NewSpace 2011 will again be held in Silicon Valley again this year
Michelle Murray has been working as an aerospace engineer for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) since 2001. She specializes in AST's Reentry and Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) laws and regulations. Ms. Murray is currently serving as a technical advisor starting up AST's newest field office, the West Coast Operations Office located in Southern California to support the launch operators on the west coast. Prior to that, she has held other positions within AST ranging from lead engineer for pre-application consultation to the Program Lead for the Experimental Permit program, managing the day to day operations of the program and plans for its future. Ms. Murray was an integral part of the development of the new commercial human spaceflight regulations and the experimental permit regime. She led a research and development effort for the collection of biomedical data on commercial human space flights. Michelle has been the FAA's lead point of contact for the X Prize events such as the Ansari X Prize and the Lunar Lander Challenge. She served as AST's head of safety for many of the X Prize launch events where she managed the safety of multiple launch operations. One of her most memorable assignments was the lead safety inspector for the first commercial human spaceflight mission of SpaceShipOne, on June 21, 2004. After approval from the FAA Administrator and Secretary of Transportation, Michelle designed and developed the FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings, which were given to the SpaceShipOne pilots. Copies of her designs are currently on display in the National Air and Space Museum. Before coming to AST, Ms. Murray was a Systems Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Fight Center. She started on console for the Terra satellite operations and was later promoted into the lead thermal and electrical subsystem engineer. Before leaving NASA, Michelle was working in the flight dynamics group monitoring the orbits of the mission to planet earth constellation of satellites and planning maneuvers to maintain the constellation. Michelle has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate from the International Space University. The main research areas include aerospace systems engineering, space life support, and space human factors.
FAA, Office of Commercial Space Transportation