Flight Element Processing
International Space Station
John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida
David Bethay is Boeing's director for flight element processing for the International Space Station (ISS) at the Kennedy Space Center. He also serves as deputy director for processing of all payloads launched on the space shuttle and NASA payloads launched in expendable launch vehicles for Boeing Florida Operations.
In 1984, Bethay joined McDonnell Douglas Technical Services Company in Huntsville, Ala. as a systems engineer. At that time, McDonnell Douglas was the systems integrator for the Spacelab program. In 1991 he joined the management team for the Aeroassist Flight Experiment and in 1994 he became the deputy project manager of the Node 1 outfitting for the International Space Station program. He visited Florida and the Kennedy Space Center in 1996 to support the planning for the arrival of Node 1 at Kennedy. He moved to Florida to join the Kennedy team, concurrent with the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.
While at Kennedy Space Center, Bethay became project manager for final flight preparations and space shuttle integration of the Unity module. In 1999, he became senior manager for pressurized ISS modules with responsibility for final assembly, qualification testing, acceptance testing, preflight closeouts and shuttle integration of the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the US Laboratory Destiny module and the joint airlock Quest module. He then became director of flight element processing with overall responsibility for final assembly, test and launch processing for all US elements of the International Space Station.
Bethay received a bachelor and masters degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama. He also worked on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster program for United Technologies in the cooperative education program. He has twice been nominated for the Rotary National Stellar Award for his leadership of the Unity and Destiny teams.
David is married to Janet Jayroe and has one daughter, Mary Bailey. He comes from a true space family; his father, father-in-law, sister and brother-in-law all work in the aerospace industry (for NASA).
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center