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Biography of Derek Hassmann

Derek Hassmann
Partner Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Derek Hassmann is the NASA partner manager working with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) during the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Through phases with aerospace industry partners, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is leading the nation's effort to facilitate commercial vehicle development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit destinations. During CCiCap, SpaceX will make significant progress developing and testing its integrated Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket combination.

As partner manager, Hassmann manages NASA's overall engagement, agreement execution, technical insight, consultations and progress milestone certifications with SpaceX. He also leads the Partner Integration Team, called the PIT Crew, which is made up of a diverse team from numerous NASA sites, providing SpaceX with the expertise from more than 50 years of human spaceflight operations.

Prior to joining CCP, Hassmann supported NASA's Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center in Houston as an International Space Station flight director. He served as the lead flight director for the STS-120 mission that delivered the Node 2/Harmony module to the station and for the STS-134 mission that delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Hassmann also spent many years as a flight controller in the same directorate supporting notable shuttle-to-station missions, including STS-88 during which space shuttle Endeavour delivered the first American module to the orbiting laboratory.

In 2012, he served on the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Source Evaluation Board, which is the current development phase of NASA's commercial human spaceflight efforts.

Throughout his NASA career, Hassmann has received many notable awards for his contributions to the agency, including two Exceptional Service Medals and an Outstanding Leadership Medal for leading the Mission Control Center teams during shuttle missions to the station. He also received a Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award as well as an "Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award" in the operations category for planning and executing the spacewalk during STS-120/10A during which the crew repaired a damaged solar array.

Hassmann graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

January 2013

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