Joe Vellinga has been the Lockheed Martin Program
Manager for Stardust since the proposal in 1994.
Since launch Stardust has been a part time activity
with Mission Success for all the LM Space Exploration
Systems spacecraft engaging most of his time.
Prior to Stardust he delivered the Faint Object
Spectrograph to the Hubble Space Telescope and
preformed studies of weather satellite instruments
and earth observing imaging spectrometers. In
1991 he demonstrated that the Manned Maneuvering
Units flown in 1984 were still flight worthy.
He studied space based lasers for the USAF and
integrated payloads into a USAF research satellite.
He integrated instruments into the Skylab program
from inception through the three manned missions.
He helped in the early development of small radiation
cooled rocket motors including those flown on
the Apollo Service Module and the Lunar Excursion
Mr. Vellinga received a B.S. degree in Engineering
from UCLA in 1961. He completed the Defense Systems
Management College Program ManagerUs course in
1985. He received the NASA Public Service Medal
for Leadership of the Stardust Development Team.
February 10, 2005