WINGS OF AERO is organizing a session titled “Rocket Noise and Vibrations” which will be delivered by Dr. Ravi Margasahayam on 23rd January 2021, 08.30 PM [IST].
The event is organized in association with National Space Society (USA) – Mumbai.
Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam, M.S., M.B.A.
Global Space Ambassador – NASA KSC
Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam currently serves as a Foreign National Tour Guide and a Global Space Ambassador for John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In 2019, he was nominated by Astronauts and held the position of Solar System Ambassador for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California. In 2016, he officially retired from NASA, after a stellar career covering over 28+ years. He was the only person of Indian origin to work on both launch Pads (Complex 39A/39B), from where NASA sent humans to land on the Moon. Ravi started his NASA career as a Vibroacoustics Researcher in 1989, followed by Chief Launch Pad Systems Engineer and Systems Safety Engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Later in his career, he held the highest Safety and Mission Assurance position at NASA as the Co-Chair of Ground review Safety Panel (GSRP), for all payloads going to the International Space Station (ISS).
As a Shuttle and ISS team member, he was instrumental in launching over 100+ Space Shuttle missions, launching 700+ astronauts to space, including first Indian woman, Kalpana Chawla, twice. He was NASA’s international expert and lead scientist on Rocket Launch-induced Noise and Vibration technology. He is the only engineer at NASA allowed to install a structure designed to measure acoustic loads and structural vibration of pad structures. During his tenure as the Co-Chair for Ground Safety Review Panel (GSRP), for the entire International Space Station program, he safely launched over 400+ Payloads and Science experiments from $5000 to $5 Billion-dollar payloads (Japanese Mice, OPALS, IDA, and Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) to the ISS, which he helped test, integrate and launch with his team reliably to space.
In the 28+ years he served at NASA, Dr. Margasahayam has worked on many rocket programs including the Space Shuttle, Atlas, Delta, Titan, X-33, EELV, HLLV, Stardust, Ares 1-X, and the ISS. Earlier as the Project Systems engineer, he was responsible for transporting the Space Shuttle stack to the pad and getting it ready for launch. He was also participated in root cause analysis of Columbia Shuttle, Launch pad modifications, Roll-out Fatigue problem on the Orbiter, Crawler Transporter shoe replacement, and Acoustic mitigation for the Shuttle/payloads/astronauts/environment, while solving Shuttle hypergolic and Water coolant loop flow problems. In his first two years at NASA, he supported and launched various low Earth satellites and planetary probes including the Hubble Space Telescope to low earth orbit, Magellan to Venus, Galileo to Jupiter, Ulysses to Sun, and Cassini to Saturn.
Dr. Margsahayam has received numerous awards during his 40+ years of professional engineering career in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded NASA’s prestigious silver Snoopy Astronaut Award for exceptional engineering and innovation on the Space Shuttle. The award was a “snoopy” pin that traveled to space and brought back by Astronaut Pamela Melroy, who presented it to him. He has also received much commendation from International universities and foreign space agencies.
Prior to joining NASA, Dr Margasahayam, embarked on a decade-long journey starting in 1978, that spanned diverse industries like Railroads, Mining , Helicopters, Commercial Airplanes, and Military Aircrafts all at Boeing – solving complex technical problems related to Tribology, Railroad research, Mining testing and instrumentation, Helicopter gears and bearing design, and Noise and Vibration. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in India. After moving to United States in 1975, he continued higher studies earning a Master’s degree in Aerospace engineering; a Master’s in Business Administration in Corporate Finance and Strategic Marketing, and a Doctorate in General Business management.
He has authored and presented over 50+ peer reviewed technical papers, nationally and internationally. In 2002, he organized and co-chaired the Ninth International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV9, in Orlando, Florida, which was co-sponsored by NASA Kennedy Space Center. Over 650+ research engineers, acousticians, academicians, and industry leaders from 70+ countries attended the Congress. Recently, he wrote a chapter in “Infinite Worlds” book on the last Hubble Space Telescope repair mission. A photograph of him standing atop the Solid Rocket Booster’s Main Flame Deflector on the Moon pad, from where NASA sent astronauts to land on the Moon, is permanently displayed in the $100 million dollar museum dedicated to the Space Shuttle Atlantis at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Dr. Margsahayam has supported NASA KSC as an official VIP Tour Guide and International Public Speaker for the Public Affairs Organization since 1990s. In this capacity he has provided technical and historical tours to astronauts and their families, foreign ambassadors, government dignitaries, NATO ministers, military officials and international visitors. He hosted President Abdul Kala, Indian Ambassador and ISRO Chiefs during Kalpana Chawla’s maiden launch to space. He was the NASA KSC Press and Media escort for the crew, director and actors of Bollywood movie titled “Swades.” He has traveled and lectured in over 40+ countries and 6 continents (except Antarctica), many corporations likes of APPLE and BOEING, 100+ universities globally likes of Cambridge, Oxford, MIT, and space agencies like ISRO, ESA, JAXA, and Russian Space Agency. He has strenuously worked on building NASA-ISRO relationship going back to 1998, from first meeting with Dr. Kasturirangan, Chairman, ISRO.
His mission in life is to Create Masters: Shaping today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders. His passion is to mentor students from all over the world. In closing – he lives by the motto:
I am the past because I have appreciation for the life experiences I got;
I am the present because I have learned to be humble while gaining knowledge;
I am the future because I have to impart my wisdom to the generation ahead.
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