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.

2020 Air, Space, & Cyber Conference


Over 12,000 attendees were treated to 3 days of informative speaker sessions and more than 149 exhibitor booths at AFA’s 2019 Air, Space, & Cyber Conference. The conference was themed “Expanding the Competitive Edge.” Check out audio recordings, videos, program guide, and photos of the 2019 conference and explore in-depth coverage by Air Force Magazine.

Space and Missile Defense Symposium

The Space and Missile Defense Symposium is the leading educational, professional development, and networking event in the space and missile defense community. The symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world.

5th Directed Energy Summit

IDGA is proud to announce the 5th Directed Energy Summit 2020. This latest event in the successful directed energy (DE) series will deliver broader international scope and the most current information to our continuously growing community, promoting the advancement of one of the most crucial and multifunctional technologies the United States and its global allies are addressing.

The 2019’s event provided keynote speakers, including Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood, Director of Army Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, and the co-chairs of the U.S. Congress Directed Energy Caucus, Congressmen Douglas L. Lamborn and Jim Langevin, who provided strong U.S. perspectives. Our 2020 summit will expand the platform to bring our leading global allies under one roof, thus creating active cooperation opportunities and a truly international exchange of thought leadership.

The future of warfighting depends upon the development, testing, and deployment of DE systems for defense installations and offense weapons. IDGA is committed to keeping you up to date with the very latest developments and hottest topics, in addition to providing networking with over 100 decision makers at the most senior levels from across the U.S. Department of Defense, international allies, industry partners, and academia.

Directed Energy Summit 2020 will focus on the latest deployments and assessments of the technology for defense applications, as well as provide international perspective on ally progression and counter near-peer capabilities, the scientific breakthroughs allowing higher DE power through engineering and maneuverable and accessible power sourcing to ensure maximum operational functionality. The program will also offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in focus groups and engage in discussions and network and build interpersonal relationships with the necessary people to promote your ideas and technologies and turn them into cooperation and actions.

Join us at Directed Energy Summit 2020, along with the leading commanders, developers, scientists, thinkers, and stakeholders in the field, and invest in the advancement of one of the top global defense priorities.

2020 AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition

Five Reasons You Should Attend the Forum

The 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum is headed to Reno! The program will feature discussions with respected aviation leaders—providing a single, structured gathering to help delegates navigate the key challenges and opportunities affecting the direction of global aviation policy, research and development, technological proliferation, environmental issues, and emerging markets. There are many reasons why you should attend the forum, but we’ve narrowed it down to five.

1. Integrated Program

AIAA AVIATION Forum is the only event that covers the entire integrated spectrum of aviation business, research, development, and technology.

2. Papers, Papers, Papers

Your peers will present over 1,100 technical presentations on the latest innovations spanning 20+ aviation and aeronautics research topics that will drive advancements in the industry.

3. Make Connections

The forum will bring over 2,500 participants together from across the globe representing hundreds of government, academic, and private institutions. You’ll have daily networking opportunities to meet prospective employers, engage with industry leadership, and connect with your peers.

4. Learn Skills

Stay at the top of your game by registering for a preforum course or workshop.

5. Hear from Experts

The speakers and panelists participating in the plenary and Forum 360 sessions are proven business leaders and innovators. They are thought leaders, with their fingers on the pulse of the aviation industry.