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William E. Haynes

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Bill Haynes (R) in a T-Bird II Ultralight kit aircraft he built as a hobby 

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William E. Haynes, 81, lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Born in Paris, France of U.S. parents; resided in Europe until age 9;
fluent in German, some French.
1949 UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, BSc (Mechanical Engineering)
1954 Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson, A/C Structural
Repair Design
1956 USAF Experimental Test Pilot School graduate, Edwards AFB, CA
1965 USC, Los Angeles, CA, MA (Research and Development Systems

Professional Experience

Senior system analyst with over 50 years experience in the development,  acquisition,  operation,  maintenance and support of advanced aerospace systems.  During his USAF career he was responsible for the contract performance definition of the Titan III launch vehicle system for the Dyna Soar space glider, and commanded the USAF task force which  assembled, checked out and launched Minuteman missiles at Cape Canaveral. He was commander of the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Vietnam in '67/'68 and flew 187 combat missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. At the Martin Marietta Corporation (after retiring from the US Air Force) he put together the winning technical proposal for Skylab, the first U.S space station, was systems engineer for the Earth Resources Experiment Package on Skylab and directed the engineering team which defined the crew systems interfaces and installations for Skylab.  He is a graduate of the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB and flew fighter armament systems tests for three years.

In the summer of 1986 Mr. Haynes accompanied Dr. Buzz Aldrin on a private visit to the Soviet Union, West Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia.  While in Moscow they discussed the possibility of US/Soviet cooperation in space, including manned Mars missions and near-Earth experiments with leading Soviet space scientists, including Academician Ruald Sagdeev.

In 1986/87 Mr. Haynes served as Chairman of the Life Sciences/Systems Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

The USAF has obtained a patent in Mr. Haynes' name on "Crewlock", a form-fitting airlock which can significantly enhance extravehicular activity from spacecraft.

Employment Summary

1988 - 2005 -  Member, team of Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics team building two Wright Flyer replicas; one for full scale wind tunnel testing (1999); second to be flown Dryden Flight Research Center in 2005. The goal of the project is to construct and fly a  modified version  of the original Wright Flyer that is a "stand off" replica; meaning  that to anyone except an expert, it will appear to be authentic. But  it incorporates a number of improvements that should allow it to be  flown safely.  These include a modern airfoil, a Revmaster engine  instead of a  Wright engine replica, and improvements in the pilot's controls.

2002-03-Senior Advisor, Vela Technology on Manned Space Launch Sytem, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency development (RASCAL).

1997-Senior Advisor, Vela Technology Inc.-DARPA project

1993-2000- VP Development,  The Right Consortium LLC; Startup tech. development firm

1991-Independent System Analyst.        Pursuing development of civil projects, including commercial software and an automobile safety device.

1986-1991-Science Applications International Corporation Participated in an evaluation of the USAF Forecast II proposed technical development candidate systems. Was instrumental in adding two new proposals for innovative launch system candidates (electromagnetic launch and single stage to orbit rockets) which were further evaluated by USAF and SDIO. Provided technical evaluation and analysis of study results for the joint USAF/NASA Space Assembly, Maintenance and Servicing Study. He was specifically selected by the USAF Space Command to provide technical inputs and evaluation support to the Military Man In Space operations planning task. In 1990-1991 he was the Deputy Program Manager and Life Science Advisor for the Reusable Reentry Satellite (LifeSat) Phase B Study for NASA JSC. He was Program Manager and Principal Investigator for a study of a Life Science Laboratory Module for the Space Station Freedom under contract to Alenia, the leading Italian aerospace firm.

1979-1986 The Aerospace Corporation. Applied knowledge of human factors and manned space flight to provide technical leadership in selecting, defining, integrating and operating experiments and experiment hardware for the USAF Manned Space flight Engineer program; the pioneer USAF manned space flight program. He invented CREWLOCK, a form-fitting airlock which has been patented by the USAF in his name. He convened an advisory panel which significantly simplified the environmental control/life support system for the one man Spaceplane proposal.

1977-1979 Goldsworthy Engineering Vice President, Corporate Development; Managed design and development of a number of new composites manufacturing machines, including tape placement machines, filament winding systems and pultruders. He was program manager of initial development and testing for converting the Grumman Automated Beam Builder to fabricate a composite structural member in space.

1974-1977 Dornier System, GmbH As a full time consultant, Mr. Haynes led the source selection, defined the contract management system and administered the subcontracts for Dornier's environmental control/life support system for the European Space Laboratory which regularly flew on the Space Shuttle.

1972-1974 Nord Micro, GmbH Nord Micro, a German firm, with technical support and participation by Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies, designed and fabricated under Mr. Haynes' program management, the dedicated digital computer which programs the supersonic air inlet control for the European Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, the Tornado.

1969-1972 Martin Marietta Corporation After retiring from the USAF, Mr. Haynes joined Martin, Denver, where he was first responsible for putting together the technical portion of the successful Martin proposal for the Skylab space station. Subsequently, he was in charge of systems engineering for the Skylab Earth Resources Experiment Package. When difficulties developed in the crew systems area,he was put in charge and conducted the crew compartment fit and function test for Skylab jointly with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis.