Instructor

Tom Sarafin

Tom Sarafin

Tom Sarafin is President, Chief Engineer, and founder of Instar Engineering and Consulting, Inc. He has worked full time in the space industry since 1979 as a structural engineer, a mechanical systems engineer, a project manager, and a consultant. Since founding Instar in 1993, he’s consulted for NASA, DARPA, the DOD Space Test Program, Lockheed Martin, DigitalGlobe (Maxar), Sierra Nevada Corp, Spaceflight Industries, Millennium Space Systems (Boeing), and other organizations. He was a key member of the team that developed NASA-STD-5020, “Requirements for Threaded Fastening Systems in Spaceflight Hardware” (March 2012). He is the editor and principal author of Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch and is a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design. He’s also the principal author of a series of papers titled “Vibration Testing of Small Satellites.” Since 1995, he has taught over 300 courses to more than 6000 engineers and managers in the aerospace industry.

Poti (Pete) Doukas

Poti (Pete) Doukas

Poti (Pete) Doukas is Vice President and Sr. Consultant at Instar with over 40 years experience in space programs. Poti worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (formerly Martin Marietta Astronautics) from 1978 to 2006, when he joined Instar. While at Lockheed Martin, he served as Engineering Manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander program (2008), Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Genesis spacecraft (2001-04), Structures and Mechanisms Subsystem Lead for Stardust (1999-2006), and Structural Analysis Lead for Mars Global Surveyor (1996-2006). Since joining Instar, Poti has consulted and provided engineering services for the DOD Space Test Program (STP-2 mission), USAF Academy (FalconSat program), Lockheed Martin (Orion crew module), Sierra Nevada Corp, DigitalGlobe (Maxar), Design Net Engineering, and other organizations. He's a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design [1st and 2nd eds, 1991 and 1992] and Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch [1995].