David "Skip" Roberts from Nasa Stennis Space Center came and gave a talk on all rocket testing happening in Mississippi.

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Carlos Montalvo
Carlos Montalvo

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David "Skip" Roberts from NASA Stennis Space Center

David "Skip" Roberts from NASA Stennis Space Center came to give a short talk on all rocket testing going on at Stennis. Stennis is located just outside Louisiana and is about 2 hours from Mobile. The Stennis space center has numerous test stands and Skip has worked on almost all of them. Skip had numerous videos and other slides showcasing what his facilities could do. Hopefully some of you will find your way over there one day. 

About the Speaker: David “Skip” Roberts is currently the E1 Test Director at Stennis Space Center (SSC)in Mississippi.  He was in the Navy for 4 years and decided to pursue a college degree.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Alabama (USA) in 2001.  His career with NASA began as a Co-Op student at SSC’s E1 test stand. In 2007 he was moved to SSC’s A2 test stand to support the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) certification testing.  Along with those duties he provided support to Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center.  At the end of the SSME program, he transitioned his efforts to support the J2X program test program on the A2 test stand.  Initially he performed the role of a Test Conductor and was ultimately promoted to Test Director of the A2 stand.  In 2013 he was reassigned to position of Test Director of the E1 Test Stand to support the AJ26 flight certification program.  He currently oversees the implementation of both the AR1 Aerojet Rocketdyne commercial engine project and the ABEDRR technology program, a joint venture between NASA and the Air Force at the E1 Test Stand. So no stranger to rockets so I think we can reasonably say that he IS a rocket scientist.


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