How a NASA engineer supports the commercialization of space

July 8, 2024
A typical day for the engineer includes running a system calibration, which ensures all sensors on the facility and test article are reading accurately, followed by red line checks, NASA writes.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - Chris Barnett-Woods’ favorite movie growing up – Back to the Future – led him to dream of one day building a DeLorean automobile. Instead, the electrical engineer is doing something never imagined as he helps NASA support the commercialization of space for the benefit of all, NASA reports. Continue reading original article.

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8 July 2024 - “If there is any interest, always apply to work at a place like NASA because you never know where it will take you,” said Barnett-Woods, who is approaching two decades of work at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. “In college, I never thought I would work for NASA. I thought it was a far-off fantasy and could not be a reality. Turns out, it was closer than I thought.”

Barnett-Woods is the electrical lead and instrumentation engineer at the E-1 Test Stand, part of the four-stand E Test Complex at NASA Stennis. This complex features 12 active test cell positions for various testing activities. At E-1, Barnett-Woods highlights a customer-focused, fast-paced workflow that prioritizes safety.

“Safety is priority number one, followed by collecting data to help our customers,” said Barnett-Woods. “We ensure everyone goes home in the condition they entered. There is no hesitation that if we are entering an unsafe process or configuration, we will stop right there and make sure we are doing it the right way.”

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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