Board of Advisors :: N. Wayne Hale, Jr.

Coalition for Deep Space Exploration


N. Wayne Hale, Jr.

Director of Human Space Flight for Special Aerospace Services,
NASA Deputy Associate Administrator of Strategic Partnerships (ret)

Wayne Hale headshot

Mr. Hale is currently the Director of Human Space Flight for Special Aerospace Services of Boulder, Colorado. In that capacity he provides services in technical analysis, engineering consulting, management and organizational reviews, seminars, and speaking engagements with aerospace, energy, and other high reliability organizations on safety, management, culture change, operations in high risk environments.

Mr. Hale retired from NASA in 2010 as the Deputy Associate Administrator of Strategic Partnerships at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mr. Hale served in the senior leadership of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program from 2003 to 2008 as Launch Integration Manager at the Kennedy Space Center followed by two years as Deputy Program Manager and finally as Program Manager all during the post-Columbia return to flight effort. From 1988 to 2003, he was a Space Shuttle Flight Director for 40 Space Shuttle flights, and prior to that an orbiter systems flight controller in Mission Control for 15 early Space Shuttle flights.

Mr. Hale counts as the capstone achievement of his career the transformation of NASA Space Shuttle management culture to be one that emphasized safety and mission success. His tenure as Program Manager marked seven successful space shuttle flights and set the safety expectations for the fly out of the space shuttle program. Mr. Hale played a major role in the formation of NASA”s Commercial Crew Program in 2010.

Mr. Hale is currently a member at large of the NASA Advisory Council and also a member of the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.

Mr. Hale has received numerous special honors and awards such as: Associate Fellow of the AIAA, three NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals; the NASA Exceptional Service Medal; Rice University Outstanding Engineering Alumnus; Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and numerous other awards.

Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

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