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Larry C. Ellis
Deputy Director
International Space Station/Payload Processing

Larry C. Ellis is the Deputy Director of International Space Station/Payload Processing Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), effective July 29, 2001. His responsibilities involve Directorate representation for several Program Boards including: the International Space Station (ISS) Program Board, Cape Canaveral Spaceport Customer Focus Team, Program Management Council, and Agency Strategic Resources Review. Mr. Ellis is responsible for Director-level policy, guidance, and decision making on several ISS projects. In addition, he provides support to the Director as an alternate manager/lead as required for support of ISS activities. 

Mr. Ellis began his NASA career at Kennedy Space Center in 1965 and has held numerous, progressively responsible positions at KSC since that time, including lead Orbiter project engineer, Chief of the Project Engineering Office at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Chief of Shuttle Project Engineering. Notably, in 1989, Mr. Ellis was appointed Deputy Director of Shuttle Operations and his responsibilities included operational management and technical direction of all pre-launch, launch, landing and recovery operations for KSC Space Shuttle Vehicles. In May 1990, he organized the Project Development Office, performing the overall project management of major launch and landing projects.

From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Ellis was Deputy Manager of the Launch and Landing Projects Office and was responsible for Shuttle functions associated with budget contracts, weather, project development, program integration, mission manifest, logistics and supporting elements. Also, in early 1994 he had a special assignment at JSC in the Space Station Program, Operations and Utilization Office where he was involved in the definition and planning of how the International Space Station would be operated for phases II and III. From 1995 to 1998, he was Director, Process Integration, and was accountable for the management, integration, operations research and landing and recovery operations of the Shuttle at KSC. In addition, Mr. Ellis provided test team management and engineering support for the launch execution team and facility ground systems. 

From July 1998, until January 1999, Mr. Ellis as Director, Expendable Launch Vehicle Services, was responsible for providing launch services to NASA sponsored missions, including the Pegasus, Delta, Titan, and Atlas programs. After 33 years at KSC, Mr. Ellis relocated to SSC in January 1999 to serve as Deputy Director of the Propulsion Test Directorate. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing propulsion test services for the agency until September 2000, when he assumed the duties of Director of Center Operations and Support. In July 2001, Mr. Ellis was reassigned to KSC and assumed his current position.

Mr. Ellis received an Exceptional Service Medal in 1982 and 1989 for his significant contributions in the Orbiter post-landing and recovery procedures at Dryden Flight Research Facility and STS-3 landing at White Sands, New Mexico, and his contributions to the successful return to flight with the launch of STS-26, respectively.

Born in Defuniak Springs, Fla., Larry graduated in 1969 from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Larry and his wife, Rogene, reside in Titusville, Fla., and are the parents of two children.

December 2001

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