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Meet: Craig Elder
Northrop Grumman

Who he is:
Craig brings 27 years of aerospace hardware expertise to the challenge of designing, building, launching, and "crashing" the LCROSS spacecraft. He earned his BSEE from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and his MSEE from Cal State Long Beach, with emphasis on power electronics and communication satellites. He has served in roles of increasing responsibility at TRW/Northrop, including Responsible Design Engineer, IR&D Principle Investigator, Department Manager for Power Conversion, Department Manager for Electrical Power Subsystems, and Project Manager for several restricted-access projects. Craig is a private pilot, and enjoys coaching youth sports, church leadership/service, bicycling, and family activities.

Job Description:
Craig is currently serving as the LCROSS Spacecraft Program Manager, as the Electronics/Software leader, and as an Electrical Power Subsystem flight console operator (call sign "POWER-A"). Craig also coordinates Northrop's LCROSS Public Outreach activities, including classroom and astronomer briefings.

LCROSS Mission Specifics:
Craig began working on LCROSS in February 2006 as proposal leader for Northrop's Power Subsystem. He quickly became excited about the overall LCROSS mission, turned his Department Manager job over to his protégé, and joined LCROSS full time as the Spacecraft Electrical Engineer. A strong proponent of space exploration, both human and robotic, Craig appreciates the historical significance of the LCROSS mission and he actively seeks out opportunities for LCROSS to deliver the most benefits it can for the scientific community.


Visit the NASA Mission Site @ http://www.nasa.gov/lcross

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Editor: Brian Day
NASA Official: Daniel Andrews
Last Updated: October 2009