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US Space Missions: Coping with Technology Disruption

  • Start date: 18 October 2018 10:00 AM
  • End date: 18 October 2018 11:00 AM
  • Venue: Fairbairn F2-Theatrette

Information Sheet on the relationship between NASA, JPL and Australia


LTGEN(USAF retired) Larry James has been a regular visitor to Australia in recent years as NASA’s senior representative with management oversight of operations at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Centre (CDSCC) Tidbinbilla. CDSCC Tidbinbilla is one of three NASA Deep Space Network stations established around the world, including Goldstone in California, and near Madrid in Spain. He will speak about the significance of the Australian contributions at Tidbinbilla to the NASA deep space missions and how, together with the other stations, the NASA deep space network provides around-the-clock contact with more than 30 spacecraft, including missions to study Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, comets, the Moon, and soon the Sun the Kuiper Belt.

Biography: Lieutenant General (USAF retd) Larry James

Larry D. James was appointed Deputy Director of NASA’s JPL in 2013. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of JPL resources and activities, including CDSCC Tidbinbilla, and manages NASA’s programs for solar system exploration, astronomy, physics, Earth sciences, interplanetary programs, and all JPL business operations. 

Prior to retirement from the USAF, LTGEN(retd) James was Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR at the Pentagon. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy, planning, oversight, and leadership of USAF ISR capabilities deployed across the ISR Enterprise. His 35 year military career included assignments as a Space Shuttle Payload Specialist, GPS Program Manager, Titan IV Launch Director, and Commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB. 

He was commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, responsible for all military satellite, launch and C2 operations, and was Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office. He was the Director, Space Forces for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.