Amira Abdalla – Senior Aerospace Engineer

Amira Abdalla launched her aerospace career as a systems engineer at, then, Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne working on the Space Shuttle main engines and the integrated propulsion system. It was there, behind the screen of the Canoga Park mission control room, that Amira first experienced that rush of excitement witnessing a launch. Later on, she had the privilege of seeing a shuttle launch in person from Cape Canaveral. Flight Atlantis 129 will forever be ingrained in her memory as her first live launch and her first flight prediction. Just a few days prior standing in front of the majestic sight, she stood in front of the board defending her engine performance prediction at the flight readiness review. A few flights later, the shuttle program ended.

The conclusion of the grandiose shuttle program coincided with the completion of a Masters degree in Aerospace from UCLA and marked a new chapter in Amira’s aerospace career- small thrusters also known as Attitude Control and Propulsion Systems (ACPS).

Assuming a new role as the ACPS risk management focal point, Amira was provided the opportunity to work multiple programs simultaneously and track their development from test to flight. The abundance of emerging programs in the ACPS world allowed Amira to utilize her knowledge and contacts to train as a test engineer. Within a week of training, Amira was lucky enough to fill-in as the head of a thruster risk reduction test. From there, she was assigned the lead position where she was able to navigate that risk reduction thruster through development and qualification iterations (including a failure analysis board) to a successful flight qualification program.

Amira is now leveraging her over seven years of experience to pursue her passion of helping launch successful thrusters. Whether embarking on a new thruster development, improving on a previous design or preparing for launch, Amira is available for testing. Please feel free to contact Launch Matters to enhance the chances of flight success because all matters of launch matter to us.