• September Event Updates: Look on the calender page for upcoming events including the September Dinner Lecture, a field trip to JPL, and a volunteer opportunity.


AIAA-SD Hosts SR-17 Distinguished Lecture

May 10th, 2015

On April 24th, 2015, AIAA-SD held its 2015 AIAA Distinguished Lecture at Solar Turbines in Kearny Mesa. AIAA-SD was honored to have Col. (RET) Richard Graham speak on his experience as an SR-71 pilot. Col. Graham gave an insightful and thought-provoking look at the SR-71 program, from the early development of the A-12 to the operational successes during the height of the Cold War. AIAA-SD would like to thank Col. Graham and all of our attendees for making this the most highly attended event in AIAA-SD history!

AIAA-SD Hosts KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite Dinner Lecture

March 2nd, 2015

In January, AIAA hosted a dinner lecture on the KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite with one of its lead engineers, Mr. Phil Pressel. The talk was filled with technical details on this amazing satellite along with interesting anecdotes. His book, Meeting the Challenge: The Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite, is the recently declassified story of the design, development, production, and operation of the Hexagon KH-9 reconnaissance satellite, which provided invaluable photographic intelligence to the U.S. government, and stands as one of the most complicated systems ever put into space.

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