IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

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The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) is a society of the IEEE that focuses on the advancement of integrated electronic systems and large-scale integrated interoperable systems.[1]


On November 30, 1950, the first meeting of the IRE Professional Group, the Group on Radio Telemetry and Remote Control (PGRTRC) was held. On 15 February 1951, the Professional Group on Airborne Electronics (PGAE) held its inaugural meeting. In 1953 PGAE became the Professional Group on Aeronautical and Navigational Electronics (PGANE). PGRTRC dropped the word "radio" and became the Professional Group on Telemetry and Remote Control (PGTRC) in 1955. In March 1959, PGTRC became the Professional Group on Space Electronics and Telemetry (PG-SET), and in 1961 PGANE became the Professional Group on Aerospace and Navigational Electronics (PG-ANE).

During 1956, the AIEE formed an Instrumentation Division, promoted the Subcommittee on Telemetering to a full Committee, and started a Flight Test Instrumentation Committee out of the old navigation subcommittee and others. In June 1959, the AIEE Flight Test Instrumentation Committee became the Aerospace Instrumentation Committee (ASIC). Two months later, the Air Transportation Committee became the Aerospace Transportation Committee (ASTC).

In 1963, the IRE and the AIEE merged to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The new Institute decided to maintain the group structure of the IRE. PG-MIL, PG-ANE, and PG-SET all became Professional Technical Groups of IEEE. At the same time, the engineers of the AIEE involved in these fields felt that they would not have equal status within IEEE if they did not have their own Professional Technical Group. So, immediately upon the merger in January 1963, the former members of AIEE ASIC and AIEE ASTC joined forces to form the IEEE Group on Aerospace (G-AS). The technical overlap of the four Groups, enlarged by the growth of the aerospace industry, soon became apparent, however, and in 1965 they merged to form the Group on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (G-AES), which in 1973 became the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.[2]

Field of Interest[edit]

The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control.


AESS publishes three notable publications.[3]

  • AESS Systems Magazine
  • AESS Transactions
  • AESS Magazine Tutorials


AESS annually sponsors numerous international conferences that focus on its field of interest, including the IEEE Aerospace Conference, IEEE Radar Conference], and the National Aerospace & Electronics Conference (NAECON)]. The society also operates more than 60 chapters around the world.[4]


  1. ^ IEEE AESS
  2. ^ IEEE Global History Network (2011). "IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society History". IEEE History Center. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ IEEE AESS
  4. ^ IEEE AESS

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