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Darin Skelly

Darin M. Skelly has over 25 years experience in space systems, spacecraft design and development, launch vehicle integration, advanced concepts assessment and multi-agency program management roles with NASA Headquarters, Kennedy Space Center, Langley Research Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, Goddard Space Flight Center, and has supported multiple projects and programs at all the other NASA field centers.

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He brings extensive experience and relationships with NASA, Air Force Space Command, and Federal Aviation Administration Commercial Space Office. He is a well-known and respected expert in senior agency strategic planning, space launch and ground operations, spaceport systems and technologies, mission management, expendable launch systems, payload integration and safety systems with a detailed understanding of payload and launch vehicle operations tests and checkout. Mr. Skelly began his career in 1990 as a Flight System Engineer at NASA Kennedy Space Center where he was responsible for the coordination and interpretation of all payload requirments. He was responsible for assessing engineering compliance of spacecraft and GSE systems to NASA safety design guidelines, and interpreted and investigated significant technical issues and problems related to both space shuttle and ELV payloads. His formative years with KSC allowed him to develop an in-depth knowledge of engineering systems, spacecraft/GSE design, and spacecraft/LV operations for several missions including all shuttle middeck experiments from 1/91 to 4/93, Space Radar Lab, USMP-2, EUVE, MO, Spartan 201, FARE, SEDS-l, and SEDS-2. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Skelly served in increasingly strategic roles at Kennedy Space Center including being appointed in 1994 as Launch Site Integration Manager where he was the lead and primary point of contact for all aspects of launch site integration and processing for spacecraft developers, including operations with the launch vehicle and activities on the launch pad, for assigned missions. Missions supported include the Mars Surveyor Program in 1998; Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, Mars Global Surveyor; Hydrogen Maser Clock, Gravity Probe -B, Cassini Propulsion Module, and Capillary Pumped Loop Experiment. In1997, Darin was appointed Manager of Kennedy Space Center’s Resident Office at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California where he established the first KSC Liaison Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; nurtured the KSC to JPL relationship; established a solid foundation for cooperation between the two NASA centers; and provided the current operations perspective on project management and gained an understanding of the JPL Program and Project Management process applied to their planetary exploration missions. He was an active participant in spacecraft design efforts and provided an in-depth knowledge of launch site processing, allowing him to hone his skills in advanced mission development and design. In addition, Mr. Skelly provided support to the Mars Exploration Office and participated with the Mars Surveyor Program 2001 design team, assisted in the Deep Space I launch site planning activities, and assisted and authored various sections of the JPL launch site planning documentation. In 1998, Mr. Skelly was appointed Mission Manager for Expendable Launch Vehicles at Kennedy Space Center and served as Lead of the Expendable Launch Vehicle Mission Integration Teams he led. He served as lead for the following exploration missions: Mars 2001 Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rover-A, Mars Exploration Rover-B, QuikTOMs, Messenger, and Space Technology –3. He also served as lead of the advanced mission concept and planning and associated technical and business trades to align the appropriate launch vehicles for the Mars 2005, Mars 2007, and for all future planned Mars mission for NASA’s Launch Services Program. In 2001, he joined the executive staff of the Center Director's Office at Kennedy Space Center where he assisted the Center Director with strategic direction of Center and provided general staff support regarding safety and health activities, external presentations, speeches, technical interviews, and general scheduling and administrative support. He also coordinated legislative affairs, community outreach, industry outreach, and educational outreach. In the fall of 2001, Mr. Skelly was appointed Program Manager for the Range Advanced Technology Development (GS-15) program to identify and lead the technology direction for advanced launch and range systems for NASA. In this role, he led a program team from across the country consisting of contractor, NASA, FAA, and DOD personnel responsible for creating a multi-agency program called Future Interagency Range and Spaceport Technologies (FIRST) that focused on infusing launch operations technologies into the space transportation system. In addition, he served as chairman of Advanced Range Technologies Working Group, 350 subject matter expert community to identify the national strategic technology direction for space-launch range systems. In 2004, Mr. Skelly was asked to develop National NASA- and Air Force-endorsed strategic technology roadmaps for advanced Range Systems to enable low cost responsive access to space. In 2005, Mr. Skelly left the security of the government as a civil servant and joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior leader within the firm’s NASA Space Campaign and Defense Team. His markets included NASA HQ, NASA GSFC, NASA Wallops, and NASA Langley. He was recognized as a key senior NASA leader responsible for technical delivery, market planning and business development of the NASA HQ and Washington metro area space market. He provided senior strategic guidance and technology assessments for multiple NASA centers; provided Systems Engineering and business development for NASA market; and subject matter expertise in project management, spacecraft to launch vehicle integration, launch site technologies and launch vehicle processing and launch operations. Mr. Skelly was responsible for establishing a $25 million annual business in the NASA Washington Metro Area and Langley area. In 2012, Darin Joined TASC and is leading the NASA & NOAA Space Account focusing on the Civil Space Market. Darin has a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management and his Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.