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   Douglas Petercsak
   Chief Staff Engineer
Starsys Research
Camarillo, California
United States Of America
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High School: Edison High School, Edison,  NJ
Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Background Information
Douglas Petercsak received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1987. While attending UT he worked as a cooperative engineering student for RCA/GE Astro Aerospace in Princeton New Jersey and then went on to work for GE for three years after he graduated. During his time at GE he designed spacecraft mechanisms for various commercial, military and scientific missions including the solar panel deployment system for the Mars Observer spacecraft. In 1990 he moved to California and continued to work on the spacecraft mechanisms field. In 1993 he and a partner founded the American Technology Consortium (ATC) which became a supplier of critical spacecraft actuation mechanisms for many prime contractors including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ATC was acquired by Starsys Research of Boulder, Colorado in January of 2000 and Douglas now works as a consultant to Starsys Research from his home in Camarillo, California. He is also the owner and president of Componetics, a supplier of high reliability motor windings for aerospace applications. Douglas Petercsak specializes in the design of electromechanical actuators, gimbals, solar array drives, deployment mechanisms and gearboxes for spaceflight applications.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section Mechanical Design Engineering consultant to JPL responsible for the design analysis of the Mars Exploration Rover suspension gearbox and differential. Lead Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the planetary gearboxes for the; High Gain Antenna, IDD Azimuth and Elevation, IDD Elbow, IDD Turret, IDD Wrist, Rock Abrasion Tool Revolve, Rock Abrasion Tool Z-Axis, Rocker, Solar Array, Wheels and Steering. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section I have been very fortunate to be given the design responsibility for many different and exciting projects. I was responsible for the mechanical design and analysis of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission deployment actuators which deployed the largest deployable structure ever to fly in space. [more personal reflections ...]