Kennedy Biographies


Robert L. "Robby" Ashley
Payload Processing Mission Manager
International Space Station Payload Processing Directorate


Robert L. "Robby" Ashley is a mission manager in the International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His primary role as mission manager is to lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers and technicians responsible for assembly and test of the experiments, satellites, and International Space Station components that fly aboard the space shuttle. Ashley and his team ensure that every piece of payload hardware launched from the Kennedy Space Center meets strict quality, safety and engineering standards and that any technical issues are resolved before flight.

Ashley joined NASA in 1989 as an engineer in the Center Support Operations Directorate and later became a site manager for NASA facilities on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In 1996, he transferred to the Payload Processing Directorate to work as a payload operations engineer, where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordination of payload assembly and test operations. He was promoted through several positions in the Payloads organization before being selected as a mission manager in 2005.

Ashley is currently assigned to the STS-119/ISS-15A mission and the STS-132/UFL-4 mission. Previous mission assignments as mission manager include STS-115/ISS-12A and STS-117/ISS-13A.

Ashley was recognized as a Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree in 2002, received a KSC Certificate of Commendation in 1999 and a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2007. He has also been the recipient of numerous group achievement, performance and "On-the-Spot" awards.

Ashley was born in Redding, Calif., but grew up in Florence, S.C., where he graduated from West Florence High School in 1984. He earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Clemson University in 1988 and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in 1994.

Ashley resides in Merritt Island, Fla., where he enjoys family time with his two sons, Quentin and Wyatt, and his daughter, Sofia. He is the son of Mrs. Mary Alice Carmichael of Florence, S.C., and the late Lt. Col. Kenneth Wayne Ashley, U.S. Army (Retired). In his time away from work he enjoys traveling with his children, coaching youth sports, hiking, snow skiing, and attending Our Saviour's Church in Cocoa Beach.

December 2008

Biographies - Current Employees