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David W. Stuchlik

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David Stuchlik is an Electronics Engineer who provides engineering and management support to the Balloon Program. His recent duties include Project Management of the Wallops Arc Second Pointer (WASP) development project. The WASP system will be capable of pointing large balloon-based telescopes at planets and objects outside the solar system with arc second accuracy and stability.

Mr. Stuchlik has over 25 years of experience in engineering design, development, testing and operational support as well as extensive experience in Systems Engineering and Project Management for multiple NASA projects in the sounding rocket, ground station, and balloon program fields

From 1983 through 1988, he was responsible for the design, development, and testing of data acquisition and telemetry systems on multiple sounding rocket payloads, and provided launch support at multiple launch sites.

From 1989 through 1993, he served as Project Manager for the development on the new Long Duration Balloon (LDB) support systems, which included new power, data handling, and telemetry systems.

From 19941997, he managed the development and installation of several S- and X-band antenna systems including a 10 meter system in McMurdo, Antarctica and an 11 meter system in Svalbard, Norway.

Since 1998, Mr. Stuchlik has worked in the Balloon Program Office (BPO), and has managed several projects including the development of the WFF Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) support systems, the TDRSS High Gain Antenna (HGA) system, and the Balloon Control Center (BCC), which successfully supported multiple flights of the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) balloon science payload.

He received his Bachelors of Engineering degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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