Resume

ALLAN J. MCDONALD

Aerospace Consultant & Author
1745 – 28th Street
Ogden, UT 84403
PH. (801) 399-4022
allanjmcdonald@comcast.net

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics (1959–1963)

  • Personally responsible for the design and initial flight evaluation of the Stage I Minuteman ICBM external insulation design for the first underground silo hot-launched ballistic missile
  • First person to analytically model chemical erosion of carbon materials in SRM combustion gases

SRM TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT

Chief Project Engineer for Controllable Solid Rocket Motor R&D (1963–1976)

  • First and only successful demonstration of permanent sea level extinguishment of a pintle controlled thrust modulated solid rocket motor with no purge or quench system – 1966

Successful demonstration of a large dual chamber controllable solid (DCCS) – 1968

  • Most successful on-off cycles ever demonstrated for an SRM – 41 pulses
  • Largest DCCS ever tested – approximately 3000 lbm
  • Longest continuous burning duration ever of a solid propellant – 15 minutes (900 sec)

SOLID PROPELLANT FORMULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Manager, Propellant Development Department (1976–1979)

  • Automobile air bag propellant R&D
  • Directed successful development and production of the highest energy and density operational Class 1.3 solid propellant in use in the world today – U.S. Navy MK -104 Standard Missile booster
  • As principal investigator, directed the R&D of a Class 1.1 high strain low deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) high energy nitrate ester plasticized polyethylene glycol alternate propellant for the Trident I C-4 missile
  • This work contributed to the eventual development of high energy “tough” Class 1.1 propellants for the U.S. Navy Trident II (D-5) and U.S. Air Force SICBM Programs

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

Manager, Project Engineering Division (1979–1984)

  • Automobile air bag system R&D
  • Trapped ball TVC nozzle and Kevlar case R&D
  • AFRL Radar/IR/LWIR warhead masking pyrotechnics  and improved performance space motor (IPSM-II) – demonstrated highest delivered SRM specific impulse with an extendible exit cone
  • Project Engineering Management
  • Strategic Missiles – USAF Minuteman III and Peacekeeper, U.S. Navy Trident I (C-4) and Trident II (D-5)
  • Tactical Missiles – U. S. Navy HARM and Standard Missile MK-104 booster
  • Sounding Rockets & Space Motors – Malemute and PAM D-II

NASA SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM

Director, Space Shuttle SRM Project (1984–1986)

  • Directed development of the Filament Wound Case SRM for the U.S. Air Force Shuttle launches from Vandenberg AFB
  • Chairman, Senior Materials Review Board for the SRM
  • Alternated with VP Space Booster Programs as senior management official at KSC in support of Shuttle launches
  • Attempted to prevent Challenger launch on 28 Jan. 1986

Director, SRM Verification Task Force (1986–1987)

  • Responsible for establishing new specification requirements, redesign approach, defining test program and recertification activities for redesigned SRM (RSRM)

Vice President of Engineering, Space Operations (1987-1989)

  • Management responsibility for detailed design, test, analysis, flight certification, and flight readiness of the first three instrumented Shuttle flights with the RSRM

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

VP, Advanced Technology and Technical Director (1989 – 2001)

  • Improved automobile air bag propellants for Autoliv Inc.
  • CNG storage and fuel sensor development for automobiles
  • Hybrid rocket booster demonstration for NASA
  • Space launch motor development – Castor 120, Castor 4A, Castor 4AXL, and SRB-A graphite case for Japanese H-IIA
  • Improved pyrotechnics and explosives for the U.S. Army
  • Environmental impact assessment of rocket launches
  • Technology development for improving composite cases, insulation, Class 1.3 high energy propellants, and thrust vector control nozzles for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology Program (IHPRPT)
  • Chairman, Technical Review Board

BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA – MARCH 2009

Book Theme: 

While the underlying content surrounds “rocket science,” it’s a story that chronicles the events, activities, and decisions surrounding a major historical event in U.S. history.  The book contains information about:

  • Politics
  • Whistle-blowing and retribution
  • Space science history
  • Tragedy
  • Colossal failures
  • Values, professional ethics, and integrity
  • Bureaucratic cover-up
  • Perseverance and dedication
  • Recovery and rewards
  • Lessons learned but forgotten

EDUCATION

Associate Degree/Pre-Engineering – 1957
Montana State University – Billings

BS/Chemical Engineering – 1959
Montana State University in Bozeman

MS/Engineering Administration – 1967
University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Honorary Doctor of Engineering – 1986
Montana State University in Bozeman