Steering Committee

 
KenBocam

Ken Bocam

RASC-AL Co-Chair
Maryland Aerospace


Ken Bocam is the Director of Space Systems at Maryland Aerospace, Inc. Mr. Bocam is the Program Manager for the Kestrel Eye Block II spacecraft for the US Army’s Space & Missile Defense Command. Prior to joining MAI, Ken spent 18 years at Orbital Sciences Corporation in systems engineering roles including Director for Human Spaceflight Systems Engineering building the team which successfully executed the Orb-D1, Orb-1, and Orb-2 Cygnus missions to ISS; Orion Launch Abort System Deputy Chief Engineer developing & flight testing an LAS in 3.5 years; Chief Engineer of the Concept Exploration and Refinement (CE&R) Architecture Study; and X-34 Program Lead Mass Properties Engineer. From 1988 to 1997, at the Naval Air Systems Command, Ken provided systems engineering for U.S. Naval Aviation programs including V-22 and Joint Strike Fighter. Ken holds an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Ken is an AIAA Associate Fellow and Space Transportation Technical Committee Member Emeritus.

Ken Bocam

RASC-AL Co-Chair
Maryland Aerospace, Inc.

MelFerebee

Melvin Ferebee

RASC-AL Co-Chair
NASA Langley Research Center


Melvin Ferebee is a career NASA researcher living his dream. He holds a Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Mathematics from The College of William and Mary. He's currently the Director of the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate (SACD) at NASA Langley Research Center.

Mr. Ferebee is a graduate of NASA’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. Serving in various positions in SACD, including Deputy Director, he gained expertise in systems analysis, architecture development, and in modeling and simulation. Mr. Ferebee previously served as Director for Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. Prior to this he served as the Manager of the Space Technology Projects Office in the Space Technology and Exploration Directorate. He has served as Branch Head and a Program Manager of a portfolio of more than 25 projects. Mr. Ferebee also participated in leadership roles on three of the Agency’s major programs: Space Shuttle, Space Station and ARES I-X. For a year, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (Va-3rd District). He also served in NASA’s Office of the Administrator supporting the Agency’s Space Architect in crafting the United States Space Policy of 2004.

Since the days of Gemini, he has sought to engage as an active member of the nation's space program. He started working for Langley as a high school student during the infancy of the Space Shuttle Program. His areas of expertise are in systems analysis, architecture development, and in modeling and simulation. He has authored over 40 technical papers. He has served as leader and mentor. He is married with three children.

Melvin Ferebee

RASC-AL Co-Chair
NASA Langley Research Center

 
DallasBienhoff

Dallas Bienhoff

Cislunar Space Development Company


Dallas Bienhoff is the Founder of Cislunar Space Development Company, which is focused on implementing a space-based cislunar transportation architecture. Previously, Dallas served as Boeing’s In-Space and Surface Systems Manager responsible for capturing civil and commercial Space development and science mission spacecraft projects. In that role, he focused on new business opportunities in support of NASA Human Exploration Missions, the entrepreneurial space community and JPL science missions. Mr. Bienhoff has over 42 years experience at Boeing, Rockwell, The Aerospace Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Martin Marietta. Dallas has led contract and IRAD studies on Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Technology Demonstration Mission Concept, Minimum Functionality (lunar) Habitation Element, reusable cislunar transportation architecture, propellant depots, space solar power, and exploration architecture studies. Mr. Bienhoff was also a contributor to the DoD - National Security Space Office’s Space-Based Solar Power Study in 2007. During his career, Dallas has led and participated in several space transportation and exploration architecture studies, led Rockwell’s X-33 SSTO and X-38 Crew Return Vehicle technical proposals, was co-lead for the ISS FGB element, oversaw Vandenberg Air Force Base Shuttle facilities development, evaluated propulsion system concepts and their failures, was an engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine Development Program, and was a designer for changes to on the Titan III C to payload interface.

Dallas Bienhoff

Cislunar Space Development Company

JohnBradford

John Bradford

SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.


Dr. John E. Bradford is President of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. Dr. Bradford's expertise is in systems integration, design of future space systems, the human exploration of space, and multidisciplinary design optimization. He has served as Program Manager and lead engineer for numerous government and private/commercial space efforts. Recent projects at SpaceWorks have included research on human stasis (torpor) for Mars missions, DARPA's eXperimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, scramjet engine inlet operability studies, business case assessments for various emerging markets, and hypersonic point-to-point (PTP) system analysis for passengers/cargo. As President of Spaceworks, Dr. Bradford oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, managers the engineering staff, and performs bid and proposal work. Prior to joining SpaceWorks, Dr. Bradford worked at both NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and Aerojet in Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Bradford has a Doctorate and Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor in Computer Programming from North Carolina State University. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a NASA Academy (NAAA) alumnus,a member of the AIAA RLV Program Committee, a NASA NIAC Fellow, and routinely a guest speaker at science fiction conventions.

John Bradford

SpaceWorks
Enterprises, Inc.

accharania

A.C. Charania

Blue Origin


A.C. Charania works on the Business Development and Strategy team for Blue Origin, a developer of vehicles and technologies to enable human space transportation. At Blue Origin, he is Manager of Advanced Programs. He matures internal future concepts and scenarios; working to establish business relationships to mature them further. He works directly with the internal Advanced Concepts team to help review technical analysis, interfaces with possible partners (i.e. NASA), assists in various proposal efforts, and works on special projects. He is one of the internal leaders helping to manage the proposed “Blue Moon” lunar lander architecture.

A.C. was formerly based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Operations at Virgin Galactic. For over four years, he was involved in developing the entire LauncherOne (now Virgin Orbit) business plan, maturing Virgin Galactic’s roadmap with its advanced concepts team, company financial modeling, capture/proposal management (including winning a NASA Venture Class Launch Service contract), interfacing with the global space launch insurance community, and supporting multiple C-level technical partnership transactions for Virgin Galactic. He was one of the leaders involved in changing the overall air-launch architecture to one that uses the 747-400 as the carrier aircraft. He helped to negotiate one of the largest commercial procurements of launches in history (OneWeb’s launch contract with Virgin Galactic). He was also on the core due diligence team for Virgin Group’s investment in the OneWeb global satellite constellation. For the first two years at Virgin Galactic he was based in Washington, D.C. where he also supported corporate lobbying and government agency interaction.

He was a visionary/founder/early employee of three aerospace start-ups (SpaceWorks Enterprises, Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace) and also provided consulting support to Planetary Resources (the asteroid mining company). Working at SpaceWorks for over twelve years, he was involved in multiple advanced concepts studies that included reusable launch vehicles, in-space transportation systems, human exploration studies, and planetary defense/asteroid missions. He was a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fellow for work related to telecommunication networks on Mars using meteor trails and planetary defense against asteroids using robotic swarms. At SpaceWorks he helped to incubate Generation Orbit and Terminal Velocity Aerospace, also serving as CEO of Generation Orbit. He has extensive experience in cost and economic modeling of space systems. He also has experience in export compliance, having successfully executed projects with overseas companies from Japan and South Korea. He is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee. He earned an M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in systems design and optimization. He also earned a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from Emory University.

A.C. Charania

Blue Origin

loricostello

Lori Costello

SpaceX


Lori Costello is a Mission Integrator for the Cargo variant Dragon spacecraft at SpaceX. She worked as a Test and Integration engineer before transferring to a Mission Integrator and was the lead Dragon Controller for the 4th resupply mission to the Space Station (CRS-4). Before coming to SpaceX, Lori was the Program Manager for designing and flying the World’s First Parallel Hybrid Gas/Electric Airplane. She was also the Lead Flight Test Engineer and was charged with overseeing Green Aviation Research at the Eagle Flight Research Center, where she worked on aircraft design and modification projects culminating in flight test and certification from the FAA. Lori has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lori Costello

SpaceX

ChristopherJones

Christopher Jones

Sponsor, Non-Voting Member
NASA Langley Research Center


Dr. Christopher Jones works in the Space Mission Analysis Branch at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. His current work includes strategic analysis of space technology investments, applications of in-space assembly to Mars exploration, and mission design for an Earth Science satellite. His previous work includes leading development of a Venus atmospheric exploration concept, performing trajectory analysis in support of future NASA missions, and modeling in-situ resource utilization architectures for the Moon and Mars. He obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009 and 2016, respectively, and his Bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2007.

Christopher Jones

Sponsor, Non-Voting Member
NASA Langley Research Center

RussJoyner

Claude "Russ" Joyner II

Aerojet Rocketdyne


Claude "Russ" Joyner II is the Fellow for Space Systems and Mission Analysis for Aerojet Rocketdyne and an Associate Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a major contributor to the analysis and design of propulsion systems for PWR Engineering for more than 33 years, authored or co-authored over 50 papers on space systems and space propulsion. He provides the engineering leadership at Aerojet Rocketdyne for space and air-breathing propulsion mission analysis. He is the former chairman of the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee, a reviewer for the AIAA Journal for Spacecraft and Rockets, and serves on the Georgia Institute of Technology ASDL External Advisory Board. He is an adjunct professor for rocket propulsion design and is the creator of the TRITON nuclear thermal bi-modal propulsion system concept. Russell obtained his Master of Science from the University of North Dakota and his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Claude "Russ" Joyner II

Aerojet Rocketdyne

HeatherRarick

Heather Rarick

NASA Johnson Space Center


Heather Rarick is the Assistant Director for the Commercial Crew Program in the Flight Operations Directorate. Ms. Rarick serves as the primary point of contact with the Commercial Crew Program, ensuring operational expertise and technical recommendations are applied to human spaceflight missions. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Rarick was a Flight Director for the International Space Station (ISS) and lead Flight Director for the Commercial Crew Program (CPP). She supported ISS operations over the course of eight years, served as Lead for ISS Expedition 17 and the Space Shuttle/ISS Mission of STS-128/17A. Ms. Rarick began her career at Rockwell Space Operations as a flight design engineer and as a Targeting Operator in NASA's Space Shuttle Mission Control Center (MCC). After serving as a flight design supervisor, she managed IT projects and standards for the Chief Information Officer. She returned to MCC as a liaison to the Russian Space Agency as the ISS was being assembled, which included working in MCC-Moscow. Two years later, she accepted a similar role at NASA, taking on the technical lead for liaisons. Prior to selection as a Flight Director, she chaired the Russian Join Operations Panel, which addresses U.S./Russian operational issues. In 2011, Ms. Rarick completed a 10-month assignment at NASA HQ, Office of Chief Engineer supporting the Academy for Program/Project and Engineering Leadership and NASA's Software Engineering Executive.

Heather Rarick

NASA Johnson Space Center

PatTroutman

Patrick A. Troutman

Sponsor, Non-Voting Member
NASA Langley Research Center


Patrick A. Troutman graduated in 1984 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a BS in Aerospace & Oceanographic Engineering along with a minor in Computer Science. Since this time he has worked for NASA LaRC as a contractor and a civil servant developing and utilizing analyses capabilities in support of space system studies, leading several space station redesign and risk mitigation studies, and leading systems analysis related to future space scenarios including managing the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) program. Mr. Troutman currently serves as the lead for human exploration architecture integration for the NASA Human Spaceflight Architecture Team (HAT) and as the human exploration strategic analysis lead at Langley. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Jean and daughters Leanne & Robyn.

Patrick A. Troutman

Sponsor, Non-Voting Member
NASA Langley Research Center