Technical Input on In Service Weight Control

I thought I would start a thread on a topic of conversation, In Service Weight Control, from recent SAWE events. After a platform is put into operation, configuration changes take place throughout operation.  This must be kept track of for safe and successful operation.

What related experiences can you share?

I’ll start.  I perform Integrated Mass Properties analysis on the International Space Station (ISS).   I gather inputs from the International partners on Visiting Vehicles coming and going.  I gather inputs from our International partners on modules.  I gather inputs from our Configuration team as changes are made, for example moving Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) from their storage location on ISS to their new location to support continued operation.  I verify the inputs make sense and question everything that doesn’t.

When you put it all together, you have analysis of the ISS at any given point in time needed to operate the ISS as it orbits our Earth every 90 minutes.

Consider sharing your experiences here, at a local chapter meeting, in a presentation / paper, and/or at a conference.

I am hoping this will be a catalyst to increased technical discussion.

Thanks.

Clint.

SAWE 2018 Awards

Early every calendar year, the SAWE Awards Committee emails chapter Directors in search of nominations for the Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement, Honorary Fellow, Fellow, and Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer awards. The awards recognize exceptional young engineers as well as those who have contributed to the advancement of the society. The Awards Committee announces the winners at the yearly Awards Banquet held at the end of the International Conference. The winners announced at the Irving, Texas conference that just concluded include : Robert W. Ridenour (Saint Louis) – Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement award, Clint Bower (United Kingdom) – Honorary Fellow award, Robert Hundl (Houston) – Honorary Fellow award, Ian David Bennett (Canada) – Fellow award, Claudia Rosenberger (Central European) – Fellow award, Dan Rowley (Los Angeles) – Fellow award, Clint Stephenson (Houston) – Fellow award, Brian Huber (Texas) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award, Lori Sandberg (Houston) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award, and Simone Umbach (Central European) – Ed Payne Outstanding Young Engineer award. Congratulations!

Scholarship Award, SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference

Congratulations to Matthew Knickerbocker of the University of Colorado Boulder for winning the scholarship awarded by the SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference. As a Junior studying Aerospace Engineering, some of his accomplishments to date include attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant with the United States Air Force, interning as an Engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, making the Deans list since 2016, and being inducted into Sigma Gamma Tau, the national aerospace engineering society. Matthew intends to continue his studies to earn his BS and MS degrees. He aspires to specialize in aerodynamics and aircraft design to become an aerodynamicist on a modern aircraft program. Kudos Matthew. You are highly deserving of this award. The SAWE looks forward to your continued high level of success.

hotel room nights for the International conference, reserve ASAP, SAWE block

Please reserve your room for the SAWE Texas 2018 International Conference by the April 13, 2018 at 5 PM Central time cutoff time to get the SAWE rate and help us meet our contract requirement with the Sheraton DFW. Navigate to https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1708024280&key=21B77EF2 and book your room today. T-4 weeks until ignition!

Dues Collection Policy 2018-2019

Attention Members

We will once again have a membership drive for the last quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year beginning February 1. The reinstatement fee of $20 to renew membership for the remainder of the year will be waived. In addition, the reinstated member and new or renewing members will have their membership end date extended to April 30, 2019.

SAWE is going to try a new policy to help curb the workload of the Executive Director, Ron Fox, and the Secretary of Finance, Kim Brown. Beginning February 1, 2018 membership renewal and new or reinstated membership should be done online from our website (https://www.sawe.org/about/membership/application).

If the Chapter Treasurer or his designee wishes to collect fees, it becomes the responsibility of the chapter to compile the records for means of collection and for the distribution of the funds either to or from the Secretary of Finance.

Ron Fox, Executive Director

Kim Brown, Secretary of Finance

Clint Stephenson, Individual Membership Chairman

2018 Southwest Regional Conference – Temecula, California

The Los Angeles, San Diego and Mojave Desert chapters cordially invite you to Temecula in sunny California for the 2018 Southwest Regional Conference. The dates of the Conference are Thursday March 8 through Saturday March 10. In-Person Registration will begin Thursday night (along with the Hospitality Room). On-line Registration will be available soon through Reg Online at the Conference website listed below. Technical presentations will be on Friday (including a luncheon).

SAWE Training will be available on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, AWBS (Automated Weight and Balance System) will be taught by Harold Smoot (full day class). We are excited to offer two new classes on Saturday: Designing the Aircraft of the Future, taught by Andy Walker (full day) and Materials and Mass Properties, taught by Victor Hillyard (half day class). Both Designing the Aircraft of the Future and Materials and Mass Properties will be offered at special, reduced rates. A ShipWeight Users meeting is also scheduled for Saturday.

The Southwest Regional Conference will also be a great opportunity to meet and learn more about Exhibitors in the Weight Engineering discipline, representing various industries.

The Conference will take place at the Temecula Creek Inn, located in beautiful Temecula California. The deadline to receive the SAWE Room rate is February 16. Please use the link on the Conference website below for hotel room reservations and not the hotel’s website. Thank you.

Temecula is well known for the Temecula Valley Wine Country, many championship golf courses, and the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Temecula is a scenic location which many southern California residents go to for vacation or weekend getaways. Temecula can be accessed from Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (John Wayne), San Diego (SAN), and Ontario (ONT) airports.

More details can be found at https://www.sawe.org/los-angeles/southwest-regional-conference

The hotel website is https://temeculacreekinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/TCI-Group-Brochure-update-2017.pdf

Respectfully submitted

Dan Rowley

Los Angeles chapter Vice President

SAWE Houston Chapter Winter 2017 Quarterly Report

SAWE Houston is working to promote Mass Properties / Weight Control Engineering as a specialized discipline while providing a means for those interested in the discipline an avenue to explore their personal aspirations.

We have local representation from one of the top level SAWE Inc Corporate Partners (CP1), Altair Engineering with Rick Watkins. Rick Watkins is International Executive Vice President. Local member Andreas Schuster is an Honorary Fellow and the International Standards and Practices Vice President of the Society. Local members Robert Hundl, Wayne Peterson, Greg Ray, and Rick Watkins are Fellows of the Society. Local leadership includes Clint Stephenson as Director, Bill Randall as President, Ryan Kilgore as Vice President, Adam Richards as Treasurer, and Lori Sandberg as Secretary. Dave Bennett is a former member of the Houston chapter and is the 3-year Chair of the Offshore Standards and Practices committee. Bill Randall is the current 2-year Chair. Clint Stephenson is the current 1-year Chair.

SAWE Houston cohosted a Regional conference (September 21, 2017 – September 24, 2017, (https://www.sawe.org/blog/2017/11/05/sawe-texas-regional-planning-meeting-and-conference-report/), pictures below) in preparation for the International conference (May 5, 2018 – May 10, 2018) with the Texas chapter, both in Irving, TX. We are in need of technical content for the upcoming International conference. Please contact me with your commitment to share your expertise. We are seeking Sponsors and Corporate Partners. Chapter meetings are planned for every third Friday of the month.

Our continuing effort is to develop professions related to Mass Properties and Weight Control Engineering through the participation and engagement of related and interested parties.

 

Please contact me with your questions or interest in contributing to the chapter and the Society.

Clint Stephenson

SAWE Houston Director

clintdsemail@yahoo.com