May 4 - Barrett Shaver, Chief Development Officer for Space Center Houston provided insights and updates on the initiatives and programs at Space Center Houston.
March 2 - "Spaceflight Analogs" - JSC/Lorrie Primeaux provided insight into the various different analogs used by ROI and the type of research work performed in different analogs in support of human spaceflight. Presentation Charts
Feb 2 - Bradley, Cheetham, co-founder and CEO of Advanced Space, discussed the CAPDTONE spacecraft which successfully arrived at the Moon in 2022 as a pathfinder for NASA's Artemis program. - Zoom meeting recording.
Dec 1 - "United Space School" - Francesco Fusco, President of the United Space School (USS), talked about the yearly two week school for incoming seniors around the world.
Nov 3 - "Moon2Mars - The Future of JSC" Doug Terrier, JSC Associate Director for Vision and Strategy, discussed plans for JSC's future, including how commercial companies and NASA are developing technologies to enable future scientific discoveries.
Oct 6 - "Hemphill's - Remembering Columbia Museum" - Belinda Gay and Lane Luckie of the 'Remembering Columbia Museum in Hemphill Texas talked about the museum and plans for the 20th anniversary observance of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. - Zoom meeting
Aug 4 - "Gateway" - Debra Lubhan, Gateway Manager for Vehicle System Integration, and Tremayne Days, Gateway Safety & Mission Assurance Manager provided the latest status on NASA's effort to develop Gateway, a space station that will orbit the moon.
July 21 - SOCIAL & DINNER - "JSC Center Director Update" by JSC Director Vanessa Wyche
July 7 - "Making Space History" - Matthew Peek, Associate Director of University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives and Special Collections discussed archiving personal collections and papers. Presentation Charts
June 2 - Venus Aerospace, based at Houston's Ellington Spaceport, is developing a hypersonic aircraft to transport passengers to Earth landing sites in much less time than traditional aviation. Founders Sassie Duggleby, CEO, and Andrew Duggleby, CTO, provided an overview of their program. - Zoom Meeting
May 5 - "Artemis 1 Mission Status" - Paul Marshall, the Orion Program's Assistant Manager for Strategy Integration, provided an update on the status of the Artemis 1 mission to send an unmanned Orion capsule to circle the Moon and return it to Earth. - Zoom Meeting
Feb 3 - "Rocket Spotting in North Korea" - NAL member James Oberg discussed his visit to the North Korean satellite launch center in 2012, as an NBC-News 'space consultant'. - Zoom Meeting
Jan 6 - "Zoo in Space" - Former Shuttle Flight Director and NASA Alumni League member Rob Kelso talked about the various animals and insects that have had a part in the space program....and WHY.- Zoom Meeting
Nov 4 - Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON, an Austin-based construction technologies company pioneering in construction-scale 3D printing, discussed how 3D printing is an essential part of humanity's toolkit to go to the Moon and Mars to stay. Video Presentation - Zoom Meeting
Oct 7 - Carl Brainerd (retired), formerly with Link Flight Simulation, described the Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) complex used to train all Shuttle crews, and specifically the disassembly and current Motion Base restoration effort. Restoration Presentation charts. - Zoom Meeting
Sept 2 - Dr. Brian Crucian, lead scientist for NASA’s Immunology research, discussed changes to an astronaut’s immune system during spaceflight, as well as developing countermeasures to help mitigate the clinical risks for astronauts during long-duration mission. - Zoom Meeting
Aug 5 - "Stopping a Pandemic with Spacesuit Technology" - NAL member Dr. Larry Kuznetz, chief scientist and designer for Planetary Protech, discussed developing a pathogen-protected suit to defend against present and future pandemics. - Zoom Meeting
July 1 - "Apollo's Lessons" - Space historian Andrew Chaikin talked about his work for NASA on the human elements of success and failure in spaceflight projects, focusing on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. - Zoom meeting
June 3 - John Couluris, Program Manager for Blue Origin's Human Landing System, discussed Blue Origin's concept for their vehicle to land American astronauts on the Moon. - Zoom Meeting
May 6 - NAL member Jerry Ross described some of the beautiful pictures of Earth that were taken during his seven Space Shuttle missions. "Around the world in 90 minutes" - Zoom Meeting
Nov 5 - Dr. Scott Greenald, Senior Vision Scientist in NASA's Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory presented "How a headwind fluid shift in weightlessness may cause spaceflight-associated neuroocular syndrome (SANS). - Zoom Meeting.
Oct 1 - Torin McCoy, Branch Chief, Environmental Sciences Branch, Human Health and Performance Directorate NASA gave a talk about Lunar Dust Toxicity - Zoom Meeting
Oct 10 – SOCIAL & DINNER – Guest speaker was JSC Deputy Director Vanessa Wyche.
Oct 3 – Larry Bell, Director Emeritus of the Univ. of Houston Central Campus Sasakawa Space Architecture School.
Sept 5 – Steven Gonzalez, Technology Transfer Strategist presented “JSC Tech Transfer: The Latest on Partnerships and Start-Ups.” After this, Charlene Gilbert, Intellectual Properties Portfolio Manager, discussed the efforts of the JSC Tech Transfer Office to formulate an Intellectual Property strategy to support US Commercial Space companies.
August 1 – “Orion Program Update”, Charlie Lundquist — Orion Deputy Program Manager.