Kathy Lueders has been appointed program manager for NASA‘s Commercial Crew Program after serving in an acting capacity since October 2013, where she helped guide the space program from her post at the Kennedy Space Center.
Lueders, a former transportation integration manager for the International Space Station program, said Monday she will be working with her team and industry partners on the next phase of the Commercial Crew Program.
According to William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the program is entering into contract implementation.
“Kathy’s experience and leadership skills developed during the ISS commercial resupply contract activity will be critical to safely and effectively leading commercial crew transportation activities for NASA,” Gerstenmaier said.
Lueders started at NASA in 1992, managing the Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control Systems Depot at the White Sands Test Facility and eventually handled ISS operations such as logistics and vehicle systems integration.