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SAM
ROOSE
SITE ACTIVATION
ENGINEER AND
PAD LEADER
GRUMMAN AEROSPACE
CORPORATION

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As a site activation engineer and pad leader for Grumman Aerospace Corporation in the 1960s and 70s, Village
of Piedmont resident Sam Roose got to see and experience
some of the Apollo missions firsthand at Kennedy Space
Center.
Prior to working for Grumman, Roose also worked for
Hercules Powder Company, Aerojet General Corporation and
Avco Corporation - the latter where he had the opportunity
to work on the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile.
Roose said his love of flying machines is what led him to a
career in the space industry.
"I was always interested in aircraft," Roose said. "When I
got out of high school, I had a cousin who wanted me to go
to Lawrence College in Wisconsin. It was all liberal arts and
I was not the least bit interested in that, so I found out about
Embry-Riddle (Aeronautical University)."
After graduating from Embry-Riddle with a degree in
aeronautical engineering, Roose held a few short jobs before
landing at Hercules Powder Company. There, he had the opportunity to work on documenting rockets and the methods
used to build them, but he was "bored to tears" living in
Rocky Hill, New Jersey, in his own words.
His boredom led him to Cape Canaveral, first with
Avco working on the Minuteman ICBM, and then
eventually with Grumman, where he started as a
site activation engineer. Roose had the opportunity to work on several Apollo lunar modules,
where he and others on his team integrated
Grumman equipment and components with
other parts of the module.
While there, Roose worked on the lunar
modules for Apollo 4 and Apollo 6 - both
of which were unmanned test modules and
did not land on the moon. Much of his work
was classified or at least not public knowledge
at the time, and as such, he could not tell his
wife Earlene what he did at work that day when he
came home.
Top: Roose (in yellow) working on one of the lunar
modules. The yellow lab coat designated him as pad leader.
Left: Roose holding one of the signs that hung near the
Lunar Module 3 pad where he worked.

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