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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST
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Elks Club in Goleta 
150 N. Kellogg Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111

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Barbara Keaney 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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Commercially Hosted Satellite Payloads:
History, Challenges, & Opportunities

The Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) was launched in September 2011, and the mission was recently completed.  CHIRP was a result of a chain of events over the past twenty years, leading to this first remote sensing mission hosted on a commercial geostationary earth orbiting (GEO) telecommunications satellite. The presentation will review the challenges, along with such benefits as a 6:1 cost reduction compared to traditional "dedicated" GEO missions. A government Hosted Payload Office was established to coordinate application of the commercially hosted payload model demonstrated by CHIRP to future missions. We will hear about a planned commercially hosted NASA science mission to illustrate future applications of this approach.

Speaker: Dr Carl Schueler, Schueler Consulting 

After retiring from Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) in 2006, Dr. Schueler consulted until joining Orbital Sciences Corporation in 2008 after leading the Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) technical proposal. As CHIRP chief scientist, he coordinated sensor modifications, testing and on-orbit experiment definition. He returned to consulting in Fall 2012. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics & Astronomy at Louisiana State University. He joined Troy State University as Professor of Astrophysics in 1973 followed by two years at Hughes Aircraft Company teaching F-14 radar and Maverick missile theory and field repair. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1980 under a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship. He authored or co-authored over 80 book chapters and papers on remote sensing and instrument design, and served on six National Research Council (NRC) committees, including the 2011 Committee on Sustained Ocean Color Research.

This meeting is sponsored in part by Community West Bank

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Our meetings are held at the Santa Barbara Elks Club at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue, just off Calle Real in Goleta. Please park on the mountain side of the Elks building and use the front door. SEC meets in the first room to the left. When you RSVP, you can choose either the hot meal option or an endless salad and soup bar. (If you do not RSVP, you may be limited to the salad bar option only.) Both options include drinks and dessert. 

From our Co-Presidents: This month we are pleased to welcome Linda Hillman of Camarillo, Jonathan Kanner and Cindy Oliver of Santa Barbara to Individual membership. We have an exciting program planned for our March 12th meeting and we look forward to seeing you then and on April 9th for our annual Science Fair awardee presentations.

                                                                                                                                 -- Tim Murphy and Gary Kravetz