RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby Campus · Burnaby, BC

How to find us

We will be meeting in room SWH 10041 in Saywell Hall.

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Join us for our monthly meeting. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Location: Room SWH 10041

Topic: Orbital Rendezvous and Capture

Speaker: Eric Lanoix

Bio: : Eric Lanoix (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-lanoix-frm-b276676a/) is passionate about finding simple and intuitive solutions to complex problems. For the better part of two decades, he worked with the Canadian Space Agency and with NASA contractors on human space exploration. He contributed to the development of several spacecraft in the areas of systems engineering, trajectory analysis, and robotic capture. He also supported a number of space missions from Mission Control Houston. To date, the spacecraft he focused on (HTV, Cargo Dragon) have completed 21 successful re-supply missions for the International Space Station. More recently, Eric also worked on the development of the Crew Dragon. Later this year, this spacecraft will become the first American vehicle since the Space Shuttle to carry humans to space.
An avid life-long learner of science, finance, and history, Eric holds a master’s degree in engineering (McGill), another in finance (Simon Fraser University), as well as the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. Eric is now based in the Lower Mainland and leads a team of specialists in charge of quantitative risk management at a local banking institution.
In their free time, Eric and his wife Natalie enjoy hiking among rivers and mountains, travelling, and dancing Argentine tango.
As a specialist in the area of orbital rendezvous and capture, Eric looks forward to sharing the history and future of this essential but little-known spaceflight operation with the RASC.

1. A Brief History of Eric (honestly, very brief)
2. Orbital Rendezvous and Capture:
a) why it matters
b) how it works
c) how wrong it can go
d) a history of orbital rendezvous and capture in all its glory and screw-ups.
e) the future…
3. My best advice for future spacecraft engineers and astronauts...

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events

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