Al Treder

Al Treder is a Viking Alumni that has worked in various aspects of space and missile G&C systems for 49 years, from conceptual design through development and flight.
He tested and analyzed designs for Gemini and Apollo avionics early on, launched missiles in the Utah desert, and designed a calibration facility for horizon sensors on a spinning communication satellite before moving to Cal-Tech’s JPL to work on the Viking Mars project as the Orbiter Maneuver Analyst.
Following the Viking project, he moved to Boeing, where he invented an attitude matching technique to replace star scanners on the Inertial Upper Stage carried by the Space Shuttle. He has spent the last 18 years of his career as a key player in the specification and development of the GN&C subsystem for the US part of the International Space Station. His primary responsibility on ISS was making sure the Station could meet its pointing accuracy requirements.
He officially retired from Boeing on 1 February 2000, but continued to perform this work for Boeing as a subcontracted employee for another 11 years as a telecommuter from his home in Washington state.
Mr. Treder is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee, with a BEE from Marquette University.
Mr. Treder is currently an active Volunteer at The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project, providing his expertise in digital imaging, as Lead Digital Archivist, and has supported the launch of the online Viking Mission Museum in January of 2016. He also and contributes to Education Outreach and Exhibit Design both of which are underway. He has participated in events in Oregon and Las Vegas supporting the organization

Broadcast 2726 Rachel Tillman & Al Treder

Guests:  Rachel Tillman, Al Treder;  Topics:  The Viking Mars Missions & The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

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