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Former acting NASA administrator, MSFC director takes on new space challenge

Updated: Apr. 29, 2019 at 6:54 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Robert Lightfoot, former acting NASA administrator and Marshall Space Flight Center director has a prestigious new job, his second in a year.

Next week, Robert Lightfoot will join Lockheed Martin Space as vice president of strategy and business development.

He retired from NASA last May and has been president of Huntsville’s LSINC ever since.

He says he’s not leaving Huntsville.

Lightfoot retired as the highest-ranking civil servant within NASA and filled in as acting administrator for a year and a half when President Donald Trump took office.

In his new role, Lightfoot will lead strategic planning, advanced technology concepts, and new business strategy for the corporation’s space- business area.

When asked about this past year and this new opportunity, Lightfoot said, “I want to thank Alicia Ryan and the LSINC team for the opportunity to work for such an amazing company and Huntsville community leader. I’m excited about my new role as VP of strategy and business development with Lockheed Martin Space. In that role, I will be leading the strategic planning, technology development, and new business strategies for all of Lockheed Space, including efforts here in Huntsville. Lockheed’s rich history and current endeavors in our nation’s space enterprise is amazing and the opportunity to shape the future with the great leaders and team there today is truly an honor."

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