September 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:40 am PDT
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AIAA LA-LV e-Section Meeting
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10 AM PDT
An AIAA LA-LV Zoom event
The Dragonfly Mission to Titan
Dr. Ralph Lorenz
Principal Professional Staff
Applied Physics Lab., Johns Hopkins University
Saturn’s giant moon Titan has been revealed to be remarkably Earth-like, with a landscape of vast dunefields, river channels and lakes under a smoggy sky punctuated by methane downpours. Titan serves as a frigid laboratory in which the same processes that shape our own planet can be seen in action under exotic conditions. Titan has a rich inventory of complex organic molecules that may provide clues how the building blocks of life are assembled. NASA recently selected APL’s Dragonfly mission concept as the next $1B-class New Frontiers mission to launch in 2027, to arrive in the mid-2030s.
Dragonfly is an octocopter lander, able to repeatedly take off and fly tens of kilometers in Titan’s dense atmosphere and low gravity to sample the surface in a wide range of geological settings. This presentation will describe the mission and how the concept was developed.
Dr. Ralph Lorenz worked as an engineer for the European Space Agency on the design of the Huygens probe to Saturn’s moon Titan, and as a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, and since 2006, at the JHU Applied Physics Lab. His activities have centered on Titan, Cassini-Huygens and future missions there, but his interests include Mars, dust devils, sand dunes, planetary atmospheres and landscapes, and aerospace systems. He is associated with NASA’s InSight mission at Mars, the Perseverance rover, the Japanese Venus orbiter Akatsuki, and is the Mission Architect for Dragonfly, NASA’s next New Frontiers mission (a rotorcraft lander for Titan). He is author or co-author of nine books including ‘Lifting Titan’s Veil’, ‘Spinning Flight’, ‘Exploring Planetary Climate’ and ‘Space Systems Failures’, as well as over 300 journal publications.
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June 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT
Jun 6, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PT)
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e-Town Hall Meeting, June 6, 2020, 10 AM(Add to Calendar)with Guest Speakers Swati Saxena and Michael Staab
Introduction to ANSYS -Innovation Through Simulation
Dr. Swati SaxenaTechnical and Project Manager – ANSYS Inc.
Cassini Mission by Michael Staab
Fault Management and Autonomous Systems Principal Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation
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Swati Saxena, PhDAIAA Lifetime Senior Member
B. Tech. – IIT KanpurMS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering – Penn State UniversityLead Research Scientist and Program Manager – GE Global ResearchTechnical and Project Manager – Ansys Inc. (2018 – present) Areas of Interest: Machine Learning in Simulation, Engineering Design – MBSE,/PIDO, Fluid Mechanics and Aero-acoustics, Gas Turbine Design20+ publications, 2 patents
Michael Staab is a Fault Management and Autonomous Systems Principal Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation, supporting fault management and system autonomy design for the Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper Laboratories Human Lander System entry and the NASA Gateway program. In his time with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was a Flight System Systems Engineer for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission, a Spacecraft Systems Engineer and Flight Director for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, a flight controller, or ACE, for the Cassini spacecraft, and a Mission Systems’ Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 rover. Michael is a PhD student in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California, with research interests in autonomy, system resiliency, and fault management. Additionally, Michael is an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves, supporting the NAVAIR and Navy Space Cadre communities. Michael holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University and a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Webinar Description:(Part I: ANSYS) This seminar will provide a high level introduction to ANSYS and how we are empowering our customers to design and deliver transformational products with pervasive simulation.