Space Operations Technical Committee

Members (not an active AIAA Houston Section technical committee for 2016-2017)

  • This AIAA Houston Section Space Operations technical committee no longer appears on our organization chart for now. [March 19, 2017]
  • Contact information: comm [at] Also; chair2016 [at], chair2017 [at], and vicechair-tech2016 [at] [March 19, 2017]


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


  • Recruit members for the technical committee and AIAA
  • Recruit at least one technical committee member from each “space operations” company in the NASA/JSC community (Houston’s Clear Lake area)
  • 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 NASA/JSC community (1 or more per year)
  • Organize at least one session for the AIAA Houston Section Annual Technical Symposium (ATS), usually on a Friday in April or May
  • Focus on the technical challenges of the next 3-5 years
  • Meet 3-4 times/year, sometimes with national committee, to focus on technical issues in the field.
  • Interact with other AIAA technical committees, other professional societies, and universities
  • Survey tools and techniques
  • Initiate and review reports on space operations aspects of missions to Mars


  • November 13, 2014
    VASIMR® Propulsion Development – Ready for the Next Level – Jared Squire
    Presentation: PDF | Crossing the Space Frontier video | Other Ad Astra Videos
  • November 13, 2013
    Global Warming Effects on the Operations of Human Infrastructure – John Dilorio
    Presentation: PDF
  • February 8, 2012
    Cygnus and ISS Cargo Resupply – Carl Walz
    Presentation: PDF
  • February 13, 2008
    Lunar Communications Updated, Oron Schmidt
    Horizons article from page 24 of our June 2008 issue: PNG
  • 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 9, 2003
    Segwanaut, Son of Robonaut Mike Goza, NASA