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Dr. Robert F. (Bob) Brodsky


Dr. Robert F. (Bob) Brodsky is a space pioneer, at both spacecraft design and the teaching of Astronautics. Prior to receiving the Doctor of Science in Engineering degree from New York University in 1950 at the age of 25,
Dr. Brodsky was a pilot (before his 18th birthday) and served over two years in the US Navy during World War 2.

His 46-year professional career in aerospace has been devoted equally to university teaching and working in industry. In industry, he has held executive engineering positions at Sandia Corporation, Aerojet, Convair, and TRW Space and Technology.

Dr. Brodsky was Professor and Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State University and a Professor of Astronautical and Space Technology Engineering at the University of Southern California, from which he retired in 1996.

A true space pioneer, Dr. Brodsky has received many honors over his career, including being named a Fellow in his technical society, Outstanding Aerospace Educator and University Professor of the Year; and has been listed in Who is Who In America since 1963 after being the subject of an article on rescue from space in Time Magazine. He presently devotes himself to lecturing, writing, sailing, traveling, and being a consultant/expert witness.

Dr. Brodsky's mission:

The Apollo Moon Landing mission was the NASA major space effort during the 1960.

  Dr. Robert Brodsky, former lecturer in the Astronautics and Space Technology Division participated in the program in the following  studies and developments:

1) The OFO (Orbiting Frog Otolith) satellite utilized a species whose ear design closely resembles the human balance system. The experiment indicated that humans in a spacecraft or station would be able to retain a sense of which way was up, even though they had undergone tumbling;

2)  The IMP (Inflatable Micrometeoroid Paraglider) Program showed that human beings exposed to micrometeoroid showers needed very little protection from the flux;

3) The ALSEP (Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package) consisted of a variety of individual scientific instruments to be left on the Moon by visiting Astronauts;

4) The Surveyor soft landing Moon exploration vehicle, the original moving rover (a Moon Walker).

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