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David Martin
September 11, 2014
Launch Vehicle Systems
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

David Martin is the manager of the Launch Vehicle Systems Office for NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. CCP is leading the nation's effort of facilitating 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.

As the launch vehicle manager, he leads CCP's oversight of launch vehicle design, development, testing and operational readiness across the commercial providers, including launch vehicle requirements, development and compliance verification, risk management and overall system certification.

Martin began his career at Kennedy in 1981 as an engineering trainee in the Design Engineering Directorate through NASA's co-operative education program. He subsequently moved from Kennedy to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to continue his co-op assignment in the Science and Engineering Directorate. In 1983, upon completing his undergraduate degree, Martin accepted a full-time engineering position at Marshall, serving as a flight data systems design engineer.

In 1986, Martin began serving as a microgravity experiment chief engineer under Marshall's associate director for Space Systems, in which he was technically responsible for the design, development and certification of several space shuttle microgravity payloads. In 1987, following the space shuttle Challenger accident, Martin joined the Space Shuttle External Tank Project Office as a project engineer at Kennedy, providing on-site project management representation for Marshall and technical support for activities related to the transfer, stacking, and launch of external tanks and related hardware.

Martin was then assigned to the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) Project Office in 1988. There, he was the on-site representative at Kennedy's SRB Assembly and Refurbishment Facility (ARF), providing project management representation, technical support and contractor oversight for the production and sustaining engineering activities of the boosters. Martin continued to serve in this capacity, with steadily increasing responsibilities, until 1996 when he accepted a position as the technical assistant to the SRB project manager at Marshall.

Martin was selected as the deputy project manager of the SRB Project Office in 1999. In this position, he led a highly qualified team in the performance of all tasks related to maintaining the design, development, production, testing, certification, launch, recovery and refurbishment of booster hardware. His responsibilities included serving as a technical management representative for the booster element of the Space Flight Operations Contract (SFOC).

In 2003, Martin was appointed project manager of the SRB Project Office, taking on full management responsibility and leadership. In 2007, he accepted a position as Marshall's management liaison for exploration at Kennedy. In that position, he was instrumental in promoting early collaboration between NASA's Constellation Program and the Space Shuttle Program as it related to Ares I development.

Martin went on to support Marshall and the Constellation Program on a number of additional Ares I development related special field assignments before accepting his current assignment in 2009 to support NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Martin graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He has received numerous NASA awards, including the Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award, the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Award and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.

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