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Sigma Xi Public Lecture Monday, September 16, 2019

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Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks


Co-sponsored by the UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Honor Society), the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the UNM Division of Continuing Education.



Inside Apollo: Heroes, Rules, and Lessons Learned in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) System Development


George Schmidt

Inside Apollo: Heroes, Rules, and Lessons 
Learned in the Guidance, Navigation, and 
Control (GNC) System Development  


September 16, 2019  5:30 PM

Meet and Greet at 5

The University of New Mexico Conference Center, Room B

1634 University Blvd. NE


Free and Open to the Public


Pizza with the speaker will follow the lecture


George T. Schmidt is an IEEE Life Fellow. He is Vice President, Technical Operations of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). From 1961 through 2007, he was at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and the Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the Apollo GNC program at MIT, he was in charge of mission verification and testing. In 2013 he completed 17 years of service as Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. He has received several awards including the AIAA International Cooperation Award in 2001 and the NATO Science and Technology Organization’s highest technical award, the von Kármán Medal in 2005.


Abstract The Apollo flights, particularly Apollo 8 and 11,  were among the greatest explorations of mankind.  Dr Schmidt will give his thoughts based on 10 years inside the GNC program design, many hours in the Spacecraft Control room at Cape Kennedy monitoring GNC performance through liftoff, and then providing real-time mission support to NASA from MIT in Cambridge, MA. The talk is particularly focused on helpful lessons for being a successful engineer.


Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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