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Montauk Observatory Lecture: “From Deep Sea to Space” with Councilman John Bouvier at Stony Brook Southampton
March 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
What technology is used on the International Space Station and how are
astronauts trained to use it? How are objects like space capsules
recovered from the sea? In what kind of projects do the Department of
Defense and the Office of Naval Research use deep sea divers,
submersibles and robotics? In this lecture, we’ll hear from a man with
the first-hand expertise required to answer such intriguing questions.
John Bouvier was not always a Southampton Town Councilman. He attended
the University of California, has a Masters degree in mechanical
engineering, as well as numerous certificates in fields related to
underwater and space exploration. He began his career as a diver for the
energy industry. He was a saturation diver and worked on several deep
diving projects for both the public and private sectors, including the
Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research. He joined Deep
Ocean Engineering where he worked on the design and deployment of Deep
Rover–a one man, one atmosphere, submersible–and Rig Rover–a
tethered, remotely operated robotic system for supporting and monitoring
offshore oil drilling operations.
Bouvier subsequently joined the Naval Weapons Laboratory and worked for
the Grumman Corporation with the Flight Test Group. He was part of the
ISS (International Space Station) Support Division in Washington D.C.
and was Lead Robotics Engineer, NASA Robotics, working on the FTS
(Flight Telerobotic Servicer), JEM (Japanese Experiment Module), and MSS
(Mobile Servicing System).
When Bouvier joined Oceaneering Space Systems as General Manager, he
developed technologies under contract to NASA to support on-orbit
operations and apply lessons learned from underwater operations to Space
Station Operations. During his tenure, he managed a team that developed
and trained astronauts in the use of on-orbit tools for Hubble,
Satellite Servicing Systems and Space Station robotic systems. He
developed the RSIS (Robotic Systems Integration Standards), which
defines on-orbit robotic systems operations and man-machine interfacing
for the International Space Station.
Bouvier also helped with the recovery of the Liberty Bell 7, the Mercury
11 space capsule piloted by astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom and the only
US Spacecraft lost at sea from a depth of ~16,000fsw in the South
Atlantic, near the Bahamas; it is now on display at the Kansas
Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Free, but donations through our website appreciated
Chancellor’s Hall, Stony Brook University Southampton Campus,
239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968