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National Capital Section & Baltimore Section

Presents

The annual American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Baltimore & National Capital Section

Space Systems Technical Committee Town Meeting

will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland beginning at 5:30 PM.

Dr. Ed Weiler, Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the moderator for the evening and the SSTC planning committee have organized a magnificent event. The evening's theme is “Expanding Our Vision: An evening with the STS-125 Hubble Repair Mission Team.” The panel guests are STS- 125 Commander Scott Altman; Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld; Frank Cepollina, Deputy Associate Director for Hubble Space Telescope Development; David Leckrone, Hubble Senior Project Scientist. In addition special guests will be in attendance, STS-125 Pilot Gregory Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Massimino, Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and K. Megan McArthur.

The cost to attend is $60.00/person; $10.00 for students; $600.00 for corporate table of ten.

Corporate table reservations are due by April 11th. Individual reservations are due by April 18th.

To make a reservation, please contact Marcie Jones at (443) 964-8327 or aiaanatlcapsec@aol.com.

Please review attached flyer for detailed information.

 

This year’s Annual joint NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/NCS Space Systems Technical Committee Town Hall event was the highlight of the series of joint NCS/Baltimore Section meetings.  The event celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with the largest audience every assembled in the history of the Town Hall—305 people. Dr. Ed Weiler, Director, former NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director (now NASA Hqs Associate Administrator for Science) served as the moderator for a panel discussion. The evening's theme was “Expanding Our Vision: An evening with the STS-125 Hubble Repair Mission Team.” The panelists were as follows: STS-125 Commander Scott Altman; Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld; Frank Cepollina, Deputy Associate Director for Hubble Space Telescope Development; David Leckrone, Hubble Senior Project Scientist. In addition special guests will be in attendance, STS-125 Pilot Gregory Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Massimino, Andrew Feustel, Michael Good and K. Megan McArthur. In the crowd of 305 were large contingents from University of Maryland AIAA Student Branch and cadets from the Naval Academy, in addition to industry and NASA leadership. We were honored that Dr Mike Griffin, NASA Administrator attended this year's event. Dr Weiler ran the event by having the NCS and Baltimore Sections have opening and concluding remarks, respectively. NCS Section Chair introduced Dr Weiler, which he in turn opened the event with presentations by Scott Altman, Mr Cepollina and Mr Lekrone, and Mission Specialist Grunsfeld. Dr Weiler then held a Q&A session with questions solicited prior to the event and by cards from the audience. At the end, the STS-125 showed a Hubble video and presented a large Shuttle crew photo for display at NASA Goddard HQs.

With 305 people in attendance, from the most senior NASA leaders, the most experienced NASA Goddard Hubble team members (some, including Dr Weiler, with 32 years on the program), astronauts, industry, UMD, and Naval Academy, this was our greatest networking opportunity of the year. The event not only focused on the upcoming Hubble repair mission, but covered many of the early challenges with Hubble, engineering solutions and their implementation.

This meeting touched on the balance between Science and Manned Space missions--the end of Shuttle, the final Hubble servicing mission, the concept of repairable and serviceable satellites in the future, large space observatories in earth orbit vs Langrangian or deep space trajectories, and the role of CEV in future observatory missions.  Lockheed Martin was a key sponsor of the event, creating the great program and sponsoring several tables.

 

 

 



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