In an email, Elon Musk, the PayPal and Tesla entrepreneur who founded SpaceX, a company that has developed launch vehicles, wrote that Ms. Smith had “helped lay the foundations for a new era in American spaceflight.”
“We are closer to becoming a multiplanet species because of her efforts,” he added.
Former NASA Official Bound for W. Va. Prison Space News
Former NASA chief of staff Courtney Stadd is due to report Feb. 4 to a federal correctional institute in Morgantown, W.V., to begin serving a 41-month sentence for a conspiracy conviction.
Stadd, 55, of Bethesda, Md., was convicted in federal court last August and sentenced in November for conspiring with Liam Sarsfield, then NASAâ€™s deputy engineer of programs, to steer money to his consulting firm and submitting false invoices. Sarsfield was separately convicted on a conflict of interest charge and sentenced last September to three years probation….
Courtney A. Stadd, a 55-year-old former high-ranking National Aeronautics and Space Administration official, was sentenced in U.S. District CourtÂ today in GulfportÂ to serve 41 months, or about 3 1/2 years, in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release….Stadd also was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and $287,000 in restitution to NASA.
If you recall, Stadd was indicted on charges of benefiting personally from NASA contracts that he steered to clients of his consulting firm.
PRESS RELEASE U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi
A former high-ranking National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) official, Courtney A. Stadd, 55, of Bethesda, Maryland, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy charges in connection with actions he took to obtain and receive funds from a $600,000 sole-source contract from John C. Stennis Space Center to Mississippi State University (â€œMSUâ€) on a remote sensing study, United States Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter and NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin announced today.
Ex-NASA chief of staff pleads guilty to conspiracy in steering contract to US university The Canadian Press
NASA’s former chief of staff pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.
Ex-NASA official pleads guilty over contracts Associated Press
A former high-ranking NASA official has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to designing contracts in a way that netted him more than $270,000 in illegal profits.
Liam P. Sarsfield, a former chief deputy engineer in Washington D.C., controlled a $1.5 million fund and designed contracts that wouldnâ€™t have to be put out for bid. He steered the contracts where he wanted them to go, including to Mississippi State University and a company in Ohio, prosecutors said Monday.
A couple of high-flying space figures – former NASA chief of staff Courtney Stadd and MirCorp founder Walt Anderson – have fallen on decidedly hard times after running afoul of the law. They now find themselves doing work normally done by working class stiffs.
Ex-top NASA official guilty of ethics violations Associated Press
A former top NASA official was found guilty Thursday of breaking ethics laws by helping a consulting client get nearly $10 million of the space agency’s funds.
A jury found Courtney Stadd, of Bethesda, Md., illegally benefited a private client while on the agency’s payroll and lied to ethics officials. He faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 6.
NASA’s former chief of staff and White House liaison, Courtney Stadd, has gone on trial on charges of enriching himself by steering government money to Mississippi State University. The AP reports:
Courtney Stadd says he was only carrying out the orders of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin when he insisted that $12 million for earth science research be spent in Mississippi.
Prosecutors charged in opening statements Monday that Stadd was lining his own pockets by trying to get the money to his client, Mississippi State University, and lying to ethics officials about it. The school ended up with $9.6 million.
Stadd faces 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.