EFT-1 Recovery Director
Ground Systems Development and Operations
Jeremy Graeber is the EFT-1 NASA Recovery Director (NRD) for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Graeber is responsible for leading the EFT-1 Recovery Team that will partner with the U.S. Navy to recover the EFT-1 Orion crew module from the Pacific Ocean.
Graeber previously served as the system integration and test lead for the Vehicle Integration and Launch IPT for GSDO. His responsibilities included integration of the planned verification and validation testing of ground systems located in the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Pad 39B, Mobile Launcher, and other areas managed by GSDO.
Prior to the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program, Graeber was a NASA space shuttle launch test director. He was one of four certified NASA test directors responsible for leading the shuttle team during the planning, scheduling and execution of the shuttle launch countdown.
Graeber joined NASA in 2004 as a NASA test director in the Launch and Landing Division. He was involved with the prelaunch processing operations and launch countdown since Space Shuttle Return to Flight. In addition to his shuttle launch countdown duties, he was very involved with the planning and execution of the Ares I-X launch as the Launch Vehicle Test Conductor (LVTC).
Graeber came to Kennedy in 1996 as a fuel cell/power reactant storage and distribution system engineer for United Space Alliance, the main contractor supporting the Space Shuttle Program. He was responsible for the test and checkout of the ground support equipment and flight vehicle fuel cell systems for all of the space shuttle vehicles. Graeber went on to be assigned as a lead fuel cell system engineer for the Space Shuttle Endeavour Processing Team
Graeber graduated from Florida State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.
Graeber has received several awards, including the astronaut's Silver Snoopy for his work on the emergency egress training and equipment development, the Launch Director Award for his support of STS-115 launch countdown preparations and execution, a Superior Accomplishment Award for his work as a launch vehicle test conductor for the Ares I-X Mission, and the Senior Leadership Medal for distinguished leadership in his role with the GSDO Program.
Graeber spent his childhood living in several states including Florida, Colorado, and New York before returning to Tampa, Florida., and graduating from Gaither High School where he was a stand-out soccer goalkeeper receiving All-America status. He now resides in Oviedo, Florida, with his wife Stephanie and their three children. He is the son of Jim and Kathy Graeber of Seminole, Florida.