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John Rakoczy
Control Systems Design and Analysis Branch

John Rakoczy is a utility infielder in the Control Systems Design and Analysis Branch at the Marshall Space Flight Center.  He started at MSFC as a co-op student in 1985 in the Pointing Control Systems Branch, downloading Instrument Pointing Subsystem (IPS) data from the Spacelab-2 mission and helping with design and analysis of the IPS for the ASTRO-1 mission.  After graduating in 1989 from the North Avenue Trade School, he rejoined the Pointing Control Systems Branch and worked various aspects of control system design, analysis and verification, including IPS for ASTRO-2, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Gravity Probe-B.  He spent about 10 years working on active and adaptive optics for segmented-mirror telescopes, including the Phased Array Mirror Extendible Large Aperture (PAMELA) testbed and preliminary design and integrated modeling for the James Webb Space Telescope.  He led a team which installed the Segment Alignment Maintenance System (SAMS) on McDonald Observatory’s Hobby-Eberly Telescope while dodging javelinas in west Texas.  In recent years, he designed the attitude control system for the FASTSAT small satellite, and he performed GN&C algorithm/software integration for Ares I.  He is a 2011 graduate of NASA’s Mid Level Leader Program (MLLP) and is currently a team leader in the Control Systems Design and Analysis Branch.  He doesn’t know much about launch vehicle control, but he’ll do his best to give an introductory overview of the topic.

  John Rakoczy
John Rakoczy