Jim Duffy is widely respected and has recognized technical leadership skills, with 33+ years of demonstrated success as a Chief Engineer and/or Systems Engineer of manned spacecraft systems
Extensive experience in all aspects of Project Management, with particular specialties in Risk Management, Change Control and Configuration Management, Proposal Development, Cost Estimation, Earned Value Management, and Decision Analyses. [45 years of management/leadership positions in 7 organizations]
Army-strong foundation for leadership with service as a combat Infantry Officer in Vietnam and a Jungle Expert instructor in Panama [3 Bronze Stars for Valor in combat, Purple Heart, and other awards]
– (5 years 1 month)Washington, DC
I finalized the procedures for implementing Human Space Flight Informed Consent regulations and prepared the associated HSF Safety Record. I performed detailed assessments and analysis of generic faults and potential hazards for both suborbital and orbital space transportation systems, comparing these for both winged and ballistics systems. I developed the AST Strategic Plan to forecast industry activities and required AST capabilities out to year 2025. I also prepared AST budget requests and managed AST budgetary, IT, and human capital resources.
– (9 years)Dulles, VA
COTS — Technical leader for proposal development and initial design of Orbital’s COTS Visiting Vehicle (Cygnus) for commercial cargo delivery to ISS. I developed the Cygnus Business Plan, Concept of Operations, Interface Control Documents, and the initial specifications for all Cygnus subsystems.
Star-2 Satellites — Engineering Director of all Chief Engineers and Systems Engineers supporting Orbital’s Star-2 GEO satellite product line. I was responsible for maintaining and evolving this successful product line and for modifying internal processes in order to improve productivity and profitability. I initiated development of design-based simulation software for the integrated verification of a complete satellite electrical, power, command and telemetry, software, and harness design.
NASA Human Spaceflight studies — Technical leader of NASA lunar exploration and manned spacecraft studies. I created the Blended Lifting Body spacecraft design, which vastly improved the aerodynamic performance and abort capabilities of the PLS (HL-20) design. I also developed an advanced capsule spacecraft design with abort from orbit capability in a dead spacecraft, and developed advanced dual-mode propulsion system and engine concepts for manned spacecraft. I lead the development of a transportation architecture from Earth to the lunar surface that provided full mission abort capability in all trajectory modes, and created a lunar surface habitation and surface transportation architecture and mission manifest.
– (2 years)Munich, Germany
Private consultant to MAN Technologie and Société Européenne des Satellites (SES) for project management and system engineering (including risk management, design-to-cost). I provided technical and management assistance to MAN on ESA development programs; including the ESA International Berthing and Docking System and the ISS Cupola, and developed specifications for all ESA contributions to the NASA CRV (X-38).
– (25 years)Greater Los Angeles Area
ESA CTV and NASA X-38/CRV – I lead a team of Rockwell’s Apollo & Shuttle experts to provide technical advice to ESA and MAN Technologie for the European manned spacecraft (CTV) and launch abort systems, plus ESA contributions to the NASA CRV (X-38).
X-33 – I developed concepts for highly automated RLV launch and ground processing facilities utilizing an international team of American and Russian launch pad designers.
Advanced Transportation System Studies – I lead a team to evaluate launch and re-entry vehicle concepts for NASA, with special emphasis on Man-Rating requirements. I analyzed technical integration of PLS onto expendable launch systems (NLS). I analyzed and simulated Space Shuttle ground processing to establish the integrated system flight rate capabilities as a function of facility sizing and utilization (or vice-versa).
NASP (X-30) – I created new risk management techniques (I invented the Risk Waterfall diagram) and developed risk mitigation plans for all of NASP’s many technical challenges.
Space Shuttle (Orbiter Project Office) – Vehicle Project Manager of all Rockwell engineering and manufacturing support to Columbia’s flight operations and verification of flight-ready status. I managed conversion of Columbia from flight test to operational configuration. As Propulsion & Power Project Engineer, I managed all hardware modifications to the Shuttle fleet for propulsion and power generation subsystems for STS-1 and the Orbital Flight Tests.
Space Shuttle (Aerosciences) – I developed TCS designs for Space Shuttle propulsion and power subsystems (APU, OMS/RCS). I invented the “dual radiation plane” method of analyzing heat loss from rocket engines. I personally inspected TCS installations on all Orbiter fluid lines to clear manufacturing defects before STS-1, preparing and teaching the certification courses for installation and inspection of all Space Shuttle Orbiter thermal control equipment to all KSC technicians and inspectors.
– (4 years)Anaheim, California
Engineering manager for production of ultra-high performance inertial navigation systems (aircraft and submarines) – included the DMINS and ESGN line of IMUs. Implemented improvements in reliability and repair techniques that improved performance. Completed the first USAF software audit per MIL-STD-2167 with no deficiencies (amazing the auditors!). Successfully managed 100 contracts with 1,000 subaccounts — all within 1% of CV.