DATE:  November 23, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Ray Bachnak, Professor and Coordinator of Engineering Technology, (361) 825-6022; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337  

Presentation on the International Space Station by Johnson Space Center Risk Manager Michael Lutomski
The College of Science and Technology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a program titled “International Space Station, Building the Stepping Stone to Exploration” with Michael Lutomski on Monday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The International Space Station (ISS) is an orbiting laboratory designed to allow people to live in space for periods of weeks, months or even years. It is a joint project of six space agencies encompassing 16 nations – the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Russian Federal Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Canadian Space Agency, Brazilian Space Agency, and the European Space Agency.

Lutomski, risk manager for the ISS Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, is responsible for defining and implementing the risk management process across all organizations and participants of the ISS Program. His duties also include building and maintaining a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) model of the ISS used to quantify and compare relative risks associated with designing, building, testing and operating the ISS with its international partners.

The ISS is considered one of the most complex engineering and construction project taking place in space. The first two modules of the ISS were launched and joined together in orbit in 1998. Other modules soon followed and the first crew arrived in 2000. On November 2, 2005, the ISS achieved a major milestone in space exploration when it celebrated the fifth anniversary of continuous human presence in space. The ISS orbits the earth at an altitude of approximately 225 miles above Earth.