Joseph T. Delai
Senior Project Manager/Lead
International Space Station Ground Processing and Research Project Office
Joseph T. Delai is a senior project manager/lead in the International Space Station Ground Processing and Research Project Office at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Delai was born and raised in Boston, Mass. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he attained his first aerospace engineering degree and completed the four-year U.S. Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduating, Delai was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant.
After five years with the Air Force, Delai attained his second engineering degree and elected to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer. For seven years, he integrated, built and tested various scientific experiments to fly on NASA's Spacelab missions.
His next six years were spent working on the third American International Space Station launch in the Space Station Hardware Integration Office. His primary job was to oversee and participate in the design, integration and testing of payloads and in the verification of test requirements and resource requirements, and to address budget issues.
Delai also was assigned to Kennedy's Government Relations Office for a year and served as Kennedy's state legislative liaison to the state of Florida in Tallahassee, as well as the international liaison for the space station.
Following these assignments, Delai worked as a mission manager in the International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing directorate for station assembly flights ULF-2, 17A, 19A, Node 3, ULF-6 and ULF-7. His primary responsibility as mission manager was to lead the mission processing team on all Kennedy payload activities. Delai also served on two Commercial Crew Source Boards.
Delai currently is Kennedy's project manager for the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission.