Mr. Jason Carter

Research Engineer VI, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center (RSESC)


Jason Carter is an aerospace engineer with 17 years of experience designing, assembling, and testing flight hardware for: various ballistic missile re-entry vehicles, the NASA Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) payload deployed on the WB-57 and Global Hawk aircraft, and the U.S. Army’s revised Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK).

Jason started his technical career at age 17, with a six year enlistment in the United States Navy as a nuclear reactor operator. Two years were spent in the Navy’s nuclear training program, and four years were spent operating, maintaining, and testing a nuclear power/propulsion plant on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71. After honorably completing his enlistment in 1998, Jason pursued a degree in aerospace engineering. In 2002, he graduated from The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, while simultaneously obtaining nearly three years of engineering work experience at Battelle Memorial Institute’s Huntsville Operations facility. After obtaining his degree, Jason continued his work with Battelle until 2009. He then made the move to The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center. While at UAH, Jason worked on NASA flight hardware and U.S. Army flight hardware. Jason also managed project execution and coordinated flight test activities with the Army’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate (AFTD) for the UMARK system.


  • B.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2002

Selected Publications

  • Final Summary Report, Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK), August 2016
  • Final Report, Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK) Phase 4B (Ground Testing), October 2012.
  • Phase 1, 2, and 3 Summary Report, Unit Maintenance Aerial Recovery Kit (UMARK), October 2010.