6 IamA - A NASA astronaut & Finnish innovation collided. Mars gains hope. Ask us anything!
Hi everyone, my name is Charlie Camarda. I have worked for NASA for over 40 years. I started as a researcher in thermal structures designing structures and thermal protection systems for hypersonic vehicles, like the Space Shuttle, at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. I was selected to be an Astronaut in 1996 and flew the Return-to-Flight (RTF) missionof Space Shuttle (STS-114) immediately following the Columbia Tragedy. After my mission, I became the Director of Engineering at Johnson Space Center and am currently the Senior Advisor for Enginering Development at NASA Langley. The Columbia tragedy and the engineering research we conducted to determine the cause of the accident and to develop the technology for our flight and all successive missions was what led to the Epic Challenge Program we developed and the Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design (ICED) methodology we use to create great groups of students and researchers around the world to conceive innovative solutions to very complex problems. I am currently in Finland with Arcusys Inc. where we are beginning the development of a virtual platform or "Collaboratory" to integrate teams of students with subject matter experts from around the world to solve these exciting "Epic Challenges." Rhe new epic challenge we will be working on this current year with students from Finland and the US is: "Sustaining Humans on Mars using In-Situ Resorces Utilization (ISRU) to the max!
On long term we're getting students to work on Epic Challenges like Sustainable Habitation of Mars as part of their studies. Students are working all around the world on virtual collaboration platform applying modern pedagogies and gaming. Questions are being answered by Dr. Charles Camarda, an astronaut, engineer from NASA is leading Epic Challenges and Janne Hietala, CCO of Arcusys leading the technical side of the virtual platform development. Janne is helping Charlie on this IAmA.
Now answering questions. This is an repost as previous one got removed.
Edit: We're wrapping up. Thank you everyone and it was a great experience to do the IamA. Hopefully we will see Charlie back in Finland soon again.