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(2023 November 18) The Future of U.S. Robotic Planetary Exploration by Dr. Randii Wessen

  • 1.  (2023 November 18) The Future of U.S. Robotic Planetary Exploration by Dr. Randii Wessen

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    AIAA LA-LV Section Meeting 11/18

    Long Beach, CA

    Saturday, November 18, 2023, 12:15 PM check-in.

    1 PM PST (GMT -0800): Presentation starts.

    The Future of U.S.

    Robotic Planetary Exploration


    Dr. Randii R. Wessen

    (The speaker will present in person)

    Project Manager of the Science Understanding through Data Science effort

    Proposal Manager, X-Ray Telescope (HEX-P)

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

    Fellow, British Interplanetary Society

    Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

    Asteroid 31664 (Randiiwessen) is named in his honor.



    Dr. Jeff Puschell

    AIAA Region VI Director of Education, AIAA Fellow, SPIE Fellow

    Consulting Engineer in the Office of the Chief Architect for OPIR & Geospatial Systems

    Northrop Grumman Corporation | Space Systems


    Dr. Randii R. Wessen

    Dr. Wessen has been an employee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1984 March. He is currently the Project Manager of the Science Understanding through Data Science effort, the Proposal Manager for a billion dollar X-Ray Telescope (HEX-P), and the Lead Study Architect for JPL's Innovation Foundry's A-Team. Prior to this, Dr. Wessen has worked with several mission and program areas at JPL including System Engineer in the Astrophysics Division, Telecommunications & Mission Systems Manager in the Deep Space Network serving Mars missions, Manager of the Cassini Science Planning & Operations, the Galileo Deputy Sequence Team Chief, and the Voyager Science Sequence Coordinator for the Uranus & Neptune encounters.

    Dr. Wessen received his Bachelors of Science in both Physics & Astronomy from Stony Brook University, a Masters of Science in Astronautics from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Operations Research from the University of South Wales, United Kingdom. He co-authored the books "Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites" & "Planetary Ring Systems." He was the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions to the Voyager 2 Neptune Encounter and has eleven NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Wessen is also a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Asteroid 31664 (Randiiwessen) is named in his honor. 


    The Future of U.S. Robotic Planetary Exploration

    As the millennium closed, so did the era of large planetary spacecraft that were launched once per decade.  Future robotic spacecraft will have a wide range of capabilities, diverse mission objectives, and be launched almost one per year.  Among the many types of missions, some will be the landers and sample return missions of tomorrow. To meet these bold endeavors, these ambassadors from Earth will require advanced mission concepts, new operational approaches, as well as technologies that have yet to be developed. 

    To organize this effort, the United States robotic planetary exploration program has been divided into the following themes:

    1. Earth 

    2. Mars 

    3. Solar System

    4. Universe 

    This presentation will describe each of these areas, the major missions currently in operations, and those being planned. It will also have a special emphasis on the quest for extra-solar planets and the search for life in the cosmos.


    Billie Jean King Main Library

    Main Library Meeting Room A

    200 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

    (This event is not sponsored by the Billie Jean King Main Library)

    (East of 710 Hwy, South of 405 Hwy / PCH 1, and West of 605 Hwy. Near Exit 1A of 710 Hwy to Downtown Long Beach. Next to Lincoln Park. Near Long Beach Convention Center.)


    *Fee-based West Broadway Parking next to this library, or a nearby fee-based parking facility. Metro bus stops and the Metro Blue Line rail station a t or near this library. It might be a good idea to utilize the Metro park-and-ride (https://www.metro.net/riding/parking/lotsbyline/). It's encouraged to take advantage of those public transportation and save, if preferred. The AIAA/LA-LV Section will not be responsible for parking.

    *ADA Parking (https://www.parklb.com)

    +There is map of the nearby parking lots there if scroll down on that page)

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    +Civic Center Garage

    332 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802


    +Courthouse Parking Garage

    101 Magnolia Ave.

    Long Beach, CA 90802

    *Other independent smaller parking lots are available as well.


    Saturday, November 18, 2023, 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM PST

    Introduction/Presentation starts at 12:55 PM / 1:00 PM PST

    (Ticket sales will end after Friday, November 17, 2023, or when it's sold out.)

    Dress Code

    No open-toe shoes (except for medical purposes or needs)


    contact@aiaa-lalv.org or (949)426-8175 (phone, or text (better))

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    Tentative Agenda: (All Time PST (GMT -0800))

    12:30 pm PST: Check-in, Networking.

    12:55 pm PST: Welcome and Introduction

    01:00 pm PST: Presentations and Q&A

    02:30 pm PST: Adjourn. Networking. Wrapping up.

    Tickets: (No Refund Within 7 Days of the Event Date or Afterwards)

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