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

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Biography
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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Education
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering - Arizona State University 2009 Master's of Aeronautical Science - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Latest Questions
  • Nastya asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:45 AM

    Hello! I'm a high school student currently. On the one hand, I like space and engineering a lot, and pursuing AE major and then working on a space agency like NASA or SpaceX is the biggest dream of mine. On the other hand, I'm afraid to pick something that is not really mine or not what I've expected. Please help me out!
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  • 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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