AIAA Distinguished Lecturer Greg Meholic
April 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Saint Louis University – Il Monastero - 3050 Olive St.
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Program, Physics
The event will include a social before the presentation and a catered dinner will be provided (full schedule below). Student tickets are only $5 and can be purchased through Kay Bopp in MDH Room 1017 or whenever tickets are being sold by AIAA E-board members in the MDH Rotunda. Tickets will be sold until April 18, 2012. You will not want to miss out on this great opportunity! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Topic: Advanced Space Propulsion Concepts for Interstellar Travel
Presenter: Mr. Greg Meholic
Location: Saint Louis University – Il Monastero - 3050 Olive St.
Mr. Greg Meholic has focused his career on advanced propulsion systems, working on more than three-dozen successful U.S. space launch missions. He has previously worked on propulsion system performance and design ranging from gas turbines, with General Electric Aircraft Engines, to advanced engines for space launch systems for the U.S. Government. Since the time of his college studies, he has been captivated by faster-than-light (FTL) space travel, concocting his own theories about its feasibility and developing ideas that may one day make this possible. He currently works as a project engineer for The Aerospace Corporation, where he supports space launch vehicle concept development and advanced propulsion system studies for the government.
Why should humans explore space beyond our solar system? How could this ever be possible? Propulsion is the key technology required to make such missions possible. Advanced propulsion system are being developed right now that may one day allow interstellar travel. Today, there are in-space chemical propulsion systems. Tomorrow, these systems will be evolving into nuclear, anti-matter, and interstellar ramjets, pushing the physical limits on chemical propulsion. However, the giant leap for mankind will be in “propellantless” systems, such as space-time manipulation, faster-than- light travel, wormholes, and quantum drives. With a distant goal in sight, these “science-fiction” sounding concepts may be the only option. This presentation will explore the current state of advanced propulsion systems and the evolution that will be occurring in the coming years, the possibility of “propellantless” propulsion, and the efforts to make them reality.
- Social: 5:30-6:00
- Dinner: 6:00-6:30
- Presentation: 6:30-7:30