Lightning Learns About the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Hello everyone! Today I spent time working with Andi’s dad, Mr. Cooper. I think everyone remembers meeting him when he came to speak to us on Veteran’s Day. I learned a lot about his job. Here are some notes from my report:

Lightning, my name is Preston Cooper and I’m Andromeda’s dad.  I used to operate satellites when I was an officer in the Air Force, but for the last 10 years I’ve been supporting the Army’s Joint Friendly Force Tracking division.  Our small company, Ingenuity Research Corporation, helps design and deploy systems that process reports from small devices with GPS (Global Positioning System) chips in them.  These reports come from many thousands of devices around the world and help tell our military commanders where their troops are.

My current job is to test tracking devices and make sure that they operate as intended.   To do this we use devices with lots of wires, computer servers running websites, and “ruggedized” laptop computers like those that our troops will use when they are deployed.  We make sure that all of these systems work together so our soldiers can be as safe and effective in fighting the battle as possible.

I am so tired. I need a nap! I will be in touch soon as my internships take me off to another great job!

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