Kenneth Hibbard Print


  240-228-1458

  Kenneth.Hibbard@jhuapl.edu

: SES

:   Dragonfly Mission/Project Systems Engineer

:  Planetary, Heliophysics

  ACE, DART, Dragonfly, Europa Clipper, MESSENGER, New Horizons, SOHO

 
Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Master of Science Systems Engineering & Technical Management 2009 Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering 1996 The Pennsylvania State University

An experienced project systems engineer and proven leader, who contributes to exploration of the solar system and safeguarding of America. I have an extensive background (>24 years) in the full life-cycle of space mission development and implementation; served as a mission systems engineer (MSE), as well as operations teams’ technical lead and deputy manager. Managed contract task orders, including personnel, resources, and costs. Provided services include technical oversight, anomaly resolution, customer interface, structured and on-the-job training, and proposal management and writing. I also have technical expertise with nuclear power, as well as entry, descent, and landing (EDL) systems and technologies.

Currently working as the Dragonfly Mission Systems Engineer. In the past I served as the Space Systems Engineering (SAS) Group Supervisor and as the Deputy New Programs Development Manager for Civil Space, where I supported Space Sector strategic planning, mission implementation, and general management.

I have been involved with the development, integration, testing, launch, and orbit operations of multiple flight projects including the ACE, SOHO, Swift, and MESSENGER. Previous positions include serving as the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) concept study MSE, Space-Layer Experiment (SLX) MSE, Deputy MSE for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, as well as DMSE for Implementation for the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS).

 
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Start Year End Year Description
2016 Current The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Principal Professional Staff. Mission/Project Systems Engineer. Technical Lead for NASA’s Dragonfly New Frontiers Mission.
2016 2019 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Principal Professional Staff. Group Supervisor, Space Systems Engineering Group. Provided functional discipline and line management oversight of ~50 systems engineers. This group provides mission, spacecraft, fault management, risk/reliability, and requirements engineers to APL Space programs. Also served as a systems engineer, providing engineering leadership on numerous programs, proposals, and critical R&D efforts.
2014 2019 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Acting Deputy Program Development Manager for Civil Space. Responsibilities included management of sponsor engagement, advanced concepts development, B&P activities, and IR&D technology infusion into the formulation of future programs including instruments, spacecraft, and NASA missions. Supported Space Sector strategic planning, mission implementation, and general management.
2011 2016 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Assistant Group Supervisor, Space Systems Engineering Group. Assist with the functional discipline and line management oversight of ~50 systems engineers. This group provides mission, spacecraft, fault management, risk, and requirements engineers to all APL Space Department programs.
2008 2011 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Senior Systems Engineer, Space Systems Engineering Group. Lead the definition of end-to-end requirements and the design, development, fabrication, integration and delivery of spacecraft and space systems that meet government and/or commercial requirements. Provided sponsor technical interface. Contributed significantly to the management, monitoring and achievement of schedules, system budgets and resource budgets.
2006 2008 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Deputy Mission Operations Manager. Operations lead for the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission.
2005 2008 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Assistant Section Supervisor, Space Integration and Operations Group.
2004 2006 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Mission Operations Analyst, MESSENGER.
1999 2004 Honeywell Technology Solutions, Incorporated. Observatory Engineer. Operations technical lead responsible for spacecraft subsystems and experiments, supporting the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), SOlar and Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO), and Swift missions. Green Belt Six-Sigma certified.
1996 1999 AlliedSignal Technical Services Corporation. Spacecraft Engineer. Performed mission operations, ground systems development, and pre-launch integration and test activities in support of the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) and SOlar and Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) missions at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Year Description
2015-2019 Surrogate Mission Team Lead, named role within the NASA Radioisotope Power Systems Program Office. Led the Surrogate Mission Team (SMT), a group that represents NASA flight implementation organizations (specifically APL, JPL, and GSFC) and potential missions, in support of dynamic power technology and radioisotope power system (RPS) development. Reported directly to the RPS Program Office located at NASA-GRC.
2013-2018 Invited member of the Heatshield for Extreme Entry Environments Technology (HEEET) Independent Review Board (IRB)
2018 Bumblebee Award - Dragonfly Titan Mission Concept , Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Championing Revolutionary Capabilities
2018 Walter G. Berl Award - Outstanding Paper in the Johns Hopkins APL Tech Digest, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Awarded for the paper Dragonfly: A Rotorcraft Lander Concept for Scientific Exploration of Titan.
2016 R.W. Hart Prize for Best Development Project, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Best Development Project: Atmosphere Entry and Descent Technology and Analysis for Design, Principal Investigator
2012 Laurels for Team Achievement, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), For MESSSENGER
2008 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), MESSENGER Mission Team
2003 Laurels for Team Achievement, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Team
2002 HTSI FCSG Team of the Year, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SOHO Flight Operations Team
2000 Innovator Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SOHO Training Team
2000 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SOHO Gyroless Recovery Team
2000 Center of Excellence Award, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), SOHO Gyroless Operations
1998 Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)
1998 Outstanding Contribution Award, European Space Agency (ESA)
1998 Appreciation Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SOHO Recovery and Recertification
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E. Scott Brummel and Paul Ostdiek and Dave Woerner and Kenneth Hibbard and Ellen Stofan and June Zakrajsek and Mary L. Cummings, (2019), Identifying and Mitigating Barriers to the Adoption of Dynamic Radioisotope Power Systems for Space Flight, 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, https://doi.org/10.1109/aero.2019.8742171

Sarah N. D'Souza and Wendy Okolo and Ben Nikaido and Bryan Yount and Jason Tran and Benjamin Margolis and Brandon Smith and Alan Cassell and Breanna Johnson and Kenneth Hibbard and Jeffrey Barton and Zane Hays, (2019), Developing an Entry Guidance and Control Design Capability Using Flaps for the Lifting Nano-ADEPT, AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-2901

, (2019), Exploring Titan Using Virtual Reality with Data from the Dragonfly Mission, 4th Planetary Data Workshop

, (2019), Dragonfly: In situ Terrain Relative Navigation for Titan Surface Exploration, 16th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW)

, (2019), Dragonfly: Modeling, Testing, and Validation for Atmospheric Flight on Titan, 16th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW)

R.D. Lorenz, E.P. Turtle, J.W. Barnes, M.G. Trainer, D.S. Adams, K.E. Hibbard, C.Z. Sheldon, K. Zacny, P.N. Peplowski, D.J. Lawrence, M.A. Ravine, T.G. McGee, K.S. Sotzen, S.M. MacKenzie, J.W. Langelaan, S. Schmitz, L.S. Wolfarth, P.D. Bedini, (2018), Dragonfly: A rotorcraft lander concept for scientific exploration at titan, Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest (Applied Physics Laboratory), 34, 3, 374-387

, (2018), Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of Titan’s Organic Chemistry and Habitability, 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

, (2018), Dragonfly: Navigating Titan's Surface, 15th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW)

, (2018), Dragonfly: Rotorcraft Landing on Titan, 15th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW)

, (2018), ADEPT, A Mechanically Deployable Re-Entry Vehicle System, Enabling Interplanetary CubeSat and Small Satellite Missions, 32nd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites

T.G. McGee, D.S. Adams, K.E. Hibbard, E.P. Turtle, R.D. Lorenz, F. Amzajerdian, J.W. Langelaan, (2018), Guidance, navigation, and control for exploration of titan with the dragonfly rotorcraft lander, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2018, 210039

K.E. Hibbard, (2017), Systems engineering (from the perspective of a project manager), Aerospace Project Management Handbook, 151-178

Cheng, A.F. and Atchison, J.A. and Hibbard, K.E. and Kantsiper, B.L. and Reed, C.L.B. and Rivkin, A.S., (2017), Asteroid impact & deflection assessment: Double asteroid redirection test, Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, 5, 2916-2920

Adams, D. and Hibbard, K. and McGee, T., (2017), Real-Time In Situ Landing Site Assessment, Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, 1989, 8248

, (2017), Dragonfly: A Rotorcraft Lander to Enable Titan Exploration, 14th International Planetary Probe Workshop

Kenneth E. Hibbard and Lee S. Mason and Obi Ndu and Clay Smith and James P. Withrow, (2016), Stirling to flight initiative, 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, https://doi.org/10.1109/aero.2016.7500818

R.D. Lorenz, K. Hibbard, M.V. Paul, J. Walsh, D.W. Olds, S. Willits, E.B. Bierhaus, W.E. Kretsch, (2015), Instrumented splashdown testing of a scale model Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) capsule, Aeronautical Journal, 119, 1214, 409-431

Alfred McEwen and Elizabeth Turtle and Kenneth Hibbard and Edward Reynolds and Elena Adams, (2014), Io Volcano Observer (IVO): Budget travel to the outer Solar System, Acta Astronautica, 93, 539--544, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.05.028

Kenneth Hibbard and Lori Glaze and Jill Prince, (2012), Aerobraking at Venus: A science and technology enabler, Acta Astronautica, 73, 137--143, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.11.008

E. Adams, K. Hibbard, E. Turtle, E. Reynolds, B. Anderson, C. Paranicas, G. Rogers, J. McAdams, D. Roth, P. Christensen, A. McEwen, M. Wieser, N. Thomas, P. Wurz, J. Janesick, (2012), Io Volcano Observer's (IVO) integrated approach to optimizing system design for radiation challenges, IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings

M.T. Ozimek, C.J. Scott, E.Y. Adams, K.E. Hibbard, T.J. Magner, (2012), Mission design and systems architectures for a Venus orbiter and entry probe, AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012

D.F. Kelly, K.E. Hibbard, (2012), The APL Concurrent Engineering Laboratory: A unique approach to concept development, AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012

, (2011), Target NEO: Open Global Community NEO Workshop Report, George Washington University

P. Abell, (2011), A Space-Based Near-Earth Object Survey Telescope in Support of Human Exploration, Solar System Science, and Planetary Defense

R. Landis, B. Barbee, R. Mink, J. Garvin, P. Sellers, P.A. Bell, S. Mauzy, L. Graham, D. Adamo, D. Mazanek, C. Reed, A. Cheng, A. Rivkin, R. Gold, K. Hibbard, R. Dissly, T. Jones, L. Johnson, W. Gerstenmaier, (2011), A simplified, low risk strategy for the exploration of near-earth objects, 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011, 3, 1776-1786

L.M. Prockter, K.E. Hibbard, T.J. Magner, J.D. Boldt, (2011), Exploring Europa: Science from the Jupiter Europa Orbiter-a future outer planet flagship Mission, Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest (Applied Physics Laboratory), 30, 1, 72-84

, (2011), Near-Earth Survey Telescope (NEST): A Robotic Precursor Concept to Enable Human Exploration of Near-Earth Objects, 9th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference

, (2011), APL Concurrent Engineering (ACE) Conceptual Design Approach, 9th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference

, (2011), Trojan Asteroid Tour Mission Concepts on a New Frontiers Budget, 9th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference

Kimberly Ord and Kenneth Hibbard, (2010), MESSENGER Power and Thermal System Operations, SpaceOps 2010 Conference, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2010-2137

Robert Lock and Kenneth Hibbard and Robert Rasmussen and Karla Clark and Thomas Magner and Robert Pappalardo and Melissa A. Jones, (2010), Building operability into the Jupiter Europa Orbiter design to endure a high radiation environment, 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference, https://doi.org/10.1109/aero.2010.5446976

K. Hibbard, R. Gold, J. Dankanich, A. Rivkin, M. Schwinger, H. Seifert, (2010), Trojan tour mission concepts provide several options for cost-effective break-through science, JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 63, 9-10, 351-356

Mark Holdridge and Robert Lock and Grace Tan-Wang and Kenneth Hibbard and Ben Jai and Greg Welz and Nickalaus Pinkine and Mike Shafto and David Artis, (2009), Outer Planets Operations Lessons Learned, AIAA SPACE 2009 Conference & Exposition, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2009-6417

Mark Holdridge and Raymond Harvey and Kenneth Hibbard, (2007), Standards of Conduct for Space Mission Operations, AIAA SPACE 2007 Conference & Exposition, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-6113