LADEE Launch

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) successfully launched last night from NASA Wallops onboard of a Minotaur V rocket.


I am very happy to have had the opportunity to participate in the testing of the nutation characteristics of the spin-stabilized stage of the mission (minute 2:07 from video below) with the world-known rocket scientist Dr. Harrison at Applied Dynamics Laboratories. Last night launch adds one more success to over 35 years of Dr. Harrison’s work in spin-spacecraft attitude dynamics.

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