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Arcata Employees Recognized With Four Space Flight Awareness Awards

Four Arcata Associates employees were honored with NASA Space Flight Awareness Awards. From left to right: Lori Losey, Richard Batchelor, Richard Dykstra and Michael Webb.
Four Arcata Associates employees were honored with NASA Space Flight Awareness Awards. From left to right: Lori Losey, Richard Batchelor, Richard Dykstra and Michael Webb. (NASA Photo)

EDWARDS, Calif. − Arcata Associates employees − Richard Batchelor, Richard Dykstra, Lori Losey, and Michael Webb were recently honored by the agency's Space Flight Awareness Program for outstanding support of human space flight. They currently work on Arcata's Research Facilities and Engineering support Services (RF&ESS) contract at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

The program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight.

In recognition of such flight program contributions, Richard Batchelor, Richard Dykstra, Lori Losey traveled to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a tour of the center and to participate in activities in conjunction with the scheduled launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

Richard Batchelor, a field service engineer, was recognized for his many contributions to the space shuttle and International Space Station programs. He was a pioneer in the design and implementation of the ground VHF system currently used to provide a voice communications link between NASA and the International Space Station. During his tenure at Dryden, he has supported 90 shuttle missions as well as countless Mir Space Station, ISS & Soyuz orbits.

Richard Dykstra, a field service engineer, was recognized for his contributions to the shuttle program in supporting more than 125 shuttle missions. Dykstra primarily supports the radar systems at Dryden's Aeronautical Tracking Facility, consistently maintaining the level of expertise, perseverance and dedication required to give the customer the highest level of confidence in Dryden's ability to support space flight operations.

Michael Webb, a technician, was recognized for 21 years of contributions to the shuttle program covering more than 100 shuttle missions from Dryden's Aeronautical Tracking Facility. He currently supports radar and data processing systems operations and maintenance at the NASA site.

Lori Losey, a senior video producer/director, was recognized for her contributions in capturing and disseminating video of shuttle landings at Edwards Air Force Base. She has won numerous awards for producing and editing and has been involved with several aspects of documenting the Space Shuttle Program as a camera operator, television director, aerial videographer and producer/editor. Losey produced, shot and edited the X-38 flight test program documentary that was the first high definition video project initiated and completed at Dryden.

"Richard Batchelor, Richard Dykstra, Lori Losey and Michael Webb have each played a critical role in the operational success of the Space Shuttle Program. I congratulate them for receiving this great honor," said Tim Wong, Arcata President and CEO.

The Space Flight Awareness Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

Nine Arcata employees have received Space Flight Awareness Awards in the last eleven years.