Just What Did Al Prosser Do in The Space Program?

Besides take this picture of the Challenger when it was new

Photo of Challenger on top of 747 Click for larger image

Up until October 1997, I maintained special computer applications to support the contract to supply software for the onboard computers for the Space Shuttle. I keep this page so that when someone asks what I did there, I can tell them to look at my web page for details instead of talking for 5 minutes before realizing that they do not understand what I am talking about. Anyone capable of understanding, or at least appreciating what I do, is usually capable of reading it here.

There was an article a coule years ago about my former workplace in a magazine called Fast Company. It is called They Write the Right Stuff and it can be accessed from https://www.fastcompany.com/28121/they-write-right-stuff (note new archive URL).

More information on the Space Shuttle can be found at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/ where information is kept on the latest flight.


Al Prosser later Space Program work history

I used to work for Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems & Services Company on the contract to NASA for the Software for the Onboard Computers for the Space Shuttle. I was a Senior Engineering Systems Analyst (or some similiar title). I used to work for IBM Federal Systems, beginning as a COOP in 1982, then "permanently" in 1986. I went with the rest of the contract to Loral when the division was sold to them, then to Lockheed Martin when the companies merged.

Under the IBM terminology I would have been considered a Staff Programmer. I had a wide variety of duties:

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Al Prosser earlier work assignments

Since I started at IBM, I have worked on a wide variety of tasks that I am not currently responsible for.

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Computer Languages/Tools

I have used the following languages/tools at various times:

Most of my work is done on IBM Compatible mainframe computers running MVS versions and OS/390. I have been using OS/2 since version 1.3 came out. I have used a wide variety of OS/2, DOS, and Windows applications.

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Updated September 03, 2002