Southwest Regional Technology Symposium – April 21, Las Cruces, NM

An announcement in the mail:

Southwest Regional Technology Symposium Thursday, 21 April 2011 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM New Mexico State University Corbett Center 1600 International Mall, Las Cruces, NM

Guest Speaker: Dr. James D. Walker, Institute Scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas

Impact Threats in the Space Program: The Space Shuttle, New Horizons Spacecraft, and Altair Lunar Lander

There are a variety of impact threats in the space program. The loss of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 was caused by the impact of foam insulation on the leading edge of the wing. Part of the detailed risk assessment for the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto addressed the impact of debris from the spacecraft on the plutonium power cells in the event of a launch self-destruct. With the intent to revisit the Moon and reuse hardware over a period of years, there is concern about meteor strikes on the Lunar surface near the new Altair landing vehicle. Southwest Research Institute has been involved in understanding and quantifying the impact threat in these programs.

Registration includes lunch and presentations

Pre-registration (see below): $25 Registration at the Door: $35 High School Students: $10 Display Space (table & 2 registrations): $200 Doors open at 8am

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