Janus Program Mechanical Lead, Deep Space Exploration
Janus is a pair of microsatellites traveling to two binary asteroid systems. This program is part of the new SIMPLEx class of missions funded by NASA and is a partnership between CU Boulder and Lockheed Martin Space.
SIMPLEx missions are basically rideshares on a much larger mission and are a unique overhead luggage-sized way to more quickly explore gaps in knowledge of our solar system. They come with their own unique challenges.
Typically, when I come to schools, I use my most recent missions to talk about ‘what’s new in space exploration’. Depending on the particular teacher/audience, I tailor to whatever your class happens to be learning: space, weather, engineering, materials science, space environments, physics, and spacecraft subsystems and build. I have taught from Kindergarten to High School including virtual Skype classrooms as far away as the state of Washington.
Eventually, with the small satellite tools that are available to universities, I would like to bring my deep space mission experience to a small satellite workshop that can be adapted to different classroom ages. My goal, coming from a rural school in Idaho, is to help students have a dream, face adversity, and to see that it can be achievable in real life.
Overwhelmed in a Good Way
Sue Linch’s Virtual PLC resources for teachers:
The Life of a Solar Flare https://youtu.be/kyhsBqB2x_Y
SPIDER LIGHTENING https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES-R-Series-Satellites
AIRPLANES AVOID Lightening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxHyIDBx4ds
GLM SEVERE STORMS APRIL 28-29, 2017 https://youtu.be/Uf9C-yr9iaA
SEVERE STORMS IN COLORADO https://youtu.be/mUGw-y4YpME
GLM OVERLAY DATA ON IRMA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3JLisAzstw
SMOKE FROM WESTERN FIRES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMRcJy87JQE
ECLIPSE SHADOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNPAvxJPCm0
SUVI X-class flare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiwOXqZHehc
Harney off of coast (has ad)
The Life of Opportunity
How did we land Spirit and Opportunity
Seven Minutes of Terror – Landing Curiosity
Protecting Curiosity, The Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell