NASA will take part in the aerospace conference, discuss new cooperation


NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Bhavya Lal, Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy, and other agency speakers will participate in the 2023 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum beginning Monday, Jan. 23 through Friday, January 27 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Throughout the week, NASA participants will discuss topics such as technology, aeronautics, climate research, and more. On Tuesday, Nelson, Melroy and the leadership of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will discuss a new collaboration between the agencies to improve space propulsion technologies.

Full program of the forum available online. Many events will be available online for registered participants.

Among the activities in which NASA participates are:

Tuesday, January 24

10:00 a.m. – Fireside chat about a new collaboration to advance engine technology. Among the participants:

  • NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
  • NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy
  • Stephanie Tompkins, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

This session will be broadcast on NASA Television, at NASA app and web site agencies. Media wishing to submit questions should participate through AIAA’s virtual event platform. To register, the media must request press credentials in AIAA.

Wednesday, January 25

10:00 – Monitoring of the planet Earth. Among the participants:

  • Julie Robinson, Associate Director of NASA’s Earth Sciences Division
  • Marcus Johnson, Advanced Emergency Response Capability Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
  • John Choi, Director of Special Purpose Rapid Response UAS, Special Programs, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
  • Cathy Olkin, Chief Scientist at Muon Space
  • Rob Stevens, Director, Model-Based Systems Development Office, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Barry Tilton, Technology Evangelist, Maxar Technologies
  • Moderator: Al Tadros, CTO, Redwire Space

14:30 – Past, present and future exploration of Mars. Among the participants:

  • Moderator: Bhavya Lal, Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy, NASA
  • Michael Meyer, Principal Scientist of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
  • Claire Lackey, Artemis Mission Integrator/Mars Crew Transit Operations Co-Manager, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Joe Parrish, Mars Exploration Program Manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Hitoshi Kuninaka, Director General of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Friday, January 27

10:00 – Creating revolutionary potential: combining science fiction and scientific vision. Among the participants:

  • AC Charania, Chief Technologist, NASA
  • William Gerstenmeyer, vice president of design and flight reliability at SpaceX
  • Zachary Yakowski, Chief Spot Engineer, Boston Dynamics
  • Ben Marchionna, Director of Technology and Innovation at
  • Bartlett Russell, Deputy Director of DARPA’s Defense Science Office
  • Moderator: Graham Warwick, Executive Editor, Technology, Aviation Week

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