March 17-19, 2020 │ Pasadena, California, USA

Special Events

Announcing the AeroConnect Challenge™

March 17-19, 2020

The SAE AeroConnect Challenge™ is the inaugural student engineering design competition in the SAE Emerging Technology Series, which provides an opportunity for students to think critically about current and future emerging technologies in the mobility engineering industry.
The AeroConnect Challenge™ 2020 challenge topic tasks students with developing rapidly deployable UAV systems to support fighting wildfires through fire detection, imaging and tracking; fire suppression aircraft routing; and persistent communications for a chance to win up to $8,000.
Students will present their concepts and winners will selected at AeroTech 2020.

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SAE Standards Committee Meetings

SAE will be hosting standards committee meetings in junction with AeroTech. 


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Technical Tours


Monday, March 16
Limited to 25 people for each tour
Price $150.00/each tour (make selection during event registration)


Tour #1: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Composites Center of Excellence

Approx. time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.  The sector’s El Segundo, California site is home of the world-class Advanced Composites Center that produces large, complex composite structures and parts for a variety of aircraft and space platforms.  It is the center/aft fuselage production site for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18-G aircraft, for which Northrop is the prime contractor.  El Segundo is also a major development site for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, for which Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor.

Tour #2: Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Space Park

Approx. time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Space Park in Redondo Beach, California, is a key part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Originally opened in 1961, Space Park has been the birthplace of achievements of great significance for space exploration and national security. Today, Space Park employs more than 7,000 people working on a new generation of space systems on the cutting edge of technology.

Current programs, either on-orbit or still undergoing integration and test, include: observation satellites helping scientists understand the causes and effects of global climate change; astronomy spacecraft; a next-generation space telescope; demonstration satellites; military satellite communications payloads; and powerful (megawatt-class) lasers.

The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) designated Space Park a Historic Aerospace Site in 2011, recognizing the site’s heritage as a location where more than 100 of the world's most technically challenging satellites, rocket engines, astronomical observatories, and high-power lasers were designed and built, and noting employees' penchant for solving difficult problems and developing breakthrough programs.

Tour Agenda:


11:00 a.m.

Bus arrives at Pasadena Convention Center
Center and starts loading (1/2 hour prior to leaving for venue)

11:30 a.m.

Bus Leaves Convention Center

12:45 p.m.

Bus arrives at tour venue
Badging of Tour Attendees/Intro/Tour

3:00 p.m.

Bus Loads and Depart Tour Facility

Tours Guidelines:

  • Visitor badge must be worn at all times.
  • No cameras, video recorders, or camera phones are permitted inside the plant.
  • Visitors much comply with all safety regulations:
    • Remain with escort at all times
    • No open-toed shoes or open heels
    • No high-heeled shoes:Heels must be shorter than 2” high with a hell base larger than 1” square.
  • Visitors must adhere to the tour path as defined by their tour guide.
  • Visitors must arrive on the SAE provided transportation and not by personal vehicle.
  • Northrop escorts will remain with their visitors at all times and visit only those areas defined on the Visitor Badge
  • Northrop is a Tobacco-Free Workplace and tobacco use of any kind is prohibited on Northrop property.
  • The possession of weapons and firearms on Northrop property is prohibited, regardless an individual has a concealed weapons permit or other recognized authorization.There are not exceptions to this policy.
  • The use of electronic devices is prohibited while in motion (e.g., walking, driving) on Northrop property.Cell phones, BlackBerrys, notebooks, tablets, headphones used for music and portable digital music players are among items considered electronic devices


Visitors must provide acceptable documents to establish U.S. Person status at the time of the visit. A U.S. Person is a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or refugee.  Acceptable documents to prove U.S. Person status include the following:

  • U.S. passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Real ID

  *For non-U.S. person visitors, acceptable proof of citizenship is a valid passport. Non-U.S. persons who are unable to provide proof of citizenship will not be permitted to access the facility.


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AeroTech 2020 Awards

The following awards will be presented to these exceptional individuals who are making a significant impact on the Aerospace community.

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