General Meetings

ASKC General Meetings are held at the UMKC Volker Campus in Royall Hall, Room 111, on the fourth Saturday of each month — except September and December, when we hold our members-only picnic and holiday party.

The night begins with Astro 101, a small-classroom educational series on foundational astronomy topics, followed by a meet and greet with light refreshments served. The meeting includes club announcements followed by our featured speaker(s). All are free and open to ASKC members and the public. Check the Event Calendar for details.

  • 6:00 pm  Astro 101
  • 6:30 pm  Meet and Greet 
  • 7:00 pm  General Meeting

 This Month's General Meeting Details

  • April 28, 2018
  • Location: Royall Hall, UMKC

2nd Annual ASKC Library Book Sale & Raffle:

This month's meeting will start with the 2nd Annual ASKC Library Book Sale & Raffle at 5:30 p.m. Also, the Social Director will be opening the snack table for this event. Books will be various prices. Raffle tickets will be $0.50 each. There will be lots of great prizes!

Featured Speaker:

Dean Spieth

"Space Telescopes and Optical Instruments"

The featured speaker for the April general meeting will be Dean Spieth, who has recently retired from Ball Aerospace in Colorado, with 40 years of systems engineering experience working with space telescopes, satellites, ballistic missiles and launch vehicles. He grew up in Merriam, Kansas, graduated from SM North in 1970, then from the University of Arizona with majors in astronomy & physics, before starting a career in aerospace. He also worked on the Titan rocket and high energy laser programs at Martin Marietta Denver (today part of Lockheed-Martin), as well as at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Lab at Edwards AFB analyzing ballistic missile infrared signatures.

His presentation will focus on publicly released information on space telescopes built by TRW & Aerojet Electrosystems (both bought by Northrop Grumman), Ball Aerospace, and Lockheed, including such astronomy programs as Hubble and its large optical cameras/spectrometers, HiRISE (that takes amazing Mars images), Deep Impact, JWST, Kepler, Spitzer, IRAS, and military programs such as DSP and SBIRS ballistic missile early warning sensors (unclassified only), and the older declassified photoreconnaissance satellites (exhibited at the AF museum in Dayton, Ohio). He will also discuss key enabling technologies like CCD detectors, CMOS infrared detector arrays, lightweight composite structures, cryocoolers for infrared detectors, radiation hardening, imaging spectrometers, and so forth to enlighten general audiences to those with technical backgrounds.  




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