Edward J. Mango
Former Program Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Edward J. Mango formerly served as the program manager for the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Commercial Crew Program is leading NASA's efforts to develop the next United States capability for crew transportation and rescue services to and from the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth orbit destinations by the middle of the decade. The outcome of this capability is expected to stimulate and expand the U.S. space transportation industry.
As program manager, Mango leads approximately 200 people, with almost half involved in the work at other NASA centers.
In 2009, Mango served as the launch director for Ares I-X, the Constellation Program's first flight test. He was responsible for the management and direction for the prime launch team and the launch support team. In addition, he was the leader of the launch authority team, which was responsible for programmatic authority to perform the launch and flight test.
In the fall of 2008, Mango was assigned as director of the Constellation Space Transportation Planning (CSTP) Office at Kennedy where he was responsible for the development of a new program effort to operate and sustain the Constellation systems to the International Space Station. That assignment included the role of associate program manager for Operations and Sustaining for the Constellation Program.
Mango joined NASA at Kennedy in 1986 after serving in the U.S. Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He has held numerous positions, including shuttle project engineer, deputy director for Shuttle Process Engineering, and shuttle launch manager. Mango supported the shuttle launch team for more than 50 launches, including more than a dozen as assistant launch director.
He also served as the recovery director for shuttle Columbia's debris recovery effort in east Texas. During the Return to Flight period, Mango was assigned to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston as deputy manager of the Orbiter Project Office. There, Mango was responsible for directing the development, production, test and supportability of the space shuttle fleet in a $750 million per year effort.
During his career with NASA, Mango has earned numerous awards, including the Exceptional Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal, Certificate of Achievement, Center Director's Award, and most recently, the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award.
Mango earned his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1981 from Parks College of Saint Louis University in Missouri and Master of Science in engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.