SPACE DEFENSE DECOY MEASUREMENT PROGRAM DELTA 181.
In 1985 Mr. Preston, was assigned to an accelerated SDI defense program titled: Delta 181 – Trusted Vector as the chief designer of the (LWIR) long wavelength infrared sensor system. Serving in this role, he completed the LWIR telescope and cryostat in (9) months.
This aggressive program with numerous department of defense agencies, contractors, universities and support units, quickly identified those individuals capable of acting as a specialized single technology source in an environment that included lethal hardware if mishandled.
This sensor was the first system to collect LWIR data on cooled missile bodies and decoy balloons in space
The signature plaque, Mr. Prestons’ is highlighted in red, was signed by each member and flew into space with the payload
Mr. Preston followed the system to Aerojet, CA, were in four (4) months he integrated the focal plane assembly, performed system calibration and environmental testing.
Leading a (4) man team, followed the system to John Hopkins University MD, space development center; joined up with the other (14) fourteen government, private and university teams.
This larger team supported payload integration, calibration and environmental testing conducted at Goddard Space Center.
They followed the payload to Cape Canaveral, FL for rocket launch support, mission data collection and post data evaluation.
The two letters on the next page are from SDI- BMDOs’ and
Aerojet management, expressing their appreciation to Mr.
Preston as he prepared for the next and more advanced project
Philip F. Filosa, Esq. Vice President & General Counsel
GROUP N3 Wrentham, MA 02093 Ph. 508. 384.3210
www.groupn3.com [email protected]
Advanced Sensor Measurement ProgramFrom CRADLE TO GRAVE in 18 Months SDIO 1987 to 1989
Designed IR Sensor
Start plus 2 months
Optical Fabrication and
Integration Months 2 to 9
Focal Plane, Electronic Integration
Months 9 to 11
Environmental Testing and Calibration
Months 11 to 12
Cape Canaveral Delta Rocket Launch
Generated the First Long Wave Infrared
Decoy Data Measurements in space
Months 16 to 18
Philip F. Filosa, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel
Wrentham, MA 02093
Ph. 508. 384.3210
Payload Integration Goddard Space Center
Months 12 to 16