April Blackwell
April Blackwell
International Space Station Attitude Determination and Control Officer, Lockheed Martin / NASA
Houston, TX

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April Blackwell is an Aerospace Engineer who works for NASA as an ISS Attitude Determination and Control Officer in Mission Control. April has been with NASA for 3 years, but has been passionate about space since kindergarten! In her aerospace career, April has flown more than 250 hours in experimental Army aircraft as a Flight Test Engineer, and passed qualifications in the Army Special Operations helicopter dunker program, altitude chamber and parachute course. She has also gained industry experience through internships at Boeing and Orbital Sciences Corp. Since NASA flight controller certification she has acquired more than 500 console hours in mission control, responsible for the ISS’s motion control system.
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Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering - Arizona State University 2009 Master's of Aeronautical Science - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2013
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Latest Questions
  • Delia, CivilI Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center/Bucharest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    My question for you is: How hard is it for someone who doesn't have American citizenship to get a job at NASA, or any other Aerospace job? I'm 24, I'm an Aerospace Engineer curently studying a Master in Air Transport Engineering, but as you know there's not too much aerospace going on in Romania. Therefore I'm intrested in the chances I have for practicing in the field I've studied because at this point the future doesn't seem that bright.
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  • George, Treforest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Dear April I am a 2nd Year Aeronautical Engineering Student at the University of Southwales in the UK. As of next year I will have graduated from my course, but it got me thinking whether or not I chose the right uni. I am well aware that the uni that I am enrolled in is by far not a good one for Aeronautical Engineering. I have also discussed this with some members of staff and unfortunately they agree. Me and my course leader are trying to change this but not much is happening from the ...
    Related to Aeronautical/Aerospace , Choosing a School, Internships & Jobs, Preparation for College
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  • Elysia , Telford asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    I have always wanted to become someone like you who works for nasa as an engineer I'm still in high school but my question is how did you ignore all the comments about how girls shouldn't be engineers? because all my friends think I'm crazy wanting to do a "mans" job
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    April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA
    Answered Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM
    Hi Elysia!!
    What a great question! 
    First, you should tell all your friends that engineering is not a "man's" job!! My advice is to search out exactly what you want to do (being an engineer at NASA is my personal top choice ;-), and then do it - no ...
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