Russell R. Mellon, President

Mr. Mellon brings over 30 years of research and development experience to the managment of astronomical telescope and custom optomechanical laser systems development, including 10 years as an engineer and project manager at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver.

At Equinox, he has directed projects to produce the twin VYSOS robotic telescopes for the U. of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy and the Ruhr Universitat Bochum as well as the 30-inch Cassegrain-Coude telescope for the U. of Denver. He is currently completing a 36-inch telescope for the U. of Hawaii-Hilo, slated for installation at Mauna Kea in early 2006. While at EI, he has also managed projects to produce an imaging LIDAR system for the U.S. Army STRICOM and a missle tracking/laser illumination telescope for Lockheed Martin. His other recent projects include a truck mounted Daylight Telescope system for Logicon/USAF at Kirtland AFB, NM.

At Lockheed Martin, he was the Principal Investigator for the Advanced Laser Communications IR&D project that established angular pointing stabilization performance of 59nrad for an inertially stabilized space communications data transceiver telescope. He also managed classified projects in support of the Space Based Laser program.

Prior to his association with Lockheed Martin, Mr. Mellon was an engineer and project manager at Ball Aerospace Systems Division, wher he ran the ARIS image intensified sensor program for the U.S. Navy/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He also performed optical engineering during the integration of the IRAS telescope and the High Resolution Spectrograph for the Hubble Space Telescope.

During his 11 years of USAF military service, he served as Director of the Developmental Optics Facility at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, NM and was associated with early developments in precision laser guided munitions technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He holds degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

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