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PEGGY &
FRANK
ELIM

PEGGY - OFFICE DIRECTOR'S SECRETARY AT
NASA'S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (KSC) AND
GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

FRANK - ENGINEER AND MANAGER WITH
LOCKHEED CORPORATION, NASA AND NORTH
AMERICAN AVIATION

16

JULY 2019

Frank and Peggy Elim have a unique perspective. Both were
involved in the space program - Frank as an engineer and
manager with Lockheed Corporation, NASA and North American Aviation; Peggy as an Office Director's secretary at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and again at Goddard Space Flight
Center in Maryland.
Frank was interested in flying machines ever since he can remember. A picture taken in 1936 sits in his office, depicting him
as a small child reaching toward the propeller of a plane.
"My mother said they had to pry my fingers off the prop,"
Frangos laughed. In fact, he still flies airplanes to this day - 83
years later.
After college, Frank entered the military, became a pilot and
also worked in military radar and missiles, taught electronic engineering and served in military intelligence. Though there are
things he still cannot talk about to this day, his military career
eventually led him to Lockheed Corporation, where he had the
opportunity to work on NASA's Agena Target Vehicle.
The Agena was an unmanned spacecraft that was
essentially target practice for the Gemini program.
NASA used Agena to practice and develop docking
procedures between two vehicles in space in preparation for the manned Gemini and Apollo programs.
At KSC, Frank was the launch manager for telemetry and telecommunications for the Agena,
and upon its success, NASA was done with the
spacecraft and gave it to the Air Force. Frank
decided he did not want to travel to California
to continue working on the Agena, so he instead
went to work for North American Aviation as a systems integration engineer at KSC.
"My job was to set up flight and ground systems integration - planning, scheduling and organizing," Frank said. "I had to work with every
discipline and make sure each one had a viable, interactive schedule and that each one would come together and make sense."
Among other NASA centers, Frank worked with
a KSC team of around 100 people who meticulously pored over every detail of the various systems
and components of Apollo spacecraft to determine
they would all work well together during assembly
and testing.



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