Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 2PM – Featured Speaker: Charles Phillips – Tracking Satellites

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society ( meeting. Connect with others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Spring Creek Barbeque (21746 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX 77070) or join us online Via ZOOM:

The meeting will be on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2PM (US Central Time).

For those that come in person, food is not provided nor is a purchase required. However, feel free to purchase food and eat during the meeting (or before or after). Also, we highly recommend that you only attend if you are vaccinated. Masks are encouraged but not required.


2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:40 PM – Featured Speaker – Tracking Satellites – Charles Phillips
3:45 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Tracking Satellites:

The discussion will be a (non-technical) overview of how to track satellites from the Houston area. It is possible to track satellites with inexpensive equipment and easily available software. The discussion will include WHY a person would track satellites and also HOW it is done. The existing Satellite Catalog will be briefly discussed and why some satellites are not shown in that catalog. The discussion is designed to give an overview so an interested person could decide if they want to get more involved and can determine what they might need to generate observations. 

About the Speaker:

Charles Phillips started tracking satellites in 1978 when he was in the US Air Force, he was an orbital analyst. He came to Houston in January 1985 as an Air Force flight controller at the Johnson Space Center, his first flight as a qualified flight controller was STS-51L. In 1990 he started as a civilian flight controller for Spacelab Life Sciences flights and worked STS-40 and STS-58. He also supported the NASA/Mir program and the ISS.

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.


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