Astrodynamics Technical Committee

AIAA Houston Section Astrodynamics technical committee

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Technical committee Chair: Dr. Albert Allen Jackson IV

A 2017 Interstellar note from Dr. Albert Allen Jackson IV

To see Dr. Jackson in the group photo below, here is his portrait from the website of the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), downloaded June 19, 2017:

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Above: A portrait of Dr. Allen Albert Jackson IV from the website of the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston Texas USA, where he is a Visiting Scientist.

Above: Institute for Interstellar Studies, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, (Click to zoom.)

Above: Group photo, Institute for Interstellar Studies, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Foundations of Interstellar Studies, Workshop on Interstellar Flight, City Tech, New York, USA, June 13-15, 2017. (Click to zoom.)

Dr. Jackson has a PDF file (40 pages, 4.3 MB) containing the program and abstracts from the above event. If we obtain permission, we will link to that here.

2017 event (Lunch & Learn at NASA/JSC Gilruth Center):

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: NASA/JSC Gilruth Center Lone Star Room
Subject: Reproducing an Apollo Applications Program Single-Launch Human Venus Flyby Trajectory
Speaker: Daniel R. Adamo, Astrodynamics Consultant
Here is a link to the publicity flyer (PDF). Here is a link to EventBrite web page.

The Adamo Archive in Astrodynamics

[Update, June 19, 2017] The AIAA copy of this Adamo ATIG (Astrodynamics Technical Integration Group) archive is now stored in its more permanent location (URL): http://www.aiaahouston.org/adamo_astrodynamics/. This new link is also found by surfing to our Section web page, then using menu choices Technical Activities/Daniel R. Adamo Astrodynamics. This AIAA copy of the archive is a big project (thanks very much to all who made it possible and all who worked on it!) of this technical committee (TC, astrodynamics in this case) in our Section. Please search this TC web page for Snoopy or the Red Baron to find a related news article. [End update of June 19, 2017] 

 

Members of the AIAA Houston Section astrodynamics technical committee

  • Dr. Albert Allen Jackson IV, Chair
    • Associate Fellow, AIAA
    • Fellow, British Interplanetary Society
    • Senior Member, American Astronautical Society
    • NASA civil servant: 5 years in the Apollo program, Lunar Module Simulator instructor, Abort Guidance System and Primary Guidance and Navigation system. MacDonnell Douglas, Computer Science Corporation, Lockheed: Flight planning software, Orbit debris and Engineering Simulation, 40 years.
    • Douglas Yazell volunteered in 2015 to create an oral history document here about the career of Dr. Jackson, to be placed here and on the AIAA Houston Section history technical committee web page.
    • Dr. Jackson was a team member on a ten-year software project which won second place in 2014 in a NASA competition. Of all the NASA awards in his decades-long career in the NASA/JSC community, this is the only one that included a cash prize.
    • March 2015: Dr. Jackson penciled in a Lunch-and-Learn presentation about Traversable Wormholes with himself as the speaker. The movie Interstellar is still talked about in the press and is still in theaters, so that movie might create some interest in this subject.
  • Douglas Yazell, Honeywell 1981-2011, Horizons newsletter editor 2011-2014
  • Dr. Tim Crain, Intuitive Machines

We are always looking for new professional members. Contact information is on the organization chart.

Charter

To provide a forum for exchange of ideas and information regarding the state of the art and the future of astrodynamics. To stimulate education, professional development, and accomplishment by fostering communication and by providing resources.

Goals

  • Recruit members for the technical committee and AIAA
  • Recruit one technical committee member from each ‘astrodynamics’ company in the NASA/JSC community
  • Encourage lectures from government, industry, and universities
  • Monitor and contribute to the mirror committee on the national level
  • Organize lunch-and-learn sessions in the the Houston Clear Lake area (one to four per year)
  • Focus on the technical challenges of the next 3-5 years
  • Meet in person three to four times per year, sometimes with national committee
  • Interact with other AIAA technical committees (including AIAA Houston Section Annual Technical Symposium [ATS] in May of each year), other professional societies, and universities
  • Survey tools and techniques
  • Contribute articles to AIAA Houston Section Horizons newsletter
  • Initiate and review reports on astrodynamics of missions to Mars, Lagrange points, asteroids and cislunar space

Presentations by Dr. Albert Allen Jackson IV

Extreme SETI (1 MB, PDF, a PowerPoint presentation, 20 pages)

Here is the same presentation (PDF) with an audio transcript added using Post-It notes in the PDF. Download this and open it with  the free Adobe Reader application in order to see the Post-It notes. The image of Arthur C. Clarke is updated here on the first slide, since the aspect ratio was distorted in the original presentation.

September 19, 2014, at the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) public symposium, G. R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Texas USA, 3:30 PM

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is so well-known that it is barely worthwhile to define it here. See the related newsletter article starting on page 13 of the March / April 2014 issue (36 pages, 5 MB PDF) of Horizons, Detecting Starships. The original title of that  article was Extreme SETI, but the Horizons Editor decided to avoid undefined acronyms, following the Yahoo style guide. So Horizons, the newsletter of AIAA Houston Section, was first to publish this Extreme SETI subject as written by Dr. Albert Allen Jackson IV.

The above 20-page presentation is not an AIAA presentation, but we have permission from Dr. Jackson to place his presentation file here.

In work September 25, 2014: I (Douglas Yazell) have an iPhone 5 audio recording of the above 15-minute presentation, missing only the first few words. I volunteer to transcribe it and place that PDF file here. In fact, instead of a PDF file, I can probably add that text to the 20 pages above using Adobe Acrobat Post-In Notes. Putting the audio file here would be useful, too, but it is a long audio file that includes a presentation by another speaker, so editing of that audio file would be required.

Lunch-N-Learns

  • [Event date (past): Friday: February 12, 2016]:
    • Time: Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Place: NASA/JSC Gilruth Center Lone Star room (Maximum capacity: 54 people) Six people per round table.
    • Speaker (invited & confirmed): Art Dula (link to the Arthur M. Dula Wikipedia article)
    • Subject: Space Mineral Resources, a Global Assessment, Challenges and Opportunities, Art Dula, Editor, a book published in September of 2015 (see the image below)
    • Details:
      • Link to an EventBrite page for this event
      • Link to the event page at www.aiaahouston.org
      • Link to the one-page publicity flyer
      • Either the EventBrite or the event page link was used to sign up in advance
      • Walk-ins were welcome
      • Optional lunch meal if ordered and paid for in advance online (Red River BBQ)
      • Lunch cost was published on those two web pages
      • Free event for those who preferred to attend without buying lunch
      • Link to book cover image and editor list
  • December 5, 2014
    Economics of Asteroid Mining
    Shen Ge, Bachelor’s Degrees of Science, Georgia Tech University, Aerospace Engineering & Physics; Master’s Degree of Science, Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering.
    Location: NASA Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center Coronado Room
    Attendance: 16
    Link to one slide (one chart) of images for and from this event
    PresentationPDF
  • June 7, 2010
    Exploring Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) with Human and Robotic Systems
    Daniel R. Adamo, astrodynamics consultant, Houston, Texas 77059, and Rob Landis, NASA
    Presentation: PDF
  • April 26, 2010
    How to Build Cost-Optimized Interstellar Beacons (and How to Search for Them)
    James N. Benford, Ph.D., Microwave Sciences, Inc.
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • November 20, 2009
    Apollo 12, the 40th Anniversary, a Panel Discussion
    Panelists: Emil Schiesser (MPAD flight planner), Francis E. “Frank” Hughes (simulator trainer), and Floyd Bennett (flight controller)
    Publicity Flier: DOC
  • November 13, 2009
    The Japanese Hayabusa Spacecraft with Sample Return from Asteroid Itokawa
    Dr. Paul Abell, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston Texas
    Publicity Flier: DOC
  • June 12, 2009
    A Lunar Surface Rendezvous Architecture Proposal
    Daniel R. Adamo, astrodynamics consultant, Houston Texas 77059
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • December 19, 2008
    Apollo 8: The 40th Anniversary
    Panelists: Hal Beck, Rod Rose, Marty Jeness, Ken Young, John Llewellyn, Dr. Glynn Lunney, Dr. Christopher Kraft, and Emil Schiesser
    Moderator: Marianne Dyson
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • March 10, 2008
    Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit & Opportunity
    Dr. Mark Adler, Chief Mission Concept Architect, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • February 21, 2008
    Tour of Ad Astra Rocket Company
    Hosted by Jared Squire
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • January 11, 2008
    Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade
    Marianne Dyson, author and former NASA flight controller,
    Publicity Flier: DOC
  • December 7, 2007
    Report on Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Workshop and American Astronautical Society National Meeting
    Dr. Larry Friesen
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • November 2, 2007
    Apollo 13 Trajectory Reconstruction
    Daniel R. Adamo
    Publicity Flier: PDF
  • September 28, 2007
    Werner Von Braun’s Long Road to Mars: A Story Within a Story
    Dr. Albert Jackson / ESCG
    Publicity Flier: PDF
    Presentation: PDF
  • June 16, 2005
    Aerospace on the FASTRAC: Student Built Satellites at the University of Texas
    Dr. E. Glenn Lightsey / The University of Texas at Austin
    Flier: PDF 
  • May 19, 2005
    Hierarchical Navigation Algorithms in Support of Mars Exploration
    Robert H. Bishop / The University of Texas at Austin
    Flier: DOC
    Presentation: PDF
  • September 17, 2004
    Trajectory Optimization from Euler to Lawden to Today
    Christopher D’Souza / The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
    Flier: PDF
    Presentation: PDF
  • March 24, 2004 
    Jules Verne and ISS, European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) First Rendezvous and Docking for a European Spacecraft
    Brian Rishikof / Odyssey Space Research
    Flier: PDF
    Presentation: PPT, 3.25 MB 
  • December 19, 2003
    StarNav-1 Experiment on STS-107
    Dr. Thomas C. Pollock / Texas A&M University
    Flier: PDF
  • November 14, 2003
    Spacecraft Fuel-Optimal Maneuvers, Apollo to Shuttle Return-to-Flight
    Rob Hall / Draper Laboratory

Resources

News

News Articles Published Now and Then


[2017 01 02] Published here January 2, 2017. Adamo Astrodynamics Archive Copied to Our Web Page. (It is a pleasure to connect Snoopy and the Red Baron to this subject.) Here is a link to the PDF version of the JPEG image below. [Update January 7, 2017: Please click here to see the the news about the updated URL for the AIAA copy of this archive. The news article below (JPEG and PDF versions) does not need updating, since www.aiaahouston.org/astrodynamics_technical_committee/#ATIG will lead to www.aiaahouston.org/adamo_astrodynamics.

Above: Adamo Astrodynamics Archive Copied to Our Web Page. (Click to zoom.)

Above: Adamo Astrodynamics Archive Copied to Our Web Page. (Click to zoom.)

[2016 08 14] August 14, 2016 A Green Flash at Sunrise Dan Adamo (adamod at earthlink dot net) emailed a sunrise green flash photo to one of us. He is now retired and living in Oregon instead of the Houston area in Texas, and the photo shows Mount Hood. He allowed us to publish the photo here, along with that part of his email note: “With the Sun moving south to about +20.5 deg declination, it was time to take shots of Mt. Hood sunrises from my location this week.  I’ve attached one capturing yet another green flash as the first rays of sunlight reached me over the mountain’s north slope on July 20.  During less than 2 seconds on this occasion, my visual impressions were of intense blue fading to green and yellow.  It’s an amazing sight, and it fell 13 months plus a day before 2 minutes of total solar eclipse will favor my abode.  Hope the weather’s as nice… -Dan”. Link: IMG_1961.jpg, 354 KB.

[2015 03 05] March 5, 2015 100 YEAR STARSHIP ESTABLISHES EU HUB IN BRUSSELS TO ADVANCE SPACE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES WITH EUROPEAN PARTNERS

Read the press release using the 100YSS press page link and the press release date (March 5, 2015).

[2015 02 26] February 26, 2015 French National Center for Space Studies (CNES) at the First International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Climate Change Conference

[This CNES press release (see this link) explains that climate change is an aerospace subject and explains that climate change is an astronautics subject. In fact, it mentions that of 50 variables used to define climate, 26 of them can be measured only from space.]

[Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES), opened the first conference on climate change and disaster management, organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), which was held from February 26 to 28 in Kovalam, Kerala, India.]

This conference, co-organized by the IAA, IISL, and the KSCSTE (Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment), focuses mainly on the many contributions of space in the understanding of climate change. Specifically, of 50 variables used to define the climate, 26 can only be measured from space, demonstrating the importance of this area to assess the changing climate.

The IAA is a non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations, which brings together 1,200 international experts in astronautics from about 75 countries. Its objectives are to promote the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and to honor those who are distinguished in astronautics. It promotes international cooperation for the advancement of aerospace sciences.

Invited to deliver the keynote address, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman of CNES, first emphasized the historic challenge facing the space to preserve the future of the planet: “Space agencies can not answer all questions but without space agencies, nothing will be done. ” In this context, he has said that, “global Earth observations were indispensable to understand climate change and to make the most appropriate responses.”

Then he emphasized, “the important role of the international program GCOS (Global Climate Observing System)”, recalling that, “Europe, and specifically France, were actors in the forefront in climate observation.” In this area, the programs named Copernicus, Jason, SWOT and Merlin are of major importance. Cooperation between India and France is already very productive, notably with missions Megha-Tropiques and Saral-AltiKa.

“The future Conference of Parties 21 (COP 21, a meeting of the IPCC, the International Panel on Climate Change, associated with the United Nations) to be held in Paris in December, the importance of the IAA and its voice in the world, and international cooperation in space are elements and events that must converge to a general awareness for the protection of the planet through the regular collection and continuous analysis of data from space technology,“ he said. He concluded by stressing the need to mobilize all actors because, quoting the Secretary General of the United Nations, “There is no Plan B because there is no planet B.”

Translation from French to English by Douglas Yazell, with excellent help from http://translate.google.com.

[End of AIAA Houston Section astrodynamics technical committee web page, July 27, 2016]

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