Planetarium

Space Shuttle Program

SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES

2017-18

 

SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM

PRESENTED BY

EDWARD J. POLEWARCZYK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
7:00 p.m.

at the Southworth Planetarium

 

 

v    A DESCRIPTION OF A TYPICAL SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT FROM VEHICLE PREPARATION THROUGH LAUNCH, FLIGHT, ENTRY AND LANDING.

 

v    INCLUDING ASTRONAUTS EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE MISSION

v    AN EXPLANATION OF THE SUPPORT ACTIVITY AND DAILY OPERATIONS AT MISSION CONTROL THROUGHOUT THE MISSION

v    A REVIEW OF SOME OF THE BENEFITS RECEIVED FROM THE SPACE PROGRAM

 

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

 

 

EDWARD J. POLEWARCZYK

 

DIRECTOR

ORBITER PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS

UNITED SPACE ALLIANCE

(RETIRED)

 

 

 

 PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:

ED POLEWARCZYK JOINED THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM IN 1974 AS ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL’S RESIDENT MATERIALS MANAGER AT HAMILTON STANDARD DIVISION OF UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION IN WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT WHERE HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPONENTS OF THE ATMOSPHERIC REVITILIZATION SYSTEM AND THE FREON COOLANT LOOP, THE WATER SPRAY BOILER AND THE FLASH EVAPORATOR SUBSYSTEM.  DURING THAT TIME HE WAS ALSO RESIDENT MATERIALS MANAGER AT UNITED TECHNOLOGIES POWER SYSTEMS DIVISION WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE FUEL CELLS.

 

IN 1978 POLEWARCZYK BECAME THE RESIDENT MATERIALS MANAGER AT SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE AUXILIARY POWER UNIT, RUDDER SPEEDBRAKE ACTUATION SYSTEM AND THE BODY FLAP ACTUATION SYSTEM.

 

IN 1993 ED BECAME AN AUXILIARY POWER UNIT SUBSYSTEM ENGINEER AT MISSON CONTROL AT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, TEXAS AND LATER BECAME THE FLUID AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR.

 

IN 2000 ED JOINED UNITED SPACE ALLIANCE AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR FOR ORBITER UPGRADES.  AT THAT TIME THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO UPGRADE THE ORBITER TO FLY TO 2020 AND BEYOND.  IN 2004 ED BECAME UNITED SPACE ALLIANCE’S DIRECTOR ORBITER PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS WITH RESPONSIBLITIES FOR ORBITER MODIFICATIONS AND ORBITER OPERATIONS DURING SPACE SHUTTLE MISSIONS.

 

A NATIVE OF CLINTON, MASSACHUSETTS, POLEWARCZYK GRADUATED CUM LAUDE FROM WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE IN 1963 WITH A B.S. DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.  HE RECEIVED HIS M.B.A. DEGREE FROM AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE IN 1973.

 

MR. POLEWARCZYK IS MARRIED AND RESIDES IN WISCASSET, MAINE.