Seminar Series: David Masten

Throughout the Fall 2019 academic semester CLASS in partnership with the Florida Space Institute will be holding a seminar speaker series. The series is open to everyone. Seminars last 45 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. If you are interested in presenting, wish to recommend someone for a presentation, or would like to be on the mailing list, please contact us.

Date Speaker
9/11 Alison Lowndes, NVIDIA
9/25 Garrett Schieber, Georgia Tech
10/9 David Masten, Masten Space Systems
10/22 Kelsi Singer, SwRI
11/6 Nicole Shumaker, Texas A&M
11/20 Paul Abell, NASA JSC
12/4 Koorosh Raghabi, NASA JSC

Date: Oct 9, 2019
Time: 11:30am
Recorded talk: Watch here

Transportation and Development of the Cis-Lunar Economy

As with all human activity, transportation is a key enabling element. Transportation to and from the lunar surface has a number of challenges including having the required energy, landing accurately at a desired location, dealing with the cold of lunar darkness, and dealing with the abrasive regolith. This talk will discuss these challenges and some solutions and how Masten envisions the establishment and growth of a Cis-Lunar economy.

David Masten
David Masten founded Masten Space Systems in 2004. He led the winning team in the NASA Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, and led the team through over 600 flights on 5 rocket powered vehicles, including test flights for the Landing Vision System being used for the Mars 2020 mission. He is currently leading the development of Masten’s lunar landers for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.