The IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC/AES Chapter will meet at Southwest Research Institute on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12 noon for a technical presentation on "Lighter-Than-Air Systems." The speaker will be Michael L. Fortenberry, who is a principal engineer in the Department of Space Engineering at Southwest Research Institute. Mr. Fortenberry is an aerospace and systems engineer, who has designed high altitude lighter-than-air (LTA) platforms and systems including autonomous control systems, payloads and flight hardware for NASA and DoD. Additionally, Mr. Fortenberry manages several stratospheric LTA projects and was the deputy program manager for the HiSentinel high-altitude airship program for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Prior to joining Southwest Research Institute, Mr. Fortenberry worked at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility providing operational support for heavy-lift scientific balloon flights. The presentation will cover several LTA programs and technologies including the HiSentinel stratospheric airship, the Autonomous Tactical Aerial Surveillance and Communications (ATASC) platform, the Tactical Aerobotic Launch System (TALS), and Adaptable Lighter-Than-Air (ALTA) vehicle technology.
The meeting will be held in the large conference room in the Space Science Annex (Building 263) at 1223 Martin Goland Ave. on the campus of Southwest Research Institute. Guests may bring their own lunches to the meeting. Food-to-go is available in the Southwest Research Institute Cafeteria (Building 161) at 145 Tom Slick Ave. The presentation will be webcast. Contact Tony Bowie for instructions to participate in the webcast. Following the technical presentation, Mr. Fortenberry will guide meeting attendees on a tour of Southwest Research Institute's LTA Systems Laboratory.
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