Dr. Robert W. Farquhar

Dr. Robert W. Farquhar is an Executive for Planetary Exploration, KinetX, Inc. He has his Ph.D in Astronautical Sciences, Stanford University (1969),an M.S .in Engineering, UCLA (1961), and his B.S. Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1959). His experience includes Co-Investigator, Stardust-NExT Mission, 2007-Present; Mission Director, New Horizons Mission, 2002-2006; Mission Manager, MESSENGER Mission, 1999-2006; Mission Director, CONTOUR Mission, 1998-2002; Mission Director, NEAR Mission, 1990-2001; Program Manager, NASA’s Discovery Program, 1989-1990; Flight Director, ISEE-3/ICE Mission, 1983-1987; Study Manager, Halley’s Comet Mission, 1981; Mission Definition Manager, ISTP Program, 1978-1990; Flight Dynamics Manager, ISEE-3 Mission, 1972-1982; Mission Definition Manager, Lunar Polar Orbiter, 1973-1975 and Study Manager, Cometary Explorer, 1972-1975. He has received numerous awards and honors and he has been on the following committees: Charles A. Lindbergh Chair (National Air &Space Museum) 2007, AIAA Fellow 2004, NASM Trophy for Current Achievement 2002, NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement (NEAR) 2002, Tycho Brahe Award (The Institute of Navigation) 2001, Laureate Award for Space (Aviation Week & Space Technology) 2001, Space Pioneer Award (National Space Society) 2001, Baltimorean of the Year (Baltimore Magazine) 2000, The John V. Breakwell Memorial Lecture 1998, Member of International Academy of Astronautics 1996, Laurels for 1996 (Aviation Week & Space Technology), Asteroid #5256 named Farquhar 1992, NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement (ISEE-3/ICE) 1988, Distinguished Visiting Professor (Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) 1987, Fellow of American Astronautical Society 1986, Letter of Commendation from President Ronald Reagan 1984, Dirk Brouwer Space Flight Mechanics Award (American Astronautical Society) 1984, Moe Schneebaum Memorial Award (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) 1984, Laurels for 1982 (Aviation Week & Space Technology), Mechanics and Control of Flight Award (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 1981, Distinguished Alumnus Award (University of Illinois) 1980, NASA Exceptional Service Medal (ISEE-3/ICE) 1979, Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (National Academy of Sciences) 2003-2005. In addition, he has over 100 selected publication in various reviewed journals.

Broadcast 860 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Robert Farquhar. Dr. Robert Farquhar was the guest for this Space Show program. Our interview jumped right into the frying pan as we asked Dr. Farquhar for his thoughts on the current VSE. As we discovered, Dr. Farquhar would prefer to visit a NEO in preparation for going to Mars, rather than return to the already-explored Moon. As part of preparing for a manned NEO visit, there would need to be lunar orbital missions and extensive use of the Sun-Earth L2 libration point as the primary hub for future human space activities.

Broadcast 860 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Robert Farquhar. Dr. Robert Farquhar was the guest for this Space Show program. Our interview jumped right into the frying pan as we asked Dr. Farquhar for his thoughts on the current VSE. As we discovered, Dr. Farquhar would prefer to visit a NEO in preparation for going to Mars, rather than return to the already-explored Moon. As part of preparing for a manned NEO visit, there would need to be lunar orbital missions and extensive use of the Sun-Earth L2 libration point as the primary hub for future human space activities.

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