The future of manned space flight is now in jeopardy due to the recent cancellation of Project Constellation and its ARES heavy-lift vehicle systems. These were to succeed the flawed Space Shuttle program with its severely limited deep-space flight capabilities. The opportunity to return to the moon and to someday explore Mars is thereby eliminated for the foreseeable future. The domino effect that severe damage to the space program may have on long-range critical technologies and the fragile world economy is explored.
The political, economic, and technical issues that resulted in the loss of the U.S. heavy-lift spaceflight capability are carefully examined. Strategies for its recovery are set forth. Can private industry pick up the pieces?
About our Speaker:
Dr. Gary Flandro is an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He previously was a professor at the University of Tennessee, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Flandro has consulted with numerous government organizations and corporations including, NASA, Thiokol (ATK), Aerojet, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, and Intelsat. He is the author of over 116 publications, including six books or book chapters. In 2008, Dr. Flandro was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the organization.
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