Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CASIS at CCAFS Museum Meeting


U.S. astronaut Joe Acaba on June 26 with Robonaut 2 in the Destiny module of the International Space Station. Image source: NASA.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space will be the topic at the next meeting of the Air Force Space & Missile Museum docents on Monday evening October 1 at 7 PM EDT. The meeting is open to the public.

CASIS is contracted by NASA to manage the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the International Space Station. It is a critical component for fully exploiting the ISS now that it is operational.

The featured speaker will be Duane Ratliff, the CASIS Director of Operations. Here's his biography from the CASIS web site:

Duane Ratliff, CASIS Director of Operations, has most recently served as senior vice president at Dynamac Corporation, with operations expertise in supply chain management, government program management, space-based R&D, biotech facilities support, and payload development and execution. He also served as the liaison between Space Florida and NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for all operations and logistics planning for the Space Life Sciences Laboratory.

As the official liaison to NASA, the director of operations engages with requisite research and implementation centers to develop relationships that enable full utilization of NASA capabilities and legacy expertise. The director serves as a critical interface to the NASA ISS program office, coordinating the planning and execution of CASIS-managed payloads via (1) identifying appropriate resources and technology partners to ensure mission success of payloads and (2) facilitating payload development, testing, integration and execution of flight projects in collaboration with the NASA ISS payloads office.

Ratliff attended undergrad at Merrimack College in Massachusetts and majored in Physiology. He then attended Yale University and earned a Master of Public Health focusing on Occupational/Environmental Health Science. Ratliff is also a member of several associations, including, American Astronautical Society, National Space Society and a board member of the National Space Club.

Although this is a docents meeting, all are welcome.

The meeting will be at the Museum's History Center.

To reach the History Center ... From the SR-528 Beachline, exit Terminal A at Port Canaveral and drive north on SR-401. Just before you reach the Air Force Station's security gate, you'll see a signal at the Poseidon Road intersection. Turn right and then left to enter the Space Florida parking lot. The History Center is to the right of Space Florida, behind the SpaceX Launch Control Center.

The meeting begins at 7:00 PM. The first half-hour is usually for museum business. The guest speaker begins at about 7:30 PM.

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