nation’s technology leaders to review the critical challenges of materials, processing, and manufacturing for space, missile, and hypersonic systems. System engineers, designers, scientists, researchers, managers, and senior leaders will be in attendance from the Joint Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, academia, and industry. The government’s active participation in this event helps provide direction to our senior leaders, research scientists, and engineers in the industry in order to keep our capabilities internationally competitive and our defense systems the best in the world. The symposium has established a format that focuses on key materials and processing challenges associated with system and component needs on the critical path to enabling current and future capabilities. The NSMMS maintains this focus to directly convey the importance of supporting advanced materials technology development to a diverse audience of researchers, planners, managers, and senior leadership . Advanced materials are crucial to the improved performance and reliability of both commercial and defense systems. As a national materials community, it is important to establish and continue an exchange with our leaders, emphasizing that advanced materials research must be a priority for the country.

CRASTE Information

CRASTE focuses on bringing system integrators and subsystem technology experts together to improve space access capabilities and responsiveness. Special focus is given to the integration of emerging technologies with space-access architectures to create new markets and improve existing systems for government and commercial users.

  • Reducing Cost, Increasing Safety, Improving Reliability
  • Emerging Propulsion Systems
  • Responsive Access for Pico/Nano/Small Payloads
  • Advances in Ground Systems and Range Operations
  • High Altitude/Sub-Orbital Experiments & Capabilities
  • Innovative Test Methodologies and Platforms
  • Emerging Entry, Descent, and Recovery Systems and Technologies
  • Lightweight Expendables