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Spring, 2020

Human Spaceflight–Recent Past, Near Future and Educational Activities at Viterbi

Garrett Reisman

Professor of Astronautical Engineering
Department of Astronautical Engineering
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Prof. Reisman’s presentation will highlight his personal experiences flying on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station while serving as a NASA Astronaut from 1998 to 2011. After describing these unique experiences he will discuss his transition to SpaceX and the state of the commercial human spaceflight industry. Finally, the human spaceflight graduate coursework which has recently been established in Viterbi’s ASTE department will be presented.

Garrett Reisman, a NASA veteran who flew on all three Space Shuttles, was selected by NASA as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998. His first mission in 2008 was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour which dropped him off for a 95 day stay aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. His second mission in 2010 was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. During these missions, Garrett performed 3 spacewalks, operated the Space Station Robot Arm and was a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle. Not only was he an astronaut, but Garrett was also an aquanaut serving as a crewmember on NEEMO V, living on the bottom of the sea in the Aquarius deep underwater habitat for 2 weeks.

After leaving NASA in early 2011, he joined Elon Musk at SpaceX where he served in multiple capacities most recently as the Director of Space Operations.

Garrett stepped down from his full-time position at SpaceX in May of 2018 and in June 2018 he became a Professor of Astronautical Engineering in the Viterbi School at USC. He also continues to support SpaceX as a Senior Advisor.

Garrett attended the University of Pennsylvania and Caltech where he received his Ph.D in 1997.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3:30 PM
Zumberg Hall of Science, Room 159 (ZHS 159)

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 pm.

host: Luhar