Next two section event are: Thurs., Nov. 21st + Sat., Dec. 7th
Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Location: Beckham Grill in Pasadena, CA
Speaker: Steve Isakowitz, President of Virgin Galactic
Talk Title: Your Ticket to Space
Virgin Galactic is opening the space frontier by offering frequent and affordable flights for individuals. SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s reusable suborbital spacecraft, is in the final phases of a rigorous, multi-year test flight program, having already exceeded the speed of sound in rocket-powered flight. Already, more than 650 individuals have purchased flights on SpaceShipTwo, representing a sustainable revenue stream and putting Virgin Galactic on pace to exceed the number of astronauts who have flown in space to date within the vehicle’s first years of operations. Virgin Galactic is democratizing access to space, allowing a much great pool of individuals to become active participants in the global space exploration community.
As President of Virgin Galactic, Steve Isakowitz has broad leadership responsibilities across a range of areas as the company prepares to begin commercial operation of its space vehicles. Steve joined the company in September 2011 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer where he led technical oversight of key programs, development and management of new programs, government and industry business development, government affairs, advanced technologies and strategic analysis.
Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, Steve held a wide variety of senior engineering, business, and management roles across the private and government sectors including NASA, where he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. At NASA, he helped set overall priorities, guide development of innovative technologies and systems, and architected new programs in robotic and human spaceflight. For his work at NASA, Steve received the agency’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.
Beckham Grill Restaurant, 77 W. Walnut, Pasadena, CA
6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Program/Talk
The dinner meeting is open to both AIAA and non-AIAA members.
Cost : $25 for AIAA members (and one guest at member price), $30 for non-members, $10 for students, and FREE to members attending for the first time. Please pay cash at the door.
New: Limited number of spots are available for those wishing to attend the meeting without purchasing dinner. The price is $10.
For RSVPs please email: aiaaSGV@gmail.com
Please include your name, names of your guests, and AIAA membership status in your RSVP.
Other local AIAA Section's happenings:
Upcoming joint event with San Fernando Pacific Section:
Event: Space Shuttle Viewing at the California Science Center
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 11:30am for Space Shuttle Exhibit
1:30pm for Space Station IMAX movie
Guests can go see the other (free) exhibits at their own leisure.
Sample of Previous Meeting Talks:
October 2013: Sandy Magnus, former US astronaut: Perspectives from Space
October 2013: Tech Talk on 3D printing, aka Additive Manufacturing
August 2013: Mysteries of Europa
May 2013: Gen. Tattini, Deputy Director of JPL: Reflections on My Last 12 Years at JPL
March 2013: Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)
January 2013: Is Global Warming the Real Deal? Are You Skeptical?
November 2012: Mars InSight Mission
September 2012: The 21st Century Conquest of Space
May 2012: Installing Seismometers Around Every Corner: What can they tell us?
March 2012: This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
January 2012: Mars Science Laboratory
November 2011: Rainbow and Gusto: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird
September 2011: The Future of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program
May 2011: Miniaturization Technologies for Space Exploration & Their Crossover Applications
March 2011: Simulating Impact Performance of Structures
January 2011: California’s Sustainable Water Future
May 2010: Living on a Restless Planet: Using Space Technology to Study Earthquakes, Aquifers, Volcanoes, and More
March 2010: The Mars Rovers