Doug Stetson is the former project manager for The Planetary Society's LightSail project. He works as a consultant specializing in innovative mission and system concepts, strategic planning, and program development for the space science community. Before his current position as head of the Space Science and Exploration Consulting Group, Doug spent 25 years as an engineer and manager in the planetary program at JPL.
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.