Space News
space history and artifacts articles

space history discussion forums

worldwide astronaut appearances

selected space history documents

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Explorers & Workers
  Gilbert Moore, space educator (1928-2020)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Gilbert Moore, space educator (1928-2020)
Robert Pearlman

Posts: 45334
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-28-2020 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
R. Gilbert Moore, a rocket propulsion engineer who spent decades engaging thousands of students in spaceflight experiments, died on Monday (Dec. 28, 2020), according to former NASA astronaut Jack Fischer (via Twitter).
We lost a legend today, Prof. Gil Moore, who for 7+ decades, pushed bounds of discovery and lit fires in 1000s of children worldwide. Powered by imagination and boundless enthusiasm, his impact will be felt for generations.
A biography from Utah State University:
R. Gilbert (Gil) Moore began his 60 year career as a rocket propulsion engineer in 1947 working as a student assistant at New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory. As a student he performed radio telemetry data reduction and installed upper atmospheric and solar research instrumentation in captured German V-2 rockets. In 1949 after graduating with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, he became professional staff at the Laboratory. During the next thirteen years he supervised teams of students and professionals in instrumenting and launching hundreds of flight test and upper atmospheric research sounding rockets from the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico as well as from locations in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Moore moved to Ogden, Utah, in 1962 to become the founding general manager of the Astromet Division of Thiokol Corporation. During the next twenty years, this organization built and launched several hundred sounding rockets and six satellite experiments from sites around the world to measure various characteristics of Earth's ionosphere, thermosphere and magnetosphere. The Division also manufactured, installed and operated radio telemetry systems for monitoring meteorological and hydrologic variables in the mountains of the Western United States and Canada.

In 1981, Mr. Moore transferred to Thiokol's Wasatch Division, where he served as special projects manager for the Space Shuttle solid rocket motor program and as principal investigator for gossamer space structures. He became the Thiokol Wasatch Division's director of external affairs in 1985 and represented the corporation to the press and public during the Space Shuttle Challenger accident investigation. He retired in 1987.

Moore spent the next two years with Globesat, Inc., a small spacecraft manufacturer in Logan, Utah, as vice-president for advanced programs. In July of 1989 he joined Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory as a senior research scientist. In 1994, he retired from SDL and moved to Monument, Colorado, to join the Astronautics Department of the United States Air Force Academy as the first occupant of the General Bernard A. Schriever Chair in Space Systems Engineering. During the next two years, he led an initiative to teach upper-division cadets to design and build small spacecraft for flight on military launch vehicles. After setting up an extremely successful program, he retired from the Air Force in 1996.

After retiring from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Moore established Project Starshine, a volunteer student satellite project designed to measure the response of Earth's atmosphere to storms on the Sun, during an eleven-year solar cycle. Some 25,030 children in 660 schools in 18 countries worked in teams to polish 878 mirrors that covered the outside of the satellite and reflected flashes of sunlight to ground-based observers during twilight passes of the satellite over their locations. Between 2000 and 2002 two more Starshine Satellites were launched into orbit. In addition to introducing students to space research, important data was gathered for the science community on the effects of solar extreme ultraviolet radiation on satellite orbital decay.

Gil Moore has a long history with Utah State University. In 1976 he and his wife, Phyllis, purchased and donated to Utah State University the first Space Shuttle "Get Away Special" (GAS) experiment that NASA made available to the general public. The Moores assisted students over the next six years to build microgravity experiments that flew in space in the GAS-001 canister mounted in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The Moores also purchased four additional GAS flight slots and donated them to Utah State University and Weber State University. Even as late as 2013 he funded three USU GAS satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. In 1987 Moore co-founded the highly successful Small Satellite Conference. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Physics from USU. Mr. Moore has been an adjunct instructor in the physics department at USU starting in 1976.

Gil Moore has been active with numerous organizations such as the American Rocket Society and its successor the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Utah's Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the Hansen Planetarium, the Utah Science Center Authority, and the Utah State University Research Foundation board of trustees. He is a life member of the Air Force Association and has been a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of the Sigma Xi, the U.S. Space Foundation, the National Space Foundation, the Aerospace States Association, and the Space Business Roundtable. Additionally, he has served as an unofficial advisor on space issues for two U.S. Congressman, two U.S. senators, and three state governors.

Mr. Moore has received the NASA Public Service Medal, the AIAA Distinguished Service Award, Utah State University's Distinguished Service Award, the Utah Council's Professional Engineer of the Year Award, the Utah Education Association's Teacher of the Year Award, a Doctor of Humanities Degree from Weber State University, the Governor of Utah's Medal for Science and Technology, an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel Award, the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce's Order of the Big Hat Award, the OgdenExchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds, Ogden City's Honorary Citizen Award, and most recently, he and his wife jointly received a Stellar Award from the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in Houston, Texas.

Jurg Bolli

Posts: 1054
From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 12-28-2020 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Kevin T. Randall

Posts: 1255
From: Chesham, Bucks UK
Registered: Dec 2008

posted 12-29-2020 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 475
From: London UK
Registered: Jan 2013

posted 12-29-2020 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 518
From: Fayetteville, NC, USA
Registered: May 2009

posted 12-29-2020 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 2641
From: Guyton, GA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 12-29-2020 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 2362
From: West Jordan, Utah USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 12-29-2020 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 768
From: New York, NY
Registered: Oct 2010

posted 12-29-2020 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 915
From: Northampton UK
Registered: Nov 2009

posted 12-29-2020 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

David Carey

Posts: 857
Registered: Mar 2009

posted 12-29-2020 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 969
From: CA.
Registered: Jan 2011

posted 12-29-2020 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 194
From: Brooklin, ON Canada
Registered: Feb 2018

posted 12-29-2020 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ManInSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 1218
From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 12-29-2020 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 401
From: Vilano Beach, FL, USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 12-30-2020 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Richard Easton

Posts: 177
From: Winnetka, IL USA
Registered: Jun 2006

posted 12-30-2020 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was a wonderful man. He attended the Vanguard 1 50th in 2008.


Posts: 253
From: Merseyside, England
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 12-31-2020 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjb1elec   Click Here to Email rjb1elec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 2020 All rights reserved.

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a