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Event: Science Study Break features Dr. Glenn Lightsey of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics on the rocket science of Star Trek. The event is free and open to the public.

When: 6 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013

Where: Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402) at The University of Texas at Austin.

 Background: Dr. Glenn Lightsey, professor in the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the Cockrell School of Engineering, boldly goes where no Science Study Break has gone before.

This is, in fact, rocket science as Lightsey tackles the real and unreal of navigating vehicles — like the USS Enterprise — in space as portrayed in the television and film productions of the Star Trek franchise.  

Dr. Lightsey specializes in the dynamics and control of space vehicles using avionics sensors such as the Global Positioning System for navigation and attitude determination. He is the founder and director of the Satellite Design Lab at The University of Texas, which designs, builds and operates satellites with undergraduate and graduate students.

Free pizza (while it lasts) for program attendees.

Pop culture and the academy collide as Science Study Break features relevant faculty and experts from the University of Texas at Austin discussing the reality and fantasy portrayed as fact in science-themed television and movies. Science Study Break is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries and supported by the University Federal Credit Union. 

Article published on April 16, 2013 - 8:59am

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