Thu, Jan 11, 2007
Two staffers from Aerojet,
Jaime Martinez and Vicente Mendoza, have been honored with one of
NASA's most prestigious awards -- the "Silver Snoopy." The awards
were personally presented at Aerojet's Redmond, Wash. facility by
astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt, a NASA Mission Specialist.
"Aerojet is honored to count these two exceptional workers among
our employees," said Scott Neish, president of Aerojet.
"With a combined experience of more than 50 years, Vicente and
Jaime embody Aerojet's values and culture -- their commitment to
flight safety and mission success is exemplary."
NASA's "Silver Snoopy" award recognizes outstanding individual
efforts which contribute to the success and safety of human space
flight missions and is received by less than one percent of the
nation's space program workforce. The award is a sterling silver
lapel pin in the form of Snoopy wearing a space helmet and space
suit that has flown on the Space Shuttle mission.
In addition, Mr. Martinez and Mr. Mendoza were each given a
certificate of appreciation and commendation letter signed by Dr.
Aerojet designed and built
the two Orbital Maneuvering Engines, 38 Primary thrusters, six
Vernier thrusters and seven gas generators that fly on each Shuttle
mission. Aerojet's Redmond facility continues to service, refurbish
and manufacture spare parts, replacement thrusters and gas
Both Mr. Mendoza and Mr. Martinez have been involved in the
space workforce for more than 30 years, and have been key
contributors to the stellar track record of the RCS. Mr. Mendoza is
a sheet metal fabricator, demonstrating a particular talent in the
manufacture of Chamber/Nozzle assemblies which require precision
equal to less than the thickness of a human hair to achieve a
proper weld. Mr. Martinez is the lead assembler for the thrusters.
Without Mr. Martinez' insight, background, and dedication the
success of the thrusters and spares program would have been much
more difficult to achieve.
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