IPC Announces Keynote for High Reliability Forum October 17

Keynote Presentation

The DART Mission: Earth Strikes Back

Speaker: Ed Reynolds, Space Exploration Sector Program Manager, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Ed Reynolds served as project manager of NASA’s and APL’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), where he oversaw the deliberate collision of a small spacecraft with the asteroid Dimorphos to test if the asteroid could be deflected. It could, and we will hear about the historic planetary defense test mission from the man who managed it, Ed Reynolds, when he delivers his keynote address “The DART Mission: Earth Strikes Back” at the IPC High Reliability Forum on Tuesday, October 17.

Reynolds’ experience with asteroid missions runs deep. He was a systems engineer during the concept stages for NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), the first mission to orbit and land on an asteroid. Reynolds began his APL career in 1985 as a space integration and test engineer working on missions such as the Polar BEAR spacecraft, the Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite altimeter (SALT) program’s Miniature Radar Altimeter Payload, the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) spacecraft and the Active Geophysical Rocket Experiment (AGRE). He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2023.


Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University.

Please join us in welcoming Ed Reynolds to the IPC High Reliability Forum to be held in Linthicum (Baltimore), Maryland, October 17-19.

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