Local, regional and national leaders come to Rapid City for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations through Morning Fill Up, a series of public gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage coworking space, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. The series was founded by The Numad Group after a brainstorm the three founding principals had one morning over coffee while on retreat in Como, Italy. Morning Fill Up is sponsored by The Numad Group and The Bush Foundation.

Our Next Guest: Adam Steltzner

Engineer, NASA's JET PropulSION Laboratory

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7am at The Garage

Morning Fill Up, the conversation series at The Garage, welcomes Adam Steltzner, explorer of the solar system, student of human nature, engineer, and general loose cannon (lol!), continues on Thursday, November 30 at 7am. The event is free. Reservations are required.

In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, he'll talk about how curiosity changed his life.

Adam is a Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars (are you kidding me?!). He was recently honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering. He was also named a GQ Man of the Year (just sayin'!).

He is recognized for development of the Mars Curiosity rover's entry, descent and landing system and for contributions to control of parachute dynamics. He has worked on multiple NASA flight projects, including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, and the Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity). The earlier rovers--Pathfinder's Sojourner, as well as Spirit and Opportunity--landed on Mars with the help of specially designed airbags.

Adam's next Mars rover, Curiosity, was so much heavier it needed a different design for entry, descent and landing. He was involved in the design and led the team that developed the entry, descent and landing system, which included the innovative sky crane landing system that placed Curiosity on Mars in August 2012. The technology will also be used to land the Mars 2020 rover.

Adam is currently serving as chief engineer for the Mars 2020 Project, and is also manager of the Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing and Small Body Access Office.

Morning Fill Up is a series of public gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. Since the inception of Morning Fill Up, creators of the morning talk have sought to bring guests who can speak to timely, important issues that impact residents of the region--and people across the country. 

Morning Fill Up was created by The Numad Group, and is sponsored by Numad and The Bush Foundation.


Previous Morning Fill Up Guests

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CO-SPONSOR

We've got an awesome partner in our work to bring Morning Fill Up to the Black Hills region. Shout out and big thanks to The Bush Foundation for sponsoring Morning Fill Up with us. They rock.