Student-Led Workshop Overview

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September 12-16, 2011
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

Lead Students
Prakhar Mehrotra
Jonathan Mihaly

Caltech Faculty Mentor: Paul Dimotakis
JPL Mentors: Donald Yeomans and John D. Baker

Public Events
Full Schedule for Participants (pdf)

This program is directed towards the President's initiative of sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025. The proposed objective is to conduct a 5 day student competition/workshop on designing a manned mission to a Near-Earth Object (NEO). This competition will bring together students from various disciplines, equip them with necessary tools, and challenge them to produce a viable mission design. The student designs could then serve as a starting point for a NASA NEO mission or help identify potential international or commercial collaborations capable of such a mission. Short courses and workshops will also be provided to participating students on topics such as conceptual mission design, human spaceflight challenges, and recent advances in space studies.


For questions contact: Prakhar Mehrotra, Jon Mihaly, or Michele Judd


Prakhar Mehrotra and Jon Mihaly

Student Co-Leads Jon Mihaly and Prakhar Mehrotra.