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Frank O'Brien


Ambassador Since 2012

West Windsor, New Jersey 8550
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Frank O'Brien For as long as Frank O'Brien can remember, he has been passionate about three things: space exploration, aviation, and computing. What has been more remarkable is that he has been able to involve myself significantly in all of them. As the son of a career fighter pilot, he was never far from a runway while growing up. In 1986, he earned his private pilot wings and fulfilled his dreams by becoming the owner of a classic Cessna 150. Although he may never get into space, Frank feels that flying a plane is a great compromise!

Frank's formal involvement with the space history community began with joining the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal community in 1995 as a contributing editor. His role is to take complex concepts such as spacecraft systems or the details on exploring the moon, and explain them to a non-technical audience. A few years later, he joined the Apollo Flight Journal team and made major contributions to the sections on Apollo 8 and Apollo 15. Both Journals are renowned as the single best resource on the voyages to the Moon. From this background, he wrote a highly regarded book on the Apollo Guidance Computer, and is in the process of writing a book on the Apollo spacecraft itself.

All of this led Frank to be invited to the Cradle of Aviation museum on Long Island, New York, to assist in preparing exhibits for their May, 2002 reopening. He configured a Lunar Module Mission Simulator for exhibition, and separately, a Lunar Module cockpit trainer. Additionally, Frank prepared an Apollo space suit for the museum's centerpiece Apollo 11 diorama. He is now working at the Infoage Science/History Learning Center in Wall, New Jersey. That facility has a history that spans early radio, World War II radar research, and the space age. He does several lectures a year about the Apollo computer and other space topics for the museum.

Frank graduated from Rutgers University in 1979 with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, and several years later returned to Rutgers to earn his MBA.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Intrepid Space and Science Festival
Intrepid Air Sea and Space

Space & Astronomy Day
Raritan Valley Community College

The Apollo Guidance Computer
Willingboro Astronomical Society

World Science Festival - Rosetta
Brooklyn Bridge Park

World Science Festival, NASA Project Orion
Washington Square Park


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