Orion: an engineering adventure
Dr. Mark Baldwin, Occupant Protection Specialist
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
February 24, 2017 – Noon – 1:00 PM
About the Presentation
This presentation will highlight activities surrounding the development of the Orion spacecraft at Lockheed Martin and NASA with a focus on the role engineering undergraduate courses play in a “real-world” setting. Through a series of pictures, videos, and personal accounts, students will get a sense of what it is like working with NASA on developing a multi-million dollar spacecraft that is intended to take humans to Mars and bring them home safely.
Dr. Baldwin will add personal experiences on what it is like working with the astronaut crew office and NASA Human Engineering group in designing safety systems like the seats, restraints, and suits. Emphasis will also be placed on applying mechanical and biomechanical engineering to problem solving of large-scale problems like the development of models to simulate the full-scale, high-speed water impact tests or complex physiological phenomenon like reproducing human response to simulated vibration and dynamic impacts.
About the Speaker
Dr. Mark Baldwin is currently the Occupant Protection Specialist for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton Colorado working on the Orion Spacecraft. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver. He has worked in multiple capacities bridging the gap between mechanical and biological testing and analysis including ergonomics, orthopedics, biodynamics, and impact biomechanics.
His current job entails design of safety systems for Orion to keep astronauts safe during launch, abort, re-entry, and landing environments. In his role, he has been featured in several national publications including pictures in TIME and National Geographic magazines, he has been quoted in multiple publications such as the Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel, and represented Lockheed Martin during a Facebook live broadcast of the Ground Test Article Water Impact Test at NASA Langley Research Center. He regularly works with the Astronaut Crew Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center and recently spearheaded a test series where he was a “human vibration test dummy” where he was voluntarily exposed to several hours of flight-like vibration.