Wed. 26 January 2005, 4pm
Civil Space Director of Advanced Science Programs
Hubble Robotic Servicing - Recent Engineering Development
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been described as the second greatest telescope ever developed, the first being Galileos. Launched in 1989, HSTs great success as a science observatory has been due, at least in part, to its upgradeability. Hubble has been successfully serviced three times by the space shuttle. Concerns for astronaut safely, combined with a strong national desire to maintain the HST observatory, has motivated NASA to propose a robotic servicing and de-orbit mission to HST. Robotic servicing in space has the potential to be a breakthrough technology enabling many future science and exploration missions.
Throughout the 1980s, Bill Reeve worked as an engineer on the original Hubble Space Telescope. Between 1989 and 2000 he was the Lockheed Martin (LM) spacecraft engineering manager for Stanfords Gravity Probe B (GP-B) science mission. From 2002 through early 2004, Bill managed the Lockheed Martin portion of the GP-B program. During the summer of 2004, Bill was the LM capture manager for the Hubble robotic servicing proposal. Currently, Bill is Civil Space Director of Advanced Science Programs for Lockheed Martin.
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