Wed, Apr 30, 2008
George Nield Was Most Recently Acting Associate
The FAA announced Wednesday George
C. Nield has been named associate administrator for commercial
space transportation by Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell.
"Dr. Nield brings 30 years of aerospace experience to the job,"
said Sturgell. "We’re looking to Dr. Nield to usher in the
era of commercial passengers in space."
The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)
licenses and regulates US commercial space launch and reentry
activity, as well as the operation of non-federal launch and
reentry sites. Established in 1984 and a line of business in the
FAA since 1995, AST is responsible for the federal regulation of
private human space flight activities.
Nield had served at the FAA as deputy associate administrator
since 2003, and has been acting associate administrator since
February. In 2003, Nield joined the FAA from the Orbital Sciences
Corp., where he worked as senior scientist for the Advanced
Programs Group. Previously, he served as manager of the Flight
Integration Office for the Space Shuttle Program at NASA’s
Johnson Space Center, and later worked on both the Shuttle/Mir
Program and the International Space Station Program.
Earlier in his career, Nield served in the US Air Force (USAF)
as an astronautical engineer at the Space and Missile Systems
Organization, as a flight test engineer at the Air Force Flight
Test Center, and as an assistant professor and research director at
the USAF Academy.
A graduate of the USAF Academy, Dr. Nield holds a Master of
Science and a Doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from
Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from
George Washington University. He is also a flight test engineering
graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. Nield is a registered
professional engineer and a Fellow of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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