5th Annual NSMMS & CRASTE Conferences

The National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and the Commercial & Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) Advisory Committees have announced the details of their 2017 co-located events which will take place June 26-29, 2017 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.

These co-located conferences continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation. These events share significant support from DoD, DoE, FAA, and NASA with an effort to promote the commercial and government space and missile and space launch communities. Each year, the event’s partners help ensure that they focus on the latest advancements and challenges affecting the industry. A focal point for the events include 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. The NSMMS specifically focuses on the materials industry’s needs and most recent advances to enable new capabilities for challenges associated with new and future space and missile systems. A special focus is given to advanced materials technology development which is crucial to improve performance and reliability of both defense and commercial systems. CRASTE specifically focuses on matching system integrators with subsystem technology providers to facilitate new responsive space access capabilities. Special focus is given to the integration of emerging technologies and emerging space access architectures to satisfy new and existing markets. For the first time, NSMMS & CRASTE attendees will have unlimited access to all the technical sessions at both events.

Features of the event include over 150 technical presentations, a senior level Plenary Session, an exhibit show, a poster session, a student grant program, and a variety of networking events.  One additional noteworthy element of NSMMS & CRASTE is the Small Business Forum (SBF). The SBF aims to broaden industry’s contacts with regard to technology needs and transfer in order to foster future communication, innovation, and partnerships. The forum facilitates the interaction of small businesses and universities with larger “prime” contractors based on similar interests that relate to specific materials/performance metrics relevant to NASA and the DoD. Additionally, the event provides small businesses with connections and resources within the government SBIR agencies to start their interaction with or assist them along the path of meaningful interactions with a variety of the SBIR offices. The participating primes and SBIR agencies will be announced on the website in the coming months. Small businesses and universities may sign up for one-on-one appointments starting in early February.

The events have opened up their submission process for abstracts and will be accepting them until January 6th. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will have an opportunity to present in the technical sessions and in the poster session. This is a great way for organizations to present the leading edge technology or research their organization is working on. Organizations can also engage in the event through exhibiting, sponsoring, or participating in the other outreach programs the two events offer. Sponsors, poster presentations, and exhibits will be accepted until full or May 2017, whichever comes first. Typical attendance for the NSMMS & CRASTE event is 350 - 450 people.

For more information or to register, visit: www.usasymposium.com/space

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