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Hildreth (Hal) Walker, Jr opens for the Satellites & Education Conference XXVIII July 23 2015
A-MAN, Inc. STEM International Science Center
Hildreth (Hal) Walker, Jr., Chair and Co-Founder of A-MAN, Inc. STEM International Science Discovery & Learning Centers, opened the conference with a challenge to do our best and make connections. Among Mr. Walker's many engineering accomplishments is the development and implementation of the laser ranging system used to accurately determine the distance from the Earth to the Moon. In the laser ranging experiment, astronauts had to first lay out reflector apparatus on the moon's surface; then from Lick Observatory the lunar ranging team aimed and fired powerful laser beams that reached the experiment on the moon and reflected portions of the laser beam back to a receiver on Earth. Mr. Walker and astronaut Buzz Aldrin collaborated on this experiment. One of the benefits of these successful experiments is the utilization of lunar ranging methods to accurately trace the movement of the Earth's continental plates and data gathering that may assist in the future prediction of earthquakes.
Hal Walker Opens Sat Ed Con XXVIII
Hal Walker, historic laser technologist, will be the opening keynote speaker for Satellites & Education Conference XXVIII, July 24, 2015 at California State University, Los Angeles.
Walker began his career in the laser technology industry in early 1964 at KORAD Laser System, a Division of the Union Carbide Corporation. As a laser systems specialist, he traveled throughout the United States and the world introducing advanced new laser technologies to the fields of scientific research and industrial applications.
While at the Hughes Aircraft Co. Electro-Optical and Data Systems Group, he also participated in developing and placing the first tactical Target Designator System into the U.S. Army's Inventory. This technology is displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
When America need its best to attempt the first manned landing on the moon, many of it finest were called together to participate in this historical event. This first ever active laser ranging over a round trip distance of nearly one half million miles was a great technological effort. First, astronauts had to lay out the reflector apparatus on the moons surface, then from Lick Observatory the lunar ranging team aimed and fired powerful laser beams that reach the experiment on the moon which reflected portions of the laser beam back to a laser receiver to conclude this historic measurement.[Walker and Aldrin]
Buzz Aldrin and Hal Walker
Famed Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Hal Walker Jr. collaborated on the lunar laser ranging experiment which measured the distance from the Earth to the moon with a laser beam. One of the major benefits to the world from the successes of these experiments is utilizing lunar laser ranging methods to very accurately trace the movement of the Earth's continental plates, thereby enabling scientists to gather data that can assist in the future of predicting the occurrence of major earthquakes.
In addition to his duties as Chairman and Co-Founder of A-MAN, Hal is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Founding Member of the Hughes Aircraft Co. Black Professional Forum (HBPF), NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, National Space Society Member, Charter Member California Museum Science Center, Member, Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Founding Member and Lay Director of the Los Angeles Inner City Walk to Emmaus Community (ICWE).
The Satellites & Education Conference is a premier professional development opportunity for teachers and its concurrent annual meeting of the Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) Program. M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. is an international environmental research collaborative for K-12 student teams. It is produced and presented by the Satellite Educators Association which is currently headquartered in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.