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Welcome to the TRA website.  Are you new to this site? If you haven’t registered, you will need to register (or navigate there by hovering your mouse over “Members” and then clicking on “Register” on the main menu) so that we can ensure that only valid members have access to our member database.  Not a TRA member?  Join on-line (Members->Member Join).  For help on using our TRA website, click here.

Al Hausrath

The TRA Board of Directors is sad to report the passing of our long-time friend and TRA supporter, Al Hausrath on February 11, 2019.  Al was 94 years old. He leaves behind, Mel, his wife of 69 years; a son, David, and two daughters, Janet and Heather.

Al was in the army during WW II, after which he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Upon completion of his degree he worked on missile controls at Penn State followed by a professorship at Iowa State. He moved to San Diego to work on the Atlas program at Convair Astronautics.

His final career move was to TRW’s Norton AFB facility where he worked on the ballistic missile program for a period of 25 years, with the last 8 years of that effort at Space Park.

He was one of the founding members and a cornerstone of TRA, he served on the Board for many years, in various elected and other positions including President from 2004 to 2005. More importantly he was editor of TRA’s NNG newsletter from 1993 through 2016 where he took special pride in personally editing the “Mail Pouch” for each issue.

If you would like to post a memory about Al, please click here.

2018 TRA Holiday Party

Over 200 of your fellow retirees and guests met to celebrate the holidays, reconnect with old friends, and browse the collection of classic automobiles.

A group of Comm Payload engineers gathered for a group photo. See if you can pick out Arthur Garrison, Steve Mishima, Bill Stieritz, Fred Ricker, Reggie Jue, Mark and Gina Keller, Michael and Grace Mears, Rich Allen, Martin Mohan, Stephanie Sundius, Holly Osborne, Cliff Pang, Rob White, Chris Miller, Jim Becker, Peggy Paul, and Mark Bever.

Photos from the event are finally posted! To see them or our photo archives, just hover over the “TRA Events” tab in the Main Menu and click on “Past Event Photos.” Or, just click here.

2018 TRA Summer Reunion

Around 90 of your fellow TRA members got together for a Sunday lunch, camaraderie, and a talk about where the space business is heading from David Zabalaoui, Space Systems Division Director of Strategy at Northrop Grumman. Dave pointed out that our systems have legacy and that many systems that our retirees helped launch, were either still active programs, or were predecessors to follow-on systems within the same mission area.

Photos from the event are now posted!  To see them or our photo archives, just hover over the “TRA Events” tab in the Main Menu and click on “Past Event Photos.”  Or, just click on the image to the right.


Over 80 members and guests took a tour of the Aerospace Museum and a visit to the High Bay Observation Deck to see the JWST Spacecraft and Sunshield Assembly. A second tour has been scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 11 am; reservations for that tour has been closed.  But, the satellite will be available to viewing through next year, so we will be hosting additional tours as the integration progresses.

Photos from the February event have been posted! Click here to see the photo gallery.

TRA Chocolate Tasting Adventure

Engineer Emeritus and TRA member David Vandervoet hosted a special event on April 26. 36 TRA members got to experience a blind tasting of 7 premier chocolates produced from cacao pods grown around the world and decide which you like the best.

This event was held Thursday, April 26, 2018. To see more photos of the event, click here.

2017 TRA Holiday Party

The 2017 TRA Holiday Party was held Friday, Dec. 1 at the Ports O’ Call Restaurant in San Pedro. Nearly 200 of your fellow alumni and their guests registered to celebrate the season.
Finally, we’ve posted photos from the event! To see the photos, visit our Past Event Photos page under the TRA Events tag on the Main Menu, or just click here.

What’s New on the Site

  • Meet the new head of the Space Systems organization within NG Aerospace Sector.  John Daegele has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Space Systems organization replacing Jeff Grant, who has announced his retirement.  For more info, please click here.
  • You should have received the final issue of the No Name Gazette for 2018.  To read an on-line version of the No Name Gazette, please click here.
  • We have received word of recent passing of some of our colleagues.  To read member comments, or to leave your thoughts, please visit our In Memoriam page.
  • A retiree mentors STEM students

    We have an opportunity to leverage our STEM experience and give back to society by volunteering to tutor under-resourced students.  To find out more information, see our post by clicking here.

  • We have now posted an updated list of NG Clubs. Retirees are welcome to join as associate members. For details, click here.