Dan Rasky, co-founder of the Space Portal, discusses his roles at NASA as well as his love of electronics.
I am a space junkie. I knew that I wanted to be in electronics when I saw the first Mercury capsule launched and watched TV that whole day as Walter Cronkite covered the story from every scientific angle. I was hooked. That's why I am excited to be invited to speak to NASA experts and bring their expertise to you as it relates to power management and analog design.
This article outlines a group discussion with Daniel Rasky, spurred on by the NASA Technology Exchange program aligned with the Speed2Design campaign sponsored by Littelfuse.
Who is Daniel Rasky?
Dan Rasky is the director and co-founder of the Space Portal, which has had a significant role in establishing several notable and successful NASA programs, including the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems (COTS) program, the Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) program, and the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program. He is recognized as an expert on advanced entry systems and thermal protection materials. In the 1990s, he and his research colleagues at NASA Ames invented a heat-shield material called Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA).
In 2009, Rasky completed a one-year Interagency Personnel Assignment (IPA) with the Space Grant Education and Enterprise Institute, serving as a senior research Fellow supporting emerging space companies. One of these companies was Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (better known as SpaceX). In 2010, the Falcon-9 rocket carried the Dragon capsule with its SpaceX fabricated PICA-X heat shield into space. Rasky has made significant contributions to flight hardware for eight NASA missions, including the Stardust comet sample return mission. PICA will also be used for the primary heat-shield for the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) lander mission.
Rasky has received the Senior Professional Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Inventor of the Year Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 12 NASA Group Awards, and eight Space Act Awards. He has six patents, 64 publications, and is an associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a senior member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Continue reading this discussion with Dan Rasky at EDN.