Nine New Members Join FAA’s COMSTAC

WASHINGTON – (FAA PR) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pleased to announce nine new members  for the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Secretary Elaine L. Chao approved the nominations along with the re-appointment of 13 members.

Since its inception in 1984, COMSTAC has provided information, advice, and recommendations to the DOT through the FAA about technology, business, and policy issues relevant to overseeing the U.S. commercial space transportation sector.

New Members

Ms. Shana Dale
Former FAA Deputy Associate Administrator

Ms. Karina Drees
CEO and General Manager
Mojave Air and Space Port

Mr. Mike French
Vice President, Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association

Mr. Dale Ketcham
Vice President, Government & External Relations
Space Florida

Ms. Kate Kronmiller
Vice President of Government Relations
Jacobs

Mr. Mike Moses
President
Virgin Galactic

Mr. Clay Mowry
Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience
Blue Origin

Mr. Lee Rosen
Vice President of Customer Operations and Integration
Space Exploration Technologies

Ms. Ann Zulkosky
Director
Lockheed Martin Corporation

COMSTAC provides economic, technical and institutional expertise to ensure safety during U.S. commercial launch operations and to the support of U.S. industry competitiveness.

In June 2019, Secretary Chao approved the renewal of the COMSTAC charter (PDF) for another two-year period.

The FAA will depend on the COMSTAC to help the DOT address important issues, including human spaceflight standards, launch licensing and spaceport licensing. The next COMSTAC meeting is planned for spring 2020.

Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee
April 2020 Membership
*Denotes New Member

Major General James Armor, USAF (Ret)
Director, Government Relations
Northrop Grumman

Dr. Greg Autry
Vice President of Space Development
National Space Society

Mr. Bill Beckman
Director, NASA Programs
The Boeing Company

Ms. Shana Dale*
Former FAA Deputy Associate Administrator

Mr. Paul E. Damphousse
Vice President of Business Development
Calspan Holdings, LLC

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar
President & CEO The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Ms. Karina Drees*
CEO and General Manager
Mojave Air and Space Port

Mr. Mike French*
Vice President, Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association

Mr. Christopher C. Hassler
President & CEO
Syndetics Inc.

Mr. David K. Karnes
Of Counsel
Kutak Rock, LLP
(Former U.S. Senator from Nebraska)

Mr. Dale Ketcham*
Vice President, Government & External Relations
Space Florida

Ms. Kate Kronmiller*
Vice President of Government Relations
Jacobs

Mr. Steven Lindsey
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs
Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems

Mr. Mike Moses*
President
Virgin Galactic

Mr. Clay Mowry*
Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience
Blue Origin

Mr. Dale K. Nash
CEO and Executive Director
Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority

Ms. Sharon L. Pinkerton
Senior Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Policy
Airlines for America

Mr. Lee Rosen*
Vice President of Customer Operations and Integration
Space Exploration Technologies

Ms. Robbie Sabathier
Vice President, Government Operations and Communications
United Launch Alliance

Mr. Eric Stallmer
President
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Ms. Charity Weeden
Vice President of Global Space Policy
Astroscale U.S., Inc.

Ms. Ann Zulkosky*
Director
Lockheed Martin Corporation