AIAA Houston/NASA Alumni League March Dinner Meeting: Pathways to Exploration—Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration

Please join AIAA Houston for our March dinner which will be in conjunction with the NASA Alumni League. It will be held in the Alamo ballroom at JSC Gilruth on Thursday, March 19th.

The program will be a presentation on the NRC report Pathways to Exploration—Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration by Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, NRC committee member.

A meal for AIAA Members cost $17. College students get a meal for only $10 and if the student becomes an AIAA member during the event, the meal is FREE.

March 19 Dinner: Pathways to Exploration—Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration

Please join AIAA Houston, the NASA Alumni League, and Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar for a presentation on the NRC report on U.S. human space exploration.

March 19, 2015
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
NASA Gilruth Center, Alamo Ballroom

More details are available on the event page.

November/December Horizons Newsletter

The November/December 2012 72-page issue of Horizons is now available in both high and low resolutions. This issue includes: cover story: The UP Experience 2012 in Houston that featured legendary aerospace vehicle designer Burt Rutan, who gave us an exclusive interview, “Interstellar First Stop? Detection of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet at Alpha Centauri B” by Wes Kelly, Triton Systems LLC, “A 2012 TC4 Gravity Assist from Earth” and “A Newly Discovered Highly Accessible NEO” by Daniel R. Adamo, Astrodynamics Consultant, “Asteroid 2012 DA14’s February 2013 Fly-By” by Dr. Patrick Rodi, “Creating an Economically Robust Space Policy” by Dr. Martin Elvis of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, “Man Will Conquer Space Soon!”, continuing our reprints of these Collier’s space articles (1952 – 1954), a lunch-and-learn summary article, “Voyages: Sustainable Human Space Exploration: A Review” with guest speaker Dr. Kumar Krishen, NASA/JSC and “Hubble Meets Skylab” by Scott Lowther, Aerospace Projects Review (APR Corner).

11/15 Lunch Presentation: Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration

The AIAA Houston Program Management and Integration Committee presents:

Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration

Dr. Kumar Krishen, Fellow, SDPS, Fellow, IETE
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
Building 30A Auditorium, NASA JSC
Noon to 1:00 PM

Dr. Kumar Krishen is the ST/Senior Scientist / Lead Technologist for the Technology Transfer & Commercialization Office, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas, responsible for developing strategies for joint research and technology projects and plans with industries, universities, other NASA centers, and government agencies. Dr. Krishen has served at Virginia Tech as University Fellow for Technology Transfer, Office of Special Initiatives, and Visiting Professor on a special NASA assignment. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Rice University. Currently, he holds the appointment of Honorary Professor for Delhi Technological University.

The future of human presence in space beyond Earth orbit has been the focus of NASA strategic planning efforts for more than four decades. In the recent past, a report titled “Voyages, Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration” was issued by NASA, which identifies a capability-driven approach. This presentation will critically examine the implications of the destinations on technology development and capability enhancement to show what developments should receive priority in the future to enable safe and affordable human space missions. It will identify a set of questions that can lead to a successful prioritization of the technology development. In this context each destination and technology identified in this report will be discussed and rationale for the technology prioritization provided.

This event is open to all badged JSC team members Professional Engineers earn one hour of credit toward Continuing Education requirements by attending this event.

For additional information contact Dr. Satya Pilla, Program Management and Integration Chair at, 281-226-5645 or

No food or drink is allowed in the B30 Auditorium.

See the event flyer.