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Dynetics and AIAA to host lunar exploration webinar

By SpaceRef Editor
September 15, 2020
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Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are co-hosting ‘To the Moon with Dynetics: The Importance of Lunar Exploration and Utilization’ on Tuesday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. CDT. This 90-minute webinar will introduce the Dynetics Human Landing System and feature an in-depth discussion of the exciting opportunities created by a sustained human presence on the Moon.

Registration is now available here. Upon registration, AIAA will provide a Zoom link to access the live webinar.

The discussion will include the following industry experts with Kim Doering, Dynetics Vice President of Space Systems, as the moderator. There will be a time for questions from the panelists.

  • Jim Dutton is a U.S. Air Force Colonel and former NASA astronaut. Dutton was one of 14 members of the 19th NASA astronaut class and logged over 362 hours in space. He now supports the Artemis program and the HLS system as a technical advisor at Dynetics.
  • Lee Archambault, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and former NASA astronaut, was selected as a NASA pilot in 1998 and has logged over 27 days in space. In his current role at Sierra Nevada Corporation, Archambault serves as the director of project engineering.
  • Dr. Janet Kavandi is a retired NASA Astronaut and former NASA Glenn Research Center Director. She has logged more than 33 days in space and currently serves as senior vice president of programs for the Space Systems Group for the Sierra Nevada Corporation.
  • Carl Walz is a U.S. Air Force Retired Colonel and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four space flights and has logged a total of 231 days in space with 3 spacewalks in the EMU and Orlan space suits, totaling 19 hours. Following his career at NASA, Walz pursued industry experience and is currently the director of Business Development at Oceaneering.
  • Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, author and public speaker. Since 2001, he has led NASA’s $880 million New Horizons mission and was named by the administration to a six-year term to the U.S. National Science Board. Stern maintains over 30 years of experience in space instrumentation development.
  • Dr. Jack Burns is a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is vice president emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the CU system. Burns is currently the director of the Network for Exploration and Space Science, a $5 million center of excellence, funded by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.
  • Mark Peller is the vice president of major development at United Launch Alliance (ULA), and in this position is responsible for development of Vulcan rocket. For commercial launches, the Dynetics HLS system can be flown aboard United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur rocket.
  • Dan Hendrickson serves as the vice president of Business Development for Astrobotic, a lunar logistics company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dynetics is the propulsion provider for Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander, which will deliver customer payloads to the lunar surface.
  • Dr. Georgiana Kramer is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. She is a planetary geologist with a background in geochemistry, petrology, and remote sensing. She studies and maps the composition and structure of terrestrial planetary bodies; her expertise is the Moon.


About AIAA

Our purpose is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life. Our promise is to be your vital lifelong link to the aerospace community and a champion for its achievements.

About Dynetics

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, space, and critical infrastructure sectors. Our portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems, and complex end-to-end systems. The company of more than 2,500 employees is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 36,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.