Capt. Ken A. Olson

Engineering Technician

Capt. Ken Olson is the lead engineering technician at the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center and supports hardware fabrication and assembly for robotic test procedures. Olson’s tasks include design, fabrication, manufacturing and hardware assembly.

Olson is a highly trained and skilled technical engineer and has supported NASA missions for more than 20 years. Before joining the NASA team, Olson served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a squadron pilot and as an assistant officer in charge of Marine training. During his tenure at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Olson supported manned servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope as the astronaut extra vehicular activity and astronaut crew training manager. In this role, Olson coordinated HST EVA related FS&S simulations, developed neutral buoyancy engineering test procedures and directed astronaut crew members and NASA personnel on HST servicing operations.

Olson’s experience with astronaut servicing tasks and flight simulation hardware incorporates a realistic element to WVRTC test procedures for cooperative human-robotic space operations.