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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RNASA Honors Draper Employee for Orion GN&C Work


CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) honored Mark Jackson, a Draper Laboratory employee, for his role in the development and integration of guidance, navigation and control systems (GN&C) for the Orion crew vehicle during a May 6 ceremony.

Jackson received a Stellar Award in the mid-career category for his work as the co-lead on Draper’s Orion GN&C integration and test team.

RNASA, which is based in Houston, Texas, honors individuals and teams from the government, military, and industry based on the potential that the honorees’ work holds for advancing future activities in space. The Space Center Rotary Club established RNASA in 1985 in order to recognize outstanding achievements in space and promote the benefits of space exploration.

Draper’s Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment (GENIE) team received a Stellar Award nomination in the team category. The GENIE team included Tye Brady, space systems group leader; Steve Paschall, a spacecraft GN&C engineer; Pat Battstone, principal member of the technical staff; and Chris Wardman, real-time software engineer.

Kevin Duda, a senior member of the technical staff at Draper, received a Stellar nomination in the early career category, and Fred Clark, principal member of the technical staff, was nominated in the late-career category.

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