Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 Air & Space Highlights: Expo Floor

The Technology Exposition of AFA's Air & Space is always a great opportunity to keep up to date with the very latest technology.  Last year's Expo boasted 140-plus different exhibits allowing participants to have a “hands-on” look at the cutting edge technology of the future. This year’s Technology Exposition will include exhibitors from around the globe in our 50,000 square feet of space that will showcase the latest in industry.

The Expo floor isn't just an opportunity to see industry innovations, but also a place for professional development as you have the opportunity to mingle with Air Force leadership, industry experts, aerospace enthusiasts and other conference speakers and attendees. The Expo floor will also be the location for the Conference's book signings, raffle, complimentary lunches and receptions.

Highlights include:
·     IBM
The American multinational technology and consulting firm, IBM, will be showcasing its famed artificial intelligence computer system, Watson. Watson is capable of answering questions posed in natural language as it is a workload optimized system designed for complex analytics. The famed computer defeated the top two Jeopardy! champions of all time in February 2011. In the future Watson is expected to apply data management and analytic technology across industry.

·     Finmeccanica North America
AgustaWestland, a helicopter company owned by Finmeccanica, will be showcasing the AW139M – the military version of the multi-role, off-the-shelf AW139 medium-twin helicopter, integrated with proven U.S. military technology for the U.S. Air Force's Common Vertical Lift Support Program. AgustaWestland is a total capability provider in the vertical lift market while Finmeccanica is world leader in aerospace defense and security sectors.

 ·   Boeing
Boeing will be showcasing its New Gen KC-46A tanker, a military aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft. In a highly publicized competition, Boeing was awarded the $35 billion deal to build tankers that will replace the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotankers. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems.

From TENCATE Protective Fabrics  of Georgia, the producers of the flame resistant military combat fabric chosen for use in US Army and Marine Corps combat uniforms, to Rockwell Collins of Iowa, a company that provides superior situational awareness and training solutions, several aspects of aerospace will be visible on our Expo Floor. 

Come see this vast gathering of suppliers, designers, service providers and innovative engineering, representing both small and large industry leaders and aerospace  Check out the digital view of the Expo Floor here
There is no charge to attend the Technology Exposition of the Air & Space Conference, but registration is required. Complimentary Technology Exposition Only passes are welcome on Monday, September 19 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM and Tuesday, September 20 - Wednesday, September 21 from 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Registration can be found here.

Photo from a 2010 Air & Space  Expo Floor Book Signing with
Leo Thorsness, Col, USAF, Retired, Medal of Honor Recipient

Photo from a 2010 Air & Space  Expo Floor Reception

Photo from the 2010 Air & Space  Expo Floor

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