Putting the 'P' in JPL - The Past and Present of Propulsion at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Todd Barber, NASA / Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Note: If you missed this outstanding presentation, here's a similar lecture Todd Barber gave in 2014: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/lectures/vklecture20140522.m4v
Come join us as JPL propulsion engineer Todd J. Barber will highlight more than 50 years of propulsion experience at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it applies to solar system exploration and Rise of the Rocket Girls.
Todd Barber is a JPL senior propulsion engineer, now working as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Recently, Todd also began working on the Dawn mission, an ion propulsion mission to the two largest main-belt asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Mr. Barber worked on the Galileo project for over seven years and his primary responsibility was getting Galileo into Jupiter orbit on December 7, 1995. Todd also worked part-time on the Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission and on the Stardust mission, as well as the Mars Sample Return mission and a Mars airplane study. Todd received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1996 for his work on Galileo. He also worked three years on the Deep Space One mission, the first NASA mission to use electric propulsion (a la “Star Trek”).