Saturday, July 11, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Yumna Majeed –

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join 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.

The meeting will be on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2PM (CDT) ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Yumna Majeed
3:15 PM – Q&A
3:30 PM – Share your personal space experiences since the last meeting. Rocket Launches, Other Meetings, Research, etc.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Featured Speaker: Yumna Majeed
Exploration – Shades of Cosmos

Yumna Majeed

About the Speaker:
Yumna Majeed is undergrad student of Medical Lab Technology at Allama Iqbal Medical College. She is an aspiring astronaut and has been working to promote astronomy and space technology in Pakistan since 2016. She has founded *Exploration* which is a space education social enterprise. Yumna believes every kid should get answers to their space imaginations which they usually don’t get in their classrooms. For that purpose, she is working in affiliation with various international space organisations and she has recently presented her work to space education department of JAXA, Japan.

MIT Technology Review: ‘As a school kid I was told space has no scope in Pakistan. So I decided to create it’: Yumna Majeed

Meetings 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.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/Posted on

Summary of Saturday, June 6, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – Featured Speaker: Charles Phillips – Tracking Satellites


We are at an inflection point. We can branch out into the rest of the solar system and ensure that humanity continues or we can stay on earth indefinitely ensuring humanity’s eventual end. We have tamed the horse, harnessed the wind. Steam and gasoline have been employed to do more physical labor than would be possible with muscle. We have taken flight in the air in planes carrying 1 person aloft for seconds. Now we fly around the world and think nothing of it. And we have 90% reusable rockets that can take people to orbit.

What is the next big leap in transportation? It is the SpaceX StarShip

When we have starships routinely traveling to orbit, to the moon, to Mars it will enable industry and opportunity that is completely unimaginable now. The Starship is actually being built. In Boca Chica, TX there are shifts of people working 24×7 making it a reality. And once it does, the images below will just hint of the true extent of our development.

Greg Stanley gave an update on recent space news.

Mark Guillette (NASA/JPL Ambassador) will be hosting more of his YouTube Live videos related to NASA. He currently has scheduled the following – 

What’s Up at NASA?
Thursday, June 25th from 2-3pm Central time
and 
Is There Life Beyond Earth?
Tuesday, July 28th from 6:30-7:30pm Central time

They are available at those times on his YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/mjguillette and here is a link to his bio page – https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ambassadors/1885/

Nathan & Christopher Price drove to Florida to see the Launch last Wednesday. It was a 15 hour drive from Houston. And there were many, many people there to see the flight.

The flight ended up getting scrubbed because of weather.

But the next day, the Kennedy Space Center visitor center partially reopened. Immediately outside the center, there are several massive building for Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space company.

Christopher and Nathan were able to see the Atlantis Space Shuttle.

While Nathan and Christopher had to return. David Geraldo was able to stay and see the launch on Saturday.

David also saw the Starlink launch this past wednesday.

As well as the boats that were tasked to get the faring halves.

Saturday, June 6, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Charles Phillips – Tracking Satellites

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join 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.

The meeting will be on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 2PM ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

Agenda:
2:00 PM – Opening Remarks – Nathan Price
2:10 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:30 PM – Tracking Satellites – Charles Phillips
3:15 PM – Q&A
3:30 PM – Where were you for the Historic SpaceX DM-2 Launch… Come prepared to share your experience. Some of our members went to Florida to see it.
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Featured Speaker: Charles Phillips
CEO of Spaceflight Research

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.

Can you spot the satellite in this photo?

Meetings 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.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

NSS North Houston Space Society Member, Adam Hawkins, Joins the Blue Origin Team up to get us into space!

Adam Hawkins has been a long time member of the NSS North Houston Space Society.  And I have wonderful news to share.  He has just landed a job at Blue Origin.  Join me in congratulating Adam as his career in the space industry clears the launch pad.   

Email: achawkins@gmx.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamhawkins2012/

Checkout Adam’s Space Communicator speeches: https://www.northhoustonspace.org/2020-space-communicator-program/participants/adam-hawkins/

Here are some insights that Adam shared regarding his transition from Oil and Gas into the Aerospace sector:

I was seeking to retire from Oil and Gas industry and transition into space industry sometime between 2021-2025. Things happened to get fast tracked with me getting laid off from my Oil and Gas job on March 20th. I then began applying to jobs at four companies (NASA, Blue Origin, Space X, and Lockheed Martin). I would go on their website and apply from all things I remotely would qualify for from internships to entry level to higher up roles. The types of jobs I was applying for included Project Engineering, Project Management, Structural Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering (internship level only).

So I went to Blue Origin’s career page and looked at their roles in Florida, Alabama, and West Texas. There were only a handful of roles I qualified for so I applied to a couple of technical roles, a project management role, and an internship. I applied at 11pm at night and when I woke up at 8:30am I had received an email saying they would like to have a phone interview and everything went on from there.

The theoretical knowledge in managing projects is pretty translucent between industries, so they were really excited to having someone with a diverse background as mine in both construction management and project management. I have worked on some pretty prestige and record breaking projects in Oil and Gas industry which also aided in humblebragging my achievements through the interview process.

The interview consisted of a three step process which totaled 6 interviews, a writing assignment, and a 60 minute long presentation (the North Houston Space Communicator Award helped out tremendously in preparing and going through this).

My title will be Project Manage II and I will be helping Blue Origin get their Huntsville facility up and running. I am sure you are well aware Blue Origin is ready to start their mass production of rockets and so their Huntsville facility will be a rocket production and test facility. They currently only have about 50 ppl on board in the Huntsville location and the first few months to a year of the job will be mostly construction related getting things ready to start rocket production. Then once rocket production is ready to commence, the role will be more of a manufacturing management role implementing six sigma, kaizen, and lean methodologies to improve efficiencies and speed up rocket production. The exciting thing is I’ll be able to walk around the floor and see the rocket production and testing aspects so I should be able to see some cool things and as the company grows, I am sure there will be more diverse aspects to the role.

My advice to others would be to follow your passions and dreams and even if you do not think you will get the role or be able to chase your dreams, the ultimate defeat is not trying and who knows what might happen when you put yourself out there. Ensure that when you are going through the process, people can see that passion flowing through your voice as you discuss your plans for your future role and really make it transparent that you would rather be doing nothing else.

People are more than welcome to add me/message me on LinkedIn or email me if they would like to discuss more or have any questions for me.

If you (or someone you know) is looking to move into aerospace, here are some job listings that you could check:
NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/careers/search-and-apply
Blue Origin: https://www.blueorigin.com/careers
Space X: https://www.spacex.com/careers
Lockheed Martin: https://www.lockheedmartinjobs.com/space
Intuitive Machines: https://www.intuitivemachines.com/careers
ULA: https://www.ulalaunch.com/careers
Boeing: https://jobs.boeing.com/

NASA Solar System Ambassador Dr. Guilette – YouTube Live

Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Dr. Guilette for a YouTube Live event Tues May 19th @6pm while he discusses NASA’s past, present, & future programs, Space Shuttle programs, current missions Hubble & Mars 2020, ending with some upcoming events like the SLS rocket, Orion capsule & the James Webb Space Telescope. Q/A will go on throughout. https://www.youtube.com/user/mjguillette/featured

I watched the last presentation that Mark did and he did an amazing job. The presentation was informative, inviting, and interesting. He included videos and pictures to supplement what he was talking about. I think it would be great for older kids, teens, and adults. In addition to the session listed above, he will also have one on Thursday, June 25th from 2-3pm Central. Here is his bio page – https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ambassadors/1885/  and YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/mjguillette

Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Lee Hutchinson

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join 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.

The meeting will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2PM ONLINE Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84552456852

Featured Speaker: Lee Hutchinson
Senior Technology Editor, Ars Technica

Lee has an extensive background in enterprise storage and security, having spent nearly a decade at The Boeing Company as an enterprise architect.  Lee also writes the occasional longform piece on manned space flight.

Lee says “My favorite parts of the Apollo Program – the technology that got us to the moon.  Ever wonder what all those people did in the control room while Neil and Buzz were walking on the moon?  Learn details about the spacecraft and mission control that made the moon landing happen.  Especially interesting as NASA plans to put humans on the moon in 2024.”

Meetings 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.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM – ONLINE – Featured Speaker: Vickie Kloeris

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join 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.

The meeting will be on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2PM ONLINE Via ZOOM: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/536065082

Vickie Kloeris

ISS Food System Manager

Vickie Kloeris has a BS in microbiology and a MS in food science and technology from Texas A&M University.  She came to work at Johnson Space Center as a food scientist in 1985. She worked on space food processing and provisioning.  She has worked on the Shuttle and later the ISS food management systems.





Meetings 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.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/



Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – 2 PM at Barbara Bush Library – Featured Speaker: Kaci Heins

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Come join 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.

The meeting will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr.; Spring, TX 77379) at 2PM.

Featured Speaker: Kaci Heins
Space Center University Director at Space Center Houston

Kaci Heins is passionate about sharing the wonders of space exploration with all generations and getting students excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She has a background in science education, loves learning, life and all things related to space exploration. Heins manages Space Center University, a five-day engineering design program, Stars & STEM evening programs and Camp-In’s, where guests sleep over at Space Center Houston. She has launched numerous high altitude balloons across the country, sent an experiment to the International Space Station and flew on the Zero-G plane twice with student experiments. Kaci is always excited to Dare Mighty Things!

Meetings 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.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Future-North-Houston-National-Space-Society-Chapter/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/