Louis Friedman

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Louis Friedman
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Planetary Society founders: Louis Friedman standing left
Louis Dill Friedman

(1941-07-07) July 7, 1941 (age 81)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
Fieldsastronautics, engineering
InstitutionsAVCO, The Planetary Society, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
ThesisExtracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data (1971)

Louis Dill Friedman (born July 7, 1941) is an American astronautics engineer and space spokesperson. He was born in New York and raised in the Bronx.[1] Dr. Friedman was a co-founder of The Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce C. Murray.

Education and career[edit]

In 1961, he earned his Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1963, he graduated at Cornell University with a Masters of Science in engineering mechanics. In 1971, he graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis entitled, Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data.[2]

He worked for AVCO Space Systems Division from 1963 to 1968. From 1970 through 1980, he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) leading the Advanced Planetary Studies and the post-Viking Mars Program.[3] Other projects at the JPL include Mariner-Venus-Mercury, Planetary Grand Tour (Voyager), Venus Orbital Imaging Radar (Magellan probe), Halley's Comet Rendezvous-Solar Sail, and the Mars Program.[2]

Projects, Print, and Speeches[edit]

  • Human spaceflight  : from Mars to the stars. Univ. of Arizona Press, Tucson 2015, ISBN 978-0-8165-3146-2.
  • Star Sailing: Solar Sails and Interstellar Flight, Louis Friedman, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1988, ISBN 978-0-471-62593-3, 146 pgs.
  • Project Director of the Solar Sail mission by The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studies: Cosmos I
  • Part of the technical team on the Mars Balloon and Mars Rover for The Planetary Society
  • Asked to participate in both Congressional and Administrative reviews for American and Russian space missions[3]
  • 2004 Congressional Hearings on Space: United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and TransportationNASA Future Space Mission [1]
  • ”Think Bigger About Mars” Louis Friedman, June 27, 2000
  • ”A Space Nerd Responds” Louis Friedman, August 13, 2007
  • ”Where will the Next 50 Years in Space Take Us? Expert Opinions” Popular Mechanics, September 2007



  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1984). Who's who in Frontier Science and Technology. Vol. 1. Marquis Who's Who. ISSN 0749-2324. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  2. ^ a b The Planetary Society Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". thespaceshow.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04.