International Space Station Robotics Mission Controller.
AND DATE: Born May 5, 1962, in Riverton, Wyoming.
Graduated from Marble Falls High School, Marble Falls, Texas in
1980; received a bachelor of science in Computer Science from Trinity
University, San Antonio, Texas in 1985; and a bachelor of arts in
History from Trinity University in 1989 with Texas Secondary Teaching
certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science and History; Masters
work at Texas A&M; University in College Station, Texas in Educational
Technology (not complete).
STATUS: Married to the former Vanessa K. Stringham, Boerne,
Erica, May 11, 1995.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
- Hang the Plaque
award, ISS 8A mission, April 2002.
- United Space
Alliance Superior Achievement Recognition Award (SARA), Teamwork,
- United Space
Alliance Employee of the Month, Teamwork, October 2002.
- JSC Group
Achievement Award, 8A Robotics Team, May 2002.
- JSC Certificate
of Appreciation (individual) for ISS 8A, May 2002.
- JSC Group
Achievement Award, SSRMS Anomaly Resolution Team, August 2001.
Directorate: Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division: Superior
Assistance Award, September 1999.
- United Space
Alliance Employee of the Month, Technical Achievement, March 1999.
Mr. Renfrew was a heavy equipment operator (in particular, cranes)
and foreman for Clearwater Construction, Inc and others for several
construction projects. Major projects included a dam near Georgetown,
Texas; a Hotel in Austin, Texas; The Congress Avenue bridge expansion
in Austin, Texas; a natural gas refinery near La Grange, Texas;
the HWY 71 Bridge across Lake Travis in Texas and several road
construction projects in San Antonio, Texas. In Mr. Renfrew’s
last construction project, he was Assistant Superintendent during
construction of the Naval Home Port near Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mr. Renfrew was a High School Mathematics, Computer Science, and
History classroom teacher at various schools in Texas.
Mr. Renfrew began work at the Johnson Space Center as a Mechanical and Robotics Systems Instructor. Mr. Renfrew was the second ever-certified
Increment Specific Robotics Instructor and worked with the Increment
Two crew who were the first ISS crew trained to operate the Space
Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). Increment Two saw delivery
of the SSRMS to Station, the activation, and initial checkout
of that arm. They also handled the first ever payload (the Station
Airlock) using the SSRMS. Mr. Renfrew’s duties as one of
their Robotics instructors included definition and execution of
the simulator lessons that trained the crew on the use of that
new Robotic System to perform those tasks.
Mr. Renfrew worked as an International Space Station Robotics
Officer (ROBO) performing flight planning and real time support
of Robotics Activities. Flight planning responsibilities include
designation as the ROBO flight lead for Missions ISS 8A and ISS
13A.1. Flight lead is responsible for planning and execution of
all Station Robotics activities during a docked Orbiter mission.
ISS 8A delivered the first truss element and the Mobile Transporter
(MT) to Station. Highlights of the mission included the Station
arm handling the largest payload (the S0 truss) to date, the first
ever EVA performed off of the Station arm and the first ever translation
of the MT. A failure of the Station arm just three weeks prior
to launch of the mission forced a complete redesign of the mission,
retraining of the crew and extensive modification/testing of Robotics
software. Mr. Renfrew led or was intimately involved in all of
those activities for which he received several recognition awards
post flight. The mission launched on time. ISS 13A.1 will deliver
the S5 truss element to Station and will launch sometime in 2005.
Mr. Renfrew has also certified as a Payload Deployment and Retrieval
System (PDRS) Support officer. PDRS is the equivalent position
to ROBO for the Orbiter and the Support position is the first
certification in line towards becoming a PDRS front room flight
controller. Robotics is one of the very few Mission Controller
disciplines that can have current certifications in both the Station
and Shuttle programs.
Assignment Mr. Renfrew is an International Space Station Robotics
Officer (ROBO). For real time support, ROBO is located in the
ISS Flight Control Room (FCR) and is responsible for the ISS Robotics
system. Real time responsibilities include managing a team of
Robotics mission controllers located in the Robotics Multi-Purpose
Support Room (MPSR); commanding the Robotics system on the ISS;
monitoring and reacting to down-linked telemetry about the state
of the Robotics system; following and reacting to crew executed
procedures; trouble shooting system anomalies; being the Robotics
point of contact for the Station Flight Control Team (FCT) and
the point of contact for the engineering support provided by the
ISS Mission Evaluation Room (MER). Other non real time duties
include managing a team of Robotics Mission Controllers in creation
and verification of procedures to satisfy Station program objectives
such as Station assembly, Extravehicular Activity (EVA) support,
Station surveys or crew proficiency.
Gerstenmaier (ISS Program Manager)
Mr. Gerstenmaier is responsible for the overall management, development,
integration, and operation of the International Space Station (ISS).
Thomas (Astronaut Presenter)
Mr. Thomas is the ISS Program Scientist for the ISS Program Office
at Johnson Space Center.