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Monday, November 19, 2012

Todd May

Space Launch System (SLS) Program Manager
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA's Space Launch System: Powering the Future of Exploration

Abstract: NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is America's new exploration-class launch vehicle for missions beyond Earth's orbit for the first time since the Apollo Program 40 years ago. The heavy-lift SLS is being developed for missions to Lagrange Points, asteroids, and Mars. The SLS Program is making maximum use of existing RS-25 core stage engine assets and advanced developmental hardware in the form of the 5-segment solid rocket booster and the J-2X upper stage engine, with a clear plan for delivering an unsurpassed national capability for its maiden voyage in 2017, when it will put the Orion spacecraft on course for a lunar flyby.

This briefing will share innovations being infused into the program to deliver a safe, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure asset that will complement low-Earth orbit commercial capabilities, as America opens new territories for future expansion in the 21 st century. It will show how the SLS Program is turning plans into progress, working with the U.S. aerospace industry partners and large and small businesses across the country.

Bio: Todd May manages the Space Launch System Program office, located at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Slated for its first mission in 2017, the Space Launch System will be the nation's next heavy-lift vehicle for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth's orbit. Previously, May was Marshall's Technical Associate Director. He managed more than 100 research projects in the Science and Mission Systems Office at Marshall, and oversaw a $5 billion annual portfolio of space and Earth science missions as Deputy Associate Administrator in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He has completed coursework at Auburn University for a doctorate in materials science. Mr. May's professional awards include NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award — one of the highest honors given for commitment to excellence in public service.

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Location: Physics and Astrophysics Conference Room 102/103

Light refreshments available 4:00pm; Presentation begiins 4:15pm

Open to All