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Kathy Luders

Kathy Luders. (Photo credits: NASA)

NASA administrator Jim Brydenstin announced the appointment of Kathy Lueders as the next deputy administrator of the Office of Human Research and Exploitation (HEO), making her the first woman to lead the Space Humans program.

As head of the Commercial Crew Program, Dr. Luders has led NASA’s efforts to send astronauts into space on board private spacecraft since 2014. Last month she oversaw the first private flight of the Demo 2 crew of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Kathy has successfully managed both the commercial crew and the commercial cargo. She is the right person to lead HEO as we prepare to send astronauts to the moon in 2024, Brydenstin tweeted Friday.

NASA has stated in a press release that the appointment will take effect immediately. Steve Stich will replace Lueders as Commercial Crew Program Manager and Ken Bowershoks will return to HEO as Assistant Administrator.

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Katie gives us the extraordinary experience and passion we need to move forward with Artemis and our goal of landing the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024, Brydenstein said.

She has a strong interest in developing commercial markets in space, which goes back to her early work on the space shuttle program. With Commercial Cargo and now Commercial Crew, she has successfully and safely contributed to the expansion of our country’s industrial base. Kathy is the right person to expand the space economy into the lunar zone and to achieve the ambitious goals we have set.

Kathy Luders has been selected to take control of NASA’s human intelligence and operational missions. Kathy has successfully led the commercial crew and commercial truck programs and found the right person to lead the HEO as we prepare to send astronauts to the moon in 2024. Picture.twitter.com/393vPTdXwb

– Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) 12. June 2020.

Kathy Luder’s career at NASA

Kathy Luders holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor and Master of Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. Here’s a timeline of his career at NASA:

*Ludes began her career with NASA in 1992 at the White Sands Test Center in New Mexico, where she was responsible for the Shuttle’s orbital maneuvering system and deposition of response control systems.

*She then joined the International Space Station program and worked as a transport integration manager. It managed the commercial transport of goods on the ISS.

* He was also responsible for NASA’s oversight of visits to the ISS by international partner spacecraft, including the Automated Transfer Vehicle of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II Transfer Vehicle and the Soyuz spacecraft, as well as for the progress of the work of the Russian Space Agency.

*In 2013 Luders joined Kennedy as interim program manager for the sales teams.

* 2014, she was elected Head of Bureau *

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I want to thank Ken and the entire HEO team for their continued support of Kathy, who made the sales team successful. I know they’ll give her the same support if she takes on a new role, Brydenstein said. This is a crucial moment for the Agency and for the HEO. We still need to get doug and bob home safely, and we’re not gonna lose focus. We want to go to the moon and into space, and Katie will help us get there.

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