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Apollo 11 Laser Scientist Hal Walker  Receives Deserved Recognition After 50 Years

Scientist Hal Walker speaks at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC

Los Angeles, CA — Laser Scientist Hildreth (Hal) Walker, Jr. has a big smile on his face, as he is finally receiving  the recognition that he deserves for playing a key role in the Apollo 11 Mission 50 years ago.  It was Walker who led the manufacturing, testing and operation of the KORAD K-1500 ruby laser system for the Korad Laser Company. In 1969 during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment was the only interactive planetary experiment that took place for the first Moon Landing Mission.


The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors honored Walker with the Humanitarian Award at the American Spirit Awards, followed by speaking engagements at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Wash, D.C., Environmental Discovery Center in New Jersey,  AIAA Celebration of Apollo 11 at the Santa Monica Library, Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, Lick Observatory in San Jose, CA, NSS Chapter Assembly’s Breakfast on the Moon: Apollo 11 Celebration and appearances on ABC’s Good Morning Washington D.C. and BBC Radio, to name a few of his engagements.

The Apollo 11 Anniversary will be celebrated all year and Walker’s future events include being honored by the Santa Monica History Museum Gala and A-MAN, Inc. STEM International Science Center will host the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration and Engineering Day, 3 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Holman UMC White Hall, 3320 W. Adams Blvd. Toni Guinyard, KNBC Los Angeles Reporter will be the MC.  For ticket information call 310.412-268 or email at


Walker’s Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Interplanetary Experiment was replicated in 1994, in an interactive exhibit located in the Hands-on Science section of Science in American Life at the National Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Walker was also honored in the exhibit’s permanent section, “The New Moon.”

Walker explains, “When America needed its best, they sought people like me out which is why I ended up working on the first ever science project in outer space.  But ultimately it’s your inner space that defines everything.”

Walker was selected by Dr. Jerome Lemelson, the third leading inventor in American History, to make the Inaugural presentation at the National Smithsonian Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington, D.C.

Today, Professor Hal Walker spends his time supporting the non-profit organization


African American Male Achievers Network (A-MAN), Inc. STEM International Science Center, that he co-founded along with his wife Dr. Bettye Walker in 1991.  A-MAN, Inc. is dedicated to building the leaders and participants in science and technology for tomorrow. They share their legacy with the students and provide experiences that prepare them to attend higher academic institutions and begin fulfilling the nation’s leadership and technological  needs.

LINK to A-MAN website:


“In the 21st Century, we must use technology as a solution and promote technologists.” says Walker.

In 1997, President Nelson Mandela invited Hildreth and Bettye to establish and implement science and technology programs in townships and schools across South Africa.


Prof. Walker and Dr. Bettye have made history again.  On February 27, South Africa welcomed the opening of the first chapter of the National Space Society (NSS) on the African Continent: The Cape Town Space Society (CTSS). Prof. Hal and Dr. Bettye Walker founded this first-ever Chapter.

Professor Walker is an amazing man, who has important stories to tell, as he moves forward in the world of science and technology generously sharing his knowledge to the world.

About Hildreth (Hal) Walker

Aerospace engineer and scientist Hildreth “Hal” Walker, an early pioneer in the field of laser telemetry who, amongst other accomplishments, was the first person to successfully fire the Laser to the Moon during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in 1969.

Walker’s space technology involvements began in 1959 as a technical member of the RCA Corporation’s BMEWS ( Ballistic Missile Early Warning System) situated in the Alaskan frontiers to detect Soviet Missile nuclear attacks. This experience prepared him to expand his career into the laser technology industry in early 1964 at KORAD Laser Systems, a Division of the Union Carbide Corporation. As a laser systems specialist, Hal traveled throughout the United States and the world introducing advanced new laser technologies to the fields of scientific research and industrial applications.  In 1974, Walker joined the Hughes Aircraft Company where he participated in developing and placing the first Tactical Laser Target Designator System into the U.S. Army inventory. Mr. Walker retired in 1989 from the management team of the Hughes Aircraft Company . He then served until 2010 as president and CEO of TECH PLUS, an international laser technology consultant group. The group participated in national projects such as the Laser Induced Plasma Fusion at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Walker was appointed to be a JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador in 2000. In this role he participates as a speaker and specialist in space – related technology issues. His responsibilities are promoting public education and development of local community awareness and benefits regarding space technology and deep space future exploration. He is a Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( AIAA ) Educator Associate, board member, OASIS chapter of the National Space Society, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the Downtown Los Angeles Rotary Club.

Hal is a graduate of Pacific Christian College (Cum Laude) with a BS Degree, Business Technology Management.

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