Ken Schwer, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) Manager, has worked at Goddard Space Flight Center for 21 years in a wide variety of technical and management positions. Schwer started his NASA career as an electrical systems engineer and Carrier Manager for the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS) deployment mission and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) 1st Servicing Mission.
Schwer has also served as the Observatory Manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), Observatory & GSFC Mission Manager for the Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT), and Project Manager for the Quick Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (QuikTOMS), Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL), pathfinder (NEXUS), Next Generation Space Telescope (now the James Webb Space Telescope) and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission.
He has supported numerous missions from inception through launch, often working with other agencies and research institutions. He has been instrumental in requirement formulation & procurements; early mission operations; and mid-stream mission transitions.
In his free time, Schwer enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating and other activities involving life on the water, and attending sporting events including lacrosse, and the Baltimore Ravens & Navy football games. He also likes to stay fit and ran in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon with Dean Pappas.
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