Mr. Crockett has a bachelor and masters in Mechanical Engineering, and holds a DoD Secret Clearance as needed for program requirements. His background includes employment with Orbital Science Corporation, where he was Deputy Project Manager for the Upper Stage Flight Experiment (USFE) program under contract with the U.S. Government. This responsibility included all technical program management, including the development of a new 10k hydrogen peroxide/kerosene engine, and design of an all-composite integral structure. The USFE primary structure involved new technology development of integral high pressure propellant tanks, with an internal composite bulkhead capable of storing high test hydrogen peroxide and kerosene for greater than one year.
Other positions he held while at Orbital Sciences Corporation were:
In addition, Mr. Crockett was employed at Morton Thiokol, where he performed structural and thermal-structural analyses of solid rocket nozzles, including bolted and bonded joints, plastic analysis of metal structures, and large displacement analysis of rubber components.
From 1976 to 1982, Mr. Crockett served in the United States Navy. As the Leading Petty Officer in the Machinery Division, he was the division supervisor responsible for the operation and maintenance of a fast attack submarine nuclear power plant, as well as the ship's machinist and welder.