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HEPL / KIPAC Seminar

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pete Klupar

Low Cost Program Director
UCSC supporting NASA Ames Research Center 

Low Cost Space Program

Abstract: Explorer 1 mission was developed by the Von Braun-JPL-Van Allen team in just 84 days for a 31 Jan 1958 launch.  The James Webb Space Telescope is projected to require 8,000 days to complete, 60 years later to launch in 2018.  Spacecrafts have evolved into extremely expensive systems with the dominate customer as government agencies. In the last few years more organizations are focusing on reducing the cost of space missions. This talk will review the progress to date and the bifurcated future. We will explore innovative design solutions to low cost systems while achieving reliability systems.

Bio: Pete Klupar manages several low cost space missions at NASA's Ames Research Center. Slated for its first mission in 2016, he has worked on more than 40 spacecraft mission.  Over the last 33 years he has worked in Industry, Military and Civil space community.   In industry he has worked with the startup Spectrum Astro from 4 to 400 employees.  He has worked in large industrial organizations building Commercial Weather and Communications Spacecraft with   Hughes Aircraft and Space Systems Loral.  He worked for government including AFRL and most recently at NASA Ames as the director of Engineering.

Time: 4:15 – 5:15pm

Location: Physics/Astrophysics Bldg., Kistler Conference Rms. 102/103 (Map)

(Light refreshments available 4:00pm; Presentation begins 4:15pm

Open to All