Andrew J. Pickett

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Andrew J. Pickett, Chief, Test and Operations Management Office, Directorate of Launch Vehicle Operations, Kennedy Space Center, was responsible for directing the overall planning of Saturn launch vehicle preparation and prelaunch testing and checkout. Born in Shelby County, Ala., Pickett was a 1950 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in mechanical engineering. A veteran of well over 100 launches, Pickett began his rocketry career at Huntsville, Ala., in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency launch group that was transferred to NASA in 1960.