About the Composites, Materials & Structures (CMS) Conference
The annual Conference on Composites, Materials, and Structures (also known as the Cocoa Beach Conference) is the preeminent export controlled and ITAR restricted forum in the United States to review and discuss advances in materials for extreme environments. The Conference started in the 1970s as a small informal gathering for government and industry to share information on programs and state-of-the-art technology. Attendance has grown to nearly 500 people while preserving this same objective to share needs and trends in high-temperature and extreme environment materials, and the latest information on advanced materials and manufacturing processes.
The four-day conference program includes two to three parallel sessions per day on topics including thermal protection materials, ceramic matrix composites, carbon-carbon materials, ballistic technologies, hypersonics, and gas turbine engines. Attendees are engineers, scientists, managers, and operational personnel from the turbine engine, aviation, missiles and space, and protective equipment communities, including Navy, Air Force, Army, MDA, NASA, DARPA, FAA, DOE, engine manufacturers, missile and aircraft manufacturers, commercial space companies, and material and component suppliers.
The Conference will move to St. Augustine in 2023 to accommodate a larger number of exhibitors for the evening reception/expo on Monday and Tuesday during the week. The new location will also provide greater seating capacity in the session rooms. Participation is limited to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only with an active DD2345 certification and employment verification letter.
The conference is ITAR Restricted and U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Resident, Green Card Holder Verification is Required of all Attendees and Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement Certification Form DD2345 is required of Non-Government Attendees.