- Pete Worden
name = Simon Peter ("Pete") Worden
caption = Pete Worden, official photo portrait as
NASA Ames Research Centerdirector
known_for = director of
NASA Ames Research Center
occupation = astrophysicist, U.S. Air Force General
Dr. Simon P. ("Pete") Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.) (born
1949, in Michigan) is Director of NASA's Ames Research Center(ARC) at Moffett Field, Calif. Before joining NASA, he held several positions in the United States Air Forceand was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a recognized expert on space issues -- both civil and military. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions, and received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medalfor the 1994 Clementine mission.
Prior to becoming Director of NASA Ames, Dr. Worden was a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences and Planetary Sciences at the
University of Arizonawhere his primary research direction was the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes and near-earth asteroids. Additionally he worked on topics related to space explorationand solar-type activity in nearby stars.
In addition to his position with the University of Arizona, Dr. Worden served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (
DARPA) on space-related issues. During the 2004 Congressional Session he worked as a Congressional Fellow with the Office of Senator Sam Brownback(R-KS), where he served as Senator Brownback’s chief advisor on NASA and space issues.
Dr. Worden retired from the
United States Air Forcein 2004 after 29 years of active service. His final position there was Director of Development and Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. In this position he was responsible for developing new directions for Air Force Space Command programs and was instrumental in initiating a major Responsive Space Program designed to produce space systems and launchers capable of tailored military effects on timescales of hours.
Dr. Worden was commissioned in 1971 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the
University of Michigan. He entered the Air Force in 1975 after graduating from the University of Arizona with a doctorate in astronomy. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Dr. Worden served in every phase of development, international negotiations and implementation of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a primary component in ending the Cold War. He twice served in the Executive Office of the President. As the staff officer for initiatives in the George Bush administration's National Space Council, Dr. Worden spearheaded efforts to revitalize U.S. civil space exploration and earth monitoring programs.
Dr. Worden commanded the
50th Space Wingthat is responsible for more than 60 Department of Defense satellites and more than 6,000 people at 23 worldwide locations. He then served as Deputy Director for Requirements at Headquarters Air Force Space Command, as well as the Deputy Director for Command and Control with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at Air Force headquarters. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Worden was responsible for policy and direction of five mission areas: force enhancement, space support, space control, force application and computer network defense.
Innovations in space mission architecture and program management
Dr. Worden was a key early innovator and proponent in the area of small satellites.cite web
url = http://www.thespacereview.com/article/612/1
May 1, 2006
title = Pete Worden: the new guy at Ames
publisher = The Space Review
accessdate = 2008-03-10] While at
BMDOand its predecesor SDIO he played major roles in development of the DC-Xand the Clementine mission. Clementine was a relatively small, low-cost, and rapidly-developed satellite ostensibly developed to test sensor and propulsion technology for missile interceptors. Clementine mapped the Moonand travelled on towards the near-Earth asteroid 1620 Geographos(though it did not achieve that final goal). Worden also instituted and championed innovative management and engineering techniques while at BMDO, including rapid prototyping, "build a little test a little", a "badgeless" work environment, and a flat organizational structure.
More recently, since becoming NASA Ames Research Center director, he has actively developed Ames' capability for rapid prototyping of small spacecraft. He has also "engineered" innovative agreements between NASA Ames and a variety of private sector and public sector partners. Recognizing the critical importance of revitalizing NASA (and the whole U.S. aerospace sector), he has consistently and actively recruited and empowered younger workers, as well as workers from other agencies and other countries.
International Space University
Dr. Worden is actively involved in the International Space University (ISU) where he is a welcome guest teacher at the ISU Space Studies Programme (formerly Summer Session Programme). His continued support has led to the selection of
NASA Amesas the host for the [http://www.isunet.edu/index.php?Itemid=365&id=127&option=com_content&task=blogcategory 2009 ISU SSP programme] , to be held in the months July and August 2009.cite web
url = http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2007/mar/HQ_07061_NASA_Host_Intl_Space_Univ.html
March 7, 2007
title = NASA Ames to Host International Space University Summer Session
publisher = NASA HQ
accessdate = 2008-03-10] cite web
url = http://center.arc.nasa.gov/tag/international-space-university/
title = NASA Ames blogposts tagged with 'International Space University'
publisher = NASA ARC]
upport for NEO missions
Pete Worden has long been a proponent of robotic and, more recently, crewed space missions to
near-earth objects. This class of mission is thought by a growing number of space enthusiasts and professionals to have scientific, technological, political and sociological merit as an alternate to the lunar component of the vision for space exploration.cite web
url = http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/ASTER01188.xml&headline=Space%20Leaders%20Work%20To%20Replace%20Lunar%20Base%20With%20Manned%20Asteroid%20Missions&channel=space
title = Space Leaders Work To Replace Lunar Base With Manned Asteroid Missions
January 18, 2008
publisher = Aviation Week
accessdate = 2008-03-11]
While at the Air Force, Worden was one of NASA's most well-known and credible critics. In one (in)famous essay he compared NASA to a " [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1992ASPC...26..599W self-licking ice cream cone] ".cite web
url = http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1992ASPC...26..599W
title = On Self-Licking Ice Cream Cones
publisher = Cool stars, stellar systems, and the sun, Proceedings of the 7th Cambridge Workshop, ASP Conference Series (ASP: San Francisco),vol. 26, p. 599
accessdate = 2008-03-10] Later, after having worked for U.S. Sen
Sam Brownback(R-Kan), Worden said his Capitol Hill experience demonstrated to him that NASA actually stood for "Never A Straight Answer."cite web
url = http://www.space.com/spacenews/businessmonday_041129.html
November 29, 2004
title = Experts Say Path Beyond Earth Orbit Has Its Challenges
publisher = Space News
accessdate = 2008-03-10] After accepting his NASA job, he has stated on several occasions: "I learned you have to be careful what you say about an organization, because you could end up working for them."Fact|date=March 2008
Dr. Worden also has a reputation as being something of a "character" and perhaps even a reputation as being NASA's "bad boy". For instance, he supported and presided over [http://www.yurisnightbayarea.net/ Yuri's night Bay Area] held at
NASA Ames Research Centerin 2007.cite web
url = http://center.arc.nasa.gov/category/events/yuris-night/
May 2, 2007
title = Yuri's Night 2007 blog
publisher = NASA Ames Research Center
accessdate = 2008-03-10] He is also known occasionally to costume, usually dressing as either
Darth Vader, a wizard, or after arriving at Ames, as a goatherd.In April 2007, Pete Worden became the first NASA Center Director to address an audience at a space conference (ISDC07) through the virtual world of Second Life.cite web
url = http://www.thespacereview.com/article/896/1
June 25, 2007
title = Virtual reality and participatory exploration
publisher = The Space Review
accessdate = 2008-03-10]
* May 2006-present, Director,
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
* April 2005-April
2006, Research Professor of Planetary Sciences and Research Professor of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
* March 2004- April
2005, Research Professor of Astronomy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
* March 2004 – Dec
2004, Congressional Fellow assigned to the office of Senator Sam Brownback(R-KS) on detail as a Research Professor of Astronomy from the University of Arizona, Washington, DC.
* October 2002 – February
2004, Director of Development and Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, California.
* November 2000 - October
2002, Vice Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
* January 2000 - November
2000, Deputy Director for Command and Control, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
* September 1998 - December
1999, Deputy Director for Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
* July 1997 - September
1998, Deputy for Battlespace Dominance, Directorate of Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
* March 1996 - June
1997, Deputy Director of Requirements, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
* November 1994 - March
1996, Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Falcon AFB, Colorado.
* August 1994 - November 1994, Director of Analysis and Engineering, Space Warfare Center,
Air Force Space Command, Falcon AFB, Colorado.
* December 1993 - July
1994, technical adviser to the special assistant for theater air defense, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
* October 1991 - November
1993, Deputy for Technology, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Washington, D.C.
* September 1989 - September
1991, Director, Advanced Concepts, Science and Technology, National Space Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.
* August 1987 - August
1989, Crew Commander, Space Defense Operations Center, later, Chief, Special Operations Branch, U.S. Space Command, Cheyenne MountainAFB, Colorado.
* June 1986 - July
1987, senior policy analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, and senior research fellow, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
* October 1983 - May
1986, Special Assistant to the director, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Department of Defense, and adviser, delegation to the negotiations on nuclear and space arms with the Soviet Union, Geneva, Switzerland
* November 1979 - September
1983, Chief, Advanced Technology Division, Air Force Space Systems Division, Los Angeles AFB, California.
1975- October 1979, astrophysicist, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, National Solar Observatory, Sunspot, New Mexico.
*Retired from Active Duty, May 1, 2004
*Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2000
*Colonel Oct. 1, 1989
*Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1986
*Major Nov. 1, 1982
*Captain May 1, 1977
*First Lieutenant May 1, 1974
*Second Lieutenant May 1, 1971
*1997 National Security Studies, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
National War College, Washington, D.C.
*1978 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
*1975 Doctor of philosophy degree in astronomy,
University of Arizona, Tucson
*1971 Bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
# [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1994hdtc.conf..199T Tagliaferri, E., Spalding, R., Jacobs, C., Worden, S.P., and Erlich, A., 1994, Hazards due to Comets and Asteroids, Space Science Series, Tucson, AZ: Edited by Tom Gehrels, M.S. Matthews, and A. Schumann, Published by University of Arizona Press, p.199, “Detection of Meteoroid Impacts by Optical Sensors in Earth Orbit.”]
# Worden, Col. S. P., “The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization CLEMENTINE Mission,” Proceedings of the Near-Earth-Object Interception Workshop, Jan. 14-16, 1992.
# [http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ZJklR8IOV2oC&oi=fnd&pg=PA27&ots=1Ujbr20r5t&sig=eXL0tbdiarwluSaiDOerlnih4vA Treu, Marvin H., Worden, Simon P., Bedard, Michael G., Bartlett, Randall, K., 1998, Earth, Moon and Planets, 82/83, 27, “USAF Perspectives on Leonid Threat and Data Gathering Campaigns.”]
# [http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=80 Worden, S.P., 1998, Proceedings of the Marshall Institute (Washington, DC: Marshall Institute), “Why We Need the Airborne Laser.”]
# [http://www.springerlink.com/content/g52q45875803q7n6/ Brown, P., Campbell, M.D., Ellis, K.J., Hawkes, R.L., Jones, J., Gural, P., Babcock, D., Barnbaum, C., Bartlett, R.K., Bedard, M., Bedient, J., Beech, M., Brosch, N., Clifton, S., Connors, M., Cooke, B., Goetz, P., Gaines, J.K., Gramer, L., Gray, J., Hildebrand, A.R., Jewell, D., Jones, A., Leake, M., LeBlanc, A.G., Looper. J.K., McIntosch, B.A., Montague, T., Morrow, M.J., Murray, I.S., Nikolova, S., Robichaud, J., Sponder, R., Talarico, J., Theismeijer, C., Tilton, B., Treu, M., Vachon, C., Webster, A.R., Weryk, R., Worden, S.P., 1998, Earth, Moon and Planets, 82/83, 167, “Global Ground-Based Electro-Optical and Radar Observations of the 1999 Leonid Shower: First Results.”]
# [http://aquarid.physics.uwo.ca/~pbrown/Leblancetal.pdf LeBlanc, A.G., Murray, I.S., Hawkes, R.L., Worden, P., Campbell, M.D., Brown, P., Jenniskens, P., Correll, R.R., Montague, T., and Babcock, D.D., 2000, Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc., “Evidence for Transverse Spread in Leonid Meteors”]
# [http://www.creon.to/Pete%20Worden/publications/LPS_XXXII_2001.pdf Hildebrand, A.R., Carroll, K.A., Balam, D.D., Cardinal, R.D., Matthews, J.M., Kuschnig, R., Walker, G.A.H., Brown, P.G., Tedesco, E.F., Worden, S.P., Burrell, D.A., Chodas, P.W., Larson, S.M., Spahr, T.B., and Wallace, B.J., 2001, 32nd Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, #1790., “The Near-Earth Space Surveillance (NESS) Mission: Discovery, Tracking, and Characterization of Asteroids, Comets, and Artificial Satellites with a Microsatellite.”]
# [http://caao.as.arizona.edu/publications/worden2001_towards.pdf Worden, S.P., and France, Martin, E.B., Comparative Strategy, 20, No 1, (Oct-Dec 2001), 32, “Towards an Evolving Deterrence Strategy: Space and Information Dominance.”]
# [http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj01/spr01/worden.htm Worden, S.P., 2001, Aerospace Power Journal, Vol XV, No. 1 (Spring 2001): 50-57, “The Air Force and Future Space Directions: Are We Good Stewards?”]
# [http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=6723 Worden, S.P., 2002, United States Space Command Press Release, July 15, 2002, “Military Perspectives on the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Threat.”]
# [http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA420736 Worden, Simon P., and Shaw, John E., September 2002, Whither Space Power? Forging a Strategy for the New Century (Maxwell AFB, AL: Fairchild Paper)] (large file)
# Hawkes, R.I., Campbell, M.D., LeBlanc, A.G., Parker, L., Brown, P., Jones, J., Worden, S.P., Correll, R.R., Woodworth, S.C., Fisher, A.A., Gural, P., Murray, I.S., Connors, M., Montague, T., Jewell, D., and Babcock, D.D., 2002, Dust in the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems, Proceedings of the IAU Colloquium 181, Edited by S.F. Green, I.P. Williams, J.A.M. McDonnell and N. McBride (Oxford: Pergamum), COSPAR Colloquia series, Vol 15., “The Size of Meteoroid Constituent Grains: Implications for Interstellar Meteoroids.”
# [http://aquarid.physics.uwo.ca/~pbrown/flux-final.pdf Brown, P., Spaulding, R.E., ReVelle, D.O., Tagliaferri, E., and Worden, S.P., 2002, Nature, 420, 294, “The Flux of Small Near-Earth Objects Colliding with the Earth.”]
# Worden, S.P., 2002, Statement Before the House Science Committee, Space and Aeronautics SubCommittee, U.S. House of Representatives, Oct 3, 2002, “Near Earth Object Threat.”
# [http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA424473 Worden, Simon .P. and Correll, Randall R., 2004, Defense Horizons, number 40, “Responsive Space and Strategic Information,” (Washington, DC: National Defense University)]
# [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KNN/is_33/ai_n6082826/pg_1 Worden, Simon.P. and Johnson-Freese, Joan, 2004, Joint Forces Quarterly, Number 33, “Globalizing Space Security.”]
# [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7147/full/nature05909.html Ermanno F. Borra, Omar Seddiki, Roger Angel, Daniel Eisenstein, Paul Hickson, Kenneth R. Seddon, and Simon P. Worden, Nature, 2007, “Deposition of metal films on an ionic liquid as a basis for a lunar telescope” 447, 979.]
* [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/about/aboutames-centerdirector.html Pete Worden's bio] at [http://www.nasa.gov/ NASA.gov]
* [http://www.af.mil/bios/bio_print.asp?bioID=7661&page=1 Pete Worden's bio] at the
US Air Force
*NASA Ames Research Center [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html homepage]
*Pete Worden's [http://colab.arc.nasa.gov/files/Worden_Speech_ISDC_May2007.pdf speech] @ the ISDC 2007
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6450672975119560695 Video] of SimonPete Raymaker's (aka Pete Worden) speech through Second Life @ ISDC 2007
*Space.com article [http://www.space.com/adastra/070526_isdc_second_life.html NASA Ames' 'Second Life' Blends Cyberspace with Outer Space]
* [http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/05/a_conversation_.html Wired interview (May 21, 2007)] with NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and Pete Worden
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