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Derek Nelson is an Optical Navigation Engineer for the Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics (SNAFD) Practice at KinetX Aerospace, Inc.  KinetX is responsible for providing end-to-end interplanetary navigation solutions for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu, and MESSENGER mission to Mercury.  KinetX provides a wide range of navigational support from mission design to spacecraft/planetary orbit estimation to end-of-life operations.  Derek specifically supports optical navigation planning, development, and operations, while continuing development and verification of KinetX’s star-based optical navigation software suite.  

During this discussion, Mr. Nelson will discuss KinetX’s participation in the New Horizons and OSIRIS-REx missions, with a particular focus on the role and purpose of optical navigation solutions within the broader context of spacecraft navigation.

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Please join us for the Early Career Aerospace Professionals SpaceTalk, which is part two of our summer SpaceTalk series. Nipuna Jayakody and Davin Anderson from Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) will be talking about their experiences in engineering and at LMCO. A question and answer session will follow, and some of your unanswered questions from the June SpaceTalk will also be discussed. Don't miss this exciting discussion!

Nipuna Jayakody is a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company working on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. He has been with Lockheed Martin since May of 2013, starting as a graduate intern for the weather satellite, GOES-R, and then transitioning to full-time with OSIRIS-REx in January of 2014. On the OSIRIS-REx mission, Nipuna is a software systems engineer responsible for software-to-software interfaces, system level testing, and mission phase planning. Nipuna holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University.

Davin Anderson currently is the Electrical Systems Engineering (ESE) associate manager for the InSight spacecraft, a NASA robotic Mars lander planned to launch in March of 2016.  As ESE, he is responsible for the electrical interfaces between boxes.  Prior to his work on InSight, Davin was the lead test conductor for both the Juno and MAVEN spacecraft.  He also has built and flown assets within Military Support Programs.  Davin has his BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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All SEDS-USA chapters are invited to vote on the location for the SpaceVision 2016 Conference during this bid meeting. Ethan Kayser (Purdue), Alex Case (Illinois), and Daniel Johnson (UCF) will be presenting their bids during this meeting, and they will by joined by Molly Zaslow, who is the SEDS SpaceVision Project Manager. Chapters will be able to cast their votes through the question and answer column in the Hangout. We hope you will join us! The proceedings of the meeting will be uploaded to YouTube for later viewing.

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SEDS-USA is excited to announce a two-part SpaceTalk series with some distinguished engineers at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Our June SpaceTalk will be focused on Design Leadership in Aerospace, featuring Mr. Josh Wood and Mr. Pieter Kallemeyn. Our follow-up discussion,  Early Career Aerospace Professionals SpaceTalk, will be aired in July.

Josh Wood is a Senior Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin working on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.  Josh has over 15 years of experience working multiple NASA missions including the Mars Phoenix Lander, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Spitzer Space Telescope in roles running from Test Engineering to Electrical Systems and Mission Operations.  On the OSIRIS-REx mission, Josh is the System Design Lead, providing technical oversight for the entire Spacecraft.  Josh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Pieter Kallemeyn has worked on Earth orbiting and interplanetary missions for nearly 30 years, the last sixteen of which has been with Lockheed Martin Space Systems.  He is currently the System Design Lead for the InSight Mars Lander, scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB in March 2016.  Prior to InSight, he was fault protection lead for the GRAIL lunar gravity mapping mission, and has had various roles with the Phoenix lander, Mars Odyssey orbiter, and the Spitzer Infrared Telescope.  Prior to his time at Lockheed Martin, Pieter was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a member of the Mission Design and Navigation Section, where he was responsible for orbit determination analysis for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and led the Mars Pathfinder Navigation Team to a successful landing in July of 1997.  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado.

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Daniel Baca is a Senior Systems Engineer in the Orion program at Lockheed Martin. He holds multiple degrees including Bachelors’ degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy, and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in Bioastronautics. Mr. Baca has worked in various areas of space exploration both academically and professionally for the past 11 years and he helped cofound SEDS at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has received many awards from both NASA and Lockheed Martin and was awarded Most Promising Engineer of 2013 by Great Minds in STEM. He was part of the design, integration, and launch teams for Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) and currently is the Fault Protection lead for the European Service Module (ESM) for Orion’s next flight to cislunar space, Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).

He will be talking about his experiences as one of the primary engineers for the Orion Mission. He was also on console as part of the Launch Team at the Kennedy Space Center during the Orion flight. He will be here to answer any questions you may have during this interactive discussion! 

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Mike Mackowski has been an Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation for over 14 years. He has extensive experience in the design of spacecraft subsystems and space vehicle concepts, as well as the analysis of spacecraft requirements and performance. He will be talking about career paths in the space industry and will take your questions during the question and answer session! Please join us for this wonderful SpaceTalks discussion and see below for an excerpt from Mr. Mackowski's digital autobiography:

"The nation is still in a space funk. We never committed to a real follow-on to the space shuttle. The shuttle was a technological wonder but operationally a wrong turn. You don’t need a manned vehicle to deliver heavy payloads to orbit. Splitting crew delivery from cargo makes sense, and having it done “commercially” (whatever that means) is a good approach. I like having private industry develop a new generation of Earth to LEO crew taxis as it frees up NASA to focus on deep space opportunities. If private companies can make a buck mining asteroids, that would be wonderful."

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Mike Mackowski has been an Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation for over 14 years. He has extensive experience in the design of spacecraft subsystems and space vehicle concepts, as well as the analysis of spacecraft requirements and performance. He will be talking about career paths in the space industry and will take your questions during the question and answer session! Please join us for this wonderful SpaceTalks discussion and see below for an excerpt from Mr. Mackowski's digital autobiography:

"The nation is still in a space funk. We never committed to a real follow-on to the space shuttle. The shuttle was a technological wonder but operationally a wrong turn. You don’t need a manned vehicle to deliver heavy payloads to orbit. Splitting crew delivery from cargo makes sense, and having it done “commercially” (whatever that means) is a good approach. I like having private industry develop a new generation of Earth to LEO crew taxis as it frees up NASA to focus on deep space opportunities. If private companies can make a buck mining asteroids, that would be wonderful."

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Mike Mackowski has been an Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation for over 14 years. He has extensive experience in the design of spacecraft subsystems and space vehicle concepts, as well as the analysis of spacecraft requirements and performance. He will be talking about career paths in the space industry and will take your questions during the question and answer session! Please join us for this wonderful SpaceTalks discussion and see below for an excerpt from Mr. Mackowski's digital autobiography:

"The nation is still in a space funk. We never committed to a real follow-on to the space shuttle. The shuttle was a technological wonder but operationally a wrong turn. You don’t need a manned vehicle to deliver heavy payloads to orbit. Splitting crew delivery from cargo makes sense, and having it done “commercially” (whatever that means) is a good approach. I like having private industry develop a new generation of Earth to LEO crew taxis as it frees up NASA to focus on deep space opportunities. If private companies can make a buck mining asteroids, that would be wonderful."

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!

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Former NASA Astronaut Clay Anderson will be talking about his career path and his momentous journey. He will also elaborate on his experiences as an astronaut and will talk about factors that shaped his career. Please join SEDS-USA for this great discussion!

“Astro Clay” –Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson– applied 15 times before NASA selected him as an astronaut in 1998; and he spent 30 years working for NASA, as an engineer and astronaut. Succeeding in one of the most difficult and coveted jobs in the world through perseverance and a never-give-up mantra, Anderson employs NASA’s “Plan, Train and Fly (Execute)” philosophy, along with lessons learned in the areas of leadership, persistence and passion, to bring your group unique and “out of this world” insight for achieving practical execution.

#SpaceTalks is a Google Hangout On Air Series that brings you face to face with leaders in space. The first 30 minutes in the hangout are reserved for a presentation from the speaker. The remaining 30 minutes is a Q&A session with the audience. YOU can have your questions answered live from a space industry leader! 

Want more interaction with the speaker? Interested SEDS members can reserve a spot within the Google Hangout to further participate in the discussion. Comment below or email chapter-affairs@seds.org to reserve your spot!
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