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Keynote Speaker

 2016 Keynote Speaker

 Dr. Paul Bookout

Avionics Box Procurement Manager
Flight Programs and Partnerships Office

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Dr. Paul Bookout is the Avionics Box Procurement Manager in the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Marshall Center is one of NASA's largest field installations, managing a broad spectrum of human spaceflight, science and technology development missions.

Named to his current position in February 2015, Dr. Bookout is responsible for procurement of the Avionics Box controller for dispensing secondary payloads on the first SLS mission. The management of this task includes integration and project analysis to understand the overall multi-phase mission requirements.

Dr. Bookout has held several positions in various NASA offices for over a decade, including Manager of Space Act Agreements and Manager on the Deep Space Habitat Project. He began his career with NASA in 1990 as an Aerospace Research Engineer, Payload Dynamics and Loads Branch.

While at NASA, Dr. Bookout has received numerous awards and industry honors in recognition of his work, and has published many papers and technical reports to support and highlight his work.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in August 1986, from Tennessee Technological University; a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in June 1988, also from Tennessee Technological University; a Master of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics in December 1994, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering in May 2008, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville;

A native of Etowah, Tennessee, Dr. Bookout and his family live in Huntsville, Alabama.

Keynote Address Abstract

 NASA's Science on Small Satellites
and Design Concepts for a Deep Space Habitat

NASA is performing science in space using smaller satellites called CubSats. The first launch of NASA's new rocket will enable thirteen small satellites to go further into space than before to perform different types of science from monitoring the rocket to biological experiments. These satellite missions will be discussed along with how NASA will be deploying them and the overall mission goal of the first launch of NASA's new rocket. 

One of the main reasons for  NASA's new rocket is to provide the capability to expand human presence into space. For these extended missions in  deep space, a new habitat will have to be built. The design of a habitat for deep space will have new challenges to protect the crew, store food, and etc from the harsh conditions beyond the Low Earth Orbit. The design will also have to  provide an environment for the mental and emotional stability of the crew for long durations in space. Low fidelity  mock-ups of deep space habitat concepts were developed and evaluated for human factor criteria. The development of the mock-ups will be discussed along with the reasons why that design was not chosen.


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