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Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

March 12, 2007
RELEASE : 07-006
NASA Glenn Names New Space Flight Systems Director
CLEVELAND -- Robert Moorehead has been appointed director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center. He will oversee the organization's responsibility to manage, conceptualize, develop and integrate flight and ground systems in support of NASA's exploration and science objectives.

After serving 12 years as co-founder and general manager of Saldana & Associates, Moorehead returns to NASA with 30 years experience in space systems development. He last served NASA as the chief engineer in the Office of Space Systems Development at NASA Headquarters from 1993 to 1994 where he developed system architectures and design options, and identified new technologies required for NASA's Second Generation Space Transportation System. Moorehead retired from NASA in 1994.

From 1989 to 1993, Moorehead served as the Space Station Freedom program manager where he managed and implemented the program's technical content, spending plan and schedule. He also served as the Space Shuttle Program Engineering Integration manager from 1986 to 1989 where he managed the system engineering and integration organization to ensure the credibility of the program's return to flight effort following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Moorehead served as the chief investigator for the orbiter after the Challenger Accident in 1986. He also led the effort that identified more than 500 hardware and software updates for the space shuttle system.

"Bob is an excellent and welcome addition to the senior staff at Glenn," said NASA Glenn Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. "He is recognized for leading organizations noted for their performance in meeting commitments and exceeding customer expectations. His unique experience and exceptional executive qualities are invaluable and required for this position."

Moorehead received numerous honors and awards during his NASA career, 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.

Moorehead received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

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