Finding Answers – from Apollo to Shuttle to Space Camp (This is an article taken from The Launch Pad, Issue 2, April 2017, no specific author cited), a publication from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL 35805
Richard Green has spent a good deal of his lifetime addressing systems engineering on America’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. An engineer and U.S. Army veteran, he used his training and experience toward understanding parameters for propulsion systems and safeguarding human life.
Green’s initial work on manned space flight hardware was in design engineering for the electrohydraulic control system for the seven swing arms that serviced the Saturn V vehicle from the launch umbilical tower.
While supporting the Shuttle program, Green developed the solid rocket booster test requirements and “launch commit”criteria. He wrote a “What if?” handbook for Charlie Mauldin, Marshall Space Flight Center lead for the shuttle system safety and reliability. The handbook was used by Mauldin to support technical recommendations if something went out of parameters during launch countdown. Green updated the handbook prior to each launch.
More recently, Mr. Green has helped others from his hometown of Waynesville, North Carolina to ponder, “What if?” through the support of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation’s Space Camp scholarship program. Space Camp urges young people to imagine how they could one day be among the future workforce that expands the space frontier and grows science, engineering, and technology capabilities here on Earth.
This is the tenth year for Green to sponsor a student. This year’s scholarship recipient is Jayde Markley. Jayde attends Waynesville Middle School. According to school counselor Annette Husson, Jayde takes advanced math, science and English coursework. “She loves science, “ added Husson, “because science pushes you to expand your mind.”
Green maintains a residence in Huntsville and Waynesville. He and his wife Betty have three children including a daughter who was one of the very first Space Camp counselors in 1982.