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Welcome to the home page of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB). The ASEB provides an independent, authoritative forum for space engineering and aeronautics research within the National Research Council the operating arm of The National Academies.


News and Events 

ASEB Spring Meeting
April 25-26, 2016
Washington, DC

Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable
May 24, 2016
Washington, DC

Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable 

July 21, 2016
Washington, DC


ASEB Fall Meeting
October 12-13, 2016
Irvine, CA



Activities in Progress

Committee on NASA Space Technology Roadmaps

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, formerly known as the National Research Council (NRC), will appoint an ad hoc committee to evaluate the most recent drafts of 14 technology roadmaps that NASA has revised and updated. The scope of the technologies to be considered includes those that enable NASA’s human exploration and science missions.

Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions

The National Research Council will convene an ad hoc committee to develop a national research agenda with the objective of reducing life-cycle carbon emissions[1] from commercial aviation globally, even if air traffic grows as expected. The recommended research agenda will consist of a prioritized set of research projects of importance to the national and international commercial aeronautics community, and it will focus on advances in technologies and capabilities that can only be achieved through substantial research and technology development.

Standing Activities

Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable

The Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR) convenes senior-most representatives from industry, universities and NASA to define and explore critical issues related to NASA’s aeronautics research agenda that are of shared interest; to frame systems-level research issues; and to explore options for public-private partnerships that could support rapid, high-confidence knowledge transfer. This forum will be designed to facilitate candid dialogue among participants, to foster greater partnership among the NASA-related aeronautics community, and, where appropriate, carry awareness of consequences to the wider public.

Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable

The NRC Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR) convenes senior-most representatives from industry, universities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies to define and explore critical issues related to NASA's space technology research agenda.

Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space

The overarching purpose of the committee is to support scientific progress in space research in the biological, medical, and physical sciences and assist the federal government in integrating and planning programs in these fields. The scope for CBPSS spans plant and microbial biology, animal and human physiology, and basic and applied physical sciences, in the context of understanding the role of gravity in living and physical systems in order to develop capabilities required for space exploration, and using the space environment as a tool of science to advance knowledge.

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Recent Reports

FAA 2015 coverTransformation in the Air: A Review of the FAA's Certification Research Plan
3d printing cover3D Printing in Space
solar and space overview coverSolar and Space Physics:
A Science for a Technological Society: An Overview (2014)
autonomy coverAutonomy Research for Civil Aviation: Toward a New Era of Flight
pathways coverPathways to Exploration—Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration
2012_Strategic_DirectionNASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus
Reusable BoostersReusable Booster System: Review and Assessment
2012 continuing keplers questContinuing Kepler's Quest:
Assessing Air Force Space Command's Astrodynamics Standards
Solar and Space Physics

Solar and Space Physics:
A Science for a Technological Society

2012 Flight ResearchRecapturing NASA's Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities
 2012 Roadmaps cover 

NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities:
Restoring NASA's Technological Edge and Paving the Way for a New Era in Space







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