The technical committee is made up of a diverse group of members from government, academic, and commercial space interests. We are highly motivated to improve space operations across the space community.

Mike Squire

Committee Chair

Mr. Squire currently serves as a Principal Engineer in the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).  In 1991, Mr. Squire began his career at the Kennedy Space Center as a Space Shuttle Systems Engineer responsible for the testing and check-out of the Environmental Control and Life Support System for the Space Shuttle.  In 1995, he assumed the added responsibility for the Fuel Cell and Power Reactant Storage and Distribution System (FC/PRSD).  In 2002, Mr. Squire was named the System Specialist for the FC/PRSD System, where he served as the lead engineer responsible for ground processing of the FC/PRSD System.

In 2006, Mr. Squire joined the NESC as the Technical Assistant to the NESC Director at the Langley Research Center.  The following year, he was named as an NESC Associate Principal Engineer, where he directed multi-discipline teams for a number of technical assessments.  These assessment activities included several focusing on the increasing threat of micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD).  He directed an evaluation of the Constellation Program’s MMOD risk assessment process, providing recommendations on how to improve the Orion Crew Module’s MMOD protection capability.  In another activity, Mr. Squire led a team to develop enhanced MMOD shield designs for International Space Station modules.

In 2009, Mr. Squire received the Silver Snoopy Award for his work on the investigation seeking the root cause of damage to the Space Shuttle orbiter’s reinforced carbon-carbon wing leading edge. Mr. Squire holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

NASA/LinkedIn/ Mike Squire on MMOD

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Larry Bryant


Larry Bryant has been the Mission Operations Assurance Manager on Phoenix, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Exploration Rovers, NEOWISE, Juno, and Grace Follow-
On flight projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA. Between the U.S. Air Force and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Larry has 43 years of operations and systems engineering experience on satellite, missile, and deep space systems. Larry received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for exceptional leadership and technical contributions in Mission Operations Assurance for NASA Flight Projects. Larry is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and an active member and past chair of the AIAA’s Space Operations and Support Technical Committee. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from New Mexico State University.

LinkedIn/Speaker at Ground System Architecture Workshop

Christopher Simpson


Christopher Ross Simpson was born and raised in Port Charlotte, FL. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama in 2016. He was awarded a SMART scholarship from the Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division, China Lake for his Ph.D. work. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama and the current Secretary of the AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee.

Simpson Aerospace / LinkedIn / Orbit Determination Lectures

Jillian Redfern

Space Ops Liason

Jillian Redfern is the current CYGNSS Mission Operations and a Project Manager for SwRI. Ms. Redfern’s principal areas of specialization include data processing, data analysis, and spacecraft operations. Project duties involve communication with international research teams, analysis of flight and calibration data, definition of operational scenarios for current and future missions, and development of new data analysis tools.

SwRI/ LinkedIn / Buff Talk: Earth Observation, Geospatial and Remote Sensing | CU Boulder

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