Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips
Acting Deputy Director
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips is the acting deputy director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Appointed to this position on April 1, 2013, for a five-month period, he shares responsibility with the director in managing the Kennedy team of approximately 8,600 civil service and contractor employees, determining and implementing center policy, and managing and executing Kennedy missions and agency program responsibilities.
At the end of this appointment, Phillips will return to his role as the program manager of Kennedy's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program. His program is responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities, ground systems, test and verification, logistics, and prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's Space Launch System and Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, as well as providing multiuse infrastructure to enable commercial and other government spacecraft and launch providers. He is responsible for managing a program organization that includes over 440 civil service and 1,100 contractor employees.
Prior to his current assignment, Phillips served as the director of the Constellation Project Office in support of the agency's Constellation Program. His organization was responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities, ground systems, test and verification, logistics, and prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's lunar/Mars human exploration program. He held the deputy director position prior to his assignment as the director.
Phillips also served as deputy director of Kennedy's Shuttle Processing Directorate. The directorate's responsibilities included processing and launching three space shuttles -- Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour -- and managing a workforce of approximately 5,400 civil service and contractor employees. In this capacity, he served as the alternate technical manager representative (TMR) for the Space Program Operations Contract at Kennedy.
Phillips' career with NASA began at Kennedy in 1987. Over the years, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. He was a NASA test director, convoy commander, NASA vehicle manager for Endeavour, chief of the Process and Analysis Branch, flow director for Endeavour, and chief of the Shuttle Processing Business Office. He served two six-month details at other NASA centers: at Johnson Space Center in the Shuttle Program Office and at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.
NASA has rewarded Phillips' service with several distinguished awards including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the astronaut corps' Silver Snoopy Award, and several Kennedy Certificates of Commendation and Achievement. Phillips graduated from Astronaut High School in Titusville, Fla., and received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1985. In 1996, he earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida. He currently resides in Viera with his wife, Stacie.