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Ed Blalock, President & Managing Member

Clayton E. Blalock is a 1979 graduate of the University of Central Florida, with a B.A. in Education.  Ed taught public school until 1983, in Brevard County, Florida.

In 1983, he began his career at Kennedy Space Center as a propellants mechanic for Boeing Aerospace Operations, at Space Shuttle Launch Pad 39B, validating, and testing ground support fluid systems. When Pad B went operational in 1985, he went to work as a Space Shuttle Technician for Lockheed Space Operations Company.

After the Challenger accident in 1986, Ed spent two years as a technical instructor again for Lockheed, developing and teaching courses in Cryogenic and High-pressure Gas Safety, Shuttle External Tank Mechanical/Propulsion Systems, Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Hydrogen Storage Systems Familiarization, Fuel Cell Servicing System Familiarization, Red Crew Training, and Certification Training for Self-Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensembles (SCAPE).

For the past 26 years, he has been intimately involved with cryogenic propellants at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. His extensive and varied experience has put him in a unique position to see the enormous market potential for the use of cryogenic liquid air.

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

James England, Member & Chief Engineer

Since graduating in 1965 from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, James England has been employed with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center until his retirement in July, 2006. early in his career from 1965 -1976, he worked in the operations side of the launch as high-pressure pneumatic systems engineer and then as engineer in the Mechanical and Propulsion Branch for the SII stage of the Saturn V vehicle in support of the Apollo Lunar Program.

In 1976 he was transferred to the Design Directorate and was responsible for the design of the hydraulic GSE for the Orbiter and SRB Shuttle Systems. While in this capacity he was also given assignments in dealing with other fluid systems in high-pressure gases, cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen, and thermal conditioning systems as well as his hydraulic systems design. In 1991 he was promoted to Section Chief for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Design until it was combined in 1997 with the Propellants and Life Support Systems Design to form the Fluids and Propellants Office. Here he was the Lead of the Fluids Group within that office.

Until his retirement in 2006, he was responsible for the design efforts of various engineers working to develop designs for fluids and propellant systems including hydraulic, hypergolic, thermal systems, high-pressure pneumatics, compressed air, life support systems, cryogenics, vacuum chambers, and propellant systems and interfaces. 

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Donald F. Doerr, CEO, Liquid Air Breathing Technology, Inc.

Until his retirement In 2012, Donald F. Doerr served as the Chief Biomedical Engineer at KSC, a position that involved the responsibility for the preflight checkout and certification of the Space Shuttle Biomedical Instrumentation System.  He also assured the provision of emergency medical and communications, equipment, and medical evacuation helicopters and ambulances to affect flight crew rescue.  In the current KSC organization, he was also the laboratory lead for the Biomedical Laboratory and acted when required as the division chief for the Medical and Environmental Management division.  His personal research interests have been concentrated in the area of design, development, testing, and certification of unique forms of Personal Protective Equipment used at KSC to protect workers from toxic and other gaseous hazards involved in the processing of spacecraft.  This protective equipment includes both self contained breathing apparatus and whole body suits with state-of-the- art respiratory support systems reliant upon the use of both cryogenic liquid and super-critical air spplies.  He has authored papers and reports in this area and has also co-authored numerous papers on the physiological effects of microgravity on humans.  Current efforts are directed in the area of acoustics in high noise operational environments as the space center, to include hearing protection and digital techniques in helicopters, suits, and armored vehicles. He was one of the principle investigators for the Carotid Baroreflex experiment on Spacelab flight D-2.

In 1968, Mr. Doerr received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University Of South Florida.  In 1971, after completing a tour of duty with the Navy as a line officer, he joined NASA.  Having served most recently as The Chief Of Staff, assigned to the Special Operations Command, he recently retired from the Navy Reserve achieving the grade of Captain.  His many off duty activities include diving, sailboat racing, and amateur radio.  Of course aviation is high on the list, where he is commercially rated in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, with additional instructor, multi-engine and instrument qualifications.  He is a fellow in aerospace medicine in the Aerospace Medical Association and has been designated as an honorary member of the Society Of NASA Flight Surgeons.  He received the NASA Exceptional Service Award in 1988 and the Silver Snoopy Award in 2003.