NASA has chosen a brand new high official to supervise all of its efforts concerning human spaceflight — Kathy Lueders, who beforehand led NASA’s business crew program beginning in 2014 and culminating within the profitable first crewed demonstration launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft final month.
Lueders additionally beforehand labored on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which has led to the lengthy and profitable relationship between SpaceX and the company to fly common cargo provide missions utilizing Dragon and SpaceX’s Falcon 9. In her new function, she’s overseen not simply Commercial Crew, which incorporates each SpaceX and Boeing’s crewed flights, but additionally Artemis, the formidable NASA program designed to carry the primary American girl and the following American man to the floor of the Moon by 2024.
Officially, Lueders will now be Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. The workplace was beforehand held by Doug Loverro, who resigned in May simply forward of the historic Demo-2 crewed launch, which it was later revealed was because of some sort of conduct in the course of the contract award for the company’s crew lunar lander program that was towards its equity guidelines.
The HEO is in good palms now with Lueders on the helm, given how a lot she’s completed throughout her tenure at NASA, and her wonderful historical past of working in partnership with the company’s non-public sector companions, together with SpaceX and Boeing.