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April 13-16, 2015 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Frank L. Culbertson

Frank L. Culbertson
Executive Vice President & President, Space Systems Group
Orbital ATK

Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., is the President and General Manager at Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, where he is responsible for the execution, business development and financial performance of the company’s human spaceflight, science, commercial communications and national security satellite activities, as well as Technical Services to various government customers.  Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Programs Group at Orbital Sciences Corp.  Prior to joining Orbital, Culbertson was a Senior Vice President at SAIC, following an eighteen-year career as a NASA astronaut.  He has flown three space missions and logged over 144 days in space as shuttle commander, pilot, and station commander.  Culbertson's last mission launched on the Shuttle Discovery and lasted for 129 days, from August 10 until December 17, 2001, returning on the shuttle Endeavour.  During that mission, he and his two Russian crewmates, lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for 125 days which included observing the attacks of September 11, 2001, as the only American in orbit at the time.  Culbertson also held several key management positions within the NASA Shuttle and ISS programs and was Program Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program.  He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Participating Events

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:45 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.:
Prospects and Issues for Commercial Spaceflight
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Location: International Center South - Main Stage

Professor G. Scott Hubbard

Consulting Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stanford University

Frank L. Culbertson

Executive Vice President & President, Space Systems Group
Orbital ATK

Dr. George C. Nield

Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Mark N. Sirangelo

Corporate Vice President and Head of Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation

Eric W. Stallmer

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

George Whitesides

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Galactic


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