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NCASE 2006 Speakers
Key Note Speakers:
Dr. James B. Garvin
NASA GSFC, Chief Scientist
Dr. James Garvin graduated from Brown magna cum laude in
1978. After receiving his Masters of Science from Stanford in 1979, Garvin
returned to Brown to pursue a PhD in planetary geological sciences under
Professor T. A. Mutch and J. W. Head in 1980, and completed his Ph.D in
He has published over 60 research articles, ranging from
remote sensing oceanic islands on Earth, to the characteristics of rocks on
Mars, Venus, and the Moon.
Garvin is NASA’s Chief Scientist, serving the Agency and the
Administrator as the primary advisor for the entire NASA science portfolio.
His duties include advising the senior leaders of the Agency on matters that
range from how science fits into the Vision for Space Exploration to the
basic scientific research and development priorities for the Agency. In his
former capacity as the Lead NASA Scientist for Mars Exploration, Dr. Garvin
was instrumental in formulating and developing the NASA scientific strategy
for Mars, and most recently, that for the Moon as well.
Dr. Garvin has been a NASA scientist for twenty years, which
spans his entire career beyond graduate school. He came to NASA’s Goddard
Space Flight Center in late 1984 as a staff scientist, and soon thereafter
he helped catalyze development of new spaceflight experiments for exploring
the landscapes of Mars, the Moon, and planet Earth. As NASA’s Chief
Scientist, Dr. Garvin brings the experience gained from his 20 year career
as a NASA scientist, spanning such disciplines as Earth system science, Mars
Exploration, lunar exploration, Venus, asteroids, and the outer planets. At
present he remains a Co-investigator on NASA’s ongoing Mars Global Surveyor,
Canada’s Radarsat, and ESA’s Envisat missions.
In 1999, the NASA Administrator asked Garvin to chair the
Next Decade Planning Team (DPT) for the purpose of developing
science-driven, technology-enabled pathways for human exploration beyond
low-Earth orbit. In chairing the DPT team, Garvin and his team helped shape
the antecedents of what became the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), which
is NASA’ current direction and mandate.
Robert (Hoot) L. Gibson
(Captain, USN), NASA Astronaut (retired)
Graduated from Huntington High School, Huntington, New York,
in 1964; received an associate degree in engineering science from Suffolk
County Community College in 1966, and a bachelor of science degree in
aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in
1969. Married to Dr. M. Rhea Seddon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Four
children. He enjoys home built aircraft, formula one air racing, running and
surfing during his free time.
Awarded the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI)
“Louis Bleriot Medal” (1992), and the Experimental Aircraft Association
(EAA) “Freedom of Flight” Award (1989). Established world records for
“Altitude in Horizontal Flight,” Airplane Class C1A in 1991, and “Time to
Climb to 9000 Meters” in 1994. Military awards include: the Defense Superior
Service Medal; the Distinguished Flying Cross; 3 Air Medals; the Navy
Commendation Medal with Combat “V”; a Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious
Unit Commendation; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Humanitarian Service
Medal; and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Hoot entered active duty with the Navy in 1969. While
assigned to Fighter Squadrons 111 and 1, during the period April 1972 to
September 1975, he saw duty aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and the USS
Enterprise (CVAN-65) -- flying combat missions in Southeast Asia. He is a
graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School, “Topgun.” Gibson returned to
the United States and an assignment as an F-14A instructor pilot with
Fighter Squadron 124. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in
June 1977, and later became involved in the test and evaluation of F-14A
aircraft while assigned to the Naval Air Test Center’s Strike Aircraft Test
His flight experience includes over 6,000 hours in over 50
types of civil and military aircraft. He holds airline transport pilot,
multi-engine, and instrument ratings, and has held a private pilot rating
since age 17. Gibson has also completed over 300 carrier landings.
Selected by NASA in January 1978, Gibson became an astronaut
in August 1979. Gibson has flown five missions: STS 41-B in 1984, STS 61-C
in 1986, STS-27 in 1988, STS-47 in 1992, and STS-71 in 1995.
Gibson served as Chief of the Astronaut Office (December
1992 to September 1994) and as Deputy Director, Flight Crew Operations
On his first space flight Gibson was the pilot on the crew
of STS 41-B which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on
February 3, 1984. The flight accomplished the proper Shuttle deployment of
two Hughes 376 communications satellites which failed to reach desired
geosynchronous orbits due to upper stage rocket failures. The eight-day
orbital flight of Challenger culminated in the first landing on the runway
at the Kennedy Space Center on February 11, 1984, and Gibson logged 191
hours in space.
Gibson was the spacecraft commander of the STS 61-C mission.
The seven-man crew on board the Orbiter Columbia launched from the Kennedy
Space Center, Florida, on January 12, 1986. During the six-day flight the
crew deployed the SATCOM KU satellite and conducted experiments in
astrophysics and materials processing. The mission concluded with a
successful night landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on January
18, 1986, and logged him an additional 146 hours in space.
Gibson subsequently participated in the investigation of the
Space Shuttle Challenger accident, and also participated in the redesign and
recertification of the solid rocket boosters.
As the spacecraft commander of STS-27, Gibson and his
five-man crew launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on December
2, 1988, aboard the Orbiter Atlantis. After 68 orbits of the Earth the
mission concluded with a dry lakebed landing on Runway 17 at Edwards Air
Force Base, California, on December 6, 1988. Mission duration was 105 hours.
On Gibson’s fourth space flight, the 50th Space Shuttle
mission, he served as spacecraft commander of STS-47, Spacelab-J, which
launched on September 12, 1992 aboard the Orbiter Endeavour. The mission was
a cooperative venture between the United States and Japan, and included the
first Japanese astronaut as a member of the seven-person crew. The mission
ended with a successful landing on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center in
Florida after 126 orbits of the Earth on September 20, 1992.
Most recently, (June 27 to July 7, 1995), Captain Gibson
commanded a crew of seven-members (up) and eight-members (down) on Space
Shuttle mission STS-71. This was the first Space Shuttle mission to dock
with the Russian Space Station Mir, and involved an exchange of crews.
Mission duration was 235 hours, 23 minutes.
In five space flights, Gibson has completed a total of
36-1/2 days in space.
Gibson left NASA in mid-November to pursue private business
Featured Guest Speakers:
Ken W. Hyde
President, The Wright Experience, Inc.
Ken Hyde is a native of Nokesville, Virginia who earned both
mechanics’ and pilot’s licenses while still in high school. After
graduation, he went to work as a mechanic for Capital Airlines. In 1961, he
joined the team at Bendix Corporation as a co-pilot/mechanic for the
operation of instrumented aircraft for calibrating worldwide tracking
stations for NASA projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
He joined American Airlines in 1965 and retired in September
1999, with 33 years of service as a commercial pilot. The same year he went
to work for American Airlines, he founded Virginia Aviation, an antique
aircraft restoration company. He first gained national attention as the
restorer of a number of vintage aircraft taking honors in 1975 as EAA Grand
Champion and 1987, in addition to numerous awards and recognitions. His list
of restored projects for museums, include several aircraft for the
Smithsonian Institute’s National Air & Space Museum and a veritable who’s
who of aviation museums throughout the United States. In December of 2000,
Ken was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. He was awarded the
Paul Tissandier Diploma by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in
2003. In August of 2004, he was presented with the Brewer Aerospace Award
from the National Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol.
Ken discovered that the meticulous Wright brothers put very
little of their work on paper or in one research place. These gaps in the
historical record have given rise to the Wright Experience, a team of
historians, engineers, pilots and mechanics, led by Ken, and dedicated to
more completely telling the Wright story in order to inspire the next
generation of innovators. Ken's work on the 1903 Wright Flyer flown at the
commemoration of the Centennial of Flight provided him the opportunity to
work closely with Scott Crossfield
Tom D. Crouch
National Air and Space Museum, Curator and Author
Smithsonian curator and historian Tom D. Crouch will
highlight his book, "Racketeers and Gentlemen Engineers". The book is an
account of the significant contributions the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics and its predecessor organizations have made to
the evolution of flight. It covers the story of visionary individuals and
dedicated engineers who changed society. The book traces the early struggles
to create and distinguish aeronautics as a distinct profession, through the
technological advances brought on by two world wars and the advances spawned
by the Space Age.
Tom Crouch is senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics
at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He is the
author and editor of more than a dozen books and many articles for both
magazines and scholarly journals.
Hangar Talk - A Tribute to A. Scott Crossfield:
Hangar Talk Thursday, October 19th
Salon A, B, C
Hangar Talk is an engaging, casual dialogue session and
an open exchange of information with the audience in an evening’s tribute to
the late A.Scott Crossfield.
Famed aviator and X-15 test pilot, Scott Crossfield had his
first flight at the age of six in an oil company airplane and said that he
does not recall ever having desired any other career than aviation. He began
flying lessons at the age of twelve, in return for delivering newspapers at
the Wilmington Airport. By the time he graduated from high school, he had
resolved to emulate such famous test pilots as Boeing’s Eddie Allen and the
Air Force’s Jimmy Doolittle. He received both his Bachelor of Science and
Master of Science degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of
Mr. Crossfield’s distinguished career in aviation began in
1942 as a U. S. Navy fighter pilot and fighter gunnery instructor. From 1946
to 1950, he was the Chief Operator at the University of Washington’s F. K.
Kirsten Wind Tunnel, and from 1950 to 1955 he was an aeronautical research
pilot for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics at Edwards High
Speed Flight Station.
From 1955 to 1961, Mr. Crossfield was the design specialist,
X-15 project pilot, and chief engineering test pilot for North American
Aviation, Incorporated, Los Angeles Division. He was involved in all phases
of X-15 specification and design, cockpit and control systems, engine
systems, structures, and so forth. He was also the pilot for the first
thirty demonstration flights of the X-15.
In 1967 Mr. Crossfield joined Eastern Airlines as a division
vice president. After four years he was promoted to staff vice president
working transportation development issues for the airline, a position in
which he remained until leaving Eastern in 1974 to assume the position of
senior vice president at Hawker Siddley. Mr. Crossfield worked as an
independent technical consultant for several corporations, House committees
and sub-committees, NASA, and the FAA. Mr. Crossfield was involved with the
Centennial of Flight celebration, teaching pilots to fly the replica Wright
Our sincere thanks to his family for their considerations:
wife, Alice; sons Tom, Paul, Tony, Robert; daughters Sally and Becky.
Hangar Talk Panelists:
Following graduation from the United States Military
Academy, Eugene (Gene) Deatrick entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1946. His
assignments include Electronics Test Squadron whose mission was the
development of new radar bombing equipment and as a Bomber Engineering Test
Pilot. During his career, Deatrick flew more than 50 different types of
aircraft and accumulated more than 12,000 hours of flying.
In 1965, he volunteered for Vietnam. While in Vietnam,
Deatrick flew 402 combat missions in the A-1E Skyraider. He was responsible
for the rescue of Lt. Dieter Dengler, USN, who had escaped from a prison
camp after six months of captivity. Deatrick returned to the United
States and was assigned as Commandant of the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot
School, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. In 1968, he was selected to attend the
National War College. Following his graduation, he was assigned to the Joint
Staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Subsequently and became the
Director of Test, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, MD and retired
from the United States Air Force in 1974.
He currently serves as an aerospace representative in the
Washington D.C. area for several companies. His wife, Zane have two sons and
two grandsons. Deatrick’s distinguished career includes numerous awards and
honors, to include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for
Valor. In 1969, he earned a Masters Degree from George Washington
University. In 2005, he received the National Aeronautic Association's Elder
Statesman of Aviation award for his service to the United States military,
especially as one of its top test pilots. His life-long friendship with
Scott Crossfield will add to Hangar Talk the dynamics of Scott Crossfield’s
test pilot years.
Aviation Pioneer; Col, CAP
After overhauling her first automobile engine when she was
13 years old, Mary turned to aircraft engines and military aircraft by age
of 18. She continued her passion by teaching aircraft maintenance to crew
chiefs and mechanics for the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. During WWII, she
became an expert on many military aircraft and is credited with becoming the
first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical
Service Command’s Engineering Division at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. Mrs.
Feik flew more than 5,000 hours as a B-29 flight engineer, engineering
observer, and pilot in fighter, attack, bomber, cargo, and training
She designed high-performance and jet fighter pilot
transition trainers as well as aircraft maintenance trainers. She has
authored pilot training operational manuals for many of the military
aircraft and reports in engineering and the physical sciences for
distribution throughout the armed forces.
Mrs. Feik retired from the National Air and Space Museum
Paul E. Garber Restoration Facility as a Restoration Specialist. She
continues to restore antique and classic aircraft. Mary has had a life-long
dedication to aviation education with the U.S. Air Force, the Civil Air
Patrol, and other aviation organizations. She has received numerous awards
and recognition for her life-time of accomplishments and continues to
conduct speaking engagements across the nation. Her passion for aerospace
education and love of engineering began her life-long friendship with Scott
(see prior bio above)
Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Fascinated with flight since he built and flew a hang glider
at the age of 15, Kevin Kochersberger eventually found himself working with
Ken Hyde and the Wright Experience to create the world’s most accurate
reproduction Wright aircraft. His involvement in the Centennial of Flight
project evolved from dyno testing Wright engines and wind tunnel testing
full-scale aircraft, to flying the 1902 Wright glider and the 1903 Wright
Flyer. Kevin logged two successful flights in the 1903 machine, and was the
pilot aboard the aircraft on December 17, 2003 during the Centennial of
Recipient of an Aviation Week and Space Technology 2003
Laureate Award for his involvement in the Centennial Celebration, along with
Scott Crossfield (flight training), Ken Hyde (President, Wright Experience)
and Terry Queijo (pilot); Kevin is currently a Research Associate professor
at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and is working on the next
generation of unmanned autonomous aircraft. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical
engineering from Virginia Tech and is a 1,600-hour pilot, flight instructor,