Meet: Tracy Gill
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Experiment Processing Lead Engineer
Working at the at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Payload Operations Control Center (POCC)
during the flight of the STS-94 mission
Who I Am
Hello, my name is Tracy Gill. I work for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.
Specifically, I work in the Experiment Integration area of Space Shuttle
What I Do
In Experiment Integration, we ready for launch experiment hardware from
other NASA space centers, from universities around the country, and from
foreign sponsors such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japanese
Space Agency (NASDA), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the German Space
Agency (DARA) to name a few. We install the experiment hardware we receive
in or on a standard carrier so that it can fly somewhere in the space
The function of the Experiment Integration team is to install the hardware
and then test all the power, video, cooling, and data interfaces, so that
we know the experiment will work successfully once the mission begins.
Our Work Begins Before Launch
Our work begins anywhere from a year before launch to only a few days
depending on the size and the complexity of the payload. I have been working
mainly on what we call Spacelab module missions in my time at NASA. The
Microgravity Science Laboratory is the second to last of the currently
scheduled Spacelab module missions. Once the International Space Station
(ISS) is operational, the type of work done in Spacelab can be done for
a longer period and more efficiently on the ISS.
My Career Journey
I have been working here since January of 1990 after I graduated from
the University of Florida (UF) with a bachelor's of science degree in
electrical engineering. Go Gators! I knew when I was in school at UF that
I wanted to work for NASA because I've always been a big fan of the space
program. And it all worked out for me.
Likes About Career
I have been very fortunate to be able to work in Experiment Integration
where I have been able to gain a lot of valuable experience doing "hands-on"
work on flight hardware and working with people from all over the United
States and the world.
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