Press Release

NASA Space Flight Awareness Program Recognizes Glenn Employees

By SpaceRef Editor
May 13, 2011
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CLEVELAND –NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recently recognized three Glenn Research Center employees for their outstanding support of human space flight.

James Guptill of Medina Township, with the Power Systems Engineering Branch in the Engineering Directorate, has extraordinary insight into solving very complex computing problems and implementing their solutions. He has been instrumental in the time-phased power analysis of the International Space Station assembly missions, including complex missions to install the last set of solar arrays, as well as the mission to replace the aging batteries for the first set of U.S. solar arrays launches to space station. The International Space Station Vehicle Office relies on these analyses and recommended operational solutions to show the space station’s power system can support the planned mission for the certification of flight readiness and contribute to a successful mission.

Phuoc Thai of Strongsville, with the Program and Project Assurance Division in the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, has contributed well beyond normal work requirements to provide software safety and assurance support to several space flight programs. His exemplary leadership skills have been instrumental in helping to implement the equivalent of human-related space flight processes for software and complex electronic development.

William Maul of Litchfield, an employee with QinetiQ North American in the Controls and Dynamics Branch of the Research and Technology Directorate at Glenn, has made significant contributions to the development of the Post Test Diagnostic System for the space shuttle main engine. He developed a real-time sensor fault detection and diagnostic capability for a propulsion technology demonstration test bed. His significant contributions to the safety of space flight have lead to the development of advanced vehicle and propulsion systems health management technologies for NASA space launch systems.

NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight. The Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

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SpaceRef staff editor.