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NASA Tech Talks

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Category: Academic Network, Aerospace, Community & Engagement, Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Investors & Capital, Networking


Forum Stairs



February 22, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


We want HOU! Join us to discover NASA’s toughest tech challenges and apply your skills and expertise to solve them.
Featured Program:

JSC R5: Developing a low-cost on-orbit technology demonstration and free-flying inspection platform

The R5 Project is pioneering a new lean approach to small spacecraft missions to quickly and cheaply demonstrate technologies, mission concepts, and more.  The cost to orbit for small spacecraft has dropped dramatically over the last decade.  This has enabled new, higher-risk missions.  These missions can accelerate immature technologies to on-orbit demonstrations, enabling them to be infused more quickly and cheaply into larger missions.  This presentation will briefly overview the evolution of small spacecraft at JSC, the exploration of this new approach, and the future it might enable.

Sam Pedrotty

Sam works in the GNC Autonomous Flight Systems Branch at Johnson Space Center.  Sam has worked on various projects, including Morpheus/ALHAT, Commercial Crew, Orion, and Seeker.  Sam is currently the Project Manager for the R5 Project, which endeavors to pioneer faster and lower-cost capabilities for technology demonstration in LEO.  Sam is also the Chief Engineer for the SPLICE Project, which is focused on closing gaps in precision landing and hazard avoidance capabilities with a near-term focus on lunar applications.  Sam would love to connect with you to explore collaborations related to precision landing and hazard avoidance, in-space inspection, vision-based navigation, mid-lift-to-drag ratio rigid-body entry vehicles, expanding the use of COTS components in space, and more.

Program Partner and Moderator

In these presentations, occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month, Mr. Montgomery Goforth, Assistant Director, Strategic Pursuits & Partnerships – Engineering Directorate, NASA JSC, and other aerospace subject matter experts will discuss the technology development challenges faced by NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the surrounding Aerospace community in our ongoing efforts as the hub of human spaceflight. Presentations will focus on how these challenges, and the associated opportunities, can be leveraged by Houston’s innovation community.
Join us after the talk for drinks and networking at Second Draught!
NASA Tech Talks topics include dual-use (space/terrestrial) technologies and focus areas in:
  • Avionics / Communication / Sensors
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long-lived wireless sensors
  • Power Storage and Distribution
  • Autonomous & Robotics Systems
  • Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Systems
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality in Human Spaceflight Training & Execution
  • Human Health & Performance / Human Systems Research
  • NASA Intellectual Property suitable for commercialization by small/start-up companies
  • Orion’s parachutes and risk identification and mitigation strategies
  • Leveraging Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long-lived wireless sensors
  • Featured speakers from Intuitive Machines and Orbital Mining Corporation

About the Speakers:

Montgomery B. Goforth has over 30 years of experience as both an Engineer and Manager in various highly technical space and defense-related efforts. He joined NASA in 1990 as part of the Mission Operations Directorate, working on planning systems and automated procedure execution tools for the International Space Station (ISS). He became Deputy Project Manager for the Portable Computer System, the laptop used for command and control of the ISS, in 1996. He became Chief of the Branch responsible for all laptops onboard the ISS and the Space Shuttle.


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