NASA’s Payloads Operations & Integration Center (POIC) is the primary science and research command post for the International Space Station (ISS) investigations and payloads. The center — housed at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama — coordinates all United States science and commercial experiments on the ISS. The center also manages communications between the ISS crew and researchers worldwide. The POIC’s unique capabilities allow science experts and researchers around the world to perform cutting-edge science in the unique microgravity environment of space.
At this meetup, Penny J. Pettigrew, ISS Payload Communications Manager (PAYCOM), talks about the collaborations that can take years to coordinate with scientists before the experiments make it to outer space. She’ll also talk about how the data collected flows back from astronauts to researchers through NASA and the POIC.
Penny will be the first one to tell you she has the coolest job in the world! Come hear her stories about working with researchers and astronauts on a daily basis.
As always, expect this free event to have free food and great discussion. What out-of-this-world ideas will this meetup spark for you?