Doctor of Science in Computer Sciences and Systems,
Southeastern Institute of Technology, Huntsville, Alabama; September
Employed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland, and
charged with the responsibility of statistical sampling and analysis of
United States Army Stockpiles of 105mm Howitzer ammunition which are
located in various parts of the country. Had responsibility of selecting the samples, the logistics
related to transportation of samples to the particular testing ground
(Yuma, Arizona, Dugway, Utah, Madison, Indiana, Aberdeen, Maryland). Coordinated the inspection of samples by various inspectors,
managed all operations relative to performance of the test and recording
of the velocity data from each round fired. Performed the resulting statistical analysis and wrote report
providing an identification of ammunition lots by failure rate as well
as the description of other performance parameters.
The 105mm Howitzer round weighs 33 pounds and according to
the Encyclopedia Britannica, holds the record of being fired more than
any other artillery round in World War II. To my knowledge, I was the only person that had this
responsibility at that time.
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1963 Purchased first guitar. For you guitar enthusiast it was a Silvertone
Model 1448 that incorporated the Amplifier in the guitar case purchased
Became interested in the “man on the moon” project and
began employment with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and joined
the Trajectory Section (Click
Here) . Had
the responsibility of optimizing the trajectory for flight of the Saturn
V moon rocket (Click Here) through its first 100 miles into what
was called then a parking orbit. (Click
perhaps recalled from memory of TV viewing of the various lift-offs,
as the rocket lifted off from its launch pad, it appeared to tilt over
in a certain direction as opposed to direct vertical flight. (Click
Here) Specifically, my responsibility was the generation of the polynomial equations that determined the amount of vehicle tilt that would minimize what is referred to as the Angle of Attack to ensure the safe passage of the vehicle through what is termed the regime of Maximum Dynamic Pressure.
The mathematical technique termed "Runge-Kutta" was employed using an SDS 930 computer (Click Here)
For members of the Trajectory Section at the Marshall Space
Flight Center during all Saturn V Rocket launches (Click
Here for reunion picture 2007). From left to right
Walter Witty, Bobby Brothers, Gerald Wittenstein, Jerry Weiler,
Von Burton. Not pictured the late Pamela Pack.
second guitar; a Gibson model 335, semi - hollow body, maple,separate
tone controls and two way switch. (Click Here)
1969 Purchased second Gibson Model 335 same as 1966, except Walnut instead of Maple.
Following the lunar landing, joined the Preliminary
Design Office of Marshall Space Flight Center and became
engaged in the planning of future advanced space vehicles,
satellites and payloads. Performed
the mission operations analysis on all payloads that passed
through Marshall Space Flight Center. One satellite was the
High Energy Astronomical Observatory (HEAO)
(Click Here) which later mapped the entire galaxy for stars
that emit X-rays. Wrote
report on the percentage of area of the galaxy covered each day based
on a given scan rate. The
agency accepted and adopted this 6 month calculation and the HEAO program
moved forward. (Click
here for analysis)
Other projects included a project entitled Large Space
Telescope (LST) which was later named the Hubble
Telescope and which,
when launched in 1991, was the world’s most sophisticated telescope
since Galileo made the first telescope in 1607.
Before the Hubble Telescope was an approved
program, the early years were spent in selling the idea to Congress,
to the astronomical community (many of whom were skeptical),
and coming up with a preliminary design.
To sell the idea and
need for an instrument such as the Hubble, The Marshall Space
Flight Center formed a "Traveling Team" to
visit the various observatories around the country to promote the
Hubble Telecopes advantages.
I (click here) was a member of this
team and presented a proposed operational on orbit timeline for
the Hubble. Dave Shultz, Garvin Emanual, John Butler and Clay Hamilton
discussed other areas of specialized interest. This photo was taken
at the Kitt Peak Observatory in the area of Tuson Arizona around
1973. I think the previous night that we slept in our clothes as
the host astronomer did not wish to sacrifice any time using the
Kitt Peak (click here)
telescope and there were no motels on the mountain wherein the
telescope was located. Two hours prior we departed Chicago following
a briefing to the astronomers at the Yerkes Observatory (click
here) in in freezing ice and snow and landed in Tuscon which
was sunny and above 90 degrees.
4, 1972 Group
Achievement Award (Center Award)
Performance of duty and outstanding teamwork during the period July 1,
1970 to November 30, 1971. Your
untiring devotion to duty and extra efforts displayed in the Modular
Space Station study have been a great asset to Program Development and
the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.”
30, 1975 Group Achievement Award (Center Award)
Performance of duty and outstanding teamwork during the period November
31, 1973 to December 31, 1974.
Your Outstanding Contributions and Leadership in the Phase A
Study of Atmospheric, Magnetospheric and Plasmas in Space Payloads have
been a great asset to the Program Development and the George C. Marshall
Space Flight Center.”
Selected to attend
for a period of one year NASA Headquarters’ Career Development
Program as a member of the Advanced
Projects Office. Primarily
involved in developing briefing packages for the initiation of various
new projects to various congressional committees.
Also heavily involved in developing the payload requirements for
what was then referred to as a Space Platform and a new family of launch
vehicles under the direction and tutorage of Captain Robert F. Freitag,
( U.S. Navy Retired) (Click
here) termed Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles and John Disher (Click
activities were in support of NASA’s long range planning
- Participated in NASA Headquarters coordination of Skylab Re entry.(
- Shared office space with Jesco Von Puttkamer.(Click
Served as Assistant to the Director, Administration and
Program Support Directorate (600 Civil Servants and 700 contractor
personnel). This Position involved management of the infrastructure at
the Marshall Space Flight Center consisting of the offices of
procurement, computer services, telecommunications, plans and
analysis, technology utilization, property management and
facilities.(Click here for organizational
Responsible for the transmission and data reduction of data
generated by payloads that fly on the Space Shuttle. Data were received either from tape recorders removed
from the shuttle upon landing and flown to Huntsville by private
aircraft or by direct downlink to tracking stations during shuttle
flights. Established and implemented real-time telemetry
capability at the Marshall Space Flight Center for payloads that fly
aboard the Space Shuttle.
Among these were the Solar Array Flight Experiment. (Click
and Athens State University
teaching and the promotion of academic excellence while serving as
adjunct professor for the Division of Business Administration”.
1980 Developed considerable interest in vintage guitars produced by Fender and for many years played the Fender Telecaster model as well as the Fender Stratocaster models.
innovative and technical contributions in the origination of Space lab
payloads concepts and the successful accomplishment of extensive
preliminary design and definition efforts in the establishment of the Space lab
1984 - June 1986
1985 (Agency Award)
demonstrated technical and management leadership in the resolution of
the ISU-1 anomaly exhibited in the development of a very complex
fault isolation matrix and ground test programs and analyses to support
upon last year’s performance appraisal of highly successful rating,
employee’s performance has continued to be at a highly successful
level and is expected to continue in the future.”
Von L. Burton, a 23 year veteran of the Marshall Space Flight Center,
is responsible for the reduction of data generated by payloads that
fly onboard the space shuttle. In addition he is an adjunct professor
of statistics at Athens State College, Alabama, where he received
an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1982.
Burton's work experience has involved such projects as: optimizing
the flight trajectory of the Saturn V moon rocket; planning advanced
space vehicles, satellites and payloads; performing mission operations
analysis on payloads; and developing payload requirements for a space
Recognized by NASA with two Outstanding Achievement Awards and a
Sustained Superior Performance Award. Burton received a Space Concept
Development Team Award for his initial conceptual creations in the
origination of Spacelab and an IUS Failure Investigation and Anomaly
Recovery Team Award.
Burton holds a B.A. in mathematics from Morehouse College, Atlanta,
Georgia; an M.B.A. from Alabama A&M University, Huntsville; and a
D. Sc. in computer sciences and systems, specializing in data communications
from Southeastern Institute of Technology, Huntsville, Alabama.
Retired from NASA, continues as Professor, Athens State
University, Athens, Alabama.
1995 Purchased Gibson model ES -345 which is the B.B.King "Lucille" Model. This guitar has stereo windings and a maple neck which gives me for a brighter attack. It has the same architecture design however it does not contain the "f" holes. Guitar enthusiast will quickly recognize that the absence of "f" holed solved a problem of amplifier feed back.In 1995, I purchased this guitar for $999.99 and in 2006
the price has increased to $2695.00. Yes it is worth the price
for the Right Mood" using the B.B King "Lucille Model" (Click
here to listen).
I recorded this CD as a hobby and in 2010
it ranked number 8 on the chart. It is all instrumental and no
vocals. (Click Here)
CD "Moody Weather" using
a Gibson Model 335 but not released until 2013 (Click
here to listen).