As a youth, Nate Boclair, III recalls sitting in front of a small black and white television when he saw man take the first steps on the moon. This encounter launched his interest in mathematics and computer science. Boclair had his first experience with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through a co-op program while at Mississippi Valley State University.
Now serving as the manager of space systems operations branch in the mission operations lab, he has dedicated thirty five years to NASA. This branch performs flight command and control functions, manages the payload use of onboard command and data handling, and communications and tracking systems that directly support International Space Station research.
According to Boclair, his immediate goal is to lead his team in support of successful integration of the Improved Payload Ethernet Hub/Gateway, which is an Orbital Replacement Unit for the existing Payload Ethernet Hub/Gateway. “This increase in functionality will bring the onboard local area network up to current Ethernet performance standards, providing the capability for space station users to utilize standard Internet protocols for their payload designs, leading to potential reductions in cost and design time.”
His work with the space station extends the human presence beyond Earth, while contributing a wealth of information to the live science and material science disciplines, as well as many other areas of science and technology research. To see more on Boclair, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR85BtWNpZA.
Nathaniel Boclair, Manager of Space Systems Operation Branch at NASA
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