Boeing has named former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, captain of the final Space Shuttle mission, as director of commercial crew interface of the company’s space exploration division effective Dec. 16.
Ferguson is also a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of three shuttle flights, he was pilot on his first mission to space and commander on his second mission. He has also served as deputy chief of NASA’s astronaut office where he was spacecraft communicator for four missions.
Boeing said in a release Ferguson will oversee crew integration and aid the development and testing of system concepts for Boeing’s commercial crew transportation system, which is currently being designed to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
Boeing said Ferguson will also work with NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate; the Johnson Space Center‘s engineering, flight crew, and mission operations organizations; and the Kennedy Space Center‘s commercial crew program to ensure the design supports NASA Human Rating Requirements.
“Chris’ extraordinary managerial and spaceflight experience will be a significant asset to our team as we advance our development of the commercial crew transportation system,” said John Mulholland, Boeing space exploration vice president and program manager of commercial programs. “He will help us address all aspects of human spaceflight requirements, not only for trained NASA astronauts but also for a broad spectrum of people interested in accessing low Earth orbit.”