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Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST
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6:00 pm - 6:35 pm Check-in, Networking
6:35 pm - 6:45 pm Introduction
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm Presentation and Q & A
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Networking (Library closes at 9 PM)


El Segundo Public Library, Community Room 
111 W Mariposa Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

(Free street parking and free public parking lot across the street)

(South of LAX/105 Hwy/Imperial Hwy, North of El Segundo Blvd, West of 405 Hwy & N. Sepulveda Blvd / Pacific Coast Hwy 1)

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American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 

Ticket Information

$2.95 Presentation-Only: Students 6+ years old
$4.95 Presentation-Only: Regular

(No Refund within 7 days of the event or afterwards)

(Included: Pizza, coffee / hot tea, bottled water, snacks, soda)

(Dinner is separate and additional for online order in advance during the RSVP process)


For additional online order in advance: Mediterranean dinner box with one of the following selection:
(a) Gyro,
(b) Chicken,
(c) Beef, or
(d) Vegetarian

Dress Code

Business Casual

Refreshment (for all ticket types above)

(Included: Pizza, coffee / hot tea, bottled water, snacks, soda)

(This program is not sponsored by the El Segundo Public Library)

AIAA LA-LV 2/13 Evening Event (Public Event)
(You do not need to be a member of AIAA to attend the event. Volunteers are needed for all AIAA activities)

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Operations Development of the International Space Station
Mark Pestana
Colonel, USAF (ret.)
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The Topic

Operations Development of the International Space Station


This presentation describes how the US led the international cooperation between 16 nations, including Russia, in developing the International Space Station (ISS), which has been continuously occupied for two decades. Not a description of detailed construction history, this talk focuses on the challenges of culture, language, and technical approaches in developing ISS training, operations, and safety for astronauts and cosmonauts. Information about NASA and commercial programs for crew transportation, Moon, Mars, and space tourism will be included.

The Speaker: 


Mark Pestana
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF (ret), is a consulting research pilot and aerospace systems engineer, supporting NASA, FAA, and DOD. He is adjunct faculty in the Aviation Safety & Security Program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

As a NASA research pilot at Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, he flew aeronautics research and global Earth science missions. He also flew remotely piloted UAVs for airspace integration research and sensor testing. He previously served at NASA Johnson Space Center as a flight crew operations engineer in the Astronaut Office, developing crew interfaces, procedures, and payload integration for the International Space Station and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

In the USAF, Col Pestana served as an orbit analyst in the NORAD Cheyenne Mtn. Complex, Colorado, and as a space operations officer with the DOD Space Test and Space Shuttle Programs. A rated Command Pilot, he logged 213 combat intelligence sorties. Col Pestana flew as a test operations pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. He’s flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types.

Col Pestana earned a BS in Natural Sciences and a USAF ROTC commission from Loyola University Los Angeles, and an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development from University of Southern California. Decorations include the Air Medal (9), Distinguished Service Medal (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. An award-winning aerospace artist, he’s a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and the American Society of Aviation Artists. Fourteen of his paintings are in the USAF Pentagon collection. He has the unique distinction of designing nine Space Shuttle mission patches for the astronauts. Col Pestana is a board member of the non-profit Arts, Science, and Technology Corporation, providing volunteer support and education outreach services for K-12 STEAM programs (STEM + Art). He is an AIAA Senior Member. Hobbies include backpacking, photography, and astronomy.