Keynote Speaker: Dr. Von L. Burton, Jr.


Large Space Telescope (LST) which was later named the Hubble Telescope

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Von L. Burton, Jr.

Program Titles

  • Rocketry and Space Science
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Doctor of Science in Computer Sciences and Systems

Fifteen individual awards, seven different organizations and 29 years with NASA in the areas of Rocketry and Space Science. B.A. Mathematics, Statistics, Masters Business Administration. Doctor of Science in Computer Sciences and Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground charged with the responsibility of statistical sampling and analysis of United States Army Stockpiles of 105mm Howitzer ammunition which are located in various parts of the country. Had responsibility of selecting the samples, the logistics related to transportation of samples to the particular testing ground (Yuma, Arizona. Coordinated the inspection of samples by various inspectors, managed all operations relative to performance of the test and recording of the velocity data from each round fired. Performed the resulting statistical analysis and wrote report providing an identification of ammunition lots by failure rate as well as the description of other performance parameters. The purpose of sampling these stockpiles was to determine the effects of long-term storage under various environmental conditions on the performance of the ammunition and ensure the availability of sufficient usable quantities in case of emergency conditions.

The 105mm Howitzer round weighs 33 pounds and according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, holds the record of being fired more than any other artillery round in World War II. To my knowledge, I was the only person that had this responsibility at that time. Became interested in the man on the moon project with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and joined the Trajectory Section. Had the responsibility of optimizing the trajectory for flight of the Saturn V moon rocket through its first 100 nautical miles into what was called then a parking orbit. As perhaps recalled from memory of TV viewing of the various lift-offs, as the rocket lifted off from its launch pad, it appeared to tilt over in a certain direction as opposed to direct vertical flight. Specifically my responsibility required generation of 24 numbers that represented the coefficients of four different polynomial equations that determined the amount of this tilt to minimize what is referred to as the angle of attack and ensure safe passage of the vehicle through what is termed the maximum dynamic pressure range. Following the lunar landing, joined the Preliminary Design Office of Marshall Space Flight Center and became engaged in the planning of future advanced space vehicles, satellites and payloads. Performed the mission operations analysis on all payloads that passed through Marshall Space Flight Center. One satellite was the High Energy Astronomical Observatory (HEAO) which later mapped the entire galaxy for stars that emit X-rays. Wrote report on the percentage of area of the galaxy covered each day based on a given scan rate. Other projects included a project entitled Large Space Telescope (LST) which was later named the Hubble Telescope and which, when launched in 1991, was the worlds most sophisticated telescope since Galileo made the first telescope in 1607.

Received a total of fifteen (15) individual awards from NASA; six of which are indicated in this career highlighter. Group Achievement Award (Center Award) Exceptional Performance of duty and outstanding teamwork. Your untiring devotion to duty and extra efforts displayed in the Modular Space Station study have been a great asset to Program Development and the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Group Achievement Award, Exceptional Performance of duty and outstanding teamwork. Your Outstanding Contributions and Leadership in the Phase A Study of Atmospheric, Magnetospheric and Plasmas in Space Payloads have been a great asset to the Program Development and the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. Performed all on-orbit operations planning for initial space shuttle flights indicating crew activities and shuttle operations on-orbit as a function of time on-orbit. Selected to attend for a period of one year NASA Headquarters Career Development Program as a member of the Advanced Projects Office. Primarily involved in developing briefing packages for the initiation of various new projects to various congressional committees. Also heavily involved in developing the payload requirements for what was then referred to as a Space Platform. These activities were in support of NASAs long range planning program. Served also as Executive Secretary of the 25k Power Module User Requirements Working Group. Served on Source Evaluation Board for the procurement of an Atmospheric Sciences Payload. Served as Assistant to the Director, Administration and Program Support Directorate (600 Civil Servants and 700 contractor personnel). This Position involved management of the infrastructure at the Marshall Space Flight Center consisting of the offices of procurement, computer services, telecommunications, plans and analysis, technology utilization, property management and facilities. Served a representative to the Level II Program Requirements Change Board. Responsible for the transmission and data reduction of data generated by payloads that fly on the Space Shuttle. Data were received either from tape recorders removed from the shuttle upon landing and flown to Huntsville by private aircraft or by direct downlink to tracking stations during shuttle flights. Established and implemented real-time telemetry capability at the Marshall Space Flight Center for payloads that fly aboard the Space Shuttle. Serves as adjunct professor of Business (Statistics). Outstanding teaching and the promotion of academic excellence while serving as adjunct professor for the Division of Business Administration. Received Excellence in Teaching Award Wrote Lab Manuals for use with statistical computer software. Holder of one U.S. Government patent for the invention Reaction Engine Powered Generating System with Power Load Variation Control Capability. Received Space Concept Development Team Award recognizing initial conceptual creations in the origination of the Space Lab, which flies in the cargo bay of the shuttle on most missions. For innovative and technical contributions in the origination of Space lab payloads concepts and the successful accomplishment of extensive preliminary design and definition efforts in the establishment of the Space lab Development Program. Completion of a two year program in Digital Electronics from National Radio Institute. The program covered 52 subject areas, and also the assembly of an IBM XT personal computer ~ (it still works). Received IUS Failure Investigation and Anomaly Team Award. (Challenger Investigation). For demonstrated technical and management leadership in the resolution of the ISU-1 anomaly exhibited in the development of a very complex fault isolation matrix and ground test programs and analyses to support conclusions reached. Sustained Superior Performance Award "Based upon last years performance appraisal of highly successful rating, employees performance has continued to be at a highly successful level and is expected to continue in the future. Awarded the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Degree; Southeastern Institute of Technology. Dissertation: The Establishment and Implementation of Real-Time Telemetry Capability at the Marshall Space Flight Center for Payloads that Fly Aboard the Space Shuttle. An analysis of VLSI Technology and Future Computer Architectures Integrated (Voice and Data) Local Area Networks Historical Perspectives on Telemetry An Analysis of the Societal Relationships of the Microcomputer An Analysis of the Background Factors and Perspectives that have Shaped the Economic Forces of the Current Hardware/Software Cost Ratio.

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