(September 26, 2020) Aquarius, a Reusable Water-Based Interplanetary Human Spaceflight Transport wit

When:  Sep 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PT)
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Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10 AM
Aquarius, a Reusable Water-Based Interplanetary Human Spaceflight Transport
by
Daniel R. Adamo
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
AIAA Associate Fellow
Independent Astrodynamics Consultant
NASA JSC - Retired

Aquarius, a Reusable Water-Based Interplanetary Human Spaceflight Transport
This 1.5-hour lecture reviews major challenges to interplanetary human spaceflight and suggests strategies by which they may be addressed. These strategies include pre-emplaced Earth return consumables at the interplanetary destination, water used as a high-efficiency/high-thrust propellant also serving as crew radiation shielding, and transport servicing in a distant retrograde orbit about the Moon. Applied to a hypothetical transport christened Aquarius, the strategies are shown to enable routine and sustainable roundtrips between Earth and Deimos, the outer moon of Mars. Knowledge gaps pertaining to Aquarius are identified with the intent of motivating changes in current technology roadmaps. After listening to this lecture, anyone with interplanetary human spaceflight interests will be conversant with associated technology issues and plausible means by which they might be resolved.

Mr. Dan Adamo is an astrodynamics consultant focused on space mission trajectory design, operations, and architecture. He works with clients primarily at NASA and in academia.
Until retirement in 2008, Mr. Adamo was employed by United Space Alliance as a trajectory expert, serving as a “front room” flight controller for 60 Space Shuttle missions. Along with console duties during simulations and missions, this job entailed development of trajectory designs, software tools, flight rules, console procedures, and operations concepts. Mr. Adamo began his career at the Perkin-Elmer Corporation where he developed and operated proof-of-concept software for computer-controlled polishing of optical elements. He has degrees in Physical Sciences and Optical Engineering from the University of Houston and the University of Rochester, respectively.

Mr. Adamo is an AIAA Associate Fellow and the author of many publications (ref. http://www.aiaahouston.org/adamo_astrodynamics/). He has received numerous awards, including 14 NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Tentative Agenda:
10:05 am - 10:10 am: Dr. Chandrashekhar Sonwane (Welcome, AIAA LA LV)
10:10 am - 10:15 am: Dr. Brian Brady (Welcome, SCALACS)
10:15 am - 12:15 pm: Daniel R. Adamo
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm: (TBD)
1:30 pm: Adjourn

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