Story last updated at 3/20/2013 - 11:05 am
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell welcomed leaders of Silicon Valley's NASA AMES research center to Juneau recently. The delegation led by the center's director, Dr. Simon P. Worden, spent two days in Juneau talking to legislators and state officials about the projects the center is working on to specifically benefit Alaska. The projects came about after the state of Alaska and NASA signed a Space Act cooperation agreement in 2010.
The delegation detailed cooperative projects yesterday at a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Eric Feige. Those projects include:
Creating educational outreach opportunities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for Alaska students
Collaborating with the University of Alaska and other schools for development of small satellites for earth-observing missions
Exploring the use of transport airships for commercial operations in Alaska's remote and roadless areas
Improving aviation safety and Alaska's competitive position in global air cargo by providing accurate terrain, traffic, hazard, and weather information to the cockpit
Applying unmanned aerial systems to help land managers and emergency responders meet Alaska conditions (sea ice, forest fires, volcanic ash, wildlife)
New ways of providing clean water and clean wastewater in rural Alaska
"Alaska can benefit from the application of space-age knowledge here on earth", said Treadwell. "Alaska has a knowledge based economy, and aerospace jobs are big here. If new technology improves the industry and protects the lives of Alaskans, I support it 100%."
"NASA is proud to be working with the State of Alaska to help excite the next generation of scientists and engineers and to help Alaskan better benefit from NASA's research in aeronautics and space technology," said Worden.
The delegation will also be meeting with the board of the Alaska aerospace corporation about improvements to launch processes, tracking and pay loads.
Worden formerly served in the United States Air Force for 29 years. His final position as Brigadier General was as the Director of Development and Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Other members of the delegation were Dr. Tom Edwards, Director Aeronautics, NASA Ames, Thomas Davis, Chief Aviation Systems Division, NASA Ames, Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, Project Manager, Next Gen ATM, NASA Ames, and Matthew Fladeland, Project Manager, Airborne Science, NASA Ames. Treadwell is Chair of the Aerospace State's Association and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.