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Wasatch Chapter Meeting -- Planetary Defenses by Charlie Vono

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Join us in May as Charlie Vono talks about how to defend our planet from astronomical threats, such as asteroids.

ATTENTION: We are concerned about the spread of coronavirus and want to ensure that chapter members and friends are safe and healthy. Beginning 3/23/2020 and until further notice, all chapter meetings will be held remotely via Webex ONLY due to coronavirus precautions. We will have no meetings at the Kihomac location.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner & Networking -- CANCELED
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. -- Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. -- Featured Speaker: Planetary Defenses by Charlie Vono

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Our solar system is full of asteroids and comets that could impact our planet--posing a threat to life on this planet. Many Hollywood movies have been made about this threat. In this presentation, Charlie Vono will discuss some technical solutions that are being proposed as a way to defend ourselves should this threat become a reality. We invite you to come and listen to this engaging presentation by Charlie Vono.

Professional Biography:

Charlie Vono

Charlie Vono is a retired USAF colonel and retired TRW/Northrop Grumman senior manager. He earned his Astronautical Engineering BS from the USAF Academy in 1976 and then was aircraft commander on the KC-135Q tankers that supported the world-wide recon mission of the fastest aircraft ever built, the SR-71. After a second assignment as Software Systems Chief for the USAF’s Inertial Upper Stage (a sophisticated booster for our sophisticated NRO recon satellites) and earning an MS in Systems Management, Charlie joined TRW where he spent 30 years as a systems engineer sustaining ICBMs. Assignments as a USAF Reservist include: writing the first Hill AFB Quality Plan, F-16 Structural Engineer, and a position on the joint staff at Pacific Command. In retirement, Charlie writes and speaks about his exciting and interesting career and spreads the word on the best approaches to sustaining complex systems. You can find his technical papers and his blogs at  You can find his multi-volume series of ebooks on "Fundamentals of Complex System Sustainment" by searching "charles vono" on

Please contact Paul White, Chapter President, at 385-393-2137 or