Akron Chapter Meeting at Stow-Munroe Falls Library

Monday, November 6th 2017 at 7:00 pm
Monday, November 6th 2017 at 8:45 am

On Sept. 15, we all said goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft when it performed a suicide plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn. Several days earlier NASA made an announcement about the ongoing mission of the New Horizons spacecraft, which made major headlines in 2015 when it became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto. Join us Mon., Nov. 6, for a talk by long-time CFI NE Ohio member and NASA engineer Dave Huntsman about these two spacecraft and their missions, one now over and the other continuing on. Dave is a 43-year (and counting) NASA engineer, including nine years as a Senior Executive. His first 15 years were spent at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, working primarily on the space shuttle's first 30 missions, and he was lead flight controller in Mission Control for launching rockets and satellites from the orbiting space shuttle, as well as major space shuttle mechanical and robotic systems. He then was transferred to Washington D.C. where he became Senior Executive responsible for design and integration of the space station in its early years. After serving in the international relations department for several years, he was transferred to the NASA Center in Cleveland, where he was head of several different Systems Engineering & Design divisions. He currently works in the Office of Innovation and Technology Incubation, working for the Chief Technologist on issues ranging from development of new commercial space systems with entrepreneurial space companies to economic development issues NASA can support in the Great Lakes region.