Hundreds Are Involved in Westar Story—Hughes News April 26, 1974 Transcribed by Faith MacPherson

 And Here Are the Key People

The planning, building, launching, and ground support of Westar have involved hundreds of persons, not only in the Los Angeles area but from as far away as Guam, a tracking station site.

Some of the key people involved with this spacecraft and satellite ground control are Lloyd Harrison, Westar Program manager; Hal Smith, assistant satellite program manager; Clyde McGee, assistant program manager for Satellite Ground Control and Hughes mission director; Murray Neufeld, Orbital Software.

Also, Henry Di Cristina, Systems Test and Launch Operations; Gene Purnell, Materiel Operations; Herm Braasch, Design Integration; Leonard Myklebust, Spacecraft Structure; Paul Bernstein, Stress; Bill Francis, Mass Properties; George Wolodkin, Thermal Design; and Dick Welfer, Digital Electronics.

Major contributors to the communications repeater, developed in Howard Ozaki’s laboratory, are Jim Shimizu, Neal Silence, Larry Shrum, Thurston Armstrong, Ted Plants, and Dave Kaplan. The repeater was developed by the Electron Dynamics Division under Herm Smith.

Other important personnel are Bill Turner, Controls; Art Cunningham, Motor Bearings Assembly; Bill Muldoon in Press DuPont’s laboratory, Power; Ward Putt and Fred Barker, Reaction Controls subsystem; Jim Ferry, Apogee Motor; Don Reed and Bruce Evans, Manufacturing; Ralph Rhoads and Bill Pomeranz, Contracts and Finance.

Mike Houterman, Systems Engineering; Lee Pressman, System Engineering for RF; Paul Sengstock and Ernie Eiting, Digital and Power Electronics; Frank Taomina, Antenna; Bob Brennan and Mit Wood, Reliability; Jim Bragg, Dick Snyder, Jerry Baab, and Joyce Ellison, Part Logistics and Configuration Control; and Norv Alcorn and Clive Butcher, Integration of Subcontractors Logistics Support.

The development of the ground control hardware and software at the Satellite Control Facility in Glenwood, NJ, as well as the tracking station at Guam was the responsibility of the Satellite Ground System Laboratory under Lou Greenbaum. Key individuals in development were Al Koury assistant laboratory manager; Joe Castaldo, Ground Control Equipment manager; and Walt Cohn, Ground Control Software Design.

The Guam tracking station worked in conjunction with and was under direction of the mission control center at the Western Union Satellite Control Facility during the transfer orbit phase and through apogee motor firing. The Guam station was supported by Al Koury, Chief Scientist Meredith Eick of Commercial Systems Division, Jack Clarkson, Bill Kinder, Larry Ohlrogge, Luis Mata, Bill Walls, Rod Payne, Hal Recher, and Jack Woods.

At Control Facility

The Western Union Satellite Control Facility (SCF) was the mission control center for all orbital control and operations. Transfer orbit and drift obit operations were under the direction of Bill Hayes, HAC Westar Flight director, and supported by SCF Manger Leo Titus, Joe Castaldo, John Swancara, Paul Sengstock, Ernie EiIting, Vern Trail, Joe Moore, Jack Tanner, Frank Gibbs, Marv Novak, Walt Cohn, Woody Sabel, Gary Krueger, Ron Budd, and Maury Storm.

Orbital operations functions under the direction of Murray Neufeld were handled by Jarry Cole, Carolyn DeGarmo, Ron Cox, Steve Sparks, Janice Kush, Jack Janken, Bill Snyder, Hugh Wright, Bo Wandzura, Mike Schecter, Murray Thompson, and Rudy Warniers.


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About Jack Fisher

Jack was a systems engineer at Hughes from 1961 to 1992. He contributed to various programs including Surveyor, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, Intelsat VI and innumerable proposals. He was the manager of of the Spacecraft Systems Engineering Lab until his retirement. Upon retirement Jack taught systems engineering at a number of national and international venues.