Paul Galloway, Janet Salverson and Ben Hornsby, Aerospace Systems, were recently honored as recipients of the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award. This prestigious award is given for an individual’s significant contributions to the space program.
As recipients, they were each presented with a certificate and shuttle model. Galloway and Salverson, as STS-135 honorees, were invited to attend both the rollout of the Shuttle Atlantis, which was about to be launched, and the landing of Endeavour (STS-134). The awards presentation was held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach, and it was the first time that a rollout was a Space Flight Awareness award event. Hornsby was a launch honoree and was invited to view the STS-135 launch. His awards presentation was held at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando.
Galloway received the award for over 25 years of dedication, excellence, and significant contributions to scientific payloads within the human space flight program. An employee of TBE for 23 years, he has been responsible for payload development and management of multiple projects as well as support to the Ares Project Office and the NASA MSFC Discovery, New Frontiers, and Lunar Quest Programs. He has also demonstrated an exemplary performance in payload operations as a certified Payload Rack Officer for the ISS Payload Operations and Integration Center at the NASA MSFC.
According to his nominator, Galloway “demonstrated a work ethic that goes above and beyond his expected duties, which has resulted in a superior quality, highly successful and safer collection of scientific payloads and future technologies.”
Salverson has supported MSFC on various contracts for almost 22 years, most recently on Systems Development and Operations Support (SDOS) since 2002. Currently with the Science and Mission Systems group, she is responsible for the design and preparation of contract documentation, including proposals, forms, illustrations, and briefings. Salverson spends many hours working with the NASA Civil Servants and Program leads to accurately portray their ideas. She has also taken on a number of additional duties through the years, including her involvement in NASA’s Communications Materials Review Program and as a Data Manager.
“Janet has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and competence,” said her nominator. “She has given untiring support to the development of outstanding and highly professional products…her customers have found her to be organized, dependable, and helpful.”
Hornsby was selected for his exceptional electrical design, systems testing, and analytical integration skills that have proven to be critical on manned launch vehicles, Ares, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and numerous payloads, facilities, and ground support equipment that enable the systems to fly and be maintained. It was also noted by his nominator that Hornsby has been involved in the design of several key pieces of NASA equipment – the Mission Peculiar Equipment Interface Unit, the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope Battery Pack, and the Current Monitor Unit.
Hornsby’s nominator said, “The dedication that you (Hornsby) have shown to the development, test, and integration of avionics and hardware/software systems on multiple missions, projects, and platforms has positively enabled human spaceflight for over two decades.”
The Space Flight Awareness Award is the highest tribute paid by NASA to individuals in NASA, DoD, and industry for their dedication to quality work and flight safety.