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Dr. Jon B. Olansen

Gateway Program Manager

Dr. Jon B. Olansen is the Gateway Program Manager. He most recently served as Gateway’s Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) project manager and Production Manager and Utilization Module Manager. Prior to Gateway, he served as the Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) Crew Module (CM) Project Manager within the Engineering Directorate, responsible for designing, building, integrating and delivering the in-house built CM to KSC for the AA-2 flight test, for which he will also serve as Test Director. Dr. Olansen began his career as a Space Shuttle Mechanical, Maintenance, Arm, and Crew Systems (MMACS) flight controller, supporting 32 missions. He has since held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including tours in the Crew Office, Safety and Mission Assurance, the Space Shuttle Program Office, the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and as manager of the Engineering Directorate Planning and Control Office. Dr. Olansen also led the Morpheus Project to its successful conclusion, developing and flying a full-scale planetary lander prototype for the advanced development of human spacecraft propulsion, navigation, and autonomous precision landing systems. Dr. Olansen earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (biomedical focus) as a National Instruments Fellow at Rice University, where he specialized in biomedical experimentation in electrophysiology and cardiopulmonary hemodynamics and authored a reference book on biomedical instrumentation.