Meetings and Minutes

The LAA meets for lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am in the NACA Room of the Langley Research Center Cafeteria, which is located on the first floor of Building 2102, at 10 West Taylor Street.  The LAA General Meeting starts at noon featuring interesting and timely speakers. Following the LAA General Meeting,  there is a brief meeting of the LAA Board of Directors.

LAA’s Annual Meeting is held in January for electing the Board of Directors for the new year. Board meetings are held monthly. Special meetings may be called by the President or any Board member. A picnic is held on the second Tuesday in July on the grounds adjacent to the NACA room in the Cafeteria.



Sept 10, 2019


Roger Ferguson called the meeting to order at 12 noon. A count of the attendees was not taken.

Roger informed the members that over 1400 cards were sent out by NASA to retirees that were on a list of retirees that had been kept by the former Langley Liaison, Gail Langevin. The card informed the retirees that they would no longer get email notifications of Langley events from the Liaison office and if they wanted to receive such notifications to join the LAA.

Membership Report:

Charlie informed the members that 8 members joined the LAA in response to the cards mailed out.  The total roster is 444 members with 136 considered being active, i.e., dues paying. Dan added that only 310 of the members’ email addresses in the roster function and that if members aren’t getting emails from the LAA, they should update their address through Charlie or Dan. The new members are John Callis, James West, Robert Golub, Donald Shick, Thomas Lash, Robert Hermansderfer, Andrew Hansbrough and John Johnston.

Roger informed the membership of the passing of Davis Wright, Fran Sabo, Ed Kilgore and Harvey McComb.

Nominating Committee Report

Dan reminded the membership that the Board members of the Class of 2018 will be rotating off this year and new nominations (volunteers) will be sought to fill these slots.  Dan will send out emails asking for volunteers for the Class of 2021 in September.

NASA Liaison Report

Melanie Robinson reminded the membership of the Colloquium following the meeting on how to discuss vaccine science with the general public.  She also mentioned that the Lidar LITE project will host a 25thAnniversary celebration this Thursday (Sept. 12) and all are invited. Lastly, she reminded members that Langley’s STEM office will have a booth at the Oceana Air Show and volunteers are sought to man the booth(s).  Contact Melanie if you are interested, tele: 757-864-2660, or, email:

LRKC Committee Report to Membership

No report to general membership this month.

Program Committee Report

Damodar reviewed the speaker lineup for the remainder of the year.  Jill Marlowe will provide an overview of Langley’s Director Office affairs in October and Domenic Maglieri will discuss current progress in supersonic aircraft design and performance in November.

Presentation by the Guest Speaker

Damodar introduced Michelle Munk as our Sept. speaker.  Ms. Munk is the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) System Capability lead and has served as the Principal Technologist for EDL Technologies since 2013. Michelle’s talk was titled, “NASA’s Entry, Descent and Landing Systems and Technologies.  Michelle gave an overview of the Artemis Moon/Mars project timeline and major milestones.  A major feature of the approach to supporting humans on the Mars surface is four separate modules that will support astronauts during their time on the surface (Power Station, Field Station, Pressurized Rover and Habitat) each weighing on the order of 20 metric tons.  The challenge for the EDL group is to not only land the modules safely, but close enough (50 m) to each other to enable interconnections necessary for operation.  She described a Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) heatshield concept that will begin testing in 2022 in cooperation with the United Launch Association.

The talk was well received, and several questions were raised by the members.  Roger presented Ms. Munk with a gift from the LAA to show our appreciation for her time.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held Oct 8th.  The speaker will be Ms. Jill Marlowe who will deliver an overview of the current state and future possibilities for NASA’s Langley Research Center.


The Sept. 10th, 2019 meeting concluded 1:05 pm.

Secretary Dan Palumbo




Sept 10, 2019

Call to Order

The Sept. 10, 2019 Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 1:15 pm by the LAA President, Roger Ferguson. A quorum was present.


Dan Palumbo, Roger Ferguson, Fred Morrell, Charles Cockrell, Anthony Pototsky, Dave Rudy, George Allison, Linda Bangert, Damodar Ambur, Ed Fasanella, Dave Reubush, Fred Jones, Ira Abbott, Ray Whipple and Marilyn Ogburn*.  *non-board members

Secretary’s Report – Dan Palumbo

The August meeting minutes were reviewed and approved. The minutes will be uploaded to the LAA webpage.  Dan informed the Board that he will not be able to attend the October meeting.

Treasurer’s Report – Fred Morrell

Fred Morrell reviewed this month’s report. He noted a $533 invoice for picnic catering and $33 fee related to facility use during the picnic.

Total LAA Organizational Shares:  $4882.57

Total Super Shares: $3728.66

Total Interest 2019: $0.43

Program Committee Report – Damodar Ambur and Roger Ferguson

Damodar’s report was given during the general membership meeting.

Roger reported that he had begun to look into a venue for the December Luncheon.  In particular, he contacted Angelo’s which most everyone agreed was very good last year. Board members began a discussion of possible alternatives but agreed that due to time constraints reservations should be made with Angelo’s before the October meeting.

Due to a fire alarm at this point the meeting adjourned prematurely.

Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture Committee (LRKC) – Marilyn Ogburn

No Report.

LAA Website Coordination – Duncan McIver and Wayne Richie

No Report.

Membership Report – Roger Ferguson

No Report

Next Meeting

The next LAA Board Meeting will convene on Oct. 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm.


The Sept. 10, 2019 Board meeting concluded prematurely at 1:30 pm due to fire alarm.