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Center Snapshot - Billy Doggett
07.11.08
Billy Doggett.
Image above: Billy Doggett works in Building 1148 for the Structural Mechanics and Concepts Branch. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith.


Billy Doggett’s workday is a busy one, partly because it doesn't end when he leaves Langley.

At the center, he's an aerospace technologist, working on the Lunar Surface Manipulation System (LSMS). The LSMS is a hybrid between a large robot and crane for lunar payload handling operations.

A test-bed device has been constructed by NASA Langley’s machine shop, which is being used to validate analytic models and operational schemes for payload handling on the moon.

In Poquoson, he is building a home for wife Lisa, who also works at Langley, and their three children.

Doggett is also supporting structural testing activities within the Combined Loads Test System (COLTS). Test articles representing a composite fuselage panel and the composite crew module are expected to be tested within COLTS.

“I like the challenge,” Doggett said. “I have the pleasure of working with great, sharp people. They are always willing to give a hand.”

Doggett has been working at NASA Langley for 17 years.

“There’s always something different to work on,” he said. “There’s always a new challenge.”

Doggett got some insight into those challenges from his summer internship as a Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) student.

And what else prepared Doggett for his position?

“A lot of school work,” he said.

After graduating from North Carolina State and Old Dominion universities, he received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Between work at Langley and work on his home, Doggett and Lisa raise two girls and a boy who play soccer and basketball. They enjoy camping, fishing and traveling as a family.

The family's favorite getaway is Nags Head. “It’s got plenty of history… seafaring and aeronautics,” he said. “It also has really great seafood and it’s a great place to go fishing.”



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