Topic: Apollo flight controller Alan Glines (1943-2012)
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posted 07-05-2012 09:51 AM
Apollo flight controller Alan Glines (1943-2012)
Alan Glines, who was the lead Integrated Communications Officer (INCO) during NASA's Apollo 13 mission in April 1970 and rose to serve as assistant flight director for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, passed away Tuesday (July 3).
The following brief biography was prepared for Novaspace Galleries' Spacefest held in Tucson, Arizona last month, which Glines had been scheduled to attend before his health declined.
Alan Glines has 40 years of spacecraft systems engineering, and integration/operations development for manned space systems for NASA-JSC, Northrop Grumman /TRW, the European Space Agency and other aerospace contractors.
He has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree in Systems Management from USC. Also, he taught the same program at the USC Graduate school for two years.
During 15 years with Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW) he worked on projects for NASA and the Air Force including detailed mission scenarios and payloads for NASA: TDRS, The Gamma Ray Observatory, Chandra X-Ray Telescope, ORION and the ISS.
As a NASA employee at JSC in Houston, Mr. Glines did a variety of system engineering and operations tasks for Apollo preflight and mission execution from Mission Control. These evolved to the Lead Mission Control position for thr Apollo communications systems (title: INCO - for Integrated Communications Officer.) For his work on Apollo 13 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He also worked as INCO on all three manned Skylab missions.
He rose to the position of Assistant Flight Director in Mission Control, for the Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), with the Soviet Union.
His final assignment with NASA before joining TRW was as a member of the 2-person NASA Shuttle support team for astronauts during the Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) in 1976-78 at Edwards AFB.
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I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Glines at the 2011 Spacefest, and I am saddened to read this.
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posted 07-05-2012 08:15 PM
I had a chance to chat for a while with Alan at Spacefest 3. I had him sign my Apollo 13 MOCR photo-- he was on the floor as INCO, in charge of communications, even though he was not visible in the well-known photo taken right before the explosion showing Fred Haise on the screen and Gene Kranz at the flight director's console.
Alan had a fascinating life and I recommend his book for a different view of the Apollo and Skylab years. He was not as well known as some of his colleagues but contributed to the overall effort. RIP.
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I had a meeting scheduled with Alan at his home in Kansas, he was going to donate some items to display in our museum exhibit. But he had to cancel at the last minute and I had other meetings scheduled elsewhere and we never got together. Bad timing. Our condolences to his family
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