American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems
Technical Committee


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Development and application of aerodynamic deceleration systems and lifting parachutes, pararotators, sand inflatable decelerators for aerodynamic deceleration, sustentation, and landing of manned and unmanned vehicles.

Ram-Air Parachute Design by Dr. J. Stephen Lingard
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22nd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference

Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Venue: Hilton Daytona        


The AIAA ADS Technical Committee co-hosted a conference in Daytona Beach with the AIAA Balloons and Lighter-than-Air Technical Committees, and the Parachute Industry Association.  The conference was a great success with over 1300 people attending.  The awards banquet honored Gary Thibault, the 2013 AIAA Theodore W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award winner, and Nick Fogell the Student Paper Award winner.  The awards banquet Keynote Speaker was Robert D. Cabana, Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and four time Space Shuttle astronaut.


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General Interest   Leadership and Sub-Committees
NEW! Speech by Leslie Irvin and Discussions with Theo Knacke
Visit the Parachute History Collection at Linda Hall Library
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Petition to form the ADS TC: July 1964
The ADS-TC Charter

ADS TC Chair:

     John Watkins - Zodiac Aerospace

Special Thanks to Past Chair:

     Elsa Hennings - US Navy