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NASA’s Space Launch System and the Artemis Lunar Program: Countdown to Launch

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 7:45 PM until 9:00 PM
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Event Contact(s):
Don Knabb
Non-DVAA Event
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Chester County Astronomical Society invites DVAA members to their monthly meeting on Jan. 11th.   Featured presentation: 


NASA’s Space Launch System and the Artemis Lunar Program: Countdown to Launch 



NASA’s Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket, is the backbone of Artemis lunar exploration and is essential to returning humans to deep space. Mr. Matisak will discuss launch preparations for Artemis I, which is fully stacked in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mr. Matisak will also provide information on the progress NASA has made, and is continuing to make, for future Artemis missions and the goals/objectives for these missions.


About the speaker:

Brian Matisak currently serves as the deputy manager of the Systems Engineering and Integration Office (SEIO) for the Space Launch System (SLS) Program at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In this role, he provides expert technical and programmatic leadership for the systems engineering and integration functions at the vehicle level for the SLS Program. These responsibilities require close coordination with internal and external stakeholders of the SLS Program. Prior to serving on the SLS Program leadership team, Mr. Matisak was the Integration, Analysis, and Test (IA&T) Manager in the Reusable Solid Rocket Booster (RSRB) Project Office during the Space Shuttle Program. As IA&T Manager for the space shuttle, he led the team responsible for the ballistic performance, non-destructive testing, structural modeling, booster ascent debris analysis, launch day console operations support, post-flight hardware evaluations, and full- and sub-scale testing of NASA’s reusable solid rocket booster. Mr. Matisak earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1989 from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1998.

For his exceptional contributions to the nation’s space program, Mr. Matisak has received NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award, among other NASA achievement awards, throughout his career.