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November 29, 2015 11:36 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Company Overview

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a U.S. government agency that researches, develops, conducts, and tests civilian and military aerospace systems, satellites, and space probes for space exploration, research, technology, and peaceful purposes. NASA’s projects and missions include moon landings, the orbiting Skylab space station, the Voyager 2 mission, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the manned space shuttle Columbia of 1981. National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia. It has additional centers and field facilities in Moffett Field, Pasadena, and Edwards, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Green...

300 East Street S.W.

Washington, DC 20546-0001

United States

Founded in 1958





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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Key Developments

NASA Announces Management Changes

NASA has named Todd May acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as the agency continues the process of looking for a permanent director. Patrick Scheuermann, who served as the Marshall director since September 2012, is retiring from the agency. His retirement caps a 27-year career with NASA that began in 1988 as a propulsion test engineer at the agency s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. May was appointed Marshall deputy director in August, and previously served as manager of the Space Launch System Program since August 2011. May led the SLS Program through a series of milestones, including engine tests and a successful, in-depth critical design review. SLS, now under development, will be the most powerful rocket ever built, able to carry astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately on a journey to Mars. May's NASA career began in 1991, working in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at Marshall. He was deputy program manager of the Russian Integration Office in the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1994, and worked on the team at Marshall that developed and launched the Gravity Probe B mission to test Einstein's Theory of Relativity in 2004. That same year he assumed management of the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, created to explore the solar system with frequent unmanned spacecraft missions. May moved to NASA Headquarters in Washington in 2007 as a deputy associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate. Returning to Marshall in June 2008, May was named Marshall's associate director, Technical, a post he held until being named SLS program manager.

NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Houston Airport System Enters Formal Partnership on Development of Houston's Spaceport at Ellington Airport

NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Houston Airport System entered a formal partnership to work together on the development of Houston's spaceport at Ellington Airport. The Space Act Agreement, as it's called, is a five-year deal that officially allows NASA to work with the HAS at Ellington. Under the broadly framed deal, NASA will be able to provide safety training, engineering capabilities, operations support and other services. While it was assumed that any spaceport in Houston would have close ties to the city's history as the launchpad for the country's space industry, a formal partnership is required for NASA to share its knowledge base with outside organizations, said David Kaplan, who does safety and mission assurance partnership development for NASA. And for the fledgling spaceport, which likely won't break ground on any new projects until at least 2017, the knowledge NASA imparts on HAS and the companies that decide to settle at Ellington could transform the spaceport from a marketing tool for the city to the launchpad for a new economy.

NASA Announces Management Changes

Renee Wynn took the helm in the agency's information technology efforts and capabilities as NASA's new chief information officer (CIO). As NASA's top IT official, Wynn is responsible for ensuring NASA's information assets are in line with federal policies, procedures and legislation. She will be focused on increasing collaboration among the centers and with the other Executive Branch agencies, strengthening NASA's IT Security posture, optimizing costs of current programs, maximizing the use of Enterprise and shared services and providing innovation through data analytics and visualization. Prior to joining NASA in July as the deputy CIO, Wynn served 25 years with the Environmental Protection Agency, her final position being acting assistant administrator for the Office of Environmental Information. Wynn replaces Larry Sweet, who joined NASA in 1987. Sweet is stepping down from the CIO position ahead of his November retirement to allow time for a smooth and successful transition of leadership in the CIO's office.

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