The Aerospace Corporation

Aerospace

Founded:
1960

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) headquartered in El Segundo, California. The corporation provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. Wikipedia

Aerospace
Founded:
1960

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) headquartered in El Segundo, California. The corporation provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. Wikipedia

Aug 1, 4:53 PM

Aerospaces A-Team Hits the Sand at the 2017 Aerospace Summer Games by Jen Langone Bright and early on El Segundos Dockweiler Beach the set-up began. By 8 a.m. there was no mistaking where The Aerospace Corporation team had staked its claim on the sand. Held annually at Dockweiler State Beach, the Aerospace Summer Games brings together local aerospace and aviation companies for a fun-filled day of friendly competition. More than two thousand people, representing 23 companies, gathered on Saturday July 29 to participate in events such as volleyball, sand soccer, tug of war, watermelon eating, or to just enjoy a sunny day at the beach and cheer on their colleagues. Led by Coach (and CEO) Steve Isakowitz and with attendance bolstered by the summer 2017 intern cohort, this year for the first time, Aerospace fielded a max capacity roster in every division for all 10 events. Bedecked in bright orange T-shirts, and waving rally towels with the Circle A emblazoned on them, 150 Aerospace employees showed up in a formidable presence. Aerospace fielded 16 teams, each led by a volunteer team captain who took charge of coordinating the team and, in many cases, holding practices to work on communication and strategy. Teams were formed based on participant-ranked preferences, with the exception of the volleyball gold team, for which tryouts were held to ensure Aerospace had its best players against some tough competition. Employees and interns played side-by-side, along with a few members of the Avengers Council. Vice President Randy Kendall played on the volleyball gold team and Vice President Kevin Bell participated in the relay race and partnered with Steve Isakowitz for executive golf. Although the overall top prize went to repeat champions SpaceX, Aerospace placed 10th overall, according to preliminary results, a significant improvement over 2016 when the corporation team placed 14th. Notable achievements included the sand soccer team and human pyramid squad, which both placed third overall, the tug-of-war squad, which placed fifth overall, and advancing to the playoff rounds in dodgeball. (Photo: Eric Hamburg, The Aerospace Corporation) Summer intern Radhika Bhatt races to the waterline as part of the final event in the relay race while members of the Aerospace team cheer her on.

Jul 31, 4:01 PM

Fifty Years of Getting up Early and Working Hard by Kimberly Locke Its being on the cutting edge of space technology that continues to motivate Gerald Guydan, even some 50 years past his first day at Aerospace. Guydan serves as a systems director in the Alternate Launch Vehicles Mission Analysis Department, Space Systems Group. His admiration for space began at an early age when he would look up at the stars from his hometown backyard in Western Pennsylvania and tell himself he would go there one day. Although he hasnt travelled into space, Guydan feels he has achieved his goal to a large degree by supporting a range of missions aimed at sending people and satellites there. Planning and executing launch vehicle capability to accurately insert spacecraft into the required orbits is interesting work, and every launch is exciting, Guydan said. All disciplines come together in the mission analysis certification and verification, so that provides an overview of the entire launch vehicle. Postflight analysis looks at the overall vehicle to identify any issues, he explained. Currently, my work on alternate launch vehicles gives me the opportunity to be a part of a transformational time in their history. His endeavors have included managing efforts to acquire and process real-time telemetry data from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base to Aerospaces El Segundo facilities in support of all launch-related activities. This approach to realtime data acquisition and telemetry processing led to development of the General System for Plotting and Listing analysis system. These efforts would become the forerunner to the STARS Mission Operations Center located at the corporations El Segundo offices. Guydan was also instrumental in the formation of a team to perform launch collision avoidance analysis to protect orbital assets, such as the International Space Station and active satellites, from the launch vehicle to the payload. The initial development effort, he said, has been improved and has become standard practice for launches. Just recently, Guydan formed a team to develop a Flight Margin Verification computer tool to rapidly evaluate launch vehicle performance, orbit insertion accuracy, and upper-stage disposal compared to expected vehicle dispersions. This effort, according to Guydan, significantly reduced postflight analysis time. Guydans motto, at least in part, is Get up early. Work hard. Its apparent by his list of accomplishments that he has been doing that over the course of his career. His advice to upcoming engineers is work at what you enjoy. If you enjoy your work, its not just a job. Strive to make a difference. His hobbies include boating, catch-and-release fishing, cooking, and taking long walks with his dog. Guydan says he will continue to contribute to Aerospaces mission and eventually retire. When that day comes, he plans to spend more time with family and friends, expand his hobbies, and increase his boating time. I have enjoyed the unique opportunity that Aerospace provides to contribute to the success of space systems by working with our talented staff, the Air Force, and contractors to evaluate, analyze, and identify risks and make recommendations to improve methods and processes, he said. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities so that looking back, it doesnt seem like a long time. Ill certainly miss being involved in the new frontiers of space. (Photo: The Aerospace Corporation) Gerald Guydan receives his 50-year service certificate from Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz.

Jul 29, 11:51 PM

That was an awesome day. Thanks to everyone who came out. We will have results available next week.

Jul 28, 4:01 PM

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