KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

June
23 - 25

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: The Next-Generation Ground-Based Planetary Radar

The goal of this workshop is to explore approaches to the next-generation planetary radar capable of providing compelling science and motivating NASA science missions as well as potentially providing NASA mission assurance by being able to track spacecraft.


August
3 - 7

Workshop: Beyond Interstellar - Extracting Science from Black Hole Images Part II

This is a second workshop to explore fundamental questions in black hole physics, and determine what EHT enhancements, as well as new directions, will allow us to answer those questions.


August
17 - 20

Workshop: Non-Nuclear Exploration of The Solar System

The goal of this workshop is to identify the feasibility issues and possible solutions for an outer solar system exploration that requires no use of nuclear power sources.



Aug. 31
- Sept. 4

Workshop: Nebulae - Deep-Space Computing Clouds Part 2

We will continue to explore how to “Nebula-enable” missions, such that there is sufficient storage and computational capability for large quantities of data to be gathered, pre-processed and selected for optimal downlink to make the most of the bits that the Deep Space Network (DSN) can support.


September
2

Lecture: Robotic Exploration of Titan with Dragonfly

This talk with present a brief overview of the Dragonfly mission, and focus specifically on the Lander Mobility System. Utilizing Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) and lidar-based hazard avoidance techniques, Dragonfly will safely traverse several kilometers in a single Titan day.


September
14 - 18

Workshop: Venus In-Situ Sample Capture Mission

This workshop will systematically analyze feasibility, science return, and paths forward for architectures that collect samples at multiple locations for return to a longer-lived airborne laboratory.


October
12 - 16

Workshop: Revolutionizing Access to the Martian Surface

This workshop will conceive the mission architecture to access the Martian surface (entry-descent-landing; EDL) and conduct efficient operations of multiple Mars assets.



October
26 - 28

Workshop: Sensing Forest Water Dynamics from Space - Towards Predicting the Earth System Response to Droughts Part II

This workshop aims to explore how planned and potential exploratory microwave observations from space and their synergism with optical, hyperspectral, and/or thermal sensing can be used in sensing forest water dynamics from space.


Nov. 30 -
Dec. 4

Workshop: Next-Generation Planetary Geodesy

This workshop will focus on Mars, Venus, and Ocean Worlds of the outer solar system, and consider technologies such as spacecraft-to-spacecraft ranging, gradiometers, and the deployment of retroreflectors and radio beacons on planetary surfaces.