Aerospace Engineering Seminar Series: Lauri K. Newman, NASA
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
2164 Martin Hall, DeWalt Seminar Room & Via Zoom
Speaker: Lauri K. Newman
Conjunction Assessment at NASA
Abstract: This talk will describe the Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis process used at NASA to protect its spacecraft from on-orbit collision. Information will be provided concerning the motivation for a robust close approach assessment and mitigation process, best practices for safe space flight, and current challenges.
BIO: Lauri K. Newman is the Conjunction Assessment Program Officer within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. Prior to joining SMD, Ms. Newman spent 32 years at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2004, Ms. Newman initiated the Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) program at Goddard. She has since led the program’s development to provide risk assessment for all of NASA’s spacecraft that are not affiliated with the NASA Human Spaceflight enterprise.
Ms. Newman also serves as the NASA point of contact for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) for unmanned missions as part of the Agency’s Mission Resilience Protection Program. Previously, Ms. Newman spent 15 years as a Flight Dynamics Engineer, designing orbits and managing Flight Dynamics ground systems for a diverse set of spacecraft, including the Earth Observing System Terra and Aura spacecraft. She holds Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.