Harrison Central High School alum wins NASA award

A Harrison Central High School alum returned to his alma mater after receiving a once-in-a-lifetime NASA award.

Chris Ladner was awarded the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award for his work on the R-S 25 Program at Aero Jet Rocket Dyne.

He received this award for his work in resolving numerous issues with electrical hardware, including issues pertaining to three of the four engines currently installed on the SLS for the Artemis 1 launch.

Ladner also led the effort at Stennis to resolve issues with new harness testing equipment that will be used for implementation for R-S 25 engines for future Artemis launches. “This is the only time. You’ll get it once in your career, if you’re presented with it, so getting it and getting to not only go to the launch, but know that I had a part of this first launch and I’ve worked on this actual rocket… it’s no shy of a dream come true really.”

Ladner graduated from Harrison Central in 2009.

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