Aerospace missions: risks and failures, factors of progress
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017 to Thursday 23 March 2017
Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Main Conference Room, Waterloosesteenweg 72, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode
Jean-Jacques Dordain, former Director General of ESA and actual chairman of the VKI Board of Directors,
will present THE JEAN GINOUX LECTURE on the aerospace missions
RISKS AND FAILURES, FACTORS OF PROGRESS
This lecture is organized in memory of Jean Ginoux and will be followed by a cocktail.
Copyright: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE-Optique Photo Video du CSG, 2013
Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Chairman of the von Karman Institute Board of Directors since April 2016, was the sixth Director General of ESA, serving from 2003 to 2015.
When he joined ESA in 1986, he was appointed Head of the newly set-up Department for the Promotion and Utilisation of the International Space Station. In 1993, he became Associate Director for Strategy Planning and International Policy, then in 1999 he took the position of Director of Strategy and Technical Assessment. In 2001, he became Director of Launchers, and was appointed Director General in July 2003.
Mr Dordain was born in Lille in 1946. He graduated in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1969 (the year Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon), and began his scientific career in 1970 in the field of propulsion and rocket boosters at the French National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA). From 1976 to 1983, he was the Coordinator of Space Activities at ONERA until he was appointed Director of Fundamental Physics. During this period he was among the first five French astronaut candidates to be selected by CNES for the ESA Spacelab 1 programme.
Throughout his career Mr Dordain has taught in several prestigious positions. He was Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the Ecole Centrale de Paris, 1972–78, and also Professor of Rocket Propulsion at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (sup’Aero) in Toulouse, 1972–82. From 1977 to 1993, he was Associated Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique and, from 1975 to 1995, he was Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA). Since 2003, he has been lecturer at La Sapienza University in Rome and Honorary Professor at the University of Technology, Graz, Austria, and at the University of Liège, Belgium.
In 1997, he was invited to be the Executive Secretary of the Evaluation Committee of the Japanese space agency NASDA.
Mr Dordain was awarded the honours of Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite. He was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation, the title of Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and the Officer’s Cross (Verdienstkreuz I. Klasse) in the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the title of Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands. He was recently awarded the honours of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium. He is a Member of the French Académie des Technologies, an Associate Member of the Belgian Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux Arts. He is also a Member of the Air and Space Academy (France); the International Academy of Astronautics and the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France. He has honorary functions as Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chancellor of the International Space University.