(September 12, 2020) Aerospace Cybersecurity / GO INCREDIBLY FAST with Steve Lee / Dr. Harold “Sonny” White

September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am 1:30 pm PDT

Aerospace Cybersecurity as a priority area of focus for AIAA with Steve Lee

Sep 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:10 PM (PT)

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting 9/12

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 10 am

Aerospace Cybersecurity

as the priority area of focus of AIAA


Steve Lee

Aerospace Cybersecurity Program Manager

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Dr. Harold “Sonny” White
Director, Advanced Research & Development
Limitless Space Institute
Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead, Engineering
JSC Rep to Nuclear Systems Working Group
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (US and Canada))
10:05 AM: Welcome (Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane)
10:10 AM: Steve Lee (Aerospace Cybersecurity)
11:40 AM: Dr. Harold “Sonny” White (GO INCREDIBLY FAST)
01:10 PM: Adjourn (Tentative)

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Aerospace Cybersecurity as the priority area of focus of AIAA

Currently, a growing threat to the safety and security aerospace lies in cyberspace. AIAA has identified aerospace cybersecurity as a priority area of focus, and had established the AIAA Aerospace Cybersecurity Program. This program is developing resources on aerospace cybersecurity focused on critical information and educational materials, encompassing a broad representation of specialized aerospace and relevant general cybersecurity content. Secondarily, resources and programming will support the recruitment or career advancement for new entrants to the aerospace cybersecurity workforce.


Steve Lee

Steve Lee leads the new aerospace cybersecurity program at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, with the goal of integrating cybersecurity into aerospace discipline and practice. He is currently focusing his unique combination of cyber protection and strategy experience—in industry and in the Federal policy arena—to build the AIAA aerospace cybersecurity program. Steve has a keen eye for adapting organizations, policies, and people to new security and technology challenges, as demonstrated by his successful leadership of cyber and regulatory compliance projects in industry. He also coordinated business and talent strategy efforts to grow and sustain a Fortune 500 consulting company’s world-class cyber workforce.Steve previously provided senior-level expertise on physical and cyber infrastructure protection and intelligence program policy for client engagements at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including analysis of threats to dams, energy, rail, transit, and other critical infrastructure. He has over 25 years of program management, critical infrastructure protection, and national security experience, including over 16 years supporting DHS and the Intelligence Community (IC), with analysis of cyber, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction issues, and nearly five years in the U.S. Army. He has also served in leadership and sales roles in aviation and media organizations.


The Limitless Space Institute (LSI) is a non-profit research institute, established in 2019, whose vision statement is to advance human exploration beyond our solar system. Due to the physics involved, the single most import performance metric towards this goal is the ability to GO INCREDIBLY FAST to any destination. This critical performance metric of going incredibly fast in the manner needed will require significant advances beyond the current state of the art for spacecraft power and propulsion systems. In some cases, the magnitude of these performance improvements will also likely require new understandings of physics.

In the pursuit of this noble goal, the physics and engineering paths explored will realize the development of compact, persistent, safe, and clean modes of power generation coupled to increasingly more capable and efficient propulsion systems. These advanced power systems will potentially manifest in the following manner: firstly in the form of micronuclear reactors with power levels spanning the range of 1-50 MW; secondly in the form of fusion power/propulsion systems with power levels measured in hundreds of megawatts; and finally in the form of radical new power generation schemes enabled by insights gleaned from the development of new foundational physics models.

These compact and safe power systems will be coupled to advanced electric propulsion systems that will convert the delivered power to kinetic energy of the spacecraft allowing it to travel nearly effortlessly throughout space. The near-term forms of propulsion effectors will resemble those we use today – such as Hall thrusters and Ion engines. Later forms by comparison will appear more complicated and daunting, able to process massive amounts of power, taking the form of direct fusion propulsion systems or perhaps even some form of a spacedrive akin to Arthur C. Clarke’s “quantum vacuum ramjet” that pushes directly off of the fabric of spacetime itself, alleviating the need of carrying heavy propellant.

With the development of these many and varied forms of power and propulsion systems of increasing capability, power, and complexity, humanity will be able to establish a solar system wide thriving society, complete with culture, economy, science, and exploration. With humanity spanning the solar system and extending into interstellar space, humankind will be able to utilize the resources of an entire solar system to address the daily challenges of life and existence – to, in effect, redefine the very concept of scarcity and adversity. This resource-rich environment will also find its way back to earth manifesting itself in the form of abundant power and bountiful harvests, encouraging peaceful coexistence.

And if, one day, we unlock the secret to crossing stellar distances in weeks or months by bending and warping the very fabric of spacetime itself, humanity may be able to one day look at the stars from a very different vantage point. We will stand on the shores of an alien sea, looking up in an alien night sky, and strain to find the twinkling light that is our yellow sun, our home – and know for the first time that we are not alone in the universe.

Dr. Harold “Sonny” White
B. S. Mechanical Engineering
University of South Alabama

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Wichita State University

Ph.D. Physics
Rice University

Dr. White has accumulated over 19 years of experience working in the aerospace industry with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and now with the Limitless Space Institute. He currently serves as the Director of Advanced Research and Development at LSI. In this role, he leads all research and development work for LSI, establishes priorities and recommendations for investigations and expenditures. Dr. White obtains grants and other resources in support of R&D -efforts, markets LSI to major benefactors to increase resources and related R&D efforts, and conducts, arranges, and schedules events and ensures appropriately related well-known individuals are involved.

NASA Experience Formerly at NASA, Dr. White served as the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate and was the JSC representative to the Nuclear Systems Working Group. In his role, Dr. White served to help the Agency incorporate high TRL advanced power and propulsion technologies into near and mid-term human exploration architectures. He also pursued theoretical and laboratory research on developing lower TRL advanced propulsion and power technologies in the advanced propulsion physics laboratory known as Eagleworks that is located at the Johnson Space Center. Over the past 19 years, Dr. White has worked with members of academia, industry, and government to further grow this area of research resulting in many published papers, presentations, development and study of physics models, engineering tools, and the implementation and execution of multiple high fidelity experimental efforts. Dr. White has been recognized many times over the span of his career for his excellent work ethic, exceptional technical skills, abilities as a project manager, and dedication to the pursuit of human space flight. While serving as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System Manager during Return to Flight, he was awarded the NASA Medal For Excellence in Achievement by the Administrator for his role in getting the Thermal Protection System robotic inspection tools built, delivered and certified to support the STS-114 mission. He was recognized by the crew office with a Silver Snoopy Award for his unwavering commitment to safety and mission success demonstrated by his actions in the discovery and disposition of critical damage to the robotic arm prior to the STS-121 mission. He has also received the Spaceflight Awareness Honoree award for the STS-122 mission, one of the highest, most prestigious awards available to employees of NASA.

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