SpaceX’s Director of Space Operations Joins USC Faculty

Garrett Reisman

LOS ANGELES (USC PR) — Garrett Reisman, Director of Space Operations at SpaceX and a former NASA astronaut, will be joining the faculty of the Department of Astronautical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Reisman, who has participated in three space shuttle missions and spent three months on the International Space Station, will join USC as a full-time faculty member on June 1, 2018.

At the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Reisman will teach undergraduate and graduate level astronautical engineering students, and advise the Department and the School on various space-related issues. In addition, he is expected to provide support to the student-run, student-operated Rocket Propulsion Lab and the Liquid Propulsion Lab.

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Video: Garrett Reisman’s Presentation on SpaceX Programs

Video Caption: On August 27, 2014, former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman participated in the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) teleconference. Now the DragonRider Program Manager for SpaceX, Reisman presented a slide show on SpaceX commercial spaceflight.

The slide show and teleconference audio recording are available for download at:

http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/tel…

In this video, I’ve matched the slides to the audio for your convenience.

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NASA Astronaut Reisman Joins SpaceX as Safety Expert

SpaceX PR – Hawthorne, CA – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is proud to announce that NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman is joining the company as a senior engineer working on astronaut safety and mission assurance.

“We’re excited about the great team that we are building.  Our talent is the key to our success.  Garrett’s experience designing and using spaceflight hardware will be invaluable as we prepare the spacecraft that will carry the next generation of explorers,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technology Officer.

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Astronaut Pitches from Space, Yankees Win

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Orbiting NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday night for a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Parsippany, NJ, native and a lifelong Yankees fan threw the pitch while orbiting aboard the International Space Station.

Reisman’s fastball must have done some good. The Yankees improved to 9-7 on the year by beating their archrivals from Beantown in a 15-9 slugfest in the Bronx. The 774th Yankee Stadium meeting between the two teams featured Alex Rodriguez’s 522nd home run, moving the Yankee slugger into 15th place on the all-time list ahead of Ted Williams and Willie McCovey.

Boston scored six runs in the fifth inning to pull ahead 9-7, but the Yankees came right back in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own. The Bronx Bombers added four more runs in the eight inning to close out the scoring.

The New York Post reports that Reisman carried dirt from the Yankee Stadium pitcher’s mound, a Yankees banner, and a hat autographed by Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner to ISS last month.

“Launching on the space shuttle and living aboard the International Space Station is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Reisman said. “But as a lifelong Yankees fan, throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees-Red Sox game is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Endeavour Departs Space Station

Having wrapped up a highly successful visit to the International Space Station, the space shuttle Endeavour has departed the orbiting outpost and is headed back for a Wednesday evening landing at Cape Canaveral.

The shuttle attached a Japanese module and the Canadian maintenance robot Dextre to the space station. ISS and shuttle astronauts also conducted a record-tying five spacewalks during the 12-day visit.

The shuttle dropped off Garrett Reisman for an extended stay on the outpost. It is returning with French astronaut Leopold Eyharts.