APT Employee Performing Orion Spacecraft Inspections

Larry Maggie, APT Research, KSC SMASS Contract, performing Orion spacecraft inspections in early 2020 at NASA’s Plum Brook Station.  The Orion spacecraft, consisting of the crew module and European-built service module, has undergone more than three months of testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, where it was subjected to the extreme temperatures and electromagnetic environment it will experience in the vacuum of space during Artemis missions.


February Giving Committee Update

In February, APT supported a canned food drive and the “Saving Generations” project, collecting items to install energy efficient upgrades for low-income families. The project estimates that most homes can save 20% on monthly utility bills through the application of basic energy efficient upgrades. APT helped by collecting Energy Star LED Light Bulbs for Saving Generations energy efficiency kits.

APT was honored to attend the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year luncheon. The Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama Youth of the Year is their premier youth leadership recognition program, designed to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live, serve, and make an impact in their communities around the world. A group from APT attended the award luncheon and APT’s own Saralyn Dwyer served as a judge for the ceremony.

A small group from APT spent one evening after work helping with projects at the Boys & Girls Club Cavalry STEM Lab. APT helped put together tables, hang white boards and storage shelves, and paint the bathroom. The new lab will give kids the chance to access technology in tangible ways – complete with 3D printers, virtual reality, drones, robotics and tablets.  The lab will allow students to see themselves working with this equipment in the future as STEM professionals.

Brevard Rescue Mission Donation

The APT Space Division Giving Committee chair, Cara Norwood, presented the 2019 check to Stacia Glavas, Brevard Rescue Mission, CEO/ Founder on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  The Brevard Rescue Mission supports women and children with housing, food, and education.



APT Paper Published in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering

Launch approval using the safety case approach to achieve performance-based requirements

Hiring of Two Key Employee-Owners

A-P-T Research, Inc., is pleased to announce its recent hiring of two key employee-owners – George Gafka and Star Williams.

Mr. Gafka joins the company as Executive Vice President of Safety and Mission Assurance. Prior to joining APT, Mr. Gafka had a distinguished 30-year career at NASA supporting several human spaceflight programs from a number of diverse leadership positions (Chief Engineer, Chief Safety Officer, and S&MA Director) during life-cycle phases spanning from early development to real-time operations.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Gafka received numerous prestigious awards for his leadership and, as an avid believer in continuous learning, he has earned a diverse set of academic degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, 2014
  • Professional Certificate Aircraft Accident Investigation, Southern California Safety Institute, 2007
  • Master of Space Systems Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2006
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Mr. Gafka brings a wealth of broad technical and business management knowledge, seasoned experience across many roles and programs, proven critical decision-making judgment, and expert leadership to develop and implement innovative tailored solutions that thoughtfully balance complex competing considerations such as cost, schedule, and safety.

Also joining APT is Star Williams, who will serve as the company’s Human Resources Director. Prior to joining APT, Ms. Williams served as a human resources business partner for Aerojet Rocketdyne. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Human Resource Management and Psychology from Athens State University. In addition, she holds an active Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification and brings a broad HR skillset to include employee relations, performance management, recruiting, benefits, compensation, and more.

Boys & Girls Club STEM lab gets $20,000 boost from APT Research

Science and technology education for Boys & Girls Club members recently got a boost from employees of a Huntsville business.

APT Research’s employees selected Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama as the recipient of a $20,000 grant from its giving fund. The money will go to launch a STEM lab at the club’s Calvary Teen Center.

A check was recently presented to B&G Club representatives at APT’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon for employees. The STEM lab, designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering and math topics and tools, is expected to open next year.

The APT fund comes from money donated by company employees. APT is a 100 percent employee-owned small business based in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville.

Source: www.al.com

SMASS United Way 2019 Campaign

During the month of October, KSC SMASS Employees participated in the 2019 United Way fundraising campaign. The SMASS effort was led by SMASS Co-chairs Brittany McLeod and Cara Norwood. Big shout out – Thank you for their leadership and effort organizing the outreach and activities. Congrats to the SMASS team for raising over $6508. SMASS has achieved UW Silver Status for supporting United Way for eight consecutive years .

Boys & Girls Club STEM Lab

Many thanks to those who participated in a leadership team project to help paint the Boys & Girls Club future STEM lab. It’s been rewarding to see this wonderful resource slowly taking shape, thanks to everyone’s generous donations of time and money.