Richard D. Jackson
NASA Flight Director (retired);
NASA Account Executive, Leidos
Richard D. Jackson is responsible for promoting synergies and collaboration across Leidos that address NASA priorities, needs, and goals. His current role contributes to opportunity identification, prioritization, qualification, and capture efforts. Mr. Jackson works with program and business development leadership to ensure a coherent and integrated voice while providing customer perspectives to our internal teams. Prior to his current role, Mr. Jackson was the Lockheed Martin NASA Program Manager responsible for a NASA portfolio of 6 program managers, 13 contracts, and a team of approximately 977 employees supporting five NASA centers. His responsibilities included program performance, integration of the programs across the NASA centers, working with the teams to define growth opportunities in the NASA and adjacent markets, and support to major NASA pursuits.
Previously, Mr. Jackson was the Lockheed Martin Program Manager for the NASA Johnson Space Center Facility Development & Operations Contract (FDOC) where he was responsible for a team of approximately 1100 employees supporting all aspects of hardware & software development, operations, and maintenance of the NASA Mission Control Center and Training systems required for human space flight missions. Mr. Jackson supported the FDOC capture effort as the bid program manager, while managing the predecessor Mission Operations and Support Contract.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Jackson served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Honeywell Space Systems, and NASA in Houston, Texas as Program Manager, Capture Manager, and Flight Director. Mr. Jackson was the Booz Allen Hamilton Program Manager for the Independent Program Assessment Contract with NASA Johnson Space Center and was the Capture Manager for the follow on win of the System Evaluation and Integration Contract. Mr. Jackson’s roles at NASA included Space Shuttle Vehicle Engineering Office Deputy Manager for Development for Space Shuttle Upgrades and as Flight Director leading Space Shuttle launch, orbit, and landing operations for 15 Space Shuttle missions. Mr. Jackson was the 34th Flight Director selected and one of the few certified for Launch and Landing flight phases. The Flight Director has responsibility for crew safety, safe operation of the vehicle, and mission success with sole responsibility for any real time action required. The Deputy Manager for Development and Flight Director roles required working with leadership across all of the Human Space Flight Centers in addition to NASA Headquarters and industry partners. Mr. Jackson’s roles across NASA and industry have allowed development of an extensive network and insight into the spaceflight challenges, solutions, and risks.
Mr. Jackson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980.
Mr. Jackson serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation which supports Space Center Houston, and the Board of Advisors for SpaceCom, an industry, academia, and government conference for space commercialization.
Mr. Jackson has attained private pilot, advanced scuba diver, expert skydiver, and jumpmaster licenses.