Alfredo Herrera and Jairo Sanchez from Cal Poly Pomona look at a miniature replica of the Mars Rover during an Aerospace Symposium and Expo at UC Irvine on Thursday.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
Sam Jamyari, left, from Orange Coast College helps Joshua Scullin with a flight simulator at the Aerospace Symposium and Expo on Thursday at UC Irvine.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
Sam Jamyari, right, and Joshua Scullin use a flight simulator at Thursday’s Aerospace Symposium and Expo at UCI.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
Jordan Carr and Joanna Bell talk with Jonathan Wells about the Red Bull Stratos mission in front of the capsule at the Aerospace Symposium and Expo at UCI. Red Bull Stratos was a space diving project in which Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner flew more than 127,000 feet into the stratosphere in a helium balloon in October 2012 before free falling in a pressurized suit and parachuting to Earth.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
Allen Chang talks with Amy Elsayed about HyperXite, a high-speed transportation concept, during the Aerospace Symposium and Expo at UC Irvine.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
Cristian Acosta, left, talks with Andy Nguyen of the Cal State Long Beach Rocket Club about a rocket the team made. The two were attending the Aerospace Symposium and Expo on Thursday at UC Irvine.(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering hosted an Aerospace Symposium and Expo on Thursday afternoon at the campus.
The event featured a keynote address from George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic and a former chief of staff for NASA.
There also was an exposition of aerospace industry displays.
The Base 11 Innovation Center, a newly opened lab with advanced manufacturing and prototyping equipment near the UCI campus, and Dassault Systèmes helped put on the event, which coincided with the 20th annual International Mars Society Convention, which continues through Sunday at UCI.
The four-day convention brings together scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political and economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to Mars.