A former astronaut and space shuttle program executive has been named president of AlliedSignal Technical Services Corp. in Columbia, the company said yesterday.
James C. Adamson will take over early next month at ATSC, which employs about 1,800 people in Maryland and oversees most spacecraft ground and flight control at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Worldwide, the company employs more than 5,500 people in space-related engineering services for the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Adamson will leave a position as chief operating officer of United Space Alliance, which is a limited liability company owned by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. that oversees manned spaceflight programs for NASA.
A retired Army colonel and West Point graduate, Adamson was a shuttle astronaut and logged 334 hours in orbit on two missions.
He earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and was president of Lockheed Engineering and Science Co. at the time of the parent corporation's merger with Martin Marietta Corp. in 1995.
His background means Adamson is familiar with ATSC's industry and services on many levels -- "as a contractor, customer and even as an astronaut end-user," said Jim Taiclet, president of AlliedSignal Aerospace Services.
ATSC is a business unit of AlliedSignal Aerospace Services, which in turn is a $7.5 billion division of the parent company.
Adamson replaces Ivan Stern, who retired as president of ATSC over the summer.
Pub Date: 9/21/99