Alumnus Alan Stern First Researcher Selected to Fly Aboard a Commercial Space Aircraft

October 26, 2020

photo of alumnus alan sternAlumnus Alan Stern is the first researcher to be selected to fly aboard a commercial space aircraft where he will conduct research to test imaging for future astronomical observations on the future flight, which has yet to be scheduled.

Clint Dawson, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, said Stern’s work is an inspiration to students in the department and the Cockrell School of Engineering.

“We are extremely proud of Alan and all that he has accomplished in his decorated career,” Dawson said. “The impact he has had in our field — from his leadership of NASA’s New Horizons mission to the recent news of his selection as the first researcher to fly aboard a commercial space vehicle — has been extraordinary.”

Stern is a member of the Texas ASE/EM Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

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