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Demystifying Space Exploration

  • MistyWest 554 East 15th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R5 Canada (map)

We are partnering with our friends of MistyWest to bring you one of the most exciting talks of the year featuring NASA directors and other special guests. Read on!

A space revolution is currently underway. A decade ago, the thought of going to space seemed inconceivable for the average human being. Space exploration used to be so expensive that only governments and corporations could afford to launch a satellite. But everything is changing in the space business right now. Private rocket companies are driving down the cost of launches; satellites have shrunk so much, you can fit them in the palm of your hand.

What's more, we have a lot of satellites in orbit, gathering terabytes of data every day. There is so much media buzz about space as the next frontier, and about the potential of the imagery data that we are harnessing from space. MistyWest is proud to bring together a panel of space experts from leading agencies & academia to demystify common misconceptions about space exploration, and to educate us all on what “Space Fever” could mean for the ordinary Canadian citizen.

John Guidi, Deputy Director, NASA
John Guidi is a Deputy Director of the Advanced Exploration Systems Division with NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD). Guidi joined NASA in 1987 at Kennedy Space Center with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida while later receiving a master’s degree in Space Systems in 1992 (FIT) and masters in Engineering Management, 1994 (UCF). He served various positions within Shuttle Operations at KSC, including Shuttle Test Director, Launch Manager, and Shuttle Launch and Landing Division Chief. He transferred to NASA Headquarters in 2005 as Operations Project Manager for the newly formulated Constellation Program and later as Ground & Mission Ops Program Executive. From February 2007 to February 2011, John served as Deputy Director for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Strategic Analysis Division, which provided integrated technical and management planning across ESMD. He later joined HEOMD in 2011, leading international partnerships, science integration and human spaceflight architecture strategic planning and analysis.

Frank Teng - CMU UX Researcher, NASA
Frank is a wanderer, a wonderer, and a tinkerer. He studied Psychology at Yale, where he took breaks by building steam engines, 3D printers, space balloons, and laser cut Catan boards. Combining his love for psychology, technology, and design, Frank currently studies human-computer interaction in Carnegie Mellon, where he spends most of his time focusing on translating UX research into wireframes and GUIs. As part of his capstone project, he is helping NASA build their next generation of rockets, the Space Launch System.

Sue Fairburn - Professor, KPU
Sue is a Design Educator and Researcher who recently joined the Wilson School of Design (Kwantlen Polytechnic University). Sue works between the boundaries of the body and the environment as she uses Design as Knowledge Exchange applied to Social Design and Design for Extremes (situations and environments). She is co-pilot of City As A Spaceship (CAAS), was a co-founder of the social enterprise (Design for Development), and is Principal of Fibre Design Inc.

James Garry, PhD, CPhys, Red Core Consulting Ltd.
James was once a starry-eyed physicist and gladly littered the solar system with shiny *tiny* things: Mars, Titan, and an improbably named comet all have his handiwork on them. James has worked with a variety of firms (medical, lithium batteries, robotics) but still looks up and wonders from time to time. Pour him coffee and ask him about near-earth resources, or feed him mangoes and mention L5. Either way he has hands-on experience of making things work in space and fancies doing it again in the future.


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