Robert W. Moorehead National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Lewis Field
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Robert W. Moorehead

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Robert W. Moorehead is the Director, Space Flight Systems at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Appointed to this position effective March 4, 2007, this directorate has responsibility to manage, conceptualize, develop, and integrate flight and ground systems in support of NASA's exploration and science objectives.

Mr. Moorehead has a vast background in space systems development at NASA. He successfully managed the Space Station Freedom program for four years, the most ambitious civil space research and development program ever undertaken. He served as NASA's Chief Engineer, developing system architectures and design options for the Space Shuttle replacement, and was the manager of the Space Shuttle Program Engineering Integration. Mr. Moorehead served as the Chief Investigator of the Challenger accident in 1986, leading the effort that identified more than 500 hardware and software upgrades to return the shuttle to flight safely.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was also awarded a Distinguished Engineering Fellow, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

During his NASA career, Mr. Moorehead has received numerous honors and awards, including two NASA Certificates of Commendation for Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package and Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Test; two NASA Exceptional Service Medals for Space Shuttle First Flight and Space Station Freedom Program Management; and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for Space Shuttle Post Challenger Accident Recovery and Space Station Freedom Management.


  1. Robert W. Moorehead was Director of Space Flight Systems from March 2007 to November 2008.