Plenary Session Announced for NSMMS and CRASTE 2018

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 2018 Plenary Session.

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 industry and academia 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.

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.  NSMMS & CRASTE attendees will have unlimited access to all the technical sessions at both events.

This year’s technical sessions include:

  • Additive Manufacturing for Space and Missile Materials
  • Advances in Ground Systems and Range Operations
  • Emerging Entry, Descent, and Recovery Systems and Technologies
  • Emerging Materials and Novel Processing Technologies
  • Emerging Propulsion Systems
  • GO Launcher 1
  • Ground Test & Evaluation
  • Hypersonics
  • Innovative Test Methodologies and Platforms
  • Missiles and Missile Defense
  • Mission Operations and Experiments in Space
  • Responsive Access for Pico/Nano/Small Payloads
  • Space Access & Propulsion


The 2018 NSMMS & CRASTE Plenary Session includes:


Col K. Colin Tucker - Military Deputy, Air Force Science, Technology & Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

Colonel Tucker is responsible for advocacy, prioritization and management of the Air Force’s annual $3.6 billion science, technology and engineering program.  He serves as a principle legislative advisor, provides strategic science and technology guidance to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Rodney Miller – Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command


Dr. Miller is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining all U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile and bomber forces.  Dr. Miller began his 24-year military career in 1990 as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where he held numerous leadership positions in the space and nuclear acquisition and space operations communities at the squadron, group, center and Headquarters Air Force levels.

Dr. Shari Feth – Director, Missile Defense Agency, Science and Technology

Dr. Shari Feth has a broad technical background with over 30 years of experience spanning systems engineering from fundamental research & development to test and fielding. Her experience includes materials science, electromagnetics, sensors and missile defense systems. She has been with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for over 13 years. Prior to that, she worked in the NASA Space Architects Office and conducted fundamental scientific research at Marshall Space Flight Center. She is currently the Director, Science and Technology at MDA in Huntsville where she is responsible for the science and technology efforts across the Agency and the strategic alignment of those efforts with Department of Defense priorities.

Mr. Steven Wofford – Manager, Liquid Engines, Space Launch System Program, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Mr. Wofford is responsible for all aspects of liquid engine implementation for SLS, including design, development, test, and flight of both the core stage and upper stage engines.  He became a NASA employee in 2000 as a Project Engineer assigned to the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project Office.  In this capacity, he served for several years as a subsystem manager for SSME combustion devices and turbomachinery hardware.  Mr. Wofford also functioned during this timeframe as the overall production manager for the Space Shuttle Main Engine and is considered one the Agency’s experts on liquid rocket engine manufacturing.

In addition to the Plenary Session, features of the event include workshops and tutorials, an exhibit show, a poster session, three networking receptions, a student grant program, and a small business forum (SBF).  The SBF aims to facilitate the interaction of small businesses and universities with larger “prime” contractors based on similar interests that are relevant to NASA and the DoD. Additionally, the event provides small businesses with connections and resources within the government SBIR agencies to assist them along the path of meaningful interactions with a variety of the SBIR offices.

Typical attendance for the NSMMS & CRASTE event is 350 - 450 people.

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