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Joseph Roy Hartt
1932 - 1997
 
Roy, William C., Aaron S. Aaron, Samuel Sr. Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac
Joseph Hartt was born in San Francisco, CA on June 27th, 1932, the youngest of seven children born to David Roy Hartt and Jenny Lind Roach. While growing up in California and Canada, Joseph developed a strong love of flying. In January, 1959, he joined the US Navy Flight School. During his nine years of experience as a pilot with Air Groups 12, 19, and 4, Mr. Hartt accumulated thousands of hours of jet aircraft flight time and hundreds of day and night carrier landings. He was the first qualified Naval Aviator to actually fly and evaluate the early prototype systems. Various of his suggestions and design inputs have been incorporated into the current mature systems. Subsequent to his service with the Navy, Mr. Hartt joined the IBM Corporation, Data Processing contractor to NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. From 1967 to 1973, he performed a range of tasks in support of the Gemini, Apollo, and early SkyLab programs. These included technical and programming requirements definition, systems integration, computer simulations, and mission support. He was Manager, Mission Support, and directly responsible for all computer processing functions within the Real Time Computer Complex (RTCC) of the Mission Operations Control Center during all the Apollo missions with the exception of Apollo 17. IBM and NASA arranged for him to travel to the Cape to observe the lift-off of his long-time friend and fellow Navy pilot, Captain Gene Cernan, commander of the final mission to the moon. Early in his career Mr. Hartt initiated a program of personal investing. In 1973, he was able to retire from active employment and moved his family to Denver where he continued his personal investment activity. In 1978, he founded Western States Research, Inc., a small R&D company through which he pursued new technology primarily in the fields of aviation and medicine. He holds or shares a number of patents in both fields. NASA is currently evaluating one of his invention concepts at Ames Research Facility in Sunnyvale. In 1990, Mr. Hartt and Dr. Alan Vetter of HMRL were asked to evaluate the concept of using GPS precision positioning technology to guide aerial application aircraft. After exploring theoretical alternatives and laying out a feasible design, Mr. Hartt and Dr. Vetter founded a new company, SATLOC, Inc. to undertake product development. By mid-1991, they had demonstrated a working prototype which proved beyond any doubt that their theoretical evaluation of GPS capability was correct. Mr. Hartt devoted himself to the growth and development of the new company. During his tenure as President and CEO, and currently as Vice Chairman, SATLOC has grown from its original 2 consultants to now number 74 employees. Its revenues will exceed $16 million in 1995. More than 800 AirStar GPS Precision Guidance and Tracking units have been sold and installed across the United States, in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and before the end of this year, Argentina, South Africa and possibly Europe. Mr. Hartt’s wife Brita Elizabeth, is a native of Norway, and came to America as a new bride in 1960. Their oldest son, Steve, is married, with a daughter Chloe and a son Simon. Steve is a Vice President with CitiCorp in Manhattan. Their youngest son, Jeff, is a scientist with Harris, is married with no children, and lives in Colorado Springs. Joseph Hartt died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 17th, 1997 after a 9-month battle with kidney cancer.
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