JSC State of the Center with Deputy Director Kirk Shireman

AIAA Houston Section will host Deputy Director Kirk Shireman for a Johnson Space Center State of the Center event February 27th, 2014. The Section invites all to RSVP at the event website below by February 18th.

Mr. Shireman’s extensive career in aerospace engineering began in 1985 with navigation and control for the space shuttle. He served as manager for Solid Rocket Booster and External Tank Separation and also manager for Ascent Guidance, Navigation and Control for the space shuttle. In 1994 Mr. Shireman began supporting the International Space Station, first as manager of Navigation and Control Subsystems and then as manager over the space station’s Russian Elements and Operations Integration branch. As deputy center director, Mr. Shireman works with Dr. Ellen Ochoa to manage the people, budget and activities of Johnson Space Center. He also serves as the chair of the International Space Station Mission Management Team, where he is responsible for all aspects of on-orbit operations of the International Space Station.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


May/June 2013 Horizons Available

The May/June 2013 issue of Horizons is now online (17 MB PDF, 56 pages at www.aiaahouston.org/newsletter, 8 MB low resolution PDF file).  Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The cover story is, “The Biggest Myth about the First Moon Landing” by Paul Fjeld, space artist, including an original acrylic painting for our cover illustration. This issue also contains an article by Harold Larson on the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a synopsis of our May 2013 Annual Technical Symposium by Dr. Steven E. Everett,  and two articles by Daniel R. Adamo, astrodynamics consultant, “Highway in the Sky (Speed Limit 7.7 km/s)” and “Rendezvous Endgame.” Our new partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society continues in this issue with an article about how to make your own astronomer’s chair. This issue concludes with part 6 of 8 from Man Will Conquer Space Soon! This is our page by page high resolution reprint (28 MB PDF available as a separate file) of the 1952-1954 Collier’s series of magazine articles from a team led by Wernher von Braun.