February Chapter Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:05PM
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Date: 22 February (Thursday)

Time: 6:00 pm complimentary dinner and presentation will start promptly after dinner

Where: Chimbole Cultural Center, Primrose Room (38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550)

Who: Al Bowers, NASA

Title: The Future of Deep Space Travel

 

Presentation Abstract:

Travel to the distant outer planets has for decades depended on the use of gravity assist to send deep space probes to their destinations. Though gravity assist greatly reduces the time for travel to the outer planets, it can still take many years (or decade or more) to arrive at their eventual target. What if there was a way to cut the travel time to the outer planets in half? What if one of the great impediments to making this happen was a problem with materials? What is this solution, and why are materials so important? Come and find out what an aero gravity assist trajectory is, and why this is the future of deep space travel…

 

Al Bowers Bio:

Al Bowers is the Chief Scientist at NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. Al spent 36 years working for NASA, as a research aerodynamicist and as chief engineer of 20+ aircraft projects. Al has expertise in aerodynamics (subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic) as well as optics and orbital mechanics. Al has served as the Chief of Aerodynamics, the Deputy Director of Research, the Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Aeronautics in Washington DC, the Director of Aeronautics Projects, and now as the Chief Scientist. Al has spent over 20 years working on the problem of flying wings and how birds fly without vertical tails.

 

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