We’re excited to be on the cutting edge of new technology that’s going to revolutionize lunar and planetary exploration in this decade.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
Russell Cox, Director of Research at Flexure Engineering, in explaining the need for the LSA series, said, “We created the LSA workshop series to foster collaboration and scientific research that combines the many varied disciplines that we’ll need to explore the Moon, see what resources are there and decide how best to use them.” He went on to elaborate, “The 2009 discovery that the poles of the Moon are much colder than previously believed is a compelling reason to encourage scientists and engineers in high temperature superconductors, low temperature electronics, cryogenic engineering and lunar sciences to work together to solve the mysteries of the lunar environment and deeper space.”
The two-day program included groundbreaking presentations by engineers, scientists and researchers at the forefront of their fields. Attendees from NASA, independent companies and educational institutions also participated in design challenges – interactive discussions between attendees and presenters on some of the most pressing issues in lunar science. Presenters and attendees were welcomed by business leaders from Kennedy Space Center, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
For those unable to attend the event in person, live streaming coverage was available. Space enthusiasts and attendees from NASA’s Head Quarters, Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center heard keynote presentations by space entrepreneurs in key areas of progress in lunar science.
Adding depth to the program, conference organizers included a third day of presentations and design challenges on LunarCubes which are CubeSats designed to operate beyond Low Earth Orbit. Cox explained the LunarCubes briefings are intended to promote the development of standards and protocols to speed the advancement of lower cost and faster deployment payloads for future lunar missions. As a driving force behind the creation of the LSA workshops and the LunarCubes briefings, Cox is enthusiastic about the future. “We’re excited to be on the cutting edge of new technology that’s going to revolutionize lunar and planetary exploration in this decade.”
As he shared his vision for returning to the Moon, Cox acknowledged that an undertaking of this magnitude requires new science and engineering and the corresponding new alliances and collaboration among current and future researchers. That demand for more interconnectivity to reach a common goal is why he’s already excited about the next LSA workshop – LSA 4. “The 4th International Workshop on Lunar Superconductor Applications here in Cocoa Beach next April will be bigger and better than the previous three workshops!”
To find out more, contact Russell Cox at Russell.Cox(at)FlexureEngineering(dot)com or 206-200-9848.
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