Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM PST
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5:30 pm - 6:55 pm Exhibition, Networking, Dinner (6PM)
6:55 pm - 7:00 pm Introduction
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Presentation and Q & A
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Networking (Library closes at 9 PM)


El Segundo Public Library 
111 W Mariposa Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

(Free street parking and free public parking lot across the street)

(South of LAX/105 Hwy/Imperial Hwy, North of El Segundo Blvd, West of 405 Hwy & N. Sepulveda Blvd / Pacific Coast Hwy 1)

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$15 Flat Admission w/ sandwiches & refreshment
  $5 Presentation Only -No Meal (w/ refreshment)

(No On-site payment)

(No Refund within 7 days of the event or afterwards)

Dinner (except for Presentation Only tickets)

Sandwiches Platters (varieties)

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Business Casual

Refreshment (for both ticket types above)

Snacks and hot/cold beverages

 AIAA LA-LV   2018 New Year Meeting

Aerospace Art


Mark Pestana & Aldo Spadoni

Aerospace Artists / Research Pilot / Engineers



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The Topic

Aerospace Art

At the AIAA Space 2016 Conference, a group of AIAA professional members, who were also artists, held an exhibition booth of aerospace art next to the NASA JPL booth. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and AIAA Executive Director Dr. Sandra Magnus visited the booth.

Aerospace art is an important part of our business, from documenting historical perspectives and visualizing advanced concepts, to inspiring future generations, however it is not very well understood or appreciated.  Please join us to learn from AIAA engineers and scientists who are also award-winning aerospace artists. In addition,  
  • Learn more about art and its importance in and to aerospace
  • Learn more about these renowned aerospace artists
  • Understand how the aerospace artist handles and enjoys art, science, engineering, and aerospace
  • Learn more about how one can be an artist, while also being an engineer, scientist, or (research) pilot
  • Learn more about IAAA, and its relation/activities with AIAA
  • Learn more about the AIAA/NASA aerospace art
  • Enjoy the on-site exhibition of selected pieces of aerospace artwork
  • Network with the speakers, aerospace artists, aerospace professionals, educators, enthusiasts, business professionals, and other attendees


The Speakers: Mark PestanaAldo Spadoni

Mark Pestana

Colonel, USAF (ret) / AIAA Senior Member
Aerospace Research Pilot, Engineer, Artist

Mark Pestana is a research pilot and aerospace consultant at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA. Mark earned a BS in Natural Sciences and an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development. He served as a space operations engineer for the DOD Space Shuttle Program, as a NORAD orbit analyst, and is a Distinguished Graduate of USAF Pilot Training. A rated Command Pilot, with FAA ATP certificate, he’s flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types, from supersonic jet to heavy transport, turboprop, ultra-light, and remotely piloted unmanned aircraft. He logged 213 combat intelligence sorties piloting RC-135 reconnaissance missions, and flew C-12 safety chase for CV-22 and C-130J flight test programs.
Mark has flown NASA Earth science and aeronautics research missions worldwide.  These include flights through hurricanes, mapping fault lines, measuring rain forest health, sampling atmospheric pollution, geo-locating wildfires, and sonic boom flight research. He previously served NASA as a flight crew operations engineer in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, and at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia. He developed crew interfaces and procedures for the International Space Station and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is a NASA-designated Subject Matter Expert in Human Factors Engineering. As an MQ-9 test pilot he supports NASA’s flight research, in collaboration with the FAA and DOD, in integrating unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System. Mark is an adjunct faculty member in the aerospace safety program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He is a board member of the non-profit Arts, Science, and Technology Corporation, providing volunteer support and education outreach services in high school-level STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts/agriculture, and math). Mark is an award-winning aerospace artist, with paintings in the US Air Force Pentagon Collection, museums, and corporate collections. He designed nine Space Shuttle mission patches commissioned by the astronauts.

 Aldo Spadoni
Aerospace Engineer, Artist

Aldo Spadoni is an MIT graduate with an aerospace engineering career spanning over 35 years. He has made significant technical contributions to numerous advanced aircraft, missile, and spacecraft programs for NASA, DARPA, and the U.S. Armed Services. He began his engineering career at Hughes Space & Communications Group as a spacecraft configuration design engineer working on the Galileo Jupiter spacecraft. Later, he joined TRW Defense & Space Systems as a navigation systems engineering specialist working on ICBMs and spacecraft programs. Aldo joined Northrop in 1985, supporting the advanced design team in the area of advanced avionics system integration and project management. He created and managed an award-winning creative simulation team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Aldo is a recipient of NASA’s 2004 Turning Goals Into Reality team award for Reusable Launch Vehicle Development. He is an accomplished self-taught artist and concept designer with four U.S. patents to his credit. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and is currently serving on its Board of Trustees. Aldo’s consulting company, Aerospace Imagineering, specializes in the conceptual design, visualization and prototyping of advanced technology products and concepts. His visualizations have appeared in numerous magazines and television documentaries.  He has worked closely with hard science fiction authors such as Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle to bring their technological visions to life. As an aerospace concept designer and technology consultant to the entertainment industry, he supported the production of APOLLO 13, SUPERNOVA, STEALTH, IRON MAN 1 & 2, and other movie projects. He helped produce the 2009 National Geographic Channel documentary called HITLER’S STEALTH FIGHTER. Aldo’s personal goals are to promote STEAM education and create compelling visions of humanity’s spacefaring future.