Robert Braun, who served as NASA chief technologist in 2010 and 2011, will join the University of Colorado in October and take over as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science in January.
OneWeb named Eric Beranger as its new CEO, replacing Matt O’Connell. Beranger had been at Airbus Defence and Space, which is partnering with OneWeb on the construction of its fleet of up to 900 satellites. OneWeb gave no reason for O’Connell’s departure.
Christine Anderson is stepping down as head of New Mexico’s Spaceport America in August. She took the job more than five years ago intending to stay a year, but stayed on to develop business at the spaceport as anchor tenant Virgin Galactic suffered delays in the development of SpaceShipTwo.
International Launch ServiceS has hired a new senior director of sales. Kevin Reyes joins ILS from Boeing, where he worked for Boeing Network and Space Systems, Sea Launch and Delta launch services. At ILS, Reyes will be responsible for Proton and Angara sales in the Asia-Pacific region.
Burt takes over safety post at NASA Marshall
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Rick Burt has been named director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate after former director Steve Cash announced his retirement following a 34-year career with NASA. Burt has been at at the Huntsville, Alabama-based field center for more than 26 years serving in various engineering, technical and leadership roles.
Career Highlights: Burt joined the team at Marshall in 1990 working on the shuttle program’s Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project, and ultimately served as the project’s chief engineer. Burt has also served as manager of the Marshall Engineering Directorate’s test laboratory, was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as manager of the Ares 1 First Stage program and has been working as Marshall’s chief safety and mission assurance officer for the Space Launch System since the program began in 2011.
Education: Burt earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
Additional council and advisory roles: Burt is an advisory board member to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Aerospace and Defense MBA program and serves on the Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Council, which gathers senior safety officials from NASA and SLS commercial contractors to “share best practices…and build relationships that allow us to build that recognition and trust that we’re going to need as we approach flight readiness,” he said.