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Two QinetiQ North America Employees Receive Prestigious Award from NASA

By SpaceRef Editor
November 13, 2009
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Charles Kelly Scharmann and Michael James Garrett receive Silver Snoopy award

Fairfax, Virginia-November 13, 2009 NASA has awarded its “Silver Snoopy” to QinetiQ North America’s Michael Garrett and Charles Kelly Scharmann. The Silver Snoopy is a special honor awarded by NASA astronauts to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. Distribution of the Silver Snoopy awards are limited to no more than one percent of eligible recipients and an individual can only receive one Silver Snoopy award in their lifetime. Cartoonist Charles Shultz, a longtime enthusiast for space flight, designed the award in the 1960s.

Astronaut Mike Massimino presented engineering technician Charles Kelly Scharmann a Silver Snoopy at Goddard Space Flight Center on July 23, 2009. The entire STS-125 crew was in attendance to recognize Scharmann’s work on the manufacture, modification, integration and installation of the Hubble Space Telescope Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory mockup hardware. His efforts ensured the astronauts received critical training for five successful Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.

Electrical engineer Michael Garrett received his Silver Snoopy at NASA Glenn Research Center on October 28, 2009. Garrett’s award cites his outstanding leadership of the contractor team of engineers, technicians and other support staff ensuring safety and technical excellence during the very tight Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) development schedule. His leadership was instrumental to the delivery of a safe, functional International Space Station payload.

About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,400 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group PLC, one of the world’s leading defense and security technology companies. For more information, please visit

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