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FORMER NASA DIRECTOR SMITH JOINS EER SYSTEMS

 VIENNA, Va., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- EER Systems announced today that former NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Richard (Dick) G. Smith had joined the company as group director for aerospace technologies in their Technical Services Group located in Huntsville, Ala.
 Smith served as KSC director from 1979 to 1986. His overall management responsibilities for that critical launch facility included institutional operations, launch facility design and development, as well as pre-launch, launch, and recovery operations for the space shuttle.
 Frank Bettinger, EER's Technical Services Group vice president, said: "Dick has a distinguished record of accomplishments in his over 40 years of service to America's space program. He started out here in Huntsville, and we're extremely pleased to have him back. His breath of experience is an outstanding asset to the entire EER Systems team."
 Smith began a career with NASA as a launch vehicle design engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center. Over the next 25 years, he moved through a series of positions of increasing responsibility including Saturn program manager. He was appointed deputy director of Marshall Space Flight Center in 1975.
 In 1978, he served at NASA headquarters as the deputy associate administrator, Space Transportation Systems, the second in command for the planning and evaluation of space shuttle program activities. During this time he was also NASA's principal authority and spokesman during the period of extreme national and international interest and concern over the re-entry of Skylab into the earth's atmosphere.
 For the past several years, Smith has served major aerospace companies as a management consultant. He is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council, Space Systems, and Technology Advisory Committee.
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