The goal of the Space Studies Colloquium is to bring guest researchers from the
astronautical and space science communities in both industry and academia to support
space-related scholarship in the Department of Space Studies and at UND and other
North Dakota institutions of higher education. Guest researchers will be invited
by the Department of Space Studies to give a seminar in their area of professional
expertise, guest lecture in existing courses offered through the Department, and
consult on space-related research with faculty and students. Guest researchers will
be invited from a variety of backgrounds and research areas such as Space Engineering,
Space Life Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Earth System Sciences, and
Space Policy. In addition to the Department of Space Studies, guest speakers will
interact with faculty, researchers, and students in a number of programs at UND
including the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), School of Aerospace Sciences,
College of Business, and the Departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering,
Geography, Geology, Physics, and Political Science.
Jon Rask is a Life Scientist with the Space Biosciences Division of NASA Ames. His current
research focuses on human health risks associated with space exploration, and the search for
life on Mars. Jon has investigated the toxicity of Lunar Dust, and developed and tested life
science hardware and experiments for Space Shuttle missions and the International Space Station. He
has performed experiment operations aboard the NASA C9B parabolic aircraft, and been a test subject in
hypergravity experiments aboard the centrifuge facilities at NASA Ames.
Jon has also been involved in Mars analog research at the Mars Desert Research Station, in the Mojave
and Empty Quarter Deserts, in the relic glacial terrains and badlands of North Dakota, in the
Arctic on Svalbard, and in Antarctica. Prior to his work
at NASA Ames, Jon was a farmer, rancher, and high school science teacher in North Dakota.
Jon is a 2001 alumnus of the Space Studies M.S. program at the University of North Dakota.
Senior Scientist, Space Biosciences Division of NASA Ames Research Center
The fine-grained nature of the lunar surface is both a concern and an opportunity for future lunar surface
operations. Our research on lunar dust has focused on the biological concerns that relate
to astronaut exposure to lunar dust, as well as the development of regolith
biocomposite technology. This presentation will highlight results from recent experimental investigations
that have characterized lunar dust skin abrasivity, chemical reactivity, and pulmonary toxicity, and
will feature examples of concrete-like materials made of lunar dust simulants.
April 8, 2013 The Politics and Promise of Near-Earth Asteroids
Mark V. Sykes is CEO and Director of the Planetary Science Institute,
a non-profit corporation dedicated to the exploration of the solar system
for more than 40 years. Mark began his science career as an undergraduate at
the University of Oregon, studying photometric and polarimetric lightcurves of
eclipsing stellar binaries - particularly the first black-hole system, Cygnus X-1.
As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, he discovered cometary dust trails
using data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite and engaged in ground-based studies
of asteroids in the thermal infrared. He is a Co-Investigator on the NASA Daw mission to
Vesta and Ceres in the asteroid belt. Sykes chairs the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group,
which provides science input for the planning and prioritization of the exploration of asteroids
and comets. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Planetary Resources, Inc., a for-profit
corporation planning to mine asteroids. He is also involved with PSI's Atsa Suborbital Observatory,
and plans to travel into space to make telescopic observations using the XCOR Lynx as a platform.
Ph.D., J.D., CEO and Director, Planetary Science Institute
Near-Earth objects are viewed primarily as hazards. One is noted for killing the dinosaurs.
This February, another much smaller object exploded over the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk in Russia,
injuring more than 1500 people. The perceived threat drove Congress in 1998 to direct NASA to find 90%
of asteroids having diameters exceeding 1 km. Recognizing the potential damage from another Siberian airburst
over Tunguska in 1908, Congress modified their mandate in 2005 to include objects down to 140 meters in diameter.
However, asteroids represent more than just threats, they represent the potential to expand human presence and economy
beyond Earth. The Obama administration has committed to sending a crewed mission to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025 and
it is planning to propose that Congress allocate $100M in 2014 to begin planning for a mission to return a 5 meter object
to Earth orbit. A non-profit company says it will raise hundreds of millions in donations to survey NEOs to reduce the hazard
threat. Private companies have started up with the goal of mining asteroids and turning a profit. Is this the Dawn of a new space age? Or business as usual?
February 25, 2013 Reading Tea Leaves, Space Law & Space Policy: A Method for Elucidating the Next Big Thing
Weeks completed a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1984 and a J.D. in
1987 from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1987. In 1998, she
decided to pursue a long term goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in Politics &
International Affairs. In 2006 Weeks successfully defended a
dissertation entitled The Politics of Space Law in a Post-Cold War Era:
Understanding Regime Change at Northern Arizona University in
Flagstaff, Arizona. This research relied on a critical analysis of
space law and policy to elucidate newly emerging trends. In 2002, while
still a graduate student, Weeks began teaching courses and attending
and presenting at space conferences. For the past 4 years, Weeks has
been creating and teaching online courses, including The New Space Rush
and International Law and Politics of Outer Space at Webster University
Worldwide and Washington University in St. Louis. Weeks has presented
and published a variety of papers before the international space
community via the International Astronautical Federation Congresses,
and was elected into the International Institute of Space Law in 2004.
She speaks on topics related to space law and newly emerging trends for
outer space development to space organizations, K-12 groups, university
clubs and organizations, companies, and creates space themed courses
for social and behavioral sciences students
Dr. Weeks will discuss recent U.S. space policy and U.S. space law
provisions and how they complement and/or potentially conflict with
International space treaty provisions, and how this is likely to be
relevant regarding space mining plans being articulated by various key
actors within the space community.
February 11, 2013 Space Resources Utilization: Living off the Land
Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid is the Director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.
He has more than 25 years of experience conducting experiments in a variety of NASA’s low-gravity facilities,
such as drop towers, parabolic-flight aircraft, and orbiting spacecraft. He is also the president of
The Space Resources Roundtable, an organization focused on bringing the space exploration community, the financial sector,
and the mining and minerals industries to discuss issues related to lunar, asteroidal, and planetary resources.
Director, Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines
Just as our ancestors for centuries relied on the use of local resources to explore every
corner of our planet, so the utilization of space resources will enable the affordable establishment
of extraterrestrial exploration and operations by minimizing the materials carried from Earth.
The search and use of resources to produce materials, propellants, energy, and basic consumables
for life support on the Moon, asteroids, and other planets may very well become one of the main
drivers for continuing our exploration of space.
February 4, 2013 The DAWN Mission to Asteroid Vesta – Lessons Learned & Questions Raised Dr. Mike Gaffey Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Space Studies, UND
The DAWN mission to asteroids (4) Vesta and (1) Ceres was the ninth mission
in NASA’s low cost Discovery Program. The spacecraft was launched in September 2007
and went into orbit around the large main belt asteroid (4) Vesta in July 2011,
staying in orbit until September 2012, before departing for a rendezvous with asteroid
(1) Ceres in mid-2015. During the more than a year in orbit, the DAWN spacecraft imaged
the surface at high resolution and in many colors to map surface units. Additionally
visible and near-infra spectra were obtained of nearly the entire surface to assess
surface mineralogy, and gamma ray spectra were obtained to map elemental composition
of the surface. Although Vesta had been the most intensely investigated asteroid prior
to the DAWN mission, many surprises awaited the science team once data began to be returned.
One major goal of the mission was to test this asteroid as the parent body of the most common
type of igneous meteorites, the HEDs. Confirming such a link would allow the detailed chemical
and chronological data from the HED to be used to outline the geologic history of this largest
igneous body in the asteroid belt.
January 25, 2013 Observations of Planet Earth from Low Earth Orbit Mario Runco, Jr. NASA Astronaut on three Space Shuttle missions (STS-44,54,77) and the NASA-JSC Lead Earth and Planetary Scientist for
Spacecraft Window Optics and Utilization of the International Space Station Destiny Laboratory Module's Optical
Quality Science Window, Youtube video,
and the Window Observational Research Facility
Larisa Mikhaylova (b. 1954) – Editor, literary critic and translator. Ph.D. (Moscow State University, 1982). Teaches World Literature of the 20th Century, History and Translation of Science Fiction and SF TV Series at MSU. Russian Society of American Culture Studies Academic Secretary. SF magazine Supernova. F&SF Chief Editor (www.snovasf.com). SFRA and SFWA member. Interests: drama, science fiction and gender aspects of culture. Translated into Russian fiction by many SF authors, among them Ursula Le Guin and Pat Cadigan.
Professor of World Literature of the 20th Century, History and Translation of Science Fiction at Lomonosov Moscow State University
About the Topic: Is international cooperation essential for the humankind movement into the Universe? What may be the goals of space exploration as seen by contemporary science fiction writers today, in the beginning of the 21st century? These questions will be approached from the perspective of comparative culture research on the basis of Russian and American new trends in literature and film.
April 30, 2012 National Security Space Strategy: A Path to Success in a Changed Environment.
Colonel William J. Liquori, Jr. is a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow assigned to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for providing policy advice and support to the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve United States space capabilities.
Colonel Liquori entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Boston University. His career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office. He is a graduate and former instructor of the United States Air Force Weapons School (USAFWS). The Colonel also served as Chief, Space Control and Force Application Branch, National Security Space Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.
The Colonel commanded a space operations squadron of over 700 military, civilian, and industry personnel. The unit provided 24/7 operations and maintenance of a $12B national space system providing near real-time threat and mission support data to the President, multiple national agencies, unified military commanders, and deployed warfighters worldwide. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Liquori was the Chief of Missile Defense at Headquarters United States European Command.
Space capabilities provide the United States and our allies unprecedented advantages in national decision-making, military operations, homeland security, economic strength, and scientific discovery. Space systems provide unfettered global access, enable rapid response to global challenges, and are vital to monitoring strategic and military developments. Space systems allow people and governments around the world to see with clarity, communicate with certainty, navigate with accuracy, and operate with assurance. An evolving strategic environment increasingly challenges U.S. space advantages. Space, a domain that no nation owns but on which all rely, is becoming increasingly congested, contested, and competitive. This presentation will discuss the 2011 National Security Space Strategy and the path it charts for success in this changing environment. The speaker will address how the strategy maintains and enhances the advantages derived from space through the following approaches:
Promoting responsible, peaceful, and safe use of space
Preventing and deterring aggression against space infrastructure
Partnering with responsible nations, international organizations, and commercial firms
Providing improved U.S. space capabilities
Preparing to defeat attacks and to operate in a degraded environment
April 23, 2012 Landsat, and the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Jon Christopherson Principal Systems Engineer and Contract Work Manager for the Remote Sensing Technologies Project at the USGS EROS Data Center
Education - BS Electrical Engineering, 1984, S.D. School of Mines; MS Space Studies, 1998,
University of North Dakota; additional scattered course work from University of Maryland, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA
Experience - Electro-optical sensor manufacturing and operations, system engineering, sensor calibration,
quality assurance, and project management. Experience with DoD, DARPA, NASA, and USGS customers. Currently the Contract
Work Manager for the Remote Sensing Technologies Project.
Current Projects - Digital Aerial Quality Assurance, Camera Calibration, System Characterization.
April 2, 2012 GPS and the Next Generation Air Transportation System
Joseph Post is Acting Director of Systems Analysis & Modeling and Manager of NAS Modeling in the FAA’s NextGen organization.
He is responsible for cost, benefit, and performance analysis for all things NextGen.. Mr. Post has 30 years of experience
in aerospace, defense, and civil aviation. He holds degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, Electrical Engineering
from Yale University, and Economics from George Mason University. Mr. Post is an instrument-rated pilot.
The Federal Aviation Administration and its partners in the aviation industry are engaged in an unprecedented effort to
modernize air transportation. The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, will replace outmoded terrestrial
navigation and surveillance systems, and analog voice communications, with modern, space-based digital technologies, thereby
increasing operating efficiencies, enhancing safety, and improving environmental performance. The speaker will describe the
NextGen concept and technologies, with particular emphasis on NextGen's Global Positioning System (GPS) applications. He
will describe how Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Ground-Based
Augmentation System (GBAS), and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) will be used to improve the performance of air
February 27, 2012 How Science Drives Operation of NOAA’s Weather Satellite Assets
Thaddeus Johnson joined NOAA’s Engineering team as an intern supporting POES
Engineering and the launch of NOAA-19. After graduating with his B.S. degree in
Mechanical Engineering, Thaddeus joined NOAA’s GOES Engineering team as Attitude Control Subsystem Engineer.
While with NOAA, Thaddeus has supported the launches of POES-19 and DMSP F-18
and the handover of GOES-14 and GOES-15 from NASA. With the GOES team, he has transitioned
GOES primary operations from GOES-IM spacecraft to newer GOES-NOP series spacecraft.
Attitude Control Engineer, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)
This presentation centers around the requirements and modus operandi that drive NOAA's
Satellite operations at the short and long term levels for the GOES and POES programs.
As an example, at the daily level, team members deliberate such things as missed satellite contacts for
POES and product impacts due to maneuvers for GOES, while at the long-term
level, the changes in requirements that compel technological advances for the GOES and POES programs are considered.
This will also demonstrate how NOAA’s Space Assets have improved and how that improvement has advanced our knowledge of weather and climate.
February 24, 2012 Space Habitats: An Overview of Simulations, Analogs, Pressure Chambers, and Development Technologies
Marc M. Cohen, Arch.D
Architect, Principal Investigator & Project Manager
From the time he saw his first satellite at age five – Explorer 3 in July 1958 -- Marc grew up believing that the Space Program was the story of his life. Marc studied Architecture, developing notions for habitats, bases, settlements, and colonies off the Earth.
Starting out as a facility architect at NASA Ames, Marc designed projects for wind tunnels, life science labs, and aircraft support buildings. When the current Space Station Program began in the early 1980s, Marc served on the Space Station Concept Development Group at NASA HQ and became a charter member of the Space Human Factors Office at Ames. There, he developed the triangular-tetrahedral space station concept, the nodes and cupola (US Patent #4, 728,060), of which went into the Space Station Freedom and later the ISS configuration. He invented the Suitport (US Patent 4,842,224) now part of NASA’s Lunar Electric Rover that appeared as the NASA float at President Obama’s inauguration.
Marc facilitated the Human Exploration Demonstration Project: “A day in the life of a planetary habitat,” as his dissertation project for the University of Michigan. He led the Human Engineering team of 15 for the crew cabin systems on SOFIA, a 747 that carries a 2.5m infrared telescope. Marc led the Habot Mobile Lunar Base Project for John Mankins at NASA HQ.
Marc was a founding member of the Ames Federal Employees Union, (IFPTE Local 30) and was elected President four times over eight years. This experience gave him a deep insight into the working of the NASA institution and its internal relations. Marc is an AIAA Associate Fellow, having served as Chair of the Design Engineering TC and as founding chair of its Aerospace Architecture Subcommittee.
Taking early retirement from NASA in 2005, Marc worked for Northrop Grumman, as Human Systems Integration Lead for the Altair Lunar Lander. As part of the Altair program, Marc developed the Crew Productivity FOM. While at Northrop Grumman, Marc also performed human factors evaluations of for the Air Force Global Strike, Navy UAV control workstation, and DARPA’s “HART” project.
Presently, Marc is starting a business, Astrotecture, for the professional practice of Space Architecture.
AB cum laude, Architecture and Urban Planning, Princeton University,
M.Arch, Columbia University, Kinne Summer Travelling Fellow,
Arch.D, Design Methods, University of Michigan, Saarinen-Swanson Fellow.
Architect, Principal Investigator & Project Manager at
This presentation offers a common frame of reference for understanding full scale mockups and
simulators for human spacecraft. Mockups and Simulators have a range of objectives and purposes, including:
- Concept evaluation,
- Design research,
- Engineering integration
- Operations simulation and development, and
- Crew Training.
These purposes are not mutually exclusive, but can co-exist or overlap in the same mockup or simulator.
April 18, 2011 The Vital Role of ICESat Data Products
Dr. Douglas D. McLennan has been at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for over 23 years and has been instrumental in the development and management of Earth Science, Earth Observatory and Planetary missions. Dr. McLennan began his career managing the development of the six instruments and the AQUA spacecraft for the Earth Observing System (EOS) mission. After the successful completion of the mission, Dr. McLennan was appointed Deputy Project Manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) Series N-Q. In 1999, Dr. McLennan was promoted to Project Manger of the Space Technology 5 (ST-5) mission. The ST-5 mission consisted of three micro-sat satellites integrated into a single suite. In 2005, Dr. McLennan was appointed as Project Manager to the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) mission. The SAM instrument was successfully delivered, integrated and tested as part of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. Currently, Dr. McLennan is the Project Manager of ICESat-2 mission. The ICESat-2 mission is the next cryo-spheric remote sensing satellite mission providing coverage of the Earth’s surfaces. Dr. McLennan received his PhD from Georgetown University, Washington DC.
ICESat-2 Project Manager NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Maryland
Changes in Ice sheet thicknesses, sea level, and sea ice extent have been explicitly identified as a current priority in the President’s Climate Change Science Program, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC and other national and international policy documents. In response the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) formulated the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission to continue the exploration and understanding of our planet. The ICESat-2 is a remote sensing satellite mission providing coverage of the Earth’s surfaces. The ICESat-2 mission will provide multi-year elevation data needed to determine ice sheet mass balance. It will also provide topography and vegetation data around the globe, in addition to the polar-specific coverage over the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
The ICESat-2 observatory is comprised of one instrument, a laser altimeter called ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System). ATLAS is a laser altimeter, utilizing a measurement technique known as photon counting, which is designed to measure ice-sheet topography and associated temporal changes.
This presentation will focus on the role of ICESat-2 mission as we monitor the changes in the global cryosphere and the generation and subsequent distribution of data products to the user community. An overview of the mission will also be presented.
April 4, 2011 “Serving the Arctic – CSA Polar Communications and Weather Mission”
Mr. Kroupnik is the Acting Director of Satellite Communications and Space Environment Projects and Project Manager for the
Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Mission at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
Mr. Kroupnik holds Master of Engineering/Aerospace degrees from Moscow University of Aerospace Technologies and Concordia
University (Montreal), and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He has more than 25 years of engineering and functional and program management experience in aerospace domain. Mr. Kroupnik participated
in major space programs ranging from the Russian Space Shuttle "Buran" to Canadian Radarsat –1, Radarsat-2, and Radarsat Constellation Programs.
Acting Director of Satellite Communications and Space Environment Projects and Project Manager for the Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Mission at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Dr. Heather E. Hudson is Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and
Professor of Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Previously, she was founding
Director of the Communications Technology Management and Policy Program at the University of San Francisco.
Her work focuses on applications of ICTs for socio-economic development, regulation and policy issues including universal
service/access, and policies and strategies to extend affordable access to new technologies and services, particularly in rural and remote areas.
Prof. Hudson has planned and evaluated communication projects in Alaska, northern Canada,
and more than 50 developing countries and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East,
Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific. She has consulted for the private sector, government agencies, consumer and indigenous
organizations, and international organizations. She is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and been a keynote speaker for
IEEE chapters in South Africa, Tanzania, and New Zealand.
She has written many articles and several books, and has presented numerous conference papers and as well as
expert testimony on communications policy issues such as universal service and access, incentives for investing in
information infrastructure, restructuring of the telecommunications sector, and telecommunications planning for socio-economic development.
She is the author of From Rural Village to Global Village: Telecommunications for Developing in the Information Age;
Global Connections: International Telecommunications Infrastructure and Policy; Communication Satellites:
Their Development and Impact and When Telephones Reach the Village, and co-author of Electronic Byways: State Policies
for Rural Development through Telecommunications and Rural America in the Information Age.
In fall 2009, she held the Fulbright Visiting North American Policy Research Chair at Carleton University in Ottawa
to conduct a comparative study of Canadian and U.S. broadband policies. She has also been a Sloan Foundation Industry Fellow
at Columbia University’s Institute for Tele-Information, has held a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship for the Asia/Pacific,
and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and Senior Fellow at CIRCIT in Australia, and at the
East-West Center in Hawaii.
She has served as a board member of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), Telecommunications Policy Research
Conference (TPRC), Women in Telecommunications (WiT), Farm Radio International, and the International Council for
Computer Communications (ICCC). She has served on the editorial boards of Telecommunications Policy, Information Technologies
and International Development, and The Journal of Community Informatics.
She has been a member of Advisory Committees of the U.S. National Research Council, the Federal Communications Commission,
the Department of Commerce and the Office of Technology Assessment. Her research has been funded by inter alia the
Benton Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, the World Bank, the International
Telecommunication Union, the Aspen Institute, and the Telecommunications Education Trust.
Director, Institute of Social and Economic Research University of Alaska Anchorage
This presentation will examine the role of satellites in linking isolated communities
in the Arctic, particularly in Alaska, with examples also from Northern Canada and Greenland. It
will include a review of telemedicine, distance education, e-commerce, e-government, and indigenous
cultural applications. Also covered will be current projects in Alaska funded by Stimulus grants from
the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Rural Utilities Service. Current policy issues including technology trends,
expansion of broadband, and universal service fund support for rural areas will also be addressed.
January 18, 2011 The Changing Maritime Arctic: Space Needs for Future Marine Operations
Dr. Lawson Brigham is Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks,
and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North in Anchorage. During 2005-2009 he was chair and U.S. co-lead of the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping
Assessment (AMSA) and Vice Chair of the Council's working group on Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME). Dr. Brigham was a career U.S. Coast Guard
officer from 1970-95, retiring with the rank of Captain. He commanded four Coast Guard cutters, as well as serving at Coast Guard Headquarters. In 1994, he commanded
the polar icebreaker Polar Sea crossing the Arctic Ocean with the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,
the U.S. Naval War College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Cambridge. His research interests for more than three decades have focused on the Soviet/Russian
maritime Arctic, Arctic climate change, marine transportation, remote sensing of sea ice, Arctic environmental protection, and polar geopolitics.
Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, Anchorage
Peter L. Hays works for SAIC supporting the Department of Defense and the Eisenhower
Center, and teaches at George Washington University. He helps develop space policy initiatives including the
National Defense University Spacepower Theory Study. Dr Hays holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School and was
an honor graduate of the USAF Academy. He served internships at the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy and National Space Council and taught space policy courses at the USAF Academy, School of Advanced Airpower
Studies, and National Defense University. Major publications include: Spacepower for a New Millennium; “Going
Boldly—Where?” and United States Military Space.
Senior Scientist-SAIC-National Security Space Office at the Pentagon
Recent military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo indicate
space capabilities have become a foundational enabler of most U.S. military actions and
an increasingly important component of U.S. national security. Worldwide, there is growing
recognition and focus on the broad and ubiquitous contributions space capabilities make to
global prosperity and security. The 2001 Space Commission Report found that because U.S. military
and economic security has become so dependent on space capabilities, the nation could face a
“space Pearl Harbor.” The U.S. National Space Policy released in October 2006 stated: “In this
new century, those who effectively utilize space will enjoy added prosperity and security and will hold
a substantial advantage over those who do not. Freedom of action in space is as important to the United
States as air power and sea power.” And the National Space Policy of the United States of America
released in June 2010 indicates: “Space systems allow people and governments around the world to
see with clarity, communicate with certainty, navigate with accuracy, and operate with assurance.
Dr. Wendell Mendell is a Planetary Scientist serving as Assistant Administrator
for Exploration in the Directorate for Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science of
the NASA Johnson Space Center, where he has been employed since 1963. He is married and has
four children. Dr. Mendell has a B.S. in physics from CalTech; a M.S. in physics from UCLA;
and a M.S. in Space Science and a Ph.D. in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University.
His scientific research focus is remote sensing of planetary surfaces, particularly specializing
in thermal emission radiometry and spectroscopy of the Moon. Since 1982, his activities in NASA
have focused on planning and advocacy of human exploration of the solar system, especially on the
establishment of a permanent human base on the Moon. His interests lay as much with policy issues
as with technical solutions. He is most well known as the editor of the volume, Lunar Bases and Space
Activities of the 21st Century; and he received the 1988 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering
from the National Space Society for this work. Dr. Mendell is currently detailed to the Constellation Systems
Program Office as Chief, Office for Lunar & Planetary Exploration,. He acts as a liaison between the scientific
community and the Program responsible for implementing the Vision for Space Exploration. He is an Associate Faculty
of the International Space University. At the ISU, he has led Design Projects for an International Lunar Base (1988),
International Mars Mission (1991), International Lunar Farside Observatory and Science Station (1993), Vision 20/20
[a sampling of the future as seen by young space professionals] (1995), and Space Tourism: From Dream to Reality (2000).
He belongs to several professional scientific and engineering societies. He is most active in the International Academy
of Astronautics, where he is currently serving on Academic Commission III; and in the AIAA, where he has chaired the Space
Science and Astronomy Technical Committee and sits on the International Activities Committee. He served on (and chaired) the
Executive Committee of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been editor for nine technical
volumes and has published over 40 articles in professional journals and conference proceedings. He is also author of numerous
abstracts and short papers presented at technical conferences.
Chief, Office for Lunar and Planetary Exploration, NASA, Houston
On February 1, 2010, the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2011
was released. NASA received an increase, unlike almost any other federal agency. At the same time, the budget revealed that the
Constellation Program would be cancelled and that NASA would look to private sector providers for transportation of cargo, and
eventually crew members, to the International Space Station. The Constellation Program had included a human return to the Moon
by the year 2020, and the program plans called for a permanent surface facility capable of supporting human explorers.
In the FY2011 announcement, the prescription of a lunar objective was replaced by a concept called “flexible path” that was
advertised to open possibilities of other types of human missions beyond low Earth orbit.The policy direction has polarized the U.S. space community, where the reactions have been swift and polemical. The new policy has been described both as the death knell of human space exploration and as the only hope to save human space exploration. Some members of Congress have threatened legal action based on the current law regarding appropriation of funds to NASA, which states that Constellation cannot be cancelled without prior consultation with Congress. As might be expected, some of the reaction is directly related to losses or gains of jobs in districts associated with NASA facilities. However, various statements show high emotional content, suggesting that personal belief systems have been challenged. Meanwhile, many details of the new policy are not yet clear; and some aspects seem to be shifting in response to political reaction. The final direction for NASA will not be known until the FY2011 budget has been passed by Congress and signed by the President.I will draw upon my 28 years’ of studying, writing, and speaking on the topic of future human exploration beyond low Earth orbit to discuss the various issues at stake and the historical context for the debate. My own work has had a central theme of lunar exploration and development, but I have also come to believe that human exploration will never be more than a political sideshow until a significant economic sector can be created in space off of the Earth. Disclaimer: The views presented will be my own and in no way reflect official policies of the NASA.
April 19, 2010 Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade
Robert Zubrin, formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics. He holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering. He is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, as well the non-fiction books 'The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must' (Simon and Schuster 1996), 'Entering Space' (Tarcher Putnam 1999), and 'Mars on Earth' (Tarcher Penguin 2003). He is also the author of the novels 'The Holy Land' (Polaris Books, 2003) and 'First Landing' (Ace 2001), and most recently, the science-humor immigrant guidebook, 'How to Live on Mars' (Three Rivers Press, 2008). He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Space Society. Most recently, he founded the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. In that capacity, he personally led the construction and operation of a human Mars exploration training station on Devon Island, an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic 900 miles form the North Pole. Prior to his work in astronautics, Dr. Zubrin was employed in areas of thermonuclear fusion research, nuclear
engineering, radiation protection, and as a high school science teacher.
In July 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, the first President Bush called for America to renew its pioneering push into space with the establishment of a permanent Lunar base and a series of human missions to Mars. While many have said that such an endeavor would be excessively costly and take many decades, a small team at Martin Marietta drew up a daring plan that could sharply cut costs and send a group of American astronauts to the Red Planet within ten years. The plan, known as "Mars Direct", has attracted international attention and broad controversy, including coverage in such publications as Newsweek, Fortune, The Economist, Air and Space Smithsonian, the New York Times, the London Times, the Boston Globe and Izvestia. It has also been covered by the Discovery Channel, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Its principal author, Robert Zubrin, has presented it to such fora as the International Astronautical Federation congress in Germany, and the blue ribbon "Synthesis Group" headed by former Apollo astronaut General Thomas Stafford, the Augustine Committee, as well as to various government officials, including House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former NASA Administrators Dan Goldin and Mike Griffin.
Now, with nation debating how to proceed with human space exploration, the “Mars Direct” plan is more relevant than ever: Can Americans reach the Red Planet in our time?
March 22, 2010 NASA's Technology Development for Human Exploration Missions to Mars
Chris Moore has worked at NASA for 24 years. He is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Capabilities Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he leads the development of advanced technology for future exploration missions. From 1985 to 2002, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where he designed, integrated, and tested Space Shuttle payloads, and conducted research on robotics. He received a Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1991, a M. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984, and a B. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983. In his free time, Chris likes to run, ski, read, and travel to other countries.
Dy. Director, Advanced Capabilities Department, NASA HQ
Current plans call for the first human missions to Mars to be launched around 2030. The recently completed "Mars Design Reference Mission 5.0" study defines a conceptual mission architecture and identifies enabling technologies. NASA is beginning long-range development on key technologies needed for these missions because it will take many years for them to reach maturity. The ISS and the lunar outpost will be used as test beds for these technologies to reduce risk and prepare for human exploration of Mars.
March 8, 2010 Steps Towards the First Human Missions to Mars
Dr Pascal Lee is Chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and Director of the Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. He has worked extensively in the Arctic and Antarctica viewed as “analogs” for the Moon and Mars. He was first to propose the Cold Early Mars model based on his field work in Earth’s polar regions. Dr Lee is internationally recognized for his efforts to advance the human exploration of Mars, in particular via its moons Phobos and Deimos. He was recently scientist-pilot in the first field test of NASA’s new Small Pressurized Rover, a concept vehicle currently under development for the future human exploration of the Moon and Mars.
The first human mission to Mars will likely be humanity’s greatest undertaking in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps towards a human journey to the Red Planet are already underway, as we explore extreme environments on Earth and prepare for new journeys to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. Dr Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica, to achieve these milestones. He will examine in turn the what, why, when, who, and how of a human mission to Mars. Specific lessons learned from the NASA Haughton-Mars Project will be discussed.
February 22, 2010 Extravehicular Activities for Mars Exploration Mr. Pablo de León Research Associate, Department of Space Studies, UND
Extravehicular activity is one of the most critical areas for planetary exploration. On Mars, due to gravity conditions, dust contamination and a specific thermal scenario, a special kind of suit is required to protect the astronauts. Since 2005 the Department of Space Studies at UND has been researching in the area of planetary space suit systems and developed the NDX-1 a Mars suit demonstrator which was tested on Earth under analog conditions. As a result of these studies new developments are taking place and a series of design improvements have been done to prepare a suit that can cope with the Mars conditions. Since a space suit is just part of the extravehicular system, an integrated design of the mission contemplating all different aspects of the tasks to accomplish, is required. A new NASA grant is allowing the Department of Space Studies to develop a complete minimal mission scenario including inflatable habitat, airlocks, rovers and space suit, to attempt to address all the different problems related to a human mission to Mars.
February 8, 2010 Critical Human Factors in a Manned Martian Mission Dr. Vadim Rygalov Assistant Professor, UND Department of Space Studies
A mission to Mars and return to Earth will take more than two years, possibly a lot more. The travelers will be exposed to microgravity, radiation, and sensory deprivation, and other space phenomena in amounts which have never been experienced or tested before. For example, the longest stay in space microgravity on board the Russian space station Mir performed by Russian cosmonaut-physician Valery Polyakov was 438 Earth days.
Rygalov will address questions such how can astronauts survive this long duration trip in hostile environments of space? How can they maintain their health for an acceptable level of performance? What are those natural mechanisms which help people to survive in extreme environments? Rygalov also will discuss available techniques and current research trends in human factors in space.
The status of NASA’s Constellation program has been in question since it was first proposed in 2004. In the last year or two, its status had become even more questionable. The recent US budget included the new NASA budget. The NASA Administrator, Chuck Bolden Said on February 1, 2010: “So this budget cancels the Constellation Program.”
David Whalen (background), Michael Gaffey (budget analysis), and James Casler (Business and Management) of the Space Studies Department at UND will discuss this shocking—but not surprising—announcement and its implications. This will be followed by Q&A and general discussion. All are welcome to attend.
James Casler, David Whalen and Michael Gaffey (l to r)
February 1, 2010 The Planet Mars Dr. Mike Gaffey Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Space Studies, UND
The planet Mars has been long identified as a target for human space missions and possible human settlements. Since the 1986 discovery of possible – but very controversial – microbial fossils in the Martian meteorite ALH 84001, a fleet of unmanned spacecraft from several nations have visited the Red Planet. Although many questions remain to be resolved, we now know a great deal more about Mars than we did in 1989 when NASA, at the request of the President, outlined a scenario for a manned Mars mission. In this presentation we will outline the present state of knowledge concerning the nature and history of the planet Mars, with a special focus on aspects which would impact planning for a manned Mars mission and future human settlements.
Developing space resources or a space business venture requires capital. Lots of it. Especially early on in the life cycle of a new business. While there are some differences in a space business as compared to a terrestrial business, there are many more similarities than one might believe. In fact, business rules are pretty much business rules be it a space business of some type or a terrestrial business in an established industry. While business planning and due diligence are common, even routine in evaluating and managing terrestrial businesses, this is not so in some areas of space, particularly with the NewSpace industry. What makes NewSpace different? Why is it so hard to do real due diligence regarding all aspects of the business, not just for management or potential markets, but also technical and engineering due diligence regarding the end product of the company in question. Why does the wish list mentality prevail and why are those applying real standards to claims, rhetoric, and Power Points often attacked and accused of not being with the program?
These and other issues such as assumptions making and commonly used foolish terminology and rhetoric will be discussed in this presentation.
February 26, 2009 Overview of the Current Programs at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Jeff Richichi Director of Structural Design, SpaceX
SpaceX is revolutionizing access to space by developing a family of launch
vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of
both manned and unmanned space transportation. This presentation will highlight
the details of the Falcon 1 (F1), Falcon 9 (F9) and Dragon programs that SpaceX
is currently undertaking.
On September 28, 2008, the Falcon 1, designed and manufactured from the
ground up by SpaceX, became the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to
orbit the Earth. Details of the F1 vehicle will be presented along with video from
the first flight.
As a winner of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services competition
(COTS), SpaceX is in a position to help fill the gap in American spaceflight
to the International Space Station (ISS) when the Space Shuttle retires in 2010.
The Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle is the platform that will be used to provide access to
the ISS. Details of the design, manufacture and testing of the F9 vehicle will be
presented along with a video of the nine-engine, full duration test performed in our
McGregor, TX test site.
The Dragon spacecraft is made up of a capsule and trunk used for Earth to
LEO transport of cargo and/or crew members. Details of the design, manufacture
and testing of the Dragon capsule will be presented along with samples of PICAX
(a SpaceX developed heat shield material).
January 12, 2009 Remote Sensing in India Dr. Aishwarya Narain
In his two talks beginning at 4.00 PM, Dr. Narain will first
trace the history of India's remote sensing program and then
follow it up with a presentation on India's recent unmanned
moon mission. India's space program has made significant
progress over the years in launch vehicle development, pay
loads for communication and remote sensing, and recently
joined an exclusive club of few countries that have capabilities
to orbit and study the moon. Much of this has been
achieved by the various centers of the Indian Space
Research Organization and technology transfer to the private
industries. The talks will cover how India's space program
has resulted in societal benefits through management
of natural resources, tele-education and tele-medicine.
April 25, 2008 Why Go to the Moon? The Many Faces of Lunar Policy
Roger D. Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A graduate of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1982. He has written or edited more than twenty books on aerospace history, including Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008); Societal Impact of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2007-4801, 2007); Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2006-4702, 2006); Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars (Smithsonian Books, 2003), which received the AIAA's history manuscript prize; Reconsidering a Century of Flight (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles (University Press of Kentucky, 2002); Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Projections, 1950-2050 (Chronicle Books, 2001); Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite (Harwood Academic, 2000); Innovation and the Development of Flight (Texas A&M University Press, 1999); Frontiers of Space Exploration (Greenwood Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2004); Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership (University of Illinois Press, 1997); and NASA: A History of the U.S. Civil Space Program (Krieger Publishing Co., 1994, rev. ed. 2001). He served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture on the history of national security space policy at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues, and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television network news programs.
Senior Curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,D.C.
Why Go to the Moon? The Many Faces of Lunar Policy. What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of Humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both of good an ill, and its phases for eons served humanity as its most accurate measure of time. This paper discusses the Moon as a target for Human exploration and eventual settlement. This paper will explore the more than 50-year efforts to reach the Moon, succeeding with space probes and humans in Project Apollo in the 1960s and early 1970s. It will then discuss the rationales for spaceflight suggesting that human space exploration is one of the least compelling of all that might be offered. The paper will then discuss efforts to make the Moon a second home, including post-Apollo planning, the Space Exploration Initiative, and problems and opportunities in the 2004 Vision for Space Exploration.
April 18, 2008 The Magnetic Fields on T Tauri Stars Dr. Christopher M. Johns-Krull
T Tauri stars are low mass, pre-main sequence stars, many of which are still surrounded by active accretion disks where it is believed planet formation is currently under way. Stellar magnetic fields including a strong dipole component on these newly formed stars are believed to play a critical role in the early evolution of the young star plus disk system. It is currently believed that the stellar magnetic field truncates the accretion disk several stellar radii above the star. This action forces accreting material to flow along the field lines and accrete onto the star at high stellar latitudes. It is also thought that the stellar rotation rate becomes locked to the Keplerian velocity at the radius where the disk is truncated. I will review recent efforts to measure the magnetic field properties of T Tauri stars, focussing on how the observations compare with the theoretical expectations. A picture is emerging indicating that quite strong fields do indeed cover the majority of the surface on young stars; however, the dipole component of the field appears to be alarmingly small. I will also briefly discuss recent work on the origins of magnetic fields in fully convective stars such as T Tauri stars.
April 11, 2008 Exploring a New World: Titan as Revealed by Cassini's Radar Dr. Chuck Wood
Saturn's moon Titan is larger than the planet Mercury and has a dense atmosphere like a planet. Until Cassini and its atmosphere-piercing radar got to Saturn little was known of Titan. Now with ~30% of the surface revealed Titan is seen to have a very young surface, with deserts of dunes, rivers, and hundreds of lakes and a few large seas of liquid methane/ethane. We can infer that Titan is dynamically active, possibly with erupting volcanoes, blowing sediments, rainfall and rising and falling lake levels. In the debate about what is a planet, Titan would be considered a planet in all ways - except that it orbits another one.
March 28, 2008 Shedding Light on Dark Energy Dr. Wayne Barkhouse Assistant Professor for the University of North Dakota (UND) Department of Physics
One decade ago, the astrophysics community was shaken to its core with
the announcement that the expansion rate of the Universe was speeding up
rather than slowing down due to gravity. This discovery - corroborated
at the time by two independent teams searching for supernovae -indicates
that the Universe is filled with a mysterious negative pressure or
"Dark Energy". For the past 10 years, theorists have invoked numerous
mechanisms to help explain this force, including Einstein's cosmological
constant, extra dimensions, quintessence, and even hypothesizing the
breakdown of General Relativity on cosmological scales.
To acquire a deeper understanding of dark energy, the Dark Energy Task
Force (jointly commissioned by NASA, DOE, and NSF) has recommended that
an aggressive program be established to fully characterize dark energy.
A part of this process includes support for a new large-area,
ground-based optical survey to chart the position and brightness of
several hundred million galaxies out to a redshift of order unity. The
leading contender that will satisfy these requirements is the Dark
Energy Survey (DES).
The DES is a 5000 square degree photometric survey that will image the
South Galactic Cap in multiple filters (griz), using a new 3 sq. deg.
CCD camera mounted to the Blanco 4-meter telescope in Chile. The nature
of dark energy will be probed utilizing four independent but
complementary techniques: the redshift distribution of galaxy clusters,
weak gravitational lensing by large-scale structure, the angular
correlation of galaxies as imprinted in the baryon acoustic
oscillations, and supernova distances. As a member of the DES, I will
explain how these techniques will allow us to unravel the mystery of
February 22, 2008 Physiological, Environmental and Operational Risk Factors for Crews and Passengers of Future Commercial Space Vehicles
Melchor J. Antuñano, M.D., M.S. has been the Director of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)
since January 14, 2001. CAMI is located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) in Oklahoma City. Dr. Antuñano provides executive
direction and is responsible for the administrative oversight of FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine's programs in Medical Certification, Medical Education,
Medical Research, Human Factors Research, and Occupational Health Services, that are critical and integral elements of the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS).
He is the focal point in leading the activities of a professional, technical, and clerical team engaged in the policy development, planning, evaluating,
and administering of: 1) a program to fulfill the medical certification needs of approximately 620,000 holders of U.S. pilot certificates, 2) a program for
the selection, designation, training, and management of about 5,000 Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) appointed to conduct physical examinations and issue
FAA medical certificates to pilot certificate holders throughout the U.S. and in 93 countries worldwide, 3) medical education programs in aviation physiology,
global survival, and aviation human factors for FAA flight crews and civil aviation pilots, 4) medical publications and other didactic materials used to
disseminate medical information to promote aerospace safety, 5) a highly specialized library system in support of a broad range of aerospace medical and
safety reference/research programs, 6) an integrated program of field and laboratory performance research in organizational and human factors aspects of
aerospace work environments, 7) an applied research program to identify human tolerances, capabilities and failure modes (physiological, psychological,
and performance) both in uneventful flights, and during civilian in-flight incidents and accidents, 8) an occupational medicine program to improve the
safety of FAA employees, and 9) a medical clinic that provides health services to employees and students at the MMAC.
Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute Office of Aerospace Medicine Federal Aviation Administration
This presentation will discuss a number of physiological,operational, and environmental risk factors (actual and potential) for the occupants of commercial space vehicles. Actual risks include exposure to: 1) High acceleration of flight profiles, 2) Decreased barometric pressure, 3) Microgravity, 4) Solar and galactic cosmic radiation, 4) Noise and vibration. Of particular concern are the effects of exposure (short-term and long-term) to microgravity on the cardiovascular, neurological, endocrinological, muscleskeletal, and gastro-intestinal systems, among healthy and diseased passengers. Furthermore, U.S. and Russian experience regarding space physiology and medicine involve short-term and long-term space flights but does not address the effects of: 1) Frequent repetitive exposure (several times a week) to flight profiles involving: normal gravity (pre-flight) - acceleration (launch/take off) - microgravity (space) - deceleration (return) - normal gravity (post-flight), 2) Frequent repetitive exposure to solar and cosmic radiation, and 3) Exposure to microgravity among individuals who have medical pathology. Other potential risk factors include unexpected exposure to: temperature extremes, in-flight cabin fire, cabin air contaminates, electricity, non-ionizing radiation, mechanical hazards, impact forces during crash landings, post-crash fire, emergency evacuation, and post-evacuation survival.
February 4, 2008 Election 2008: Does Space Matter? - Space policy discussion of the U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Paul Hardersen Assistant Professor, UND Department of Space Studies
P. Diane Rausch currently serves as the Director, Advisory Committee Management Division, in the Office of External Relations,
NASA Headquarters. Appointed to this position in 2004 by the NASA Administrator, she provides management oversight and executive
direction for all of NASA's external independent advisory committees. She also serves as the Executive Director of the National Space-Based
Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, a new Presidential advisory committee providing recommendations on the U.S. Global
Positioning System (GPS).
Director, Advisory Committee Management Division, in the Office of External Relations, NASA Headquarters
Since its inception, NASA has pursued a broad range of international cooperative endeavors with foreign countries. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 established international cooperation as a fundamental objective of the Agency. To achieve this objective, NASA operates within broad U.S. Government policies, including economic, scientific and foreign policies, and has established Agency guidelines for international cooperation. Potential benefits of international space cooperation include access to unique capabilities or expertise, increased mission flight opportunities, access to program-critical locations outside of the United States, cost-sharing, and building or reinforcing positive international relations among nations. To date, NASA has concluded thousands of agreements with over 100 nations and international organizations. In January 2004, President Bush announced the new Vision for Space Exploration, and NASA was directed to pursue opportunities for international participation in support of the U.S. Government's new goals for human exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. As NASA implements the Vision, the Agency is promoting new international space cooperation with its foreign space partners in areas of mutual interest, through a variety of bilateral and multilateral mechanisms. At the same time, NASA will continue to develop and implement international cooperative missions, projects and activities in its longstanding Agency program areas of space science, earth science, aeronautics and space operations.
Ashbindu Singh has a strong multidisciplinary background with postgraduate degrees in physical and natural sciences and a
Ph.D. in environmental science. He has 30 years of work experience: 13 years working with the Indian Forest Service (1977-1990) in
various capacities at local, provincial and national levels and over 17 years with UNEP in different parts of the world.
He is intimately involved in analyzing environmental sustainability issues around the globe. He has over 100 publications
including 35 UNEP reports, in peer reviewed scientific journals and conferences, on various environmental issues. Findings
of his research work are extensively referred by the scientific community and those involved in the environmental policy
formulations. One of his papers titled "Digital change detection techniques using remotely sensed data" has made a lasting
impact the field of remote sensing (citation 439 in Google scholar). The team under his direction has produced highly influential
reports on various environmental issues including global forests, threats to freshwater, coastal vulnerability, linkage between
environment and health, environmental conflicts , transboundary air pollutants , biodiversity and UNEP's best seller ever publication
"One Planet many people: Atlas of our changing environment" His current interest focuses on how to bridge the gap between science and
policy and applications and communication of earth observations technologies for environmental assessment and monitoring.
Regional Coordinator, UNEP Division of Early Warning & Assessment
The topic of Singh's presentation is Remote Sensing in Decision Making - an International Perspective' in which he will speak about his involvement with analyzing environmental sustainability around the world. His talk will focus on how to bridge the gap between science and policy and applications and communication of Earth observations technologies for environmental assessment and warning.
This presentation illustrates the outstanding achievements of the USSR, and later Russia, in the study and exploration of space during the past century, including the flight of the first artificial Earth satellite and orbital station MIR. It outlines man's eternal dreams of fathoming the mysteries of the Universe and the process whereby leading Soviet scientists developed and brought to fulfillment the theoretical and practical principles of cosmonautics. Most of the presentation describes and illustrates the various stages of preparation and training for cosmonauts and the carrying out of manned space flights of different durations, starting from the first in history, accomplished by Yuri Gagarin and finishing by International Programs at ISS.
February 5, 2007 South America Space Programs and Development of Satellite Pehuensat-1 Pablo de León Research Associate
At the same time that the U.S. and the Soviet Union started their space programs, several countries in South America were also willing to enter the space race to a lesser degree. In the 1960s, Argentina started launching its own sounding rockets. In the 1970s, Brazil did the same. Today, despite the economic setbacks common to the region, several countries in South America have their space projects with advanced high altitude rockets, several satellites in orbit and strong research and development programs. Cooperation between the countries of the region and international partners is also very important and reaffirms the peaceful purposes of the space research in South America. A sample case of the non-governmental educational satellite Pehuensat-1 will be presented.
Professor Rao is an internationally renowned space scientist, presently the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research
Laboratory popularly known as PRL, which is considered as the cradle of India's Space Program. Prof. Rao is also the chancellor of
Ambetkar University and serves on the board of governors of Reserve Bank of India. He also chairs the National Center for Antarctic
Research and the Institute for Tropical Meteorology.