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Welcome LAA members + new retirees (Video)

– we honor recently-passed Retirees –

Birth of NASA – Keith’s* amazing story – vision

*1st Administrator led Films, Case & AEC


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2022 Programs

Feb 8 Speaker:

James S. Utterback became Project Director of the HRBT Expansion Project Jan 2018 after serving as District Administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Hampton Roads District for 5 years. At that time, he led the development & delivery of one VDOT’s largest district construction programs exceeding $1 billion.  Utterback has been with VDOT 20 years. In addition to state service, he served in both active & reserve U.S. Air Force units for 26 years, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.

Coming April 12th


Dr. Braun will describe JPL’s (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) present efforts in planetary science & potential future opportunities in this domain. From landing Perseverance on Mars to flying Ingenuity across the red planet to preparing for exploration of ocean worlds in the far reaches of our solar system & formulating Mars Sample return, humanity’s first roundtrip mission to another planet, a new era of planetary exploration is underway. Dr. Braun will highlight the development and operations challenges of these compelling missions of scientific discovery. He will also discuss plans for JPL to better engage with and grow the planetary science community.


Bobby Braun joined the JPL leadership team in January 2020 as Director for Planetary Science. In this capacity, Dr. Braun has leadership and management responsibility for the portfolio of planetary science formulation, technology, implementation and operations activities at the Lab.

Dr. Braun has more than 30 years’ experience as a space systems engineer, technologist, and organizational leader. He is a recognized authority in the development of entry, descent and landing systems, and has contributed to the formulation, development, and operation of multiple space flight missions.

Previously, Dr. Braun served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, a faculty member of the Georgia Institute of Technology & researcher at NASA Langley Research Center.

In 2010-2011, Dr. Braun served as the first NASA Chief Technologist in more than a decade. In this capacity, he was responsible for development of the Agency’s technology and innovation policy and programs, and led the implementation of a broad spectrum of NASA technology programs designed to build the capabilities required for our nation’s future space missions. This activity spanned industry, academia, and all 10 NASA Centers, and fostered partnerships between NASA and other government agencies.

Dr. Braun is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of AIAA & AAS, and author or co-author of over 300 technical publications. He received a Ph.D. in aeronautics & astronautics from Stanford University, M.S. in astronautics from George Washington University & B.S. in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Members emailed invites+ meeting links.

Hall of Honor Nominations Open – video

Langley’s HoH, a key LaRC-LAA partnership, honors LaRC pioneers & innovators: 2017-19 Classes. You may Nominate online by Jan 14 candidates for the 2022 Class.

Langley’s COP Technology

Key to Webb Telescope Success (more)


      Dec 14 Holiday Luncheon 

Dan: “Our Luncheon went well, ~40 attended, venue beautifully decorated & Donis had splendid lunch. If NASA’s closed, I’ll consider meeting there.” Share Pix?

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Click + for States & Provinces LAA = A: Nov 5 Dec 2 15 19 25* Jan 1*

Future: NASA Badges rqd for Cafeteria meetings

$10 Dues (Life=$100) payable LAA in Jan: mail Geoff or e-transfer.

 Ongoing Activities

LAA works closely with NASA LaRC via liaison Melanie Robinson: 757-864-2660.

The Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame seeks Nominees here.

Our Knowledge Capture Committee shares LAA expertise with LaRC, NASA & others. Marilyn Ogburn (chair) welcomes new ideas.

Judge NN 41st Science Fair Jan 29 @Woodside HS. Signup+More.

Colloquium+Sigma Monthly Lectures via NASA Webex @2 & 7:30pm

NASA Langley Events,  Public Cultural ResourcesHealth Benefits.

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