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Ralph R. Roe, Jr.
Launch Director

Ralph R. Roe, Jr., has been appointed Launch Director for Space Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center.

Formerly, as Director of the Process Engineering Directorate, he was responsible for providing engineering management and direction of integration, checkout, and maintenance launch and landing for the Shuttle vehicles. In addition, Roe is responsible for the technical direction of the current Shuttle Processing contractor, United Space Alliance, as they carry out the daily operations to prepare the Shuttle vehicles for launch.

Prior to becoming Director, Roe was assigned to the position of Chief, Fluid Systems Division, in the Vehicle Engineering Directorate from 1995 thru April 1996. As such, he was responsible for the management and technical direction for all engineering documentation, launch and landing of all fluids system on board the Shuttle vehicles.

Ralph R. Roe, Jr., joined Kennedy Space Center in 1983 and worked as a Propulsion System Test Engineer for the Shuttle Engineering Directorate.

Roe was the Branch Chief of the Environmental Control, Hypergolic and Hydraulic Systems Branch for the Vehicle Engineering Directorate from August 1994 to October 1995. Between August 1991 and May 1994, he was the Section Chief in the Orbital Maneuvering and Reaction Control Systems Section and the Auxiliary Power Unit and Hydraulics Systems Section. In the summer of 1994, Roe was detailed to the position of Deputy Director of Shuttle Operations in the Shuttle Operations Directorate. His primary function during this tour of duty was to assist the Director with the reorganization and downsizing of the entire Shuttle Operations Directorate.

Roe received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and his Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in 1992.

He is married to Lesa Roe, a NASA employee for Space Station Hardware Integration Office.

December 1998

Biograhies - Current Employees