Extreme Spacecraft Engineering


  • The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Space Department has the privilege of conducting investigations of some of the most extreme places in the solar system for NASA. From exploring the Pluto system, 4.5 light-hours from Earth, to flying into the outer corona of the sun itself, or living in the Van Allen radiation belts around the Earth, APL spacecraft are (or will be) contributing to discoveries from one end of our solar system to the other. The challenges of delivering the science from these extreme environments at reasonable cost requires disciplined, innovate engineering. How these challenges are being met on the New Horizons, MESSENGER, Solar Probe Plus, and Van Allen Probes spacecraft will be discussed.

Alternate Title

  • Schneebaum Award Ceremony