Keynote Speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems

APT employee, Leslie Alford, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems (14thWOCS2), December 12-13, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the workshop is to accelerate progress of the techniques concerning the critical software and systems by providing engineers and researchers with an opportunity to exchange information between industry and academia, as well as to share ideas among the different application fields in Japan. For more information about the workshop, please visit

APT Attends the 8th IAASS Conference

APT employees attend the Gala Dinner
held at Kennedy Space Center.

Several A-P-T Research, Inc., employees recently attended the 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference in Melbourne, FL. The theme of the 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is reflective of a corporate principal of APT. The conference served as an opportunity for international participants to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics concerning space safety. APT was honored to present several papers at the conference. Ms. Leslie Alford presented a paper entitled, “Proposal for a Governing Space Safety Treaty Organization,” and Ms. Megan Stroud presented a paper entitled, “The Evolution of Continuing Education & Training for Safety & Mission Assurance Professionals.” Mr. Mark Raysich also co-authored a paper for the conference entitled, “You Can’t Reach for the Stars if You are Tripping Over the Ground! (Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls).” The two days prior to the conference, APT hosted a workshop for the IAASS Launch & Reentry Safety Technical Committee, which is chaired by APT President, Tom Pfitzer. For more information about the IAASS, please visit their website at


A-P-T Research, Inc. (APT) is pleased to announce our intention to offer services as a prime contractor for the upcoming National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Safety & Mission Assurance (SMA) services effort (Draft RFP NNM16577788R).  We currently hold several large SMA contracts supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA.  Our steady corporate growth and focus on SMA ensure continued cost competitiveness and completely independent analyses and advisory recommendations. Therefore, we are extending an invitation to interested, potential teammates and SMA professionals who may desire to join our team. Our intent is to include the best capability the nation can provide from any source. Personnel interested in working on this contract may contact APT at

APT is a Huntsville, AL, based, 100% employee-owned, ESOP-structured (employee stock ownership plan) SMA company.  Founded in 1990, APT provides professional engineering services to approximately 40 government agencies in a variety of SMA disciplines. Specialties include system safety, quality and mission assurance, industrial safety, metrology, software safety, test planning, range safety, explosives safety, and reliability.

APT Approved to Provide Explosives Safety Training for RTC

APT has been approved to provide Explosives Safety Training for Redstone Test Center (RTC). This allows RTC personnel to attend the APT course when requesting initial or refresher certification for Group Level II or III in accordance with RTC Supplement 2 to ATEC 385-1. The APT Explosives Safety course can be used in place of Defense Ammunition Center AMMO 60 (Technical Ammunition) Course and AMMO-63-DL, U.S. Army Explosives Familiarization.

The APT Training Program was established in 2004. The Explosive Safety Course is an overview of hazards inherent to explosive operations; associated safety precautions; and methods to analyze, test and obtain approval for explosive activities. It is designed primarily for individuals who develop, assemble, test, inspect, approve, transport, store or in some other way handle explosive items or material.

For more information about APT Training, please visit

8th IAASS Conference

APT will be hosting a Software System Safety Training Class 11-13 May, 2016, in conjunction with the 8th IAASS Conference. The 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is May 18-20 at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. The conference is the premiere international forum dedicated to the discussion of a wide variety of space safety topics.

Other course being offered include:

  • International Space Station Payload Design and Operation Safety
  • Space Debris
  • Launch Safety Analysis

For a complete list of courses, click here.

APT Awarded MDA TEAMS Safety Contract

A-P-T Research, Inc. is pleased to be awarded the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Technical, Engineering, Advisory, and Management Support (TEAMS) Safety contract. This $30,456,367 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is for advisory and assistance services for Safety support to the MDA. The contract provides support for the development, implementation, sustainment, and execution of both Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and program-level safety policies, requirements, and programs; supports BMDS and program-level system safety risk identification and management processes; and supports safe conduct of system demonstration and simulation activities, to include flight and ground tests, at both the BMDS and program levels.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Dahlgren, Virginia; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Fort Greely, Alaska, with an expected completion date of December 2021. This award is the result of the hard work and dedication of the MiDAESS support personnel from APT, Davis Strategic Innovations, Vencore, and NeXolve. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts in securing this win and look forward to our continued support to the Missile Defense Agency.

A-P-T Research, Inc. Announces New Chief Executive Officer

A-P-T Research, Inc. announces the appointment of John R. Fellows as Chief Executive Officer effective November 16, 2015.

He is currently the Vice President for Programs, DoD Agencies & Bureaus with oversight of SAIC’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Health Agency (DHA) and National Guard Bureau portfolios.  He also managed SAIC’s Missile Defense and Space Division providing programmatic and engineering support services to the Missile Defense Agency and Marshall Space Flight Center.

Colonel Fellows retired from active military service in 2008 and immediately began employment with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Huntsville.  Colonel (Ret.) Fellows was commissioned a Field Artillery officer in 1986 and served in numerous field artillery operational and combat assignments prior to serving in multiple Acquisition Corps assignments.  He culminated his military career with 6 years as the Product and Project Manager of multiple X-band radar programs with the Missile Defense Agency.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Fellows of Mesa, Arizona and is married to the former Julia A. Watson of Katy, Texas.  They have three children, Katie Ashcroft (26), Aly Giles (24), and Kent Fellows (21). They also have 4 young grandchildren.

APT Co-teaches the Development and Certification of Complex Software Intensive Avionics Systems Course with Adkins Global, LTD and UK Civil Aviation Agency

APT is pleased to announce that Leslie Alford, APT’s senior airworthiness engineer, has agreed to co-teach the Development and Certification of Complex Software Intensive Avionics Systems with Adkins Global, LTD of the United Kingdom (UK) and the UK Civil Aviation Agency (CAA).

This 40-hour course will be taught several times a year in the UK and other locations, as requested.  The course is designed as part of the University of the West of England’s Master of Science in Aerospace and once accredited, will be the foundational training for the UK Ministry of Defence’s engineering team.  On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of developing avionics systems and the associated certification and approval criteria including compliance against certification standards including ARP 4754/4754A and 4761, RTCA’s DO-178B/C, DO-254, and DO-200B.
  • Apply tools, techniques, and processes that are pertinent to the development and certification of avionics systems.
  • Understand the assessment requirements for determining the criticality of avionics systems and to develop appropriate processes in accordance with the criticality of the avionics system and “system of systems.”
  • To address System, Software and Complex Hardware architecture considerations appropriate to the criticality of the avionics system and “system of systems”.
  • Understand the lifecycle criteria and development processes pertinent to the development of avionics, Systems, Software and Complex Hardware from requirements definition, design, implementation, and validation to subsequent certification.
  • Apply civil process in a military context / environment.

Leslie is the RTCA/DO-178C Executive Secretary in the Forum for Avionics Software (FAS) committee and has been a contributing leader of this since 1985.  Contributions have included the SAE E-36 committee CFR 33 update for data loading of engine controls.  Leslie has been acclaimed by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) with creating the Software Designated Engineering Representative (DER) authorization criteria and performing that role since 1987.  As a Software Civil and Military Technical Fellow with Boeing, she contributed to software engineering standards, policies, and training material; developed the official position on evolving software certification regulatory guidance; and was active in developing & documenting alternative certification approaches and the associated rationale and judgment.   She has been responsible for working with foreign certification agencies to resolve guidance interpretation issues affecting the certification approval of the Boeing 777.  Leslie has held certification credentials with the FAA, Canada, and the JAA (now EASA) prior to retirement and her move to APT.