Charles "Chuck" Tatro
Launch Site Integration Branch Chief
Launch Services Program
Charles "Chuck" Tatro is the current chief of the Launch Site Integration Branch and a former mission manager with the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He currently oversees NASA personnel and spacecraft processing at the launch sites, primarily at Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Prior to his branch chief position, he managed launch vehicle mission integration teams supporting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), MAVEN, InSight, GRACE-Follow On, and Mars 2020. His recent mission experience also includes LRO-LCROSS and Pluto-New Horizons.
He also served as launch site integration manager (LSIM) for the Mars'98 Orbiter and Lander, Stardust, Kodiak Star, Spitzer (SIRTF), Pluto-New Horizons, and assisted in launch site planning and processing for Deep Impact and Dawn.
Before coming over to the unmanned rocket world, he was lead engineer for space shuttle orbiter thermal protection systems and Endeavour.
Chuck began his NASA career at Glenn (Lewis) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was part of the NASA team that designed the space station solar power system.
He has a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and M.S. degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and the University of Central Florida (UCF).