Dr. David Klumpar

Dr. Dave Klumpar is the Director of the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory at Montana State University. Dr. Klumpar is developing student-based space-flight science and engineering opportunities. Space research: Ionosphere-Magnetosphere coupling; magnetosphere/solar wind coupling; magnetospheric plasma dynamics; the physics of auroral processes; Sun-Earth Connections Physics, space hardware development, microsatellites for space research. Current principal focus is development of low-cost microsatellites and balloon systems by university students. Program head for the MEROPE, Electra, and Maia microsatellite programs. Dr. Klumpar was also with the SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF SPACE PHYSICS, Kiruna, Sweden, Visiting Scientist for the research and study of auroral acceleration. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union International Union of Radio Science (URSI) - Commission H.

Broadcast 430 (Special Edition)

Dr. Dave Klumpar with his two doctoral students, Brian Larsen and Mike Obland, from Montana State University were the guests for this Space Show program. We began the interview discussing the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory at Montana State University and then we went into the student program with Brian and Mike leading the discussion. Their program is student led and driven and it was interesting finding out about student satellite programs, their building and launching of them, and student rocket/propulsion efforts.

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