For Release: March 14, 1996
Release No. 96-017
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Small Explorers of the Future - The Clementine Mission to the
Air Force Col. Pedro "Pete" Rustan, director of the Small
Satellite Development Office in the National Reconnaissance Office,
will discuss the 1994 Clementine mission to the moon at 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18 at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
Rustan, the Clementine mission director, will discuss why the
Clementine program was started, how it was managed and the
implications for future small satellite projects.
Rustan's office is responsible for developing alternative small
satellite designs and for building small spacecraft to meet
specialized requirements. The Clementine mission to the moon was
designed to flight test 23 advanced, lightweight technologies,
using three celestial bodies (the Earth, moon, and a near-Earth
asteroid) as targets.
Rustan received his Air Force commission in 1972 and a doctorate
in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in 1979.
In 1992 he was selected to manage the Clementine mission, the first
Department of Defense mission to deep space. Rutan has published
more than 50 articles in scientific journals, several of which
discuss the use of advanced technology and streamlined spacecraft
Rustan will be available for interviews from 1:15 to 1:50
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