Colloquium Series Continues on February 1st Featuring Miguel San Martin of JPL

The Space Studies Spring 2021 Colloquium Series features several leading experts in various space-related fields.  Please join us for our second remotely offered presentation in this series as outlined below.  This presentation will feature Miguel San Martin, Guidance & Control Section Chief Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Presentation Title:  “From Airbags to Wheels: The Evolution of Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Entry, Descent, and Landing”.”

Date:  Monday, February 1, 2021

Time:  5:00-7:00 p.m. (CST)

Location:  online only – see details below.

About the speaker:

Mr. Miguel San Martin participated in the Magellan mission to Venus and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He was later named Chief Engineer for the Guidance, Navigation, and Control system for the Pathfinder mission. He assumed the same role for the mission that landed the robotic vehicles Spirit and Opportunity on Mars in 2004. Most recently, he was the Chief Engineer for Guidance, Navigation, and Control for the Mars Science Laboratory, which landed Curiosity on the surface of Mars in 2012. He was a co-architect of Curiosity’s innovative SkyCrane landing architecture and also served as its Deputy Chief for Entry, Descent, and Landing. Throughout his career, San Martin has served as a panel consultant for various missions including Topex, Mars Polar Lander, Deep Impact, and Phoenix. Mr. San Martin has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and an M.S. from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering with a specialization in Guidance, Navigation, and Control for interplanetary space exploration.

For his contributions, Mr. San Martín was awarded two NASA Exceptional Achievement in Engineering Medals, named JPL Fellow in 2013, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019.

Participation details:

A simple live webcast will be available here.

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