Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Daniel Hausman has spent his entire career at Rocketdyne, joining the company in 1972 after receiving a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Hausman has served in many key positions, including Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Test Operations Manager, SSME Flight Support Manager and SSME Kennedy Space Center Launch Operations Team Manager. He has been the Kennedy Site Director for Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power since August of 1997.
Hausman's career started in the Reliability Department, where he learned the operation of the SSME Hydraulic Actuator System by assisting in the preparation of Failure Analysis Reports for that system. When the SSME ground test program started in 1976, he joined the team and was responsible for analysis of SSME hot fire data and the preparation of the Test Readiness Reviews.
Hausman became a key member of the team that brought the SSME to Flight Certification Status in 1979 and the first space shuttle flight in 1981. In 1983, he was recognized for his effort and was awarded the 1983 Rockwell Engineer of the Year Award. When the number of space shuttle flights started to increase, Hausman switched his talents to the flight support program. In that area, he prepared and presented the Flight Readiness Reviews and provided real time launch support.
Following the devastating shuttle Challenger accident, Hausman lead a major program effort to rewrite the Failure Modes and Effect Analysis Report on the SSME, which led to the shuttle's successful return to flight in 1988. For that effort, Hausman received the Rocketdyne President's Award.
During the years between 1986 and 1995, Hausman initiated the development of computer-based tools to database and establish SSME performance prediction methods. These efforts led to more accurate predictions and the ability to quickly analysis SSME performance data. Thanks in large part to his vision of the use of desktop computers, some SSME data processing was successfully transferred from a mainframe-based system to the current desktop systems that provide real-time data as well as historical data during launch countdowns.
Today, Hausman leads the team that processes the SSMEs before each shuttle flight. The team's efforts have led to 40 successful shuttle launches without an SSME-caused delay, scrub, or abort in the past seven years.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center