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Mr. John Garvey

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Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
389 Haines Avenue
Long Beach , California 90814
United States

Company Description: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC) is a small aerospace R&D company that focuses on the development of advanced space technologies and launch vehicle systems. Our...   more

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After a crew led by Garvey ..., 20 June 2013 [cached]
After a crew led by Garvey Spacecraft CEO John Garvey rendered the Prospector safe, the rocket was brought by tractor to the Friends of Amateur Rocketry's main building for examination.
Since 2001, GSC has partnered ..., 25 Oct 2007 [cached]
Since 2001, GSC has partnered with CSULB to research and develop launch-vehicle technology and give students hands-on engineering experience, according to Long Beach resident and GSC founder John Garvey.They call their efforts the "California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative" or CALVEIN.They build and develop rockets at CSULB's Aerospace Systems Integration Lab, then typically launch the rockets out in the Mojave Desert, Garvey explained.
GSC regularly has contracts to build and launch rockets for the U.S. Air Force and the California Space Authority, he said.
The tests Garvey and the students conducted on Oct. 12 at Marine Stadium involved loading a full-scale rocket mockup , the students built it out of scavenged car parts , into the water, attaching it to a lifeguard boat and making several observations.They studied its buoyancy, evaluated how best to attach it to the boat and figured out the best way to pull it out of the water, among other things, Garvey said.
The tests are aimed at helping the CALVEIN team better plan for rocket recovery efforts.Rockets that are launched out in the desert fall back down to the ground on parachutes and are then removed, Garvey said.But rockets launched out over the ocean are either pulled out of the water, or simply left to sink to the bottom (the most common practice), he said.
Last year, the CALVEIN team launched a rocket off San Nicolas Island (one of California's Channel Islands) for the Air Force, but it was an expendable launch, meaning the team did not recover the rocket afterwards.Now, the team is planning to launch the Prospector 9 rocket off the same island in February 2008 (again, for the Air Force) and then recover it, Garvey said.
The rockets that CALVEIN launches can be up to 25 feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide , the Prospector 9 will be roughly 22 feet long , and are powered by liquid rocket propellants, according to Garvey.Liquid rocket propellants are safer, he said, because the rockets can remain empty until they're loaded up for the launch.
"We do a lot of things to make sure they're safe," he said, "especially since we're working with students."
Roughly 10-15 CSULB students are on the CALVEIN team, working about 20 hours a week on projects, Garvey said.
The next tests the CALVEIN team plans to conduct will take place within a month out on the harbor (inside the breakwater).Those tests will focus on actually removing the rocket mockup from the water and loading it onto a boat in the harbor, Garvey said.
Later, the team also plans to do some tests either in the open ocean outside the breakwater, or off Port Hueneme in Oxnard (with the help of the U.S. Navy), he added.
Cabrillo, CAMS Explore Rocket Science, 23 May 2013 [cached]
Late last year, a project arose with NASA that enabled GSC to expand its interaction with LBUSD, said GSC founder John Garvey.
Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, 26 Nov 2005 [cached]
John M. Garvey, GSC CEO/ President - Experience
John Garvey has directed the entire series of Kimbo and Prospector vehicle development and test activities, as well as the company's commercially contracted engineering services business.Major achievements while running GSC have included the first flight test of a composite cryogenic tank for liquid oxygen, first powered flight tests of a liquid-propellant aerospike engine and sixteen flight tests overall involving thirteen vehicles.
Prior to his full-time engagement as GSC CEO in January 2000, Mr. Garvey spent fourteen years as an engineer and manager at McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) in Huntington Beach, California.Relevant experiences include assignments as the field-site flight engineer for the DC-XA prototype RLV at White Sands Missile Range, senior manager for avionics systems integration on the Delta III launch vehicle and senior manager for telemetry, tracking & command on the EELV / Delta IV program.Mr. Garvey also spent a year at RCA Astro Electronics (now part of Lockheed Martin) in Hightstown, NJ, where he was involved in the manufacture of commercial satellites.His education includes an A.B. in economics, Magna cum Laude from Harvard University (1982) and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University (1986).
"The combination of the Russian rover chassis with western avionics is an excellent example of the benefits that are possible from international cooperation," said John Garvey, project manager for the McDonnell Douglas team that is sponsoring the use of the Russian chassis for the activities in Hawaii.
"The rover takes advantage of new technologies from other programs like last year's Clementine mission to the Moon and NASA's upcoming Mars Pathfinder," he added.
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