Barbara Plante is the founder and president of Boreal Space, which provides technical consulting to organizations proposing space missions ranging from the search for exoplanets, to near ultraviolet surveys of stellar populations, to research and development focusing on new architectures such as fractionated systems. They provide operations and maintenance support for spacecraft currently on-orbit.
After a roller coaster ride that included a maddening eight-day silence, the LightSail test mission finally achieved all of its major goals. Leaders of the mission team gathered on June 10th to take questions from the media, and share their thoughts and emotions with the general public. Today’s show presents highlights of that briefing. Emily Lakdawalla is seeing things on Pluto, and she’s not alone. Bruce Betts takes Mat Kaplan on a walk in space during this week’s What’s Up segment.