Landing on The Moon

Speaker: David Baker
Date: 12th June 2019
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30
Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

 

Starting with the first manned landing on the Moon during Apollo 11, procedures had been worked out over several years for the optimum trajectories and descent procedures necessary to achieve the maximum possibility of success while preserving abort and safety considerations. How that was achieved and how it changed over the course of the programme is the subject of this talk. In it, David will describe how the Mission Planning & Analysis Division at the Manned Spacecraft Center worked within technical parameters to ensure a safe landing on the Moon from the initiation of Powered Descent through touchdown. He will explain how procedures evolved for the first manned landing, how the ability to land at precise locations was vital for the expansion of Apollo capabilities, how the technology was developed that made it possible and how it became a sophisticated tool for expanding the envelope of accessibly available sites using evolved techniques. This is the second in a set of four talks to describe and explain the underpinning techniques that brought success to Apollo.

About the speaker:

Dr. Baker joined the space program during Apollo and worked to develop advanced concepts for keeping astronauts on the moon for extended periods of time. Later, Dr. Baker worked on development of NASA’s Space Shuttle and later, during the 1980s, to commercialise payloads and to integrate aerospace technologies in India and other Asian countries. Dr. Baker has written several hundred articles and more than 100 books on air and space histories, including The Rocket and The History of Manned Spaceflight.

Dr. Baker appears regularly in electronic media and has been editor of Aerospace Review, Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades and Jane’s Space Directory.

He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), where he chairs the BIS Publications Committee, serves as Editor of Spaceflight and oversees publication of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1986 Dr. Baker was elected as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for the best propulsion submission “RAeS Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award 1998”.

 

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