Final Space Studies Colloquium Presentation to Feature Retired Naval Test Pilot John O’Connor

The Space Studies Spring 2020 Colloquium Series features several leading experts in various space-related fields.  Please join us for our next remotely offered presentation in this series as outlined below.  This presentation will feature John O’Connor, Chief of Academics at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland.

Presentation Title:  “Why Did They Choose Naval Test Pilots as Astronauts?”

Date:  Monday, April 27, 2020

Time:  5:00-7:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Saving Time)

Location:  online only – see details below.

About the topic: 

The presentation will describe how Navy Test Pilot School has contributed to the exploration of space.   It will describe how pilots and engineers are trained and educated to be test pilots and flight test engineers and how these skills of observation, analysis, and articulation prepare them potentially for space flight.

About the speaker:

Mr. O’Connor is the Chief of Academics at US Naval Test Pilot School. He is a retired Navy Commander and Engineering test pilot with over 3000 hours in 90 helicopter, tactical jet, and multi-engine aircraft. He has over thirty-one years of defense acquisition experience and had held executive-level positions in research; program management; and aircraft manufacturing, production, and repair. He has a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. He has professional education experience as a college math teacher, graduate-level engineering lecturer, test pilot school academic instructor and test pilot flight instructor.

Participation details:

A simple live webcast will be available here.  Preferred for the public and non-enrolled students.

Via Zoom video conferencing.  Questions for the speaker may be posted at this site during the presentation and is best suited for enrolled students.


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