The Eastern Great Lakes Region held our first Annual Winter Dinner Meeting on February 17th in Sandusky Ohio for the purpose of installing 2012 officers, network and listen to a presentation. The dinner was held at the Red Gables Mesquite Grill.
Approximately 20 individuals attended the meeting including board members, region members and student members. The meeting was mostly informal and gave all attendees a good chance to socialize. A variety of photogrammetry and remote sensing discussions were had.
The Region dinner guest speaker, Chuck Olson’s presentation was titled “From Plane-Table to LiDAR”. Chuck covered a long history of mapping with emphasis on the importance for accurate mapping and how this need helped the mapping sciences evolve.
On the day following the dinner meeting a tour was held at the NASA Plum Brook Station on Saturday February 18, 2012. This tour was attended by approximately 7 individuals.
Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility (B-2) This was the first facility that we toured on Saturday February 18th. This is the world’s only test facility capable of full-scale rocket engine firings and launch vehicle system level tests at high-altitude conditions. The slide show below shows images taken in this facility.
The second facility we visited was the Space Power Facility (SPF). Home of the world’s largest space environment simulation chamber, the facility has tested parts of rockets, Mars Landers and space station hardware. The slide show below shows images taken in this facility.