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Junkins presents Theodore von Karman Lecture

Junkins presents Theodore von Karman Lecture


Dr. John Junkins, Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, delivered the plenary lecture at the 55th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences at the Technion in Haifa, Israel on Feb. 25, 2015. The lecture is named in honor of pioneering engineer/scientist Theodore von Karman who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Junkins presentation was the 24thoffering of the bi-annual Theodore von Karman Lecture.

Junkins’ lecture was titled Astrodynamics for Modern Space Operations:  Recent Analytical, Computational and Experimental Results.”  In his lecture, Junkins discussed the challenges posed by the recent rapid accumulation of space debris in near earth orbit, with particular emphasis on the large derelict spacecraft and spent rocket boosters. At present, 22,000 trackable objects (greater than 10 cm) are known, and many hundreds of thousands of smaller objects are known to be there even though too small to track using conventional means.

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March 12, 2015


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