Flight Opportunities Management Team
Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) is responsible and accountable for the management of the Flight Opportunities Program. The Level II Program Manager resides at DFRC and works in collaboration with the NASA HQ Program Executive, who reports directly to the Crosscutting Capabilities Division Director. Payload Management for Flight Opportunities is based at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California.
Laguduva "LK" Kubendran
Program Executive, Level I Program Office, NASA HQ
Laguduva "LK" Kubendran represents all suborbital activities within the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate. LK is the Program Executive for the Flight Opportunities Program, and is the NASA Responsible Official for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) activity. LK is responsible for the development of short-term and long-term strategic plans for maintaining, renewing, and extending suborbital facilities and capabilities, with a focus on the growth and development of the commercial suborbital industry.
LK has held several leadership roles at NASA Dryden: Deputy Director for Safety & Mission Assurance, Director (acting) for Research and Engineering, and Deputy Associate Center Director (acting) for Operations. LK has also worked in the private sector for about 20 years in support of NASA Langley and NASA Dryden.
LK holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and an Executive MBA from UCLA.
Program Manager, Level II Program Office, NASA Dryden
Douglas "Dougal" C. Maclise
Manager, Payload Management Activity, NASA Ames
Dougal Maclise is manager of the Payload Management Activity and is responsible for soliciting, selecting and processing the payloads that flow through the Flight Opportunities Program.
Over the twenty-two years that he has worked at NASA, he has managed a wide variety of projects such as physiology experiment payloads for the Shuttle, the consolidation of seven resource tracking databases, a real-time imaging payload for the Solar-Powered Pathfinder UAV and the development of the Advanced Diagnostics and Prognostics Testbed. For the last eight years he has focused on the systems engineering and application aspects of Integrated Systems Health Management while working on the Second Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle, Orbital Space Plane and the Constellation vehicles -- the Ares I and V rockets, the Orion crew vehicle and Altair lunar lander.
He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and a Masters degree in BioMedical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento.
Manager, Suborbital Platforms Activity, NASA Dryden