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Keynote Speakers Announced for SAMPE 2004

  • Thursday, 19th February 2004
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

The SAMPE 2004 organizing committee has identified Michael Fortson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Director of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, as its Keynote Address Speaker at the Long Beach Symposium that runs from 16-20 May, 2004.

Mr. Fortson’s address is entitled “”F-35: 21st Century Fighter Design and Materials Technology”” and will discuss this critical program in terms of today’s more revolutionary design, manufacturing and process engineering requirements.

The F-35 JSF is being designed to replace a large number of legacy aircraft for the USAF, USN, USMC and the UK. The F-35 must not only have superior performance to legacy aircraft, it must also be affordable. The performance, weight, and low observables goals necessitate using composite materials and processes. However, the affordability requirements mandate that we find a way to build the structure more efficiently than in the past and avoid risk. In addition, this will be the first Low Observables aircraft that will field 1000’s vs. 100’s; not only for U.S. government customer, but for the UK, and a number of potential International partners. This presentation describes the JSF’s challenge to meet these sometimes competing requirements, and how the F-35’s approach is truly revolutionary in developing superior performance in an affordable product.

Mike Fortson is currently Director, JSF Deputy Air Vehicle Development Team Lead at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Worth, TX. He is responsible for the design, development, and the manufacture of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The NASA Deputy Administrator, Frederick D. Gregory, will provide the SAMPE 2004 Luncheon Speech covering the current and planned initiatives in space with a talk on NASA’s Plans for Future Space Exploration. Frederick Gregory is NASA’s Deputy Administrator and a veteran astronaut who flew on three Space Shuttle missions. He is responsible for directing and managing many of NASA’s programs, including its program to develop technology options for future human and robotic exploration beyond low Earth orbit, as well as NASA’s day-to-day operations and activities. Mr. Gregory will outline the space agency’s new vision and mission objectives, its plans for future space exploration activities, and its efforts to transfer cutting-edge technologies to Industry.

Mr. Gregory will also give an overview of NASA’s Innovative Technology Transfer Partnerships Program, established to catalyze partnerships with industry, academia and others to develop and transfer technology in support of NASA missions. This program has facilitated the development of hundreds of “”spin-off”” products and processes for the materials, manufacturing, medical and numerous other industries.

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