BREVARD COUNTY — Aerodyne Industries LLC continues to make a name for itself as an innovative and distinguished leader in the space industry.
Aerodyne Industries LLC held its seventh annual Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) Awards Banquet last month in Orlando, where its TOSC Program Manager Ralph Rohloff presented D. Hardin with the President’s Award for his “continued dedication to TOSC and Aerodyne’s Home Office.”
This notable recognition is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the success of the company. Mr. Hardin “was recognized for establishing a new framework for software development that reduced cost and increased support posture for NASA,” according to a press release.
“It was definitely a surprise, it was an honor,” Mr. Hardin said in regard to his award. “I thank God that I’m surrounded with a great team and they’re committed to each other, they’re committed to the mission, and ever since I’ve been with Aerodyne, they’ve been a joy to work for.”
Mr. Hardin has been an employee with Aerodyne Industries since 2013, serving as a Senior Software Developer. He has been working with Kennedy Space Center’s Applications and Systems Development Team to develop software that supports engineering and processing groups.
Additionally, Mr. Hardin said he provides IT support for Aerodyne’s corporate staff.
“Like a lot of large organizations that have been around for a while, you have large systems that have evolved but are old,” Mr. Hardin said. “The software you used to develop those systems have aged. As time goes on, there’s software out there now that allows you to write code that’s processed faster. It’s basically moving systems that were built 20 years ago into the 21st century.
“There’ s different languages, frameworks and databases,” Mr. Hardin continued. “So, I’m helping the team move into that new paradigm.”
One of the many challenges of software engineering is keeping up with the latest techniques. Mr. Hardin said he often spends time to educate himself about the latest software developments.
“You’re constantly learning new things, and if you don’t, you get left behind,” Mr. Hardin said. “It’s always learning it on your own, training oftentimes comes second.”
A benefit of working for Aerodyne, Mr. Hardin said, is that the company has encouraged him to seek training, and hasn’t turned down a request from him to learn more.
“They even put me on a Professional Development track, where I spend a year with Andy Allen [owner of Aerodyne Industries], Carl McManus, and some others, learning the business-side of space operations,” Mr. Hardin said. “They’ve been fantastic.”
Mr. Hardin has also received an annual award for Teamwork in 2015 and a trio of Quarterly Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Aerodyne Industries LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business established in 2006 by CEO Andrew Allen, a former Marine aviator and veteran NASA astronaut.
The company is headquartered in Cape Canaveral, where it provides support for NASA programs and technical issues.
For more information, visit www.aerodyneindustries.com.