Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest : Tiera Fletcher, Myron Fletcher, Nancy Atkinson, Veranika (Nika) Klimovich, & Pam Hoffman
Title: Weekly Space Hangout : Guest: Tiera and Myron Fletcher, Aerospace Engineers with Boeing working on NASA’s Space Launch System.
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Description: Today’s story:
- Transit of Mercury on Monday the 11th.
- The future of space tourism and Virgin Galactic’s merger with SCH.
- Boeing Starliner’s pad abort test.
- The Japanese cargo transport mission.
- 3D printing solar panels in space.
Host: Fraser Cain
Tiera is a Rocket Structural Analysis Engineer who graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. As a student, Tiera worked in the Man Vehicle Laboratory, the Gelb Laboratory, and the Space Systems Laboratory at MIT where she worked on defining rotations for astronauts in anti-gravity, completed structural analysis for an unmanned aerial vehicle, and did research to determine the outer protective layer material for Dava Newman’s BioSuit. During her Senior year at MIT, Tiera began her career as a part-time Rocket Structural Design and Analysis engineer.
Myron graduated from Tuskegee University with Bachelors of Science Degrees in both Aerospace Science Engineering and Physics. He followed that up with a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Duke University. As a student, Myron worked on the fabrication of carbon/epoxy, developed simulations to model solar sail trajectories and control systems for deep space missions, performed wind tunnel tests on how different shapes affected drag, studied development of a biodegradable rocket for a NASA standard payload, and researched and designed a useable UAV for scientific research. As a Rocket Design and Propulsion Engineer at Boeing, he has designed and developed key components of the Space Launch System, including the Debris Screen (aka “debris catcher,”) for the core stage propulsion team and the Propellant Feed Filter and Hydrazine Filter for the Exploration Upper Stage.
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