Personnel File (07-18-2016)

REACTION ENGINES LTD. hired MARK WOOD away from Safran Power U.K. to become the British propulsion company’s first chief operating officer and engineering director reporting to company CEO Mark Thomas. Reaction Engines also hired ADAM DISSEL to serve as president of its U.S. subsidiary. Dissel previously worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as systems architect for responsive space.

The Commercial Space Flight Federation, has three new associate members: Calspan Corp., Firefly Space Systems, and TIP Technologies, plus a new logo.

The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation added two former U.S. intelligence officials to its board. Carmen Medina is a consultant who spent 32 years with the CIA. Roger Mason, a senior executive at Noblis, was the DNI’s first assistant director of national intelligence for systems and resource analyses.

Laura Delgado López left the Secure World Foundation for Harris Corp.’s space and intelligence systems division.


FAA space lawyer to start practice

Laura Montgomery. Credit: Courtesy of Laura Montgomery

Laura Montgomery. Credit: Courtesy of Laura Montgomery

Laura Montgomery, the Federal Aviation Administration’s senior space law expert and former head of the Space Law Branch in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel, is setting up her own practice in Potomac, Maryland. She will provide legal services related to the FAA’s regulation of safety and financial responsibility, licensing, rulemaking, witness preparation for congressional testimony, and treaty interpretation.

Career highlights: Over the course of her career supporting the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Montgomery has testified to Congress, represented the FAA on the legal subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and been selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to chair an inter-agency team on space property rights.

Education: Montgomery attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Personal: In addition to practicing law, Montgomery has also self-published several science fiction novels including Manx Prize, a story about a prize offered for the first successful deorbiting of space debris.