Marshall Smith

Human Spaceflight

Marshall Smith serves as the Director of Cross-program System Integration (CSI) and as the Chief Engineer for the Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Division at NASA Headquarters. As the Director, he is the Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) lead for ESD, responsible for the technical integration of NASA’s next deep-space transportation system – the agency’s crew vehicle, next generation heavy-lift rocket, and supporting ground systems and operations. Mr. Smith works closely with Agency, ESD and program personnel to identify requirements, concepts of operations, architectures, and resolves technical issues associated with design, development, and operations of the integrated system. Mr. Smith has served NASA for over 30 years working in flight simulation, aircraft, robotic, and human spaceflight systems. For the past 10 years, he has focused on human spaceflight and served as the Langley Research Center lead for Ares activities, the Flight Test 2 Manager for the Constellation Program, the Ares I-X SE&I Chief and on the Space Launch System formulation team. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

My Sessions

The United States of Mars

Main Stage

The packing list for Mars is extensive. It requires a powerful rocket and crew spacecraft to safely transport humans and everything they need to survive and conduct meaningful work for at least three years. All 50 states are contributing to the effort, and we have mission-critical participation from our international partners as well. This session […]