The international space community, and especially the NASA and SCaN community, was greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Adrian Hooke on January 7, 2013. Adrian’s career was dedicated to advancing space exploration, especially for space data and communications systems advanced technology and international standardization.
Born in the United Kingdom during WWII, Adrian became interested in space exploration with the dawn of the Space Age in the late 1950’s. He came to the United States as a young engineer to work on the Apollo Program, where he worked on the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and pad launch preparation team for Apollo 11. After his work on Apollo, he returned to Europe to work for the European Space Agency (ESA).
Later, back in the US working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Adrian used his ESA and international contacts to help establish the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) in 1982. For the next 30 years, he provided outstanding technical and management leadership to the CCSDS community as well as domestic standards organizations (AIAA, USTAG13, etc.). On the technical side, he was instrumental in developing the Space Communications Protocol Specifications (SCPS), which were precursors to the advanced Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocols for which he also provided a major leadership role. On the management side, for many years he led the CCSDS Engineering Steering Group which was the technical conscience of the CCSDS community. Managing CCSDS overall, Adrian executed innumerable innovative management strategies, such as reorganizing CCSDS (in 2000), modeling it after the successful Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) processes.
His technical vision and leadership drove the standards community as he executed and relentlessly promoted the international adoption of standards by the international community. The current adoption of CCSDS standards by over 600 missions, both US and international, is a testament to the broad influence that Adrian’s work has had on humankind’s spaceflight programs. Adrian’s leadership, vision, wit and wisdom will be sorely missed by both the NASA team and his international friends and colleagues.