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Becky Thompson
Launch and Recovery Systems Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Becky Thompson is the manager of Launch and Recovery Systems for NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In this position, Thompson is helping NASA develop the next United States-led capability for crew transportation and rescue services to and from the International Space Station (ISS) and other low Earth orbit destinations. As manager of Launch and Recovery Systems, she provides leadership and expertise in ground and recovery operations systems, processes and products. Thompson is responsible for assessing industry partner's ground and recovery operations planning and execution, readiness of processing and launch facilities, readiness of recovery site and facilities, and development of launch rules and management strategies.

Thompson began her career with NASA in 1992 as a co-op engineer for the Space Shuttle Program. During her 20-year tenure with the space agency, Thompson has led several teams at Kennedy, including serving as chief of the Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate's Ground Projects Branch from 2005 to 2007 and chief of the Project Engineering Integration Division from 2007 to 2011. She also acted as the associate director of Launch Vehicle Processing from 2009 to 2010, during which she assisted the director with the management and oversight of all space shuttle processing and launch operations at Kennedy.

Prior to her leadership roles, Thompson worked with the shuttle's communications and tracking systems, hazardous gas detection systems, external tank and solid rocket boosters.

Thompson has received many professional honors throughout her career, including a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2009, NASA Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award in 2010 and KSC Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition in 2011. She was awarded a KSC Equal Opportunity Award in 2011 for leadership and contributions to enhance professional growth among minorities and encouraging diversity throughout the workplace.

Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 1995. She grew up along Florida's Space Coast in Melbourne, graduated from Eau Gallie High School in 1988 and is a second-generation NASA-Kennedy employee.

January 2012

Biographies - Current Employees