Two Honeywell employees in Arizona were honored Jan. 27 for work supporting crew safety aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In a surprise ceremony, Col. Robert Behnken, Chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office, presented Doug Hay and Terry Hurst with the “Silver Snoopy” Award for their efforts.
Hay and Hurst were recognized for improving quality and reliability of the ISS Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valve. They were nominated by representatives from Boeing, the ISS prime contractor.
Part of NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program, Silver Snoopys are given to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety and mission success. The award is traditionally presented by an astronaut and includes a pin designed by the late “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Shultz that shows Snoopy wearing astronaut gear.
Hay, a Sr. Systems Engineer, was cited for leading the technical development and ground demonstration of contingency procedures for in-flight maintenance of the valve. His initiative and expertise were called “instrumental in developing the procedures that allowed the ISS crew to dissemble, clean and reassemble valves essential to the continued operation of the ISS CO2 removal system.”
Hurst, a Space Operations Technician, was cited for his insights during assembly operations that led to discovery of root causes of premature valve failure. He was credited with taking the initiative “to develop specific tools to allow the crew to compress and remove spring-loaded components that otherwise would require physical efforts hard to achieve in micro gravity.”