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Biography of John McKinnie

John McKinnie
Deputy Partner Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

John McKinnie is the NASA deputy partner manager for certification 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.

McKinnie will be responsible for coordinating the review and feedback of data products supplied by Boeing and its contractors during CCiCap, which could eventually become the requirements Boeing must meet during NASA's certification phases should it receive a Certification Products Contract (CPC).

Prior to this role, McKinnie was a NASA deputy partner manager for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) while the company outfitted its Dragon capsule with the necessary components to support crews. McKinnie received a Group Achievement award in 2012 for his work with SpaceX during CCDev2.

McKinnie joined NASA in 1991 as a space shuttle communications systems instructor. During his more than 20-year tenure with the space agency, McKinnie has been a space shuttle Instrumentation and Communications Officer flight controller, shuttle Mission Evaluation Room manager, technical assistant to the manager of NASA's Orbiter Project Office, and Orbiter Project Office vehicle manager for space shuttle Atlantis.

McKinnie received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1991.

November 2012

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