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ULA | Atlas V & Delta IV

Combined Control Unit (CCU) Test System

After participating on the technical proposals for the Combined Control Unit (CCU), and then troubleshooting CCU's and other Atlas/Delta avionics, ULA funded additional 7-bay test racks built to increase production rates to support a faster launch cadence.

The challenges were legion.  Most of the IP walked out the door in a few engineer's heads, right after a Test Engineer exodus.  Documentation was either non-existent, or in conflict with itself or the prior hardware builds.  Verification methods were not defined.  Each existing test stand was a unicorn.

The assignment was to take over as Project Manager, build and train a new team, reverse engineer an operational stand to make proper documentation, develop documented verification methods, and complete the new build.

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