Media Briefing Highlights NASA Tech on Next SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

Feb. 6, 2018 SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch
SpaceX successfully tested its Falcon Heavy rocket Feb. 6, 2018, with a launch at 3:45 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Credits: SpaceX

NASA is sending four technology missions that will help improve future spacecraft design and performance into space on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Experts will discuss these technologies, and how they complement NASAs Moon to Mars exploration plans, during a media teleconference Monday, June 10 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live online at:

Participants in the briefing will be:

  • Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASAs Space Technology Mission Directorate, will discuss how technology drives exploration to the Moon and beyond.
  • Todd Ely, principal investigator for the Deep Space Atomic Clock at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss how to advance exploration in deep spacewith a miniaturized, ultra-precise, mercury-ion atomic clock that is orders of magnitude more stable than todays best navigation clocks.
  • Don Cornwell, director of the Advanced Communications and Navigation Division of NASAs Space Communications and Navigation program, will discuss how a more stable, space-based atomic clock could benefit future missions to the Moon and Mars.
  • Christopher McLean, principal investigator for NASAs Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) at Ball Aerospace, will discuss the demonstration of a green alternative to conventional chemical propulsion systems for next-generation launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Joe Cassady, executive director for space at Aerojet Rocketdyne, will discuss the five thrusters and propulsion system aboard GPIM.
  • Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division of NASAs Science Mission Directorate, will discuss Space Environment Testbeds and the importance of protecting satellites from space radiation.
  • Richard Doe, payload program manager for the Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment at SRI International, will discuss how a pair of NASA CubeSats will work with six satellites ofthe National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAAs) COSMIC-2 mission to study disruptions of signals that pass through Earths upper atmosphere.
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