I am available for contract aerospace writing work in the Orlando/Winter Park, Florida area or elsewhere in the U.S. via telecommuting. For additional details and reviews of my work, please check out my LinkedIn profile here. Dates of employment were adjusted to match invoicing dates.
Bart D. Leahy
Freelance Writer/Editor Winter Park, FL
January 2014 – Present
My background as a professional writer includes strategic communication, business development/proposals, marketing collateral, policy writing, and government relations writing, primarily for aerospace or other technical organizations (including Protingent/Blue Origin). I am at my best when “translating Engineerish into English” on a tight deadline and within specific length constraints. On my blog, Heroic Technical Writing, I offer insights and advice to aspiring and current technical communicators about the business of technical writing.
Technical Writer (Contractor) Huntsville, AL (Remote)
Media Fusion LLC
February 2023 – Present
I’m providing writing and editorial support for two NASA Concept Study Report proposals: the LEAP (LargE Area gamma-ray burst Polarimeter) and MoonBEAM (Moon Burst Energetics All-sky Monitor). Work will include general proofreading/copyediting, consistency, “one voice” editing, and other tasks as needed.
Contract Instructional Designer Franklin, TN
Precision Dynamics International (PDI)
May 2015 – Present
As an instructional designer, I write, edit, and coordinate the work of other writers as part of the Field Training Academy program at Nissan USA. Content includes lecture/ presentations, interactive group activities, PowerPoint-based software simulations, participant workbooks, and other classroom materials.
Technical Writer/Editor (Consultant)
Protingent/Blue Origin Kent, WA and Winter Park, FL
June 2018 – February 2023
As a freelance technical writing contributor, I edited internal engineering documents for the New Glenn launch vehicle, government and commercial proposals, and executive memos. I also took meeting minutes, edited documents, and noted action items for launch vehicle certification for both NASA and National Security Space Launch payloads.
Technical Writer (Consultant)
Advanced Space Westminster, CO
January 2017 – October 2018
As a freelance technical writing contributor, I assist Advanced Space with SBIR/STTR proposals to NASA and the Department of Defense, web content, and other literary needs as assigned.
Technical Writer (Consultant)
Green Structure Homes (GSH) of Alabama Huntsville, AL
February 2015 – March 2020
As a consulting technical writer, I assist GSH of Alabama with writing and editing proposals, task orders, and official correspondence with the U.S. Government (FEMA).
Technical Writer (Consultant)
ScribbleFish Media Windermere, FL
March 2014 – December 2018
As part of the ScribbleFish team, I provide technical writing and research services for business development and direct customer activities. I also support guest/member operations at ScribbleSpace, ScribbleFish’s standalone coworking space.
Freelance Journalist Orlando, FL
June 2016 – May 2018
As a remote reporter, I cover stories related to human spaceflight, launch vehicles, as well as other space-related activities as assigned. I have been a lead contributor to The Hangar, a series of reference pages providing historical narratives, technical descriptions, mission profiles, and technical data on prominent launch vehicles, spacecraft, and spaceports.
Technical Writer (Consultant) Orlando, FL
Bryce Space and Technology (formerly The Tauri Group)
May 2014 – March 2015
Developing and editing content for NASA reports and other publications. I also support business development/proposal writing for Bryce Space and Technology as needed.
Zero Point Frontiers Corporation (ZPFC) Orlando, FL
December 2013 – August 2019
As a communications consultant, I support technical, marketing, internet, and internal communications for ZPFC’s diverse lines of work. While currently focused on space, ZPFC eventually plans to expand into energy, nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology.
Chief of Communications
October 2012 – December 2013
As the communications lead for a technology analysis and insight firm, I touch nearly every corporate and direct-client product. I help ZPFC establish and maintain their corporate “voice,” brand, and communications approach. While currently focused on space, ZPFC eventually plans to expand into energy, nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology. These additional fields will require close coordination with the company’s CEO as well as our technical staff and customers to ensure that we are communicating our goals, initiatives, and products clearly and dynamically. This requires constant education and work across disciplines and media.
ScienceCheerleader.com Philadelphia, PA
Event & Membership Director July 2008 – June 2018
Since 2008, I have supported the Science Cheerleaders (http://sciencecheerleader.com), a group of NFL, NBA, and collegiate cheerleaders pursuing careers or degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). I handle event logistics, press releases, operational plans, budgets, internal communications, recruiting, and outreach materials, 90% remotely. In addition to scheduling Science Cheerleaders to lead citizen science activities, such as Project MERCCURI which sent microbes to the International Space Station, I also coordinate the Cheerleaders’ performance at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/). We led 1,278 youth cheerleaders in the World’s Largest Science Cheer, making it into the Guinness Book of World Records. I also maintain the organizational database.
Meredith Advocacy Huntsville, AL
Social Media Writer/Editor
April 2014 – May 2016
As part of a small lobbying firm, I developed and maintained content for Meredith Advocacy’s web, Facebook, and Twitter presences. This work also included some communications strategy, audience analysis, legislation/regulatory analysis, and other communication inputs, as needed.
Schafer Corporation Huntsville, AL
Sr. Technical Writer Marshall Space Flight Center
April 2007 – September 2012
Supporting Marshall Space Flight Center I researched, wrote, and edited internal proposals, conference papers, and other reports for the Engineering Directorate, Science & Mission Systems division, and Space Launch System (SLS). As part of the Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication, I wrote communication/outreach plans; white papers for NASA Headquarters and Congress; executive speeches; technical articles; social networking site content; executive talking points; strategic messages; and education/outreach collateral (including internet and intranet sites, informational videos, fact sheets, and brochures). I also analyzed and recommended strategic message content and execution processes.
National Space Society Huntsville, AL
Volunteer Writer and Event Manager International Space Development Conference
September 2001 – May 2011
As Conference Chairman for the successful 2011 International Space Development Conference (ISDC), which hosted 857 attendees, over 20 exhibitors, a job fair, and a tornado-relief charity auction—all in the midst of budgetary uncertainties, program cancellations, and a tornado outbreak. Previously, as an NSS volunteer I wrote marketing and public affairs materials, including: lobbying and public interest presentations, position papers, Web content, book reviews, advertisements, convention promotion materials, brochures, and letter-writing campaigns. Participated in congressional lobbying efforts in 2004 and 2005. Wrote position papers and press releases as Chairman of the Policy Formulation Subcommittee 2007-2010.
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Master of Arts, English/Technical Writing
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Washington, DC
“Operational Lessons Learned from Ares I-X.” Presented by Stephan R. Davis at SpaceOps 2010, Huntsville, Alabama, April 2010, was recognized as one of the top 30 papers at the conference and will be reprinted in the AIAA hardcover book, Space Operations: Exploration, Scientific Utilization & Technology Development, Summer 2011. (http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=360&id=1890)
Member, AIAA SpaceOps 2010 Conference Planning Committee, Huntsville, AL
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication Above & Beyond Peer Award (2011)
- Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication Excellence Peer Award (Nominated 2010)
- NASA Space Flight Awareness Team Award (2010)
- Ares I-X Mission Manager’s Flight Commendation (2010)
- Certificate of Achievement, Integrated Vehicle Ground Vibration Test (2009)
- 9 Group Achievement Awards, 2007-2011