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Charles L. Wagner, P.E.
VP of Program Planning & Execution
Charles Wagner (Chuck), a Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensed by the State of Florida, has 30 years of experience supporting the design, fabrication, assembly, integration, test, and operation of space vehicles and ground systems for companies such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Space Alliance (USA), Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and Moon Express.
Chuck received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1988 and a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Houston in 2005. In 1988 he joined General Dynamics Space Systems Division as a structural design engineer for the Atlas launch vehicle program. As a senior launch systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Division, he supported the Titan IV program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), providing oversight of Centaur Upper Stage transportation and lifts, installation and test of flight components, and payload integration. Applying this launch site experience, Chuck joined the Boeing Sea Launch team as the range operations lead engineer where he was responsible for the design, manufacturing, and activation of radar, tracking, and video systems. In 2001, Chuck supported the Space Shuttle Program for USA, leading the capture of systems engineering and integration projects and serving as a deputy team lead for the Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade (CAU). On the CAV project he managed the deployment of “first of a kind” hardware into the field and developed installation procedures, non-conformance documentation, and configuration management tools.
From 2006-2014, Chuck served as the Vehicle and Payload Integration Manager for SpaceX, leading the development of spacecraft integration processes, ground support equipment, and the design and construction of two multi-million-dollar integration facilities. He played an integral role in establishing the launch site safety program and FAA licensing for SpaceX by supporting the tailoring of Air Force Space Command Manual (AFSPCMAN) 91-710,
Volumes 3, 5 & 6 and leading the development of the Ground Operations Plan (GOP), launch vehicle and payload integration procedures, Facility Safety Data Packages (FSDP) for LC-40 integration facilities, and Missile Systems Pre-Launch Safety Package (MSPSP), Volume 2 for LC-40 ground systems.
In 2014, Chuck joined Moon Express as the Assembly, Test, & Launch Operations Principal Engineer to lead the development of a test plan, procedures and other mandatory safety documentation for MTV-1X testing at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). As the VP of Programs for ILS, Chuck oversees the program planning and execution of all commercial, federal/civil, and defense contracts to ensure technical excellence, consistency, continuity, and customer satisfaction. He also continues to serve as the lead technical advisor for space systems engineering, systems safety, operational safety, range operations, and payload integration.
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