Thesis Defense by James Stoffel on May 1st

Space Studies M.S. candidate, James Stoffel, will defend his thesis as follows.  All Space Studies students and faculty are encouraged to show your support by attending.

When:  Friday, May 1st at 1:00 pm (Central DST)

Where:  online only – see details below

Title:  Critical Contingency EVAs for 3D-Printed Planetary Habitats”

About the topic: This novel pilot study evaluates the potential associated tools, methods, and concept of operations required for a Critical Contingency Extravehicular Activity (CCE) repair of a 3D-printed in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) Lunar and Martian habitat. With NASA’s current 2020 Technology Roadmap and Taxonomy for TX06: Human Health, Life Support, and Habitation Systems (e.g. Extravehicular Activities, Habitation, Human Factors), TX07: Exploration Destination Systems (e.g. ISRU, Maintenance, Repair, Operations, Safety), TX12: Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems, and Manufacturing, and the Centennial 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, this research will provide an initial evaluation of standard repair methods on the system’s functional abilities, environmental, and human factors on an potential CCE. By evaluating our history, resources, and lessons learned from of our terrestrial infrastructures, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) can direct the space program through a capability-driven approach and address some of NASA’s Human Research Program EVA Risks and Lunar & Martian Strategic Knowledge Gaps.

Advisor:  Dr. Pablo de Leon

About the Presenter: James is a EVA Human Performance & Analog Engineer working at NASA Johnson Space center supporting the Human Physiology, Performance, Protection, and Operations (H3PO) Laboratory and Planetary Surface Mobility Team with the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) division performing multi-disciplinary laboratory research, provide operational expertise in several technical areas, including space suits, physiology, exploration systems, and concept of operations to address health and performance risks for future human exploration missions. Additionally, support evaluations of prototype systems and operations in analog field test environments and physiological testing to evaluate human performance during EVA. With his diverse background in rocket propulsion, emergency medical services, and extravehicular activity (EVA) flight training and support, James will continue to apply his experiences and passion to help motivate, promote, and inspire these endeavors towards the future of Human Space Exploration off the Earth, for the Earth, and Beyond. In his personal life, James is happily married with a son embarking on family adventures on this beautiful pale blue dot we call home.

Join us online via one of two formats:

A simple live webcast will be available here.

Via Zoom video conferencing.  Questions for the speaker may be posted at this site during the presentation.

meeting number: 327-372-990

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