Space Studies master’s student, Jerra Turner-Brown, will defend her thesis as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Please show your support!
When: Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. (Central)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 134 (note room change)
Title: How Space-X is Fundamentally Changing American Spacelift Policy
About the topic: Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is revolutionizing the space launch industry. Starting off as just a commercial payload provider, they are quickly delving into the world of national security space. As they do so, they are becoming the more popular launch option and changing the roles of military and launch providers. The Air Force, in particular, is being forced to change at a quicker pace than its culture typically allows. As SpaceX brings increasing commercial launch business back to the United States, the more political ammunition it is going to have in its quest to become the world's premier launch provider and win big contracts from companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. It will also inspire a movement toward a purely commercial launch sector, where commercial launch ranges exist and the only regulating authority is the Federal Aviation Administration and not the United States military. This is going to lead to substantially lower costs, in-part due to relaxed safety constraints. SpaceX is on the cusp of completely revolutionizing the way the world looks at launch, driving rudimentary change to policy itself. In this way, SpaceX is fundamentally changing American spacelift policy.
About the presenter: Jerra Turner-Brown is currently a Captain in the United States Air Force, stationed in Suitland, MD working on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, the Department of Defense's only weather satellite. She works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) daily, as they operate the constellation. Previously, she was stationed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. as a Range Control Officer and Range Operations Commander who worked 14 space launches. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Space Operations from the United States Air Force Academy in 2011.
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