August 21, 2015 – Southwest Research Institute’s Jon Pineau will kick off the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s 2015 Speakers Program on September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Pineau is the Alice Instrument Operations Team Lead for the Rosetta Mission, which became the first mission to orbit a comet. He will discuss the Rosetta mission, its current status and plans, and the exciting results from both the orbiter and lander.
After a circuitous ten-year trek across the Solar System, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August of 2014. Rosetta has since orbited the comet and deployed the lander Philae to the surface collecting data with its 11 orbiter and 10 lander instruments. It has characterized the comet through its orbit phases as it warmed up on approach to the sun, then through the high activity phase as it moved through its closest approach to the sun of ~1.2AU in August of 2015, and is planned to escort the comet back to the outer solar system through September 2016.
Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen; French National Space Agency, Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. JPL, a Division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the U.S. contribution of the Rosetta mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL also built the MIRO and hosts its principal investigator, Samuel Gulkis.
The Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio and Boulder), developed the Rosetta orbiter’s IES and Alice instruments, and hosts their principal investigators, James Burch (IES) and Alan Stern (Alice). The Alice instrument is an ultraviolet imaging spectrometer onboard Rosetta.
Pineau has been an active AIAA member for the last 18 years and is a Sr. Systems Engineer at Stellar Solutions. Pineau earned a bachelors and master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado. He has worked on 16 separate spacecraft and instruments for NASA, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, SwRI, and other companies. He has worked on NASA deep space science missions including Stardust, Mars orbiters and landers. Pineau has also worked on human rated spacecraft including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and Orion and NASA/NOAA weather satellites and launch vehicles. His roles have included spacecraft design, space systems integration and testing, satellite and space instrument operations, space environment simulations, and space system research.
The event is free and open to the public, but an online RSVP is required.
A social will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at SwRI-Boulder’s Departments of Space Studies and Space Operations, 1050 Walnut St, Suite 400, Boulder, Colorado.