Dynetics VP named to Trump's NASA Transition Team

Updated: Dec. 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Steve Cook, Corporate Vice President for Dynetics is among the latest to be named to President-Elect Donald Trump's NASA Transition Team.

Cook has been tapped to make the move seamless from an Obama to a Trump administration.

Before Cook went to work for Dynetics, he headed the development of NASA's Ares 1/ Ares V rockets under the Constellation Program at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The Ares 1-X test vehicle was designed and developed at Marshall, with its first flight in 2009 before the program was canceled by the Obama Administration.

The transition team Cook is named to, will assess everything NASA, basically soup to nuts, and work with NASA to present a comprehensive report on the agency's status to the incoming President and his staff.

Questions about Cook's role with the transition team and with Dynetics, while part of this team, have been asked. Dynetics has referred us to the Trump Transition Team for many answers.

Cook says he cannot speak to the media directly while on this team. However, Dynetics Corporate Communications Manager, Kristina Hendrix says Cook "is humbled and glad to be a part of the transition and hopes to have all transition work done by the inauguration".

Hendrix says Cook will juggle his role on the transition team while still on staff at Dynetics. She also says his goal is to "make sure NASA is well positioned with the new administration".

Dynetics understands the importance of a smooth transition. Chief Executive Officer Dave King retired from NASA as Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Robert Lightfoot is NASA's highest-ranking civil servant and is also a former Marshall Space Flight Center Director with whom Cook has worked closely and very likely will again during this transition.

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