Systems Engineering Seminar

Space Mission Operations

Presented by: Keith Walyus,
Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Operations Manager/ Code 441

January 9, 2007, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

Space Mission Operations

A strong understanding of mission operations is a fundamental requirement for any successful systems engineer. Yet mission operations spans a wide range of activities. Operational concerns need to be understood throughout the mission life cycle, whether it's part of the initial definition of the operations concept as part of a pre-phase A study, or in analyzing and executing the mission termination requirements. To further add challenge to the system engineer's role, operations can cover a wide variety of missions, ranging from small technology missions up to supporting human space flight efforts. Mr. Walyus will address operational issues, for which system engineers need to be cognizant, using examples from actual missions.



Keith Walyus has over 17 years mission systems engineering experience working for NASA and four years of experience working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center while as an officer in the Unites States Air Force.

He was a Space Shuttle Descent Design Engineer for the United States Air Force and then NASA at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In 2003 he came to Goddard where he has been Project Operations Director for the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SoHO), Flight Operations Team Lead for the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) satellite, Systems Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope, Deputy Operations Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope, Vision Study Manager for the Single Aperture Far-Infrared Telescope (SAFIR), and Capture Manager for the ST-9 Large Space Telescope Project. Currently he is Servicing Mission Operations Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mr. Walyus recieved a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland in 1984, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Houston in 1989.

Mr. Walyus has recieved many honors and awards from NASA:


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