Space Power Systems Design

April 25-27, 2006
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Manhattan Beach, CA

This course is an outreach of the
AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee

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Robert J. Pinkerton

Robert J. Pinkerton is currently employed as a Sr. Electric Power System Engineer with General Dynamics in Gilbert, AZ where he is the Responsible Engineering Authority on GSFC's GLAST spacecraft program. He has 20 years of experience in spacecraft power. He has been with Spectrum Astro since 2000. Previously, he was the Lead Power Systems Engineer for the Iridium Program for Motorola in Chandler, AZ.

Between 1988 and 1998, Mr. Pinkerton was with the Lockheed Martin Corp. in multiple locations where he held various lead engineering positions including EPS Lead Engineer on the International Space Station Program. Between 1984 and 1988 Mr. Pinkerton was with Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver CO where he was the System Design and Analysis Lead on the Magellan spacecraft power system.

He is an Associate Fellow in AIAA, was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Thermionic Research and Technology, has been presented several NASA and corporate achievement awards, and is the Vice Chair of the AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee.

Theodore Stern

Theodore Stern has over 25 years experience in the management and engineering of advanced development and production programs, with a particular emphasis on aerospace power technology. He is the Business Area Manager for Space Power Optical and Thermal Products at DR Technologies, Inc. in San Diego.  In this position he is responsible for establishing the strategy for advancing business and technology capabilities throughout the core business.

Mr. Stern's expertise in the area of space solar power systems has led to the management of several large, advanced development programs including the Survivable Power Subsystem (SUPER), a breakthrough program in survivable modular photovoltaic concentrators. More recently, he has developed Electrostatically Clean Solar Array and ESD-Protected Solar Panel Technology for NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center. These have led to the recent successful flight of this technology on NASA's THEMIS mission.  He also has extensive experience with solar array structures, including the management of the Indostar Solar Array Substrate program, a high performance co-cured composite solar panel structure, and the SCARLET solar array substrates, the first flight array of high conductivity composite solar panels.

Mr. Stern holds twelve patents in the areas of aerospace power and optics. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, an Associates Fellow of the AIAA, and past chairman of the AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee.

Douglas M. Allen

Douglas M. Allen is the General Manager of Schafer Corporation's Dayton, Ohio, operation. He is responsible for managing technical contracts and developing new business with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the NASA Glenn Research Center. From 1992 to 1998 Mr. Allen was program manager for Schafer's support to the Innovative Science and Technology program of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BDMO, now the Missile Defense Agency or MDA).

Mr. Allen has led independent technical review teams, assessed technology, progress, schedules, costs, and alternatives on a wide variety of advanced technology and space experiment programs. As part of this effort, Mr. Allen led development of the concentrator solar arrays used on NASA's Deep Space-1 mission and several other advanced space power technologies for BMDO. Prior to joining Schafer, his positions included managing the Power Technology program at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization in the Pentagon (SDIO, now MDA) and leading development of space power system and component technologies at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Mr. Allen's areas of expertise include system integration, system analysis, solar arrays, energy storage systems, thermal management, advanced materials and coatings, space flight experiments, and electric propulsion. Mr. Allen is an AIAA Associate Fellow, past chairman of the AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Technical Committee, Chairman of the IECEC Steering Committee, General Chair of the 2003 IECEC, and a past member of Mensa. He is the author of over 50 technical papers, journal articles, and reports, and he holds one patent.