Words to Live by Speaker Series
THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24th, 5:30 pm
LANDSAT 9 and NASA
with Michael ‘Mic’ Woltman
Chief, Fleet Systems Integration
Launch Services Program
HOW AMAZING IS THIS??????? I am so EXCITED!
Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972.
Landsat 9 will join its sister satellite, Landsat 8, in orbit in collecting images from across the planet every eight days. This calibrated data will continue the Landsat program’s critical role in monitoring the health of Earth and helping people manage essential resources, including crops, irrigation water, and forests.
Images from Landsat 9 will be added to nearly 50 years of free and publicly available data from the mission – the longest data record of Earth’s landscapes taken from space. Landsat’s medium-resolution imaging capabilities allows researchers to harmonize the images to detect the footprint of human activities and their impact on our home planet over the decades.
Landsat 9 will extend our ability to measure changes on the global land surface at a scale where we can separate human and natural causes of change. When land use and resource availability issues arise, Landsat 9 will help decision makers make informed management decisions. Landsat 9 will thus contribute a critical component to the international strategy for monitoring the health and state of the Earth. Landsat users can now take advantage of more frequent observations (every 8 days using two satellites). Applications such as weekly tropical deforestation alerts, water quality monitoring, and crop condition reports are now feasible with the constellation. With increased activity in international and commercial remote sensing, Landsat has emerged as a cornerstone of the global constellation of imagers. The science quality of the Landsat archive, including careful calibration, allows it to serve as a “gold standard” for studies harmonizing multiple sources of satellite imagery.
Mic Woltman + LANDSAT
Michael "Mic" Woltman is chief of Fleet Systems Integration for the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Woltman has been with the Launch Services Program since 2000, initially as electrical/instrumentation engineer on Atlas/Centaur, Titan and Pegasus-XL launch vehicles. In 2004, he became the Delta IV risk mitigation engineer, which lead to his position of vehicle systems engineer for the Atlas/Centaur, Taurus and Pegasus-XL launch vehicles. In his current position, he has lead engineering teams in support of NASA missions, including the Mar Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Pluto New Horizons, Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
From 1997 to 2000, Woltman served as instrumentation/telemetry lead engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems on the Atlas/Centaur program at Launch Complex 36, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Woltman has received numerous group achievement and performance awards, including numerous Certificates of Achievement, and the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for the many launch campaigns at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Reagan Test Site Kwajalein and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
We are so delighted to have Mic with us this Friday in a last minute rally by our favorite wine club member (who also attended our FIRST EVER SPEAKER SERIES 9 years ago!!!) Penelope Herbst!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
5:30 - 6:30 pm
LIVE-IN PERSON OUTDOORS
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Meeting ID: 805 344 1900
UPCOMING SPEAKER SERIES
10/1 TRACY QUINN - OUR WATER
Tracy Quinn is the Director of California Urban Water Policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy organization and a Board Member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. At NRDC, Tracy works to ensure safe, reliable and affordable water for all by developing policies to address the impacts of climate change on California's water systems.