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Charles Mauldin Collection

Identifier: MC-60
Various Space Transportation System flight overviews, Shuttle countdowns, Shuttle countdown schedules, brochures, information kits, photographs, overviews, documents, critical items lists, NASA engineering handbook, Challenger accident documents, reports, STS-51-L Failure Progression Scenario, reporter's space flight note pad (1991-06), critical design review kickoffs, Shuttle Upgrades Management Plan, Space Shuttle Rocket Booster documents, Launch Vehicle Operations for Support of Space Vehicle Countdown Demonstration - Test and Launch Countdown documents, K-500 Type Telephone Circuit Wiring Diagram, Saturn V flight manual, Saturn S-IVB Training Graphics Systems Familiarization (1965-01 and 1967-10), Shuttle upgrade documents, Marshall Space Flight Center - Anniversary Report, 1960-1985, VHS tapes.


  • 1958 - 2008-09-08


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This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


6 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Mauldin was born on February 15, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University in December 1960, he was quickly offered employment with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He served two years in the military and returned to the Marshall Center in 1963, working in the Components Test Laboratory designing control systems to test rocket engines.

In 1968, he worked for six months at the Kennedy Space Center. After his time at Kennedy Center, Mauldin returned to the Marshall Center and, with his new experience from his time at the Kennedy Center, he began to work in the Astrionics Lab, designing electrical systems. During his time at the Astrionics Lab, Mauldin worked on projects such as the Saturn V Rockets, Lunar Rover, and the Solid Rocket Boosters for the Space Shuttle.

After working on the Challenger accident report, he was offered a job as the Director of System Safety and Reliability for the Marshall Space Flight Center, which was created in response to the Challenger accident. He accepted the position and held it until he retired in 1994. He remained retired for six years until he started doing consulting work for different companies including work on the Orbital Space Plane program. He passed away on March 1, 2011.


Mauldin, Charles. Perf. Charles Mauldin (Space History Interviews). n.p. 2007. 09 January 2019. /

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Susan Mauldin, 2011.

Processing Information

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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America