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Gerald Hintz

Adjunct Professor of Astronautical Engineering Practice


  • Doctoral Degree, Other Mathematics, Purdue University


Dr. Hintz was a technical manager and senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California for 37 years before his retirement in 2006. He worked on the development and flight operations of space missions, including Viking I and II (two orbiters and two landers to Mars), Mariner 9 (orbiter to Mars), Seasat (an earth orbiter), Voyager (for the Neptune encounter), Pioneer Venus (orbiter to Venus), Galileo (probe and orbiter to Jupiter), Ulysses (solar polar mission), Cassini-Huygens (orbiter to Saturn and lander to Titan), and Aquarius (a future earth orbiter). As a technical manager, he provided multi-mission navigation support via the Deep Space Network, developed a computer-based training and reference tool for the Orbit Determination Program, and provided a successful orbital design for an earth-orbital mission. His presentation of a paper on the computer-based training and reference tool at the 17th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics in Moscow, Russia received several accolades. Another one of his activities was to write standards for international data transfer.

He has also taught a short course in orbital mechanics as a contractor at industrial sites in California and South Dakota.

  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Biegler Hall of Engineering
  • 920 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1192
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