2024 JHU Engineers Week: Aerospace & Aviation

JHU E-Week 2024: Aerospace and Aviation

Flying Drones… on the moon… of Saturn

So how would you operate a drone? On another celestial body? In a denser atmosphere and no external power source? Plus, you think your internet lag is bad?

Join us as we kick-off Engineering Week and hear a lecture from Ken Hibbard, '09, WSE, Project Systems Engineer for the Dragonfly New Frontiers mission to Titan. Ken will discuss some of the technical challenges of flying a drone on Saturn’s moon, Titan, and sampling multiple geological locations. This revolutionary mission concept includes the capability to explore diverse locations to characterize the habitability of Titan's environment, to investigate how far prebiotic chemistry has progressed, and even to search for chemical signatures that could indicate water-based and/or hydrocarbon-based life.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2024-jhu-engineers-week-aerospace-aviation-tickets-774470511147

ABOUT Mr. Kenneth Hibbard '09
Whiting School of Engineering (MS)

Kenneth Hibbard is currently principal professional staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and the Mission/Project Systems Engineer for the Dragonfly New Frontiers mission to Titan.  Mr. Hibbard received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and his M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has worked at APL for ~20 years, and at the Goddard Space Flight Center for 8 years prior, specializing in project systems engineering and the design, development, and implementation of robotic space missions.  He has served on numerous flight missions including ACE, SOHO, Swift, MESSENGER, and New Horizons and has led the formulation of various NASA proposals and concepts, including Europa Clipper, the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME), and the Io Volcano Observer (IVO).  Mr. Hibbard has previously supported radioisotope power system development efforts led by NASA GRC, various hypersonic and entry, descent, and landing (EDL) technology development efforts for both NASA and DoD, acted as the Deputy Program Development Manager at APL for Civil Space, and supervised APL’s Space Systems Engineering Group.

 Event Date
Monday, February 19, 2024
Start Time: 6:00pm EST
End Time: 7:30pm EST

Hackerman Hall
Room B17

3400 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
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