Finding Aid for the Samuel H. Nassiff Papers, 1924-1990 (#2007-0005)

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2007
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University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives
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Samuel Nassiff joined the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1963. There, he worked in the Simulation Branch, Flight Crew Operations Directorate, where he developed a Gemini reentry simulator with six-degrees-of-freedom and trained the first two classes of astronauts. In 1964, he was named Head of the Simulation Dynamics Section. Nassif continued in the Simulation Requirements and Design office through 1973. Between 1974-1975, Sam worked in the Spacecraft Design Division of the Payload Integration Office determining requirements and conducting studies for the design of the Shuttle aft crew station. In 1975 he moved into the Engineering & Development Directorate, Systems Design Office as a Technical Manager developing a Manned Remote Work Station (MRWS) and Open Cherry Picker Development Test Article. In 1979 he moved to the Program Development Office, also in the Engineering & Development Directorate. From 1982-1985 he worked in the Systems Engineering Division as Technical Manager for the Space Station. From 1985-1987 he worked as Technical Assistant to the Manager of the International and External Affairs Office in the Space Station Program Office, where they formulated plans and schedules relative to international projects for implementation in the Space Station Program. Samuel Nassiff retired from NASA Johnson Space Center in 1987. He went on to work for Eagle Engineering, Inc., where he participated in the preparation of the MDAC proposal for the Space Station Program in the area of SE&I; managed a study for an international space contractor to develop requirements and designs for an Astronaut Training Facility; and designed an Earth Orbiting Transportation Node for a NASA contracted study in the area of advanced space craft design. This collection represents the material Samuel Nassiff gathered for his personal files outside of his work papers, which were donated to the official NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection. The collection includes his work with Eagle Engineering, Inc. as an associate responsible for a NASDA Crew Training Facility Study, and a Systems Engineering and Integration proposal for MDAC. Papers also reflect his employment with General Dynamics (Convair) in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1956-1963. The remainder are personal papers including his personnel file, resumes, a biographical letter, personal correspondence, and other historical information he collected during his employment at NASA Johnson Space Center.

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