Dulles, Virginia, 29 March 2017 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, was pleased to host astronaut Daniel C. Burbank at the company’s Promontory facility Tuesday, March 28. He presented the astronauts’ personal award, the Silver Snoopy, to employees Howard Healey, Jeff Hewlett, Joshua Mcmillin, Mark Olsen, Justin Pancoast, Jared Theurer and Jean Vaniman. While on-site, Burbank also shared his experiences of space shuttle missions STS-106 and STS-115, and International Space Station Expedition 29 and Expedition 30.
Burbank thanked the awardees and recognized their significant efforts in human spaceflight. "Going to space is the hardest thing we do, and we barely know how to do it at all. The people that know it the best are right here," he told an enthusiastic audience.
A NASA Space Flight Awareness award, the Silver Snoopy best symbolizes the intent and spirit of Space Flight Awareness. An astronaut always presents the Silver Snoopy because it is the astronauts' own award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success. Less than one percent of the human spaceflight workforce receives it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.
The award is a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that has flown on a Space Shuttle mission, plus a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter for the employee, both signed by the astronaut.
"Silver Snoopy is a special program for astronauts,” said Charlie Precourt, Propulsion Systems Vice President and General Manager and four-time space shuttle astronaut. “It’s a way for the crew to connect with the aerospace workforce and show their appreciation."
The employees received the award for the following:
• Howard Healey (Deweyville): exceptional work in static testing the world’s largest solid rocket motors
• Jeff Hewlett (Brigham City): exceptional work in overseeing Space Launch System (SLS) mixing and casting operations
• Joshua McMillin (Tremonton): exceptional SLS booster engineering design and analysis work and efforts in the development of new solid rocket motor technologies
• Mark Olsen (Brigham City): exceptional work in SLS booster supply chain management, educating supplier workforces about the role they play in human space exploration, and promoting the significance of the SLS program with suppliers across the country
• Justin Pancoast (Ogden): exceptional work with SLS booster material testing and qualification
• Jared Theurer (Tremonton): exceptional work in SLS project planning and control, and efforts supporting integration of the integrated master schedule and CostPoint accounting systems
• Jean Vaniman (South Ogden): exceptional work in mission assurance engineering and enhancing supplier’s quality systems
A NASA Space Flight Awareness award, the Silver Snoopy was first awarded in 1968. After the Mercury and Gemini programs, NASA wanted to increase awareness of the impact its employees and contractors had on spaceflight safety. NASA wanted a symbol that would be well known and recognizable, similar to the U.S. Forest Service's Smokey Bear. Charles M. Schulz, an avid supporter of the U.S. space program, drew the image for the Silver Snoopy pin.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
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