Composites for NASA 21st Century Missions: Today’s Strategic Impact and the Future free webinar will be held Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm CST. This presentation is sponsored by the SAMPE Public and Government Engagement Committee.
Principal Technologist and Senior Leader for Advanced and In-Space Manufacturing
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
About the speaker:
John Vickers concurrently serves as a principal technologist for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and in the senior leader position for advanced and in-space manufacturing in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Vickers is also the manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing. He has over 35 years of experience in materials and manufacturing related research and engineering for propulsion, spacecraft and scientific systems.
As principal technologist and senior leader, Mr. Vickers leads the nationwide NASA team for strategic technology planning and stewardship of crucial cross-cutting capabilities needed to accomplish the NASA goals of space exploration missions and to expand growth for the commercial space industry. He also represents the agency serving as the representative to the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing and the Subcommittee on Critical and Strategic Mineral Supply Chains. He is well-qualified to speak on composites for NASA.
Cutting edge research and development in composites is allowing NASA to transform how they conduct their missions. The webinar will present some of NASA’s composites efforts that cut across all technology readiness levels and disciplines and are being implemented in space, science, aeronautics and technology programs. NASA is partnering with industry, academia and other government agencies to research improved approaches to reduce the development and certification costs and timeline for composite materials, manufacturing and structures to enable increased adoption throughout industry.
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