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Biography of William F. Lane

William F. Lane
Deputy Partner Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

William F. Lane is the NASA deputy partner manager working with The Boeing Company 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, Boeing will make significant progress developing and testing its integrated CST-100 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket combination.

Before becoming deputy partner manager with Boeing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Lane was the NASA partner manager for Blue Origin during CCP's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2). In that role, he led the Partner Integration Team, called the PIT Crew, that worked closely with Blue Origin to develop a biconical spacecraft the company calls Space Vehicle.

Prior to joining the CCP team full time, Lane was the technical assistant to NASA’s Federal Aviation Administration Liaison in Washington, D.C. In that position, he performed technical integration between CCP and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. He also led training efforts structured around understanding the individual agency operations, including FAA statutes, regulations and licensing process, as well as detailed reviews of NASA’s human rating requirements.

Lane began working for America’s human spaceflight program in 1990 as a control and propulsion instructor with United Space Alliance, the prime contractor of NASA’s space shuttles. He took on roles of increasing responsibility with the company, including a booster systems flight controller in which he performed real-time Mission Control Center operations for more than 25 space shuttle missions. As a controller, Lane was responsible for monitoring launch propulsion systems, such as the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters, external fuel tank, main propulsion system and main engines.

He joined NASA in 2002 as a mission evaluation room manager at Johnson, leading about 200 technical workers who supported about 60 consoles in support of space shuttle mission activities and training. In 2005, he served as an Orbiter Project Office representative for space shuttle Atlantis’ vehicle engineering and flow management team.

During his tenure with NASA, Lane has received numerous recognitions, including a Space Flight Awareness Award, Johnson Director's Commendation Award for supporting STS-115 and three NASA Going the Extra Mile awards. He's also received three Group Achievement awards, one of which was for his work during CCDev2.

Lane received a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He also earned a management and leadership development certification from the University of Houston in 2002.

October 2012

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