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James H. Newman
Professor, Space Systems
Mail Code: SP
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2487
Email: jhnewman (at)
PhD - Rice University, 1984
MA - Rice University, 1982
BA - Dartmouth College, 1978
  • July 2008 - present Professor, Space Systems Academic Group
  • Mar 2006 - July 2008 NASA Visiting Professor
  • 2003-2006 Director, NASA's Human Space Flight Program, Russia
  • 1990-2003 NASA / Johnson Space Center / Astronaut Office
  • 1985-1990 NASA / Training Division
  • Project-based courses involving CubeSats, balloons, and rockets
  • Orbital Mechanics and Launch Systems
  • Satellite Modeling and Simulation
  • Project-oriented, hands-on education
  • Small Satellites
  • California Space Authority SpotBeam Award / California Astronaut Hall of Fame (Former Astronaut), 2008
  • Rice University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to the Space Vision System Team, 2002
  • Rotary Foundation's National Award for Space Achievement Team Award, 2001
  • NASA Space Flight Awards (STS-51, 69, 88, 109)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1996
  • Superior Achievement Award by the Institute of Navigation for "outstanding accomplishments as a Practical Navigator" for work on GPS (Global Positioning System) on the Space Shuttle, 1995
  • AAS Flight Achievement Awards (1994, 1996)
  • NASA Superior Achievement Award, 1988
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • D. Sakoda, S.D. Driscoll, V. Kaushish, R. Panholzer, J.H. Newman, "NPS CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL) Structural Design and Verification", presented at the CNES 4S Symposium, Spain, 2010
  • C.M. Hicks, A.C. DeJesus, A.D. Harris, M.R. Crook, F. Rossberg, D. Sakoda, R. Panholzer, and J.H. Newman, "Coach Class to Orbit: the NPS CubeSat Launcher", SSC09-X-9, presented at the 23rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2009
  • C. Ortiona, R.D. Jenkins, C.S. Malone, L.T. Dorn, M.P. Schroer, A. Schulenberg, P.M. Oppenheimer, W.M. Crane, D. Sakoda, M. Romano, R. Panholzer, and J.H. Newman, "The Naval Postgraduate School SCAT++ CubeSat Program", SSC09-XII-4, presented at the 23rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2009
  • J. H. Newman, D. Sakoda, and R. Panholzer, "CubeSat Launchers, ESPA-rings, and Education at the Naval Postgraduate School", SSC07-III-10, presented at the 21st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, August 2007
  • Park, Y., J. Brazzel, R. Carpenter, H. Hinkel, and J. Newman, "Flight Test Results from Realtime Relative GPS Flight Experiment on STS-69," presented at the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Austin, TX, February 1996, published in Spaceflight Mechanics, 1996, vol. 93 of Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, pp. 12771296, 1996
  • Keywords: CubeSats, small satellites, hands-on education

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