Date: Thursday, 9/27
Networking: 5:30 - 6:00   
Program: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

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ISS Meeting Building
1800 Space Park Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

TGCC Chapter Meeting September 2016
Nansen's Fram Expedition: a Nineteenth Century Model for the Human Exploration of Mars

A small team of explorers spend three years isolated in cramped quarters with a lethal environment outside, far beyond the reach of any human assistance or even contact. It sounds like a mission to Mars, but it's not. In 1893, a time when most polar expeditions ended in failure and death, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen tried to conquer the North Pole by deliberately trapping a purpose-built ship, the “Fram,” in the Arctic icepack and exploiting the natural movement of the ice to simply drift to 90 degrees North. Although they didn't reach the Pole, the members of the expedition established a new "Farthest North" record and returned safely to be hailed as heroes.

Join Antarctic veteran and NASA astronaut Dr. Stan Love for a discussion of the Fram expedition, the design of the ship, its provisioning, and the onboard social system that together made it a success--and a useful Systems Engineering model for planning future flights into deep space


This event is FREE and focused on Systems Engineering professionals. INCOSE membership not required.  If you plan to attend, attendance and location is requested by noon 9/23/16 at

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Stanley G. Love (Ph.D.) 

NASA Astronaut

Stan Love - AstronautSelected by NASA as an astronaut in June 1998, Love reported for training in August 1998.  Basic astronaut candidate training included orientation briefings and tours; scientific and technical classes; instruction in space shuttle and International Space Station systems and physiological training, ground school, and water and wilderness survival instruction to prepare for T-38 flight training.  After completion of the basic syllabus, Love received advanced astronaut training, including spacewalk classes and suited underwater practice sessions in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), coursework and extensive simulator training to operate the shuttle and station robotic arms, instruction and qualification as a copilot for the rendezvous and docking of the shuttle with another orbiting spacecraft and wilderness and cold-weather leadership and survival training in Alaska, Utah and Canada.  In his first technical assignment (1999), Love served the Astronaut Office as a representative to the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems engineering group, preparing for the first crews aboard the International Space Station.  That work led to an appointment (2000) as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center for station Expeditions 1 to 7 and for shuttle missions STS-104 (ISS-7A), STS-108 (ISS-UF-1) and STS-112 (ISS-9A).